I am a huge Orson Scott Card Fan and have been waiting eagerly for this book to come out - maybe that is why I was kind of disappointed.... It is still good, but the first one was better.
I would not have used two narrators. The woman (Emily) is incredibly over dramatic. It sounds like she is reading a dramatic play to a 5th grader. She reads with a sense of breathy wonder that is completely ridiculous. This coupled with the fact that the book is about a teenager makes the book feel unnecessarily juvenile.Stephan was better, but also overly dramatic.
No. The performances sort of ruined the books for me. I was interested in the story, but I had to keep convincing myself to keep listening despite the performances.
Maybe. I have been doing a lot of driving, so it was a good enough way to pass the time, but Game of Thrones was much better.
I have a big soft spot for OSC and will read (listen) to anything he chooses to offer. Danny is a fun character, but far too inclined to review the morality of his decisions in his head as he makes them, making the point so dang clear it's like being hit by a hammer. If you can stand that then it's fun watching OSC playing with magic and a different take on "the gods".
I love sci-fi and fantasy books
A great story, I usually love his lead characters. But this time the lead character is too pure, Card has a view against teen sex, and the way he does it ruins the story.
I would put it in top half of list . I found the world that Orson Scott Card created entertaining and well thought out. This is a book that you can pick up or listen to and can be caught up in story and if you have to put it down you can come right back to and be caught up again with out having to go back and see if you forgot something.
They both are Great vocal actors they bring the characters to life each in there own way
Not really the thing I liked about it was the ease that you could stop and start and never lose the feel of the story
After listening to The Lost Gate I was very excited to continue the series and immediately became enthralled with The Gate Thief. The first half of the book carried on the story beautifully and I was loving it, but unfortunately I found that the further into the the book I made it, the more the story started to break apart with incomprehensible decisions and actions by the characters and large swaths of the story being replaced with repetitive spiritual preaching instead of actual story telling. Seriously, the religious philosophy was told, paraphrased, summarized, paraphrased again, and then retold one more time. By the end of the book, none of the characters seemed to be capable of making any intelligent decissions causing the story to take veer off into the inane and has me wondering if I should bother with the upcoming 3rd and final book in the series.
The narrators did a fantastic job, but the duel narration -- though working brilliantly in the first book with the story taking place on two worlds -- caused some disorientation in this book with the two worlds overlapping so frequently.
I love the world they live in the best. It is and incredibly detailed world the leaves little detail open that keep you guessing about the plot. My biggest question is what will happen next?
The trade off of their voices really brings things to life and makes it feel like there are two different worlds around as you listen to it.
Yes it was the last moment because it just made me want even more. It has me hooked.
compared to other authors still a great book. target audience - teenage boys. feels like there was no story in mind, just a compilation of notes on characters, seemingly randomly appearing, disappearing, changing, dying; making the whole experience abrupt and unrewarding. some interesting turns but lots of logical lapses and dull almost simpleminded conversations. it's as though he author didn't really care if he made sense or more likely didn't care to think things through, since his other books seem to have a very coherent and compelling train of thought. so disappointing to be honest.
not the next book of lost gates
The simple method in which the mythology of the real world was woven into the story. That the gods were men and women and their names were titles and not specific people. This explained why they could look different and have different personalities for different mythological stories, demigods, everything. It was easy to suspend my disbelief and be engaged in the story.
The Book of Swords series and the Book of the Gods by Fred Saberhagen are similar in terms of making mythology a real thing for the story.
I don't think Stefan Rudnicki was a good choice for this series, his voice I don't think lends it self to child/young adult characters - however, I could easily tell the characters apart. Emily Rankin was fine, but not amazing.
The amount of adolescent sex talk was excessive, but I understand why it was necessary to the story. It seemed that it annoyed Orson Scott Card to write as well as the main character. Don't let it stop you from listening, it's a well realized world and an interesting story. The afterward is spot on. If Orson Scott Card had delivered his original idea, it would have been a terrible.
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.
I've just finish listening to "The Gate Thief" and I don't know what to think. There are a lot of potential in the story that must come to fruition, but it feels as if Orson Scott Card decided to reshuffle a pack of cards while in the middle of a game of poker taking in everyone's hand and giving them completely cards. Instead of building on "The Lost Gate," he basically changed the story so much that with a few tweaks book 1 in the series could be skipped altogether.
Danny North and Wad (Loki) the two main characters undergo enormous development, but the other characters especially the female characters on earth are unbelievable flat and predictable with one thing on the brain, Danny's body. They want his babies! (O come on!) On Westil things seems a bit different and Wad recovers a lot of himself.
It seems as if Card has modelled his story on Revelation 12's war in heaven and on earth, where after he added some Egyptian mythology to his already crazy mix of mythologies that became evident in the first book of the series "The Lost Gate."
Westil and earth is mirror images of each other. When Wad is powerless, Danny is powerful and vice versa. Yet, there is not much that you learn about Westil itself. The story there could just as well played out on earth itself. One third through the book I became tired of the "gates" and ideas like "heart horde" etc.
If it wasn't for Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin's excellent reading of the story, I might have left the book and not return to it. In my humble opinion they did an excellent job.
There is enough in the story to make me wait for the next book, but I am a bit disappointed with the way the story developed so far. It seems like a second introduction to the series and the depth of characters are generally non existent.
Let's wait and see where Card is heading too with this series. The final decision is still open to how well this series will be received.