This book starts off well and goes down hill fast. The synopsis is much more interesting that the entire book. The characters are as flimsy as is the story-line.
I won't be reading anymore of Card's books, not only was this bad but I'm not keen on spending my money on drivel, especially if it is written by homophobic individuals.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Yes, and no there are only 2 books so far so you can't get to the end for awhile
I haven't had the chance to read too many books in this realm
No first time they did a great job with all of their characters
Liked the book title
Look forward to reading the next one in the short series
No. The individual performers aren't bad, but having them switch off every chapter is a jarring experience for the reader. In a very odd way, it's as if you get used to one voice, tuning out all the noise as you're walking around the city, and then it changes. This has the effect of forcing you to retune your senses and losing context. It's just a severe interruption of the suspension of disbelief.
I love the story of this book. It's a fantastic tale pulling mythology into moder times with a pretty unique system of magic. The story line is in depth and immediately interesting.
Not at all what I expected from the author of Ender's Game or Enchanted. I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. This story feels very overwritten, rushed and simplistic.
There should have been less narration and more character development. Even given that Danny North was raised outside of regular society, he is still not a well-developed character. Much of the dialogue feels weak and the overtelling of background information at the beginning of this story gives it a slow start. Another issue is the lack of expected actions and reactions. For example, when Danny and Erik get to Stones the interaction between Lana and him are very unbelievable. Also, as Erik talks about Danny's magic to Sed and Lana I can't understand why all the dialogue from him telling Erik to shut up is internal. Most 13-year old boys would have said "Shut up!" not just thought it.
I felt that both actors conveyed the story the way it was written. Both have the appropriate amount of inflection and ennunciate very well.
I have been listening to this while driving a 3 hour commute. Yes it was worth the listening time. Although I would have rather had a story with more meat.
This is not the worst story I have ever read, however it feels rushed and not well developed which suprises me given the history of this world. I sincerely wish more time had been spent on character development and dialogue.
Card is an excellent writer and his skill shines in this book. The problem is it's so derivative I felt like I'd already read it a few times.
Danny is on the surface a somewhat naïve kid, but he's got special skills and the insight of a very smart adult. He is interchangeable with Ender, Lanik Mueller from OSC's book Treason, and Rigg from pathfinder. He has to flee home on a mission that should be far beyond a small child, meets adults that become his loyal followers, builds his clique.
Even the plot had a lot 'borrowed' from Jumper by Steven Gould mixed in with a little Oliver Twist.
I wanted to like the book and on its own it would deserve the 4-star rating, but it's just too much a cut and paste job. I'd suggest skipping this and reading Pathfinder, and if you liked pathfinder, you've already read this.
OSC is an author I always come back to, and always look for his new releases. I enjoyed this story, and now look forward to The Gate Thief. I most appreciate OSC for the way he intertwines mystical, legend, and physics, science together. He also does an excellent job with characters and characterizations.
if your into thinking outside the box and like a book to calm you done before going to bed. I always listen to my books with lights off and in bed and this was a good one.
him getting stuck in a wall. It was all good and kept me going. It does go back and forth from orsons wife and Stefan and that took some used to but i think the story's came together nice.
I really like both there voices. enders game was kinda the same way. I loved that book to.
when he went from gate to gate. ha
Great book. Orson Scott card is my favorite.
I liked this book. It's the first time I've read Orson Scott Card.
I am not a huge fan of the narrator. I speed it up to 1.5 and it's better, but he's just not my favorite (although I must be in the minority) he's too slow for me.
The main character can sometimes be quite juvenile, but as he is a juvenile it doesn't detract from the story too much. I liked how it was fast paced and incorporated modern day into his fantasy world in a fun fashion.
Very interested to see where this goes next.
I love Powers; whether it be magical or super powers I love these types of story's. What I love most about these story's is when the author takes the time to explore how the individual acquired and discovered his powers and how he is able to use them. Mr. Card is a master of this art and should have super hero authors taking notes.
I felt a lot of connection to Pathfinder during some parts of the story but to readers not used to Orson Scott Card's writings you might find similarity to Harry Potter in some scenes.
My only regret with this book is that it flew by. I enjoy listening to books while I ride my Road Bike all over town and would listen for hours at a time. This book was far to short.
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The Lost Gate has been in my wishlist for a while now, and i finally decided to download it, and wish I had not waited so long. The book is at times very funny when it decides to be and very dead serious at other times.
The spin given to the Ancient gods (Both Greek and Norse) is really inspired and new, though I would expect nothing less from Orson Scott Card.
The simply review of it is that Danny has a forbidden form of magic, when he thought he had none at all, he is then at the age of 12 thrust from his home on a farm he was never supposed to leave, right into washington D.C.
The only issue I had is the person reading the book did not do a great job of acting out the different voices, many people sounded enough alike that if i was not paying attention I got them mixed up a couple times.
In the end I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy, even more so to those that enjoy Urban Fantasy such as the Dresden Files, or the Druid Chronicles.