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The Lost Gate Audiobook

The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    David MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-10-12
    David MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2008

    I read, I listen, I backpack, I game. When I'm not at work, of course! (At least not the backpacking...)

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    "Lost Gate, Long Wait"

    I picked up both this and Card's first book in the Pathfinder series and was immensely pleased by both of them. I'm very picky about my reading and even more so about my listening. The narration here is well done and the story.....well, Card isn't one for cut and paste jobbies. I'm a bit of a mythology fan and the inclusion and explanation for mythology as presented in this fiction was a delight. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in series and MAY just have to pick it up for a read if it doesn't hit the airwaves fast enough!

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    William Emerson, MB, Canada 09-23-12
    William Emerson, MB, Canada 09-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a great Story!"

    Rich world, awesome characters all brought together in a great story. Truly enjoyed this book and will read more from this author.

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    Paul Canada 09-20-12
    Paul Canada 09-20-12
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    "Great story, but it just suddenly stops!"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    absolutely!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    it's a great start of a story, the magic system is interesting and keeps you thinking.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, similarly excellent reading


    Do you think The Lost Gate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    since it seems to stop just as the story gets going, uh..ya...


    Any additional comments?

    definitely a good read, just wish the next one was available.

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    Cherie Walker 09-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Grabs you and won't let go!"
    Where does The Lost Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is near the top. Unlike many fantasy books, this one creates a believable, modern world mixture of magic and reality. How does having magical superpowers change your morals and responsibilities? Especially when you're a teenager, outcast from society and your family, who are you actually loyal to?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny North is so much fun as the teenager who wants to have a normal life, and date girls, while gating himself around the multiverse.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THe scene where he is shoplifting at Walmart is hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I'm reluctant to start a series when the rest of the books aren't available yet, but this one stands on its own.

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    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Magical Performance"

    In "The Lost Gate", Orson Scott Card of _Ender's_Game_ fame shows that he's again capable of handling the fantasy genre (as he did in the Alvin Maker series), but this time does so in the modern world. It's enjoyable to consider the "what if"s of magic in the modern world, as can be found by other authors (as in Butcher's Dresden Files and Rowling's Harry Potter). Unlike most other such series', Card's Mithermages series has the premise that magic has been fading, both here, and in a sister world.

    There are a lot of similarities between this book and other works, but that makes the adventure no less fun. The performances in this book by Rudnicki and Card's daughter help to bring the worlds to life--Rudnicki and his voice handle Earth well, while Card does a great job with the fantastic world of Westil.

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    MJ 09-03-12
    MJ 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing start--looking forward to more."

    It took a bit of time to get into this book, but I enjoyed the story and yet another look at this imagining of the gods on earth today. (I've been reading/listening to a lot of these of late, including Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.)

    The dual story line is intriguing (Danny North in the present and another character in another world/time). It's a good coming-of-age fantasy with some imaginative touches, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next book in the series.

    The narrators do a very good job and make the story even more enjoyable.

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    Carl 09-03-12
    Carl 09-03-12
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    "Good take on an old idea"
    What did you love best about The Lost Gate?

    The magic system presented was pretty easy to understand and appreciate. Seems almost perfect for a role playing game.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. I liked Wad, but probably my favorite was Danny. He was very easy to identify with.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fact that I can drive while reading and not put other people in danger was best. ;)


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

    Certainly.


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    John Hammond, ON, Canada 08-30-12
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it...but stillw aiting for book 2."
    Any additional comments?

    Book was great. But I believe that OSC must have too many projects on the go. He takes forever to continue any series. Thie book was release to audio a year and a half ago and there has been no indication that book #2 is in the making.

    I would wait for book 2 to appear before starting this series.

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    Ryan United States 08-22-12
    Ryan United States 08-22-12

    I listen while i work. So i have 8 hrs a day :)

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    "What a surprise"
    Where does The Lost Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the top 5, though i only have 10 audio books lol.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny was by far a favorite in the book. I find that O.S.C. has a tendency to create main characters with these amazing abilities/ talents that always end up shocking people. Ender and Bean with knowledge and I.Q., Rig with his powers, and now Danny. You can't help but hope for that shock when you realize his greatness. You want the main character to show off and be great. O.S.C. is one of the few authors i have found that has the ability to allow this to happen with out it feeling forced. With other authors it feels forced and corny, but with O.S.C. you seem to always want more. You almost feel let down when the characters stop showing off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    My favorite scene was when you made the realization that wad was actually Loki. In my head i kept thinking that Wad was Danny some how.

    When the story unfolded it created a nice little twist.


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

    I listened to it in 3 sittings while at work. I really couldn't manage to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next book.

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    john Dallas, GA, United States 08-18-12
    john Dallas, GA, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Cannot Get Enough!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to many people.

    Love how OSC brought fantasy to present day life. This story was above and beyond my expectations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny... Because OSC made me love him.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love just closing my eyes and imagine the story playing out. It is so much more enjoyable to listen to the story then read it.


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

    If I had the time I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I started this book after reading the entire Enderverse along with Pathfinder which is by the way another great book.

    I would have to place the following books as equally best books ever:

    Ender's Game
    Ender's Shadow
    Pathfinder
    Lost Gate

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    "Don't Open the Gate"

    I couldn't really get into this, and I'm sure a plot point where gates are opened that can teleport you to other locations, has been used in a Dean Koontz book.

    A young boy jumps through said gates to evade his parents as it has been decreed that anyone born with his gate making abilities has to be killed. There was a whole subplot about Loki and other mystical folk, but I didn't really get it.

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  • Martin
    3/6/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Haven't felt so much pure fun with a book for a long time. Go listen.

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