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Seventh Son Audiobook

Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

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.
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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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    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 2 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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. 02-17-15
    D. 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprising enjoyable"

    One of the narrators read way to fast. It was like he was racing to get his words out the fastest. That took away from the book for me but considering I accidentally purchased this book, I was pleasantly surprised. I was searching for a book with the same name by a different author and chose this book by mistake. I have now added the other titles in this series to my wish list!

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    William Colorado 01-30-15
    William Colorado 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very slow going"
    What would have made Seventh Son better?

    I became an OSC fan beginning with the Ender-verse. I've read/listened to all books in that series as well as Mithermages and enjoyed them all. But this book is so slow to gain traction. And the ah shucks way it is written make this very hard to listen to. I won't be going any further in this series


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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "An entertaining look at the history of America"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it does a great job of tying facts into a historical fiction.


    Would you recommend Seventh Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think they would enjoy some of the parodies to real history.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different personalities.


    Could you see Seventh Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think anyone would want to make this into a movie.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sullivan Merriam, KS, United States 09-06-11
    Sullivan Merriam, KS, United States 09-06-11
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    "Love this story"

    I read this series some years ago and loved it. The story is well told in this audio book and I
    am enjoying listening to it over and over again.

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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 33 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin 07-24-07
    Rubin 07-24-07 Member Since 2016
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    "The series starts good with this one"

    I liked this one, but after I moved on to the 2nd and 3rd....I don't know.

    I know this is fiction and loosely based on some american history. Being an african american, it is kind of hard to listen to the imaginative world where it's ok to slaughter, rape, kill, and sell people to delevope the west. Even though I know those things happened.

    It's still clasic Card. You decide.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful

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