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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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    Timothy Killeen, TX, United States 08-14-12
    Timothy Killeen, TX, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen"

    I picked this book up because of the Author. He also wrote the Enders Game Series. Again not disappointed. This is a great Fantasy Series that takes place in a magical land that has been hidden from the modern day Society. i will stop there cause i don't want to give anything away. The narraters are great and the story they get to tell is very intresting. The books length is good and you really wana cheer for the main charcter danny to do well. Worth the credit.

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    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 08-13-12
    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 08-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"

    Liked this book very much but was disappointed that there was no sequel available as this is clearly not the end. Still worth listening to.

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    Amanda Perth, Australia 08-11-12
    Amanda Perth, Australia 08-11-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    Yes! I cant wait for the next one, the story is so captivating and the actors voices really bring the story to life.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Gate to and why?

    The style is similar to Peter V Brett's The Painted Man in the way the story unfolds from different characters perspectives.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    I loved the story of Wad, it was interesting how his character unfolded.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I absolutely laughed out loud.


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    Tiffany Charlotte, TN, United States 07-30-12
    Tiffany Charlotte, TN, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Ultimate Twist"
    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    Absolutly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Gate?

    When Danny explains why he calls Marion & Leslie Silverman, Mom and Dad.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    Leslie Silverman - I love cows and to find her heart beast are cows was just awsome. Loved Danny and Wad too, but thats just because they are the main characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both - You will have to listen to find out which and when.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen - Starts out with lots of info and some may think it a little slow, but it gets good and then just keeps getting better.

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    Amazon Customer 07-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Phenominal Read"
    If you could sum up The Lost Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Entertaining, Extraordinary


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    Wad - he really intrigues you, makes you want to know more, and care for him.


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    Laurel Adelaide, Australia 07-03-12
    Laurel Adelaide, Australia 07-03-12
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    "For my son yet I won't add this to his iPod"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved the idea, I was fascinated with wad, I just felt the audience this book was designed for was a very narrow male adolescent audience. With such a scope of well thought out worlds and clever storytelling; the underbelly subjects stole the story from being enjoyed by myself or my son at this time.


    Was The Lost Gate worth the listening time?

    If it had been in paperback form I wouldn't have got past the thievery, the breast and sex fascinations of the 13 year old. Which would have been a loss as it had parts to the story I really enjoyed, there is definitely potential. Hopefully the second book Danny's character will mature a bit.


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    JMay Crystal, MN, United States 07-03-12
    JMay Crystal, MN, United States 07-03-12
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    "Great story but I got lost in the technical"
    What did you love best about The Lost Gate?

    The young mage running away and then going to WalMart.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Gate to and why?

    The Golden Acorn but more adult/


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look out Lightning Theif here come the Norse crew.


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    Amazon Customer Fairlawn, OH, United States 06-18-12
    Amazon Customer Fairlawn, OH, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok..what's going on in this story?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I see it has a high rating on other sites and if you're into it, great. But for me, I didn't get the "outer self" etc and before long it just sounded like rambling.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    The jacket description sounded interesting, but as I started the story, it sounded as if the characters are not corporeal...but energy?


    Any additional comments?

    Too fantasy based for my personal taste.

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    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 06-01-12
    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2013

    Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.

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    "Stefan brought me to this book!"

    Since I love Stefan Rudnicki's voice, I often look for books he has narrated. While doing that I found this fun coming of age magic user book. I am so glad it did. I also discovered Emily Janice Card - now I watch for books she has read. What a great way to find Authors I have not read before. We live in a very rural area and have no book stores nearby, the closest is 2 hours away. So we depend on our Library and the internet. I have listened to other books by Orson Scott Card since finding this one.

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    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 05-28-12
    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 05-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Book in Every Way"

    The Lost Gate is a spectacular book with a great set of characters and wonderful plot. It has characters who are highly realistic and a protagonist which almost any reader will like. The book's character development is out of this world, which provides a pleasurable balance between characters and plot. It is highly entertaining and the narration is fantastic, particularly the performance of Stefan Rudnicki.

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