Definitely worth a read, especially if you've read other books by Scott Card.
I would read anthing he writes, and this is the beginning of a series which makes it even better as it means the fun lasts longer..
I enjoyed the Ender series but found that they were standalone novels. This book is not. I realize that this is the first book of a series ( Two so far, I believe) but still I would wish for some sort of conclusion which there is not with 'The Pathfinder'. I also did not enjoy the constant switching of narrators. When I first looked at the list of narrators I thought that it was going to be a cast... it is not. To me, change for change sake. That being said i enjoyed the novel and I enjoyed the concepts utilized in the story, complicated at times but fun! Read this novel knowing that you have to read the next to get fulfillment. If this is too much of a commitment, skip it.
Pathfinder fits well into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, with lots of fantasy overtones and settings ("magic", more of a medieval feel) with scientific explanations. This setting again enables Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game fame) to demonstrate his amazing story weaving abilities.
Rigg is forced onto a journey by the death of his father, being told to find a sister he never knew he had, and learning throughout that he's not who he thought he was. There are lots of twists and turns throughout his journey, multiplied by the way this story plays with time.
The reading itself was generally well done, although having different voices reading different chapters hurt my immersion at times. Overall, all of the readers had good voices, but were just different enough for me to get distracted. The story itself was worth the minor problems in reading, and made this well worth a listen.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I need to preface this by saying that even though I LOVE many science fiction stories and movies, I'm NOT always a fan of Science Fiction. I tend to like more fantasy. My husband and father have really pushed me to read some of Orson Scott Card's books, so I got this one thinking that they would both enjoy it. I like magical powers and magical worlds, but as soon as robots and spaceships join the mix I don't always like it. This has 2 interesting colliding stories in it that have really meshed into... or crashed into 1 intertwined story.
I really liked the characters, plot and the time-travel link. It was really interesting to see the two stories coming together. I really liked the ending and the setup for the series. It seems very interesting and I hope that I will like the future books.
I'm not surprised that Orson Scott Card wrote a good book, I know he is a good author. I just wasn't sure I would like it. I did like the main characters and the way they handled their hurdles. I appreciate the fact that he writes clean stories with a minimum of swearing. I think there are many areas in which the characters can grow and I think the story line has a lot of room for development.
The only confusing part was the time travel stuff. Wow, I'm not sure how he even wrote those parts. It was horribly mind-bending to listen to, but still an enticing ... what if....
I don't know that it was my favorite book of all time, but I think it was plenty good enough. I can see the series growing on me. Who knows what the future... or the past might bring. I give it a definite thumbs up. Now I need the next one in the series.
Yes, because I love OSC writing and this seems to be the beginning of a great book series.
Yes.... WRITE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE
The first half (reader) and entire story was wonderful. It kept you guessing (as all Card's books) and getting to know each person in the story.
Starting in Chapter 9 a new reader takes over. He was SO so so so bad I felt sick. The tempo, the voice, the rhyme and persona of the story hits a brick wal because of this one flaw. His voice sounds like a frog sick from smoking in his death throws. - I wish I was kidding or even smiling, but it's that bad.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
Having read the print versions of Card's book so far listening to the Audio version was a uinique experience. I read the summary and went in thinking that this would be an ok read but I had the impression that Pathfinder wouldn't be one of the author's better works. Boy was I wrong.
The lack of predictability. Often in a story I can glean at least a direction things are headed. In this book, from chapter to chapter, the story ended up nowhere near the place I'd expect it to be. Orson Scott Card has a very creative mind and an ability to take you places you'd never think were possible. This book is a prime example of that magic.
Sometimes the suspense. In the past I've found myself reading faster just to get through a particularly exciting part of the book but with a narration the flow is more measured and well, suspensgful.
Yes. This was one of the rare books you don't want to put down.
Jazz Cat's Mom
There are many Orson Scott Card books that I really love, but not so much this one. The writing is excellent, of course, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was interesting. The time-travel aspect of the story was a key element, which was explained in some detail . . . over and over again. Much of the book was devoted to the characters discussing and thinking about how and why their particular time-travel events came to be, and how each character's particular "powers" were related to all the powers of all the other characters. I think OSC had a very good idea of how his theories were applied, but it was simply muddled for me. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been much shorter and simply assumed that in this universe, time-travel happened, here's how, and the result. I did listen to all of the book and may even read the sequel (ending left open for that), since I did enjoy the performance and liked the characters and now want to know what becomes of them. Hopefully, all the set-up has been done in book 1 and the story will move along at a faster pace.
The theories of time travel and space folding are distinct from any other book I've read. I was very captiviated throughout the adventure.
There was room left for a possible series. I hope this becomes a series.
Very entertaining book.
I personally enjoyed the ending. Particularily the escape from his 'imprisonment'.
The narrators do a great job brining this story to life.