A childs style story, just plain silly. No complexity, almost like a Mother Goose story for young teens.
The preformance was probably fine the story line and character's were just so lame I could't get past it.
All of them.
You should be warned that this is a book to get you to buy another book and another book. I so was not expecting it to just stop. I actually looked at my player to see if something was wrong with it and the author came on to talk about it. A long 17 hours to end there.
I'm a huge OSC fan, and Pathfinder has seriously whetted my appetite for the following books in this series. Some may feel that this book is a bit too predictable...which it is. But looking at the book from the end, it seems an elaborate set-up for the rest of the series. OSC has created this really neat world with all it's very interesting complexities, but the explanation of it all takes a lot of set-up.
I will say that it took me a while to straiten out the different stories that run through the book. At first it was a bit confusing, but it works itself out. I really enjoyed the different narrators narrating from the different perspectives. It gave the book some nice flavor. I just wish Scott Brick had a greater roll in the narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice takes a bit to ease into, but I found that I always welcomed his narration when the story switched back to his perspective.
I can't wait for Book 2!
I am a lover of stories, particularly stories that let your imagination run wild. Just because something doesn't exist is no reason for it to hamper an excellent story from being told. If I can do my work while listening to an excellent story, then I am one happy guy
I have always been a huge fan of Orson Scott Card's writing style, he writes his books like he intends them to be read out loud. The Ender Series is by far his best work (Speaker for the Dead takes the cake), but this story is so unique and enthralling that I could not stop listening. I usually sit and multi-task while I listen to my book, doing homework, working, driving etc. but this book I would stop other things and just sit and listen. OSC did a fantastic job creating another whole new universe and magic system, and plays around with the laws of time travel. Nothing is too confusing, which is rare for a Time travel book. My final word: Well done Orson Scott Card, This book is a keeper for my audio folder as well as my shelf.
A great book with a VERY interesting plot. The narrators did a great job telling a complex story. For most of the book you don't understand what two completely different stories have to do with each other. One story is set in future, the other is about a Teenager's journey in a primitive time. I found the "journey" in finding out what two stories had to do with each other very interesting. "Pathfinder: Book I" sure set up an interesting series that I look forward to "reading".
First, the narrators are extremely pleasant ; they are the same as the series. Second, Orson Scott Card is as mind-blowing as always ; pooling Earth's ressources to build colonization ships, folds in space-time continuum, pushing Sci-fi's limits in order to reach the fantasy genre.
It's a mix between Homecoming Saga and Ender's Saga. 17hrs well spent.
I really liked this book, much more than I expected going on the other reviews here.
But I really just want to explain the complaints about the change in narrators. I LOVE Rudnicki I must say, and can understand at first glance the complaints about having the others in there.
The thing is that if you pay close attention when the other narrators are talking, the entire writing style changes with the other two main narrators, which incidentally is likely why they even have them here. When the story is told primarily from Riggs point of view we have Rudnicki, when it's Loaf and Umbo as the lead perspective we get different narrators (for each) and vastly different writing style and attitude of the characters as interpreted by each of these characters. From Loaf's view of reality he sees Umbo as incredibly whiney for example. And this is reflected in the way they are written. At first when it happened it felt like a section of the book was written by a different author till I realised what was happening.
I think that if Rudnicki had done it all by himself it would have been very disjointing when this occurs.
One good narrator for the entire book.
The first part of the book was fine but in Chapter 42 that narration changed to an extremely annoying voice actor. Just as I getting into the mood and groove of the story, this "talk like a pirate" narrator shows up, out of nowhere, and ruins the whole mood of the book. The first part of the book has a nice mellow narration style then out we are subjected to this grating voice that over plays the characters. I went from liking the characters to wishing they would go rescue the real characters from the "talk like a pirate" narrator, that hijacked the story half way through. I don't know if can adjust and finish this book, having to listen to this new grating voice.
The first half of the book was a little difficult to follow with the many references and discussions to the space/time paradigm, so much so that it lost my interest and I skimmed over some parts, but the narrators ( yes plural...there were 2) we're easy voices to listen to, so I trudged along and stayed with it, hoping to make sense of it all. Though, I will say the narrators (both) sounded old and that was hard to listen to young 13 year old Rigg with a gravelly old man voice.
The second half of the book switched to another male narrator - things went from somewhat bad, to awful! This narrator was so ANNOYING that after listening to only one chapter, I couldn't just listen anymore and gave up. What a shame. His voice was loud, grating and irritating -- left me tense and with a headache...seriously! Just couldn't torture myself anymore.
Never have I written a review, but I read other reviews before buying. Therefore, to others out there like myself, if you depend on a good reader with and easy voice, that knows when and where the inflections belong...this is not the book for you. Audible should provide a sample listen of book 2, so you can hear what you are buying...a royal headache.
Not with these narrators. Maybe if another narrator.
I wouldn't know... Never made it to the end and am frustrated and feeling rather negative about the story because of the above. Talk about ruining a story...pick a bad narrator(s)
Find another narrator. Let members hear all voices that narrate....especially book 2!
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.