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Seventh Son Audiobook

Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the award-winning Ender's Game comes the unforgettable story of young Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son.

Born into an alternative frontier America, where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

Don't miss the sequel to this book, Red Prophet.

©1987 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1988

"A tribute to the art of storytelling, this is highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Seventh Son begins what may be a significant recasting in fantasy terms of the tall tale of America." (Washington Post Book World)
"A consistently gripping tale featuring solid historical research and a keen understanding of religious experience. Another major effort by a world-class talent. Highly recommended." (Booklist)

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    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12
    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great series start, but doesn't stand on it's own"

    This is a very satisfying start of a series, but don't listen to it unless you are prepared to commit to the full series. I really enjoyed the universe that was created in this book that took peices of American history and wove in a unique folklore and magic.

    I think Seventh Son does a great job introducing the listeners to this world, but does not make a satisfying listen on its own. The story has no real conclusion. It just ends the the obvious foresight that this book, by itself, is not a story, but just an introduction.

    I have listened to multiple book narrated by Scott Brick and Gabrielle de Cuir and they always do a great job telling the story. This book is no exception.

    I always greatly enjoy author commentary after listening to a story. Card's afterward is enjoyable (if not slightly spoiler-ish) and I think it did an excellent job propelling my desire to listen to the next book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 04-16-09
    Trish 04-16-09 Member Since 2015

    pcohen88

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    "How did this spawn an entire series?"

    I really like Orson Scott Card books. REALLY lilke them. But this one just never seemed to go anywhere. Most of the characters are not likable and you don't really care what happens to them. I will probably read the next one for the same reason I picked up this one.....to see what the hype is about. I certainly didn't find my answer in this book.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ichiji 01-16-17
    Ichiji 01-16-17

    Ichiji

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    "A Book in Which Magic is not Very Magical"

    The country, down-home, salt-of-the earth vibe of this book got too dull for me to plow through the end. I got about 3/4 of the way through before realizing nothing could possibly happen to these characters that I would care about, and I set it aside. I guess this story takes place in an alternate history, but I did not see why that was necessary. Writing about magic of fire, water, air and earth is just plain lazy, and made it sound like the plot of a video game. Making Christians into stuffy, narrow-minded enemies of magic is not new either. There is a person in this story called "tale-swapper" and guess what -- he swaps stories with people. Yawn. I guess this book is in the fantasy category, but it isn't very fantastical. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sad quilter 12-11-16
    sad quilter 12-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "couldn't go any slower"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    No.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Step up the pace. The characters were wooden, the dialog was hokey...just didn't like this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    De Kearns, UT United States 12-06-16
    De Kearns, UT United States 12-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Still loved this the second time around"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Seventh Son to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both the print version and the audio. It was fun to listen to this after having read it several years ago.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Reverend Thrower I felt was performed very well. I was more intrigued by his motives as I listened -- much more so than when I read the book. I may have been that the first time I read it I was more intent on Alvin and Tale Swapper and this time I thought more about this character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    YayaG 12-02-16
    YayaG 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Gave it 10 chapters..."
    What disappointed you about Seventh Son?

    The book moves so very slowly. I gave it ample time to pick up, but this was one seriously boring book. I gave up.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Uncle Lou 11-29-16
    Uncle Lou 11-29-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, but 7 books?"

    Not what l expected from Orson Scott Card, but l enjoyed the story. But not enough to follow Alvin through 6 more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 11-27-16
    Tamara 11-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So unexpectedly good"

    This book is so well written It grabed my attention and kept it can't wait for the next book.

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    Bridget Richmond, MO 11-26-16
    Bridget Richmond, MO 11-26-16 Member Since 2012

    I am a Mystery person all the way. Really enjoy Mystery's with humor.

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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to Seventh Son again? Why?

    I would not listen to this one again, but I for sure listen to the next one, if there is a Next one.


    What other book might you compare Seventh Son to and why?

    I have to say this book is different than others, most of my experience is that this type of people would not be as excepted as this family was. I am glad, but it was not what I would consider typical.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    No specific favorites, all is interesting. I do wish the ending didn't leave me hanging. I hope that means there will be another book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed this book in sections better than all at one sitting. Had to have time to process.


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    Amazon Customer 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Orson Scott Card's best works."

    One of Orson Scott Card's best works and the voice acting does not disappoint. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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