The book had choppy feel to it. No were near the writing in his other books, esp. Enders game. Skip this one.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This book is well written. It's an interesting story with well drawn characters. The main character is a boy who is going through his 'coming of age' learnings and mishaps. As a 13 yr old, he is the typical flippant, disrespectful, inquisitive child of that age. He does mature and learn as the book progresses and reaches the point (at 16) where he can be considered a thoughtful young man.
So why my lukewarm rating?
* The story got hugely bogged down in Card's need (desire?) to ensure that the reader/listener understood the nature and origin of the mages and their magical abilities. Slowed the pacing of the storyline to a slow crawl in several sections.
* S Rudnicki is an excellent narrator and voice actor. He is a 5 star reader. E J Card is by contrast very hard to listen to. She sounds untrained and awkward -- the transitions between the 2 narrators serves to underscore that vast difference in their talent level.
* Although the story was nicely wrapped up at the end, it is clearly a beginning of a series. Not really satisfying as a standalone book.
I should have anticipated this. Ender's Game (probably OSC's best known and most beloved story) never stirred me. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. My reaction to Lost Gate is no different. If you loved Ender's Game, then this book is for you. Personally, I won't continue in this series.
Its a great story. I must admit to being a bit of a Card fan, i just like his writing style.He has built another interesting universe here, i can't wait for book 3.
Stefan Rudnicki is the man, him and Marc Thompson are truly just amazing narrators, I'm well pleased that Stefan seems to be on every Card book. Truly a pleasure!
exciting, entertaining, relatable
I liked the fact that there were two stories that eventually revealed how they were connected. it gave the magical world and a real world and realistically (in my opinion) attached the two
I liked them all
Not really moved me, but I had one of those "ah ha!" moments when you finally realize how things are going to end. had me guessing until the very last chapter
I bought the book because i liked the author and i ended up liking this story better than his other works! if you like mythical type stories, i think this is a good variation of stories we may have heard before.
I don't usually listen to fictional narratives, but I'm so glad I did!
Yes! I liked the story so much I listened to it any chance I could get my headphones on.
Can't wait to listen to the next book.
It took me a it to get into the book but it got faster fairly quickly so, yes, I'd listen again to see what I might have missed early on.
Danny, the hero. He seemed authentic as a insecure but typical know it all teen boy.
No, but I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.
If you're an Orson Scott Card fan, you will like this book.
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.