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The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....
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Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)

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    DAVE 12-30-11
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    "BEST OF CARD"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    GREAT READ. NARRATORS DO A MARVELOUS JOB RELATING CHARACTERS. HARD TO PUT DOWN. MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN ENDERS GAME. STORY FLOWS. PERSONALITIES ARE CRISP. PLOT IS GREAT. MAKES YOU WISH THERE ARE MORE TO READ OF THE STORY!


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    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 12-20-11
    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2005

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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I have read other books by Card. Have read them going back many years. This would make me tentative of any of his newer works. Nobody can say that Stefan Rudnicki isn't an excellent narrator. However, the female narrator (Card? Coincidence?? Doubt it) is about on a par with the majority of American female readers. For some reason they tend to make me think of the lady who reads to the preschoolers down at the public library. I find it offensive.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I will avoid Emily Janice Card at all costs.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Gate?

    I would start with removing the restroom scene. I would have believed at that point that the book was written for boys of a certain age, not that boys of that age are big readers. The book pretty much went downhill from there. In ten years of listening to Audible, I believe there have been only 3 or 4 books that I simply couldn't be bothered to finish. This makes one more. Perhaps it was written for adolescents. If so, I would love for Audible to indicate in big bold letters


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    paul TUCSON, AZ, United States 11-29-11
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    "Another great book by OSC"

    I think Ender's Game will always be OSC best..both book, and audible performance. Ender's Shadow was great also, and all the remaining 'Ender' series were very good. This one really hooks you in from the start and keeps your interest. I had read the book before listening and enjoyed it, and was looking forward to reading the rest of this series by OSC, and was surprised to see this available so soon. I think it's his best since the original Ender book. I almost always like multiple performer books better than single narrated ones. That's my take on it ...enjoy!

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    Great all the way through to the last chapter, then its cut short, like the author forgot to include the last chaper. Infact it could have had a few more chapters. Waist of time, and frankly, it pissed me off.

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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 10-21-11
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2009

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    I ended this book wanting more.....thats the best feeling. As long as the author comes out with another.

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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 10-19-11
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    This is part of a great story. It starts slow and leads right up to the very edge of a great chasm. Then, it pushes you in turns out the lights and goes home. Would that Mr. Card finished the story or at least found a better stopping point, the reader would be satisfied. As it is, I felt as if I was waiting for the ending to hit the printer. The performances on all Mr. Cards books are excellent.

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    Randall San Jose, CA, United States 10-04-11
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    "Another Fantastic OSC book"

    Excellent book of urban fantasy. As always, from OSC, a thick and intricate plot with deep characters and an exciting story.

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    "fun read"

    this is a book to read. i almost always enjoy reading his books. the system of magic in this world is interesting. though i like the whole story, Danny's behavours are a bit irritating to me. Wad's side got more attention than of Danny and i would like to read more of his. i look forward to reading a sequence soon.

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    Dorris Los Altos, CA, United States 07-07-11
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    "another coming of age tale"

    This is a well written, fun and thoughtful book from Orson Scott Card. I enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone 10 through adult.

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    "can't wait for the next book!"

    I have been through this book twice. The story is an engaging blend of mythology and modern times, and Card's ability to weave a new world and craft realistic and magnetic characters is richly satisfying.

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