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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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    Dan APO, NY, USA 05-15-07
    Dan APO, NY, USA 05-15-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Yawn"

    In the Afterwards the author says that this story was originally supposed to be a trilogy but he is now making it seven books with the last one being multi-thousand pages. I think he should have stuck with his original plan. The story line is plodding and you can only hear about the colonial life so much before you want to scream to get on with it.

    I might have finished this story line if it were a trilogy but thinking of having to listen to six more books meandering along is more than I can take.

    16 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 04-16-09
    Trish 04-16-09 Member Since 2015

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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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 08-10-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 08-10-13
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    "Not up to OSC's standards"

    I've read most of Card's book starting with Ender's Game when I was in high school, and usually find his work hard to put down.

    Seventh son though feels like a lower class of book. Card usually writes very deep, compelling characters you can't help but care about. Everyone in this book was flat, 2-dimensional and I felt like I couldn't care less about them.

    The story is painfully long with no flow, it jumps around with long tedious passages that don't mesh, don't form a story, and don't make sense. I know I wouldn't be continuing the series because I'm left just not caring what comes next.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Mom 02-21-14
    Angel Mom 02-21-14
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    "The only word I can think of ... "Meh""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I am a fan of Cards writing usually, but this time I felt like I wasn't so much listening to a completed story as listening to the writers notes instead. There was no flow to this story at all, everything felt choppy and disoriented - as tho card kept realizing he'd forgotten to add important elements into the tale and so just plopped them in whenever it came to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that the story had huge potential! Sadly I didn't enjoy it enough to bother moving on to the next book in the series... Perhaps it gets better. The narrators did a beautiful job of attempting to bring the characters to life.
    Tho it's sad to say this story, tho not a complete waste of time, gave nothing to make it memorable.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Bertussi United States 04-26-11
    Suzanne Bertussi United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2015

    With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.

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    "Strange--even for Orson Scott Card"

    I am an avid fan of Card, and this story was interesting, but did not reel me in quite like Ender's Game or Pathfinder. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Dilldine ohio 07-28-15
    Nancy Dilldine ohio 07-28-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    The prose and the images in storyline make this as good as any book I've ever read. The narrative was exceptional.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kress 07-22-15
    Kress 07-22-15
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    "Nothing like Tolkien (and I love it)"

    Card once again takes you on an adventure that is fun and fantastic, while also being deeply philosophical. I read the Ender quartet and loved this book just as much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kingsberry Prime 03-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Orson is amazing"

    I love where he can take your mind listening and reading these books like this and Ender

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    Joshua Killeen 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"

    To be honest, this was a good story. I was really torn between getting it three stars or four stars. I guess I made the mistake of setting my expectations based on the movie trailer that I had seen before reading the book. The main issue I had, would be the confusing performances by the difference narrators. it seems that throughout the book, different characters would be read by different artists at different points in time. To be it became a little confusing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 03-09-15
    Ross 03-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hearty and satisfying storytelling"

    Well written with vibrant poetry, an undercurrent of vision and a deep understanding of humanity and the essences that move it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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