Pathfinder was enjoyable. It ranks high my list of Orson Scott Card favorites and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I found the time travel concept interesting if a tad hard to wrap my head around. The characters were likable and I found that though the dialog could be tedious it also served to make the characters more relatable.
I've listened to many of OSC's books on audio and by now, many of the narrators are old friends. However, there was a new narrator that I was NOT pleased with: Kristoffer Tabori. I've listened to some samples of his other work, and they don't seem so bad but this particular reading was unpleasant (to say the least). I found that his over-exaggerated tone was off putting and out of place with the other more level tones of Stefan Rudnicki, Don Leslie, Kirby Heyborne and Scott Brick. At times his 'characterization' made it hard to understand what he was saying. Luckily he only read for one chapter (19).The other Narrators did, as always a wonderful job.
The narration was fine. Nothing really to complain about. The story was clearly where it lacked.
Google. I like Google, I use it every day. They've made some great products, it's true. I just felt like I was watching (listening) to "The Internship" all over again. It got to where I was rolling my eyes every time the word 'Google' was mentioned, and since I listen in the car and I was rolling them so often, I began to fear for my safety.
I called the so-called 'mystery' pretty early on in the book and the relationships were pretty weak, so there wasn't much to compel me to continue listening. Sorry, Robin. Not my cup of tea.
The story itself was pretty entertaining... but with all of the 80s, video game and nerd references it got a little overwhelming. Problem wasn't so much the references, but the fact that each HAD to be explained. There was no getting around it, otherwise you'd be lost. So the author ended up spending more time explaining than progressing the plot. It was exciting in parts, but extremely slow in others.
I think I'd have preferred to read it. Not that Wil Wheaton did a poor job or anything. He did a great job, but with all of the explaining that had to be done. it got a little dry. I'd probably have skipped over certain parts of it while reading.
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