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.
"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)
Regardless of the other reviews, listen to this book. Card doesn't disappoint. Maybe the main character was not the hero one would want, but he was in perfect keeping with the story. I found this book to be interesting and well written. And critics, who can write Enders game with every try? Give the author some leeway!!! I also liked the two voices in narration.
I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!
I love Stefan Rudnicki's reading!! And I really loved OSC's Ender series. Really hankering to hear Mr. Rudnicki reading again I picked up this book.
Starts slow. Hard to get into. Seems written like a fairytail, like the beginning of a modern mythology. And before I knew it, I am trying to put the far apart pieces together - getting confused... but lead along the path for the story.
I don't immediately like the main character, and I don't really like his first few friends, the people in the book. But along the way I started to see the beginnings of the connections, the broader picture. And the story is not just new mythology, or a young adult novel about a "magical" kid growing up. It is both and more: gripping, and intriguing, and adventurous, and mythical, and growing up, and... fun. Surprising fun.
And I can't wait for the next books - and bummed I have to wait ;)
Good job from both Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card - and wonderful development of the plot and characters from Mr. Card.
Dystopian. I want more!
I really was able to lose myself in this story. So imaginative!
Not sure really I honestly loved them all you couldn't of had the same story without any of them.
yes stone father and if you like this story you'll love stone father
It was but it was too long but i would of been happy to of sat and stare at the wall while listening to it all day
Kinda like Avatar but different
I would recommend this book to anybody who is a fan of good stories. Yes, it has fantasy and sci-fi but don't let that stop you from trying this book!
Rudnicki, was wonderful as always, and Emily Card did a superb job as well
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I enjoyed The Lost Gate. I thought the story was well thought out and organized. I thought the author did a great job writing it as well. But, I thought the narrators really brought it to life, especially Emily Janice Card. Her voice completely welcomed me into their world, wanting to know and understand the culture and the character's (Wad) personality. Also, despite how much I wanted to hate the queen for her manipulative ways, Emily's voice still made me end up liking her to some extent. To me, that is a sign of a great narrator. Stefan Rudnicki did a great job as well. Although, I must say I did often forget that Danny was supposed to be a 13 year old kid for over half the book. Stefan's husky deep voice does not fit that age to any degree. He still did a great job reading, though. Perfect pace, perfect voice adaptations and overall intriguing story deserves a recommendation. I'm looking for to the sequel.
All the tedious tech jargon, could've just told the story..people catch on easier than author gives us credit. Stargate meets ceiling fan instructions...
Not this series
Narrator was excellent
Decent idea based on type of
A little less tech conversation...a little more action please
OSC is a wonderfully talented writer of science fiction. The reader (listener) feels a close personal relationship with well developed characters. The narration is excellent, and draws you into the story. I just loved it
Sure I would...it is kinda like time travel.
The ablilty for the main character to be able to open a gate and transport himself just where he wanted to be.
Nope have never read any of their books.
None that I can think of at this time.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
In the Top 3. Easily.
I can't single out one thing. I'm sorry. The humor is awesome. I laughed out loud literally at more than one place. I never do that. The magic is well written and very imaginative. The characters are believeable. This book has so much going for it that I do not doubt for one second that it will not become one of the most well known and read titles in this genre.
They kept me listening. Stefan was awesome from the start and Emily took a little time to pull me in but by the mid point of the book, I had trouble putting it down. I wanted to listen to it unfold all day.
When Danny turns 16 and he finally realizes who is important in his life and that
I can't stress enough how awesome this book is. I can't wait for the next in the series. Every time I think I have the author figured out and I think I can predict where he is going with the story, he throws in a loop and goes off in unexpected directions.
I really, really, REALLY recommend this book. You are not a true fantasy fan until you read this book. It is that good.
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