When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Rigg is a boy that lives with his father in a forest hunting animals for a living and selling their skins for money at the nearby town. Accept for his awkward way of living, he seems to be an ordinary boy. Yet Rigg is different from other children in one other way, he is able to see the paths of living creatures even though they had trodden them months and even years ago. He is a natural born pathfinder.
But appearances can be deceiving. With the sudden death of his father who got trapped under a tree, Rigg discovers that the world is not what he thought it was. He discovers that he might not be another nobody, but a very sought after person in the People’s Republic.
Orson Scott Card starts a story of time travel, path finding and search for identity in a very engaging way. This story promise to be more intriguing than the Gate Thief trilogy, the other major story that he is currently busy writing.
Different narrators read parts of the book that represent the different views of separate characters. Yet Card’s way of writing doesn’t seem to lean itself to this way of reading the story. I think George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire will be better enhanced to this type of reading. Various narrators often carries the risk that one or more narrators may estrange the listener as he/she might not identify with a specific reader. There is a possibility that some of the accents of the narrators do exactly that. As for myself, I didn’t find any of the narrators lacking.
The story holds a lot of promise and I can heartily recommend Orson Scott Card’s first book in the Pathfinder series.
If it had Been explored in more depth, and had a decent ending.
End it properly.
Very interesting concepts for concetualizing time travel, but left totally incomplete. When I finished the first book, and went to the next to discover that it was the last, I knew then that I was in for a disappointment. After finishing the second and last book, I couldn't help but think that the author must have come up against a publisher's deadline, and been forced to cop out. Very disappointing.
Yes I would recommend the book, because the thoroughly enjoyed the story and it's entertaining twist on time travel.
In my opinion only 2 narrators were needed for this book. One telling the story of Rigg and one for the other main story line. None of the narrators were bad, but switching from Stefan Rudnicki and his really deep voice to Kirby Heyborne was a distracting and weird context switch.
Yes, good story.
Because of the narration, the chapter where Loaf sounds like a pirate, I would have to say Loaf. He was perfectly likable in the first narrator's voice, even the second narrator, but the third narrator made him sound like a grumpy pirate. He didn't even fit in the story anymore.
First narrator was wonderful. Second was too playful, it is difficult to change ear. The third was too big of a leap from both the first and the second.
If they had not changed the reader so many times.
The Golem and the Jinni: A novel
Which one? there were so many on this book!
The ones where they pedantically argued the same case and went through every single argument for every decision the character had to make
I think the premise of the book was good - I was struggling to continue through the pedantic narrative, but the continual changes in narrator made it impossible to continue
No, I would tell them to pass. I love OSC, and have read most of his books. I will probably try reading Pathfinder. The narration was awful, and had I read the reviews first, I would have sampled it and not bought it. This really is a terrible narration, I was couldn't keep listening. And to think I bought Book 2 as well. Hey Audible, any chance of a trade-in?
A different narrator, that's for sure.
Yes, I probably would, since Card wrote it.
I've been a member for many years, and this is the first book I wish I could return. Well, this one and the second in the series, because I don't imagine it's any better.
It is a fantasy book, and I have no problem with suspension of believe, but I found this one hard to chew because of inconsistencies. OSC spends a huge amount of time justifying how the powers are to work, which detracts from the real story. Given what they can do and the overall plot do not mesh well. If they were trying just to escape death, they could have done so at any time; just go back a generation and live happily. I had a hard time with Loaf's motivation; he left his wife after all. The bad guys: Why do the protagonists need to die exactly? What plan could they not enact without their deaths? These just scrape the top layer of problems I had with the book. I will not be picking up the sequel(s).
I have enjoyed Mr Card's books in the past but found this one heavy going, with long involved explanations and unappealing characters. It started off well enough but then seemed to lose its way. It needed to be sharper and punchier with a quicker moving story line for me.
I also found the changes in narrator distracting, not sure what this added but I did not like it. I won't be buying any more books in what is obviously the start of a new series.
First, the book's performance is excellent. I'm someone who will stop listening to a badly read book regardless of interest in the story, because I don't necessarily enjoy having a book read to me. But when the performance is good and I love it. The Pathfinder, as usual with Orson Scott Card's books, is very well done.
The Pathfinder is most definitely a time travel book. If you don't like time travel that is something to consider. But I really think Orson Scott Card did a good job with the time travel related issues, because he actually acknowledged all the problems that result when you try to time travel.
The main characters in The Pathfinder are very like-able. At points, the story is a little slow. Specifically when Rigg and Umbo are trying to develop their talents. But overall the story is well paced.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. I will be starting book two very soon.
No. They kept switching narrators.
They kept switching narrators, which was very distracting. One was overly theatrical. I'll probably just use text-to-speech next time and save some money (on my Kindle)
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