I have read this book and listened to the Audio edition. I truly enjoyed the audio edition more for one reason: Stephan Rudnicki. Stephan Rudnicki is a great narrator who truly brings the story alive. I had been trying to get my sons to read this book for months and then I purchased the audio edition so I could listen to it on the long drive to my son's doctors office. When I started the audio edition it only took 15 minutes before both of my sons had shut off their music, put down their phones and were listening intently. After that, they wanted to go with me anywhere I was going, just to get a few minutes to listen to the book!
My favorite character is Wad, because he's mysterious and complex.
Stephan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card both understand how to modulate their voice to fit the action in the story. They create a mesmerizing flow that makes it hard to stop listening.
In a few places this book made me laugh and in one particular place it made me incredibly angry. It left me wanting more.
Orson Scott Card has always been a master with Science Fiction, but it's wonderful to see him embrace a little Fantasy.
The story and its themes, which are typical of Orson Scott Card.
The character development... people are not always who you think they are.
It helps the transition between characters and worlds
Stefan Rudnicki's voice is like expensive chocolate. Deep, rich, smooth and I can't get enough! He is able to delve into the characters and bring them to life so easily it's like you're watching the story with all your senses, not just your ears. Emily Janice Card has a wonderful voice that is always enjoyable to listen to. In absolute OSC form, the story concepts are new, refreshing, gripping, nerve-wracking, hilarious and thought provoking. Danny has a gift, a deadly gift. So powerful that even his own family will destroy him. So he runs. He runs away and is left questioning everything about his life, his existence, his gift. Who will explain and teach him about his powers, who will guide and protect him as he ventures out into the world of The Outsiders? Is it really about a coming of age story or an age old story coming out. Coming out to destroy more than just Danny.
OSC has a gift of seeing and writing through a child's eyes. When he writes the thoughts, emotions and words of a child you are taken back to your own memories, insecurities, though processes and fixations of when you were once young. Danny, upon being bothered by security guards when he was trying to be inconspicuous, as a last ditch effort to put the guards off, ends up 'starring' the guards.
Another interesting and compelling story from Orson Scott Card. I marvel at his ability to continually come up with fresh stories year after year. The listener might feel a little lost or confused early on and feel the need to go back and listen again to see if you missed something. Avoid the temptation to do that. All the pieces will come together as you listen further. The only real complaint I have about the book, (and it only applies to those of us listening to the audio version) was the female narration. Her name is Emily Janice Card and unless it's an amazing coincidence, she's probably related to the author. Sadly, her narration was not very good. Her inflections and tones felt forced and amateurish. Stefen Rudnicki was outstanding as usual. His voice seems to carry you deeper into the story whereas Emily Janice Card's voice was almost always an obstacle I had to consciously ignore in order to stay involved in the story. I will have to say though, she did a much better job in the sequel, Ruins. It still was far from great, but it was much better than this one.
Great original plot and storyline. I enjoyed the fact that the main story was happening right here on earth in current day America as opposed to some other world. And yet the other fantasy world exists in the book as well I a concurrent plot line.
This storyline is quit unique among fantasy novels. I don't have a good title to which I'd compare this book.
This was first listen to these two readers.
Danny realizes that the Silvermans are his real parents because they actually gave him love and cared fork him. His own parents were too caught up family politics to be there for him.
Great story line!!! Definitely a page turner, I can't wait to read the second book. Loved how Danny develops an honest self-view and recognizes the danger of becoming a tyrant...great job, Mr. Card!!
When Danny steals outself from the Gate Thief, and realized there may have been a vey good reason he had stolen those gates!!
Loved the dual narrators, helped separate the parallel stories...both have great narrating voices...
These readers give the characters color. Janice Card is not my favorite - I can't explain what bothers me about her - there is just something - but she wouldn't stop me from listening to the book - I have heard much worse readers.
There are some funny one liners.
I wish the book was a little more wholesome - only because I think my kids would like it - but I don't think it is neccessary for them to hear talk about molestation and stealing and mooning people. The first half is filled with a lot of disrespect for authority and that isn't neccessary for children to hear. Not in this day and age.
The reading and narration is good as is the story however book one and book two seem like they should really be one book as the story kind of ends where if feels like it should begin.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
I enjoyed the magic behind this story but it left me very confused. Audible says there isn`t any more books in this series but the book didn`t really have an ending. There was alot going on, sometimes hard to follow. I enjoyed it to a point, but I won`t read anymore.