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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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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-22-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Amazing Gates"

    Two Good stories that run simultaneously, centered around the mystical ability to create wormhole type instant transportation. The first of a young boy who has to flee his family in fear for his life as his ability is not aloud to exist because of the strength of its power. The second is about a older boy who is strangely born from a tree and possesses the same ability. They both embark on two separate, fantastical journeys, exploring, learning and developing their special ability.

    A wonderful tale of exploration and discovery of two hearts that struggle to find the right path or gate that will help each of them destroy an evil entity. Fantastic characters helped this story come to life and both of the narrators had nice performances. I was happy to be taken on this adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    maryann 06-20-13
    maryann 06-20-13
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    "Disappointing writing from one of my favorites"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been a big fan of Card's in the past, and I always considered his writing to be top notch. This, however, was disappointing. He overexplained things; he took the maxim "show 'em, don't tell 'em" to "show 'em, tell 'em, and then tell 'em again just in case they were too stupid to get it the first two times." I mean, how many times do I need to be reminded that a Gate Mage will always have a talent for languages? I got it, already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made The Lost Gate better?

    Orson Scott Card is a phenomenal author and even in this book his gifts are obvious. There is much to like about the story, the magic is intriguing, the two worlds are interesting and original. I felt, however, like I was looking at a series of Norman Rockwell type paintings but instead on focusing on what might have been endearing, they characterized the cheap, and tawdry side of humanity. I couldn't identify with or even like the hero - he had no moral compass but rather tried to create his own. There were several pointless vignettes that I felt were out of place in the story. Had this been written by someone else I'd have given it 3.5 stars but for a man of Card's talent, this was a dud in my book.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Walkertown, NC, United States 09-05-12
    Timothy Walkertown, NC, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2002

    54-year-old community college IT instructor. Over 500 titles in "My Library."

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    "Did Not Enjoy this Story or Narration"

    I listened to the entire story. One of the problems I had was with the characters. I just couldn't get interested in their goals or challenges. None of them were appealing to me. In the end, I didn't care about them. So, I don't feel a desire to continue following the story in a sequel.

    I enjoyed Ender's Game, which is science fiction and military strategy. I understood that The Lost Gate was something very different: a story that contained magic, fantasy, and a mingling of different worlds. I can enjoy those kind of stories. For example, I am about to listen to the third book in Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series.

    The Lost Gate never engaged me emotionally. It tried to engage me mentally with the concept of "gates." But I found that the topic just wasn't that interesting to me.

    The primary narrator is the same one from Ender's Game. He has a very deep voice. I don't remember that bothering me for the military setting of Ender's Game. For The Lost Gate, though, I had a problem. The main character is a young teenage boy. There are a number of female characters. I thought his voice was too deep for most of the characters he voiced.

    My ratings for books are usually very close to the overall average. I only choose to listen to books that have an overall rating of at least 4. Rarely do I give a rating this low. So, I'm not with the majority on this one. And in looking at the ratings, there are a significant number of listeners that rated this book at a 3 or lower.

    So, not everyone agrees with the many overly positive reviews you see written on The Lost Gate. I did not find the story "fun" or "amazing." But I'm happy other people enjoyed the listen and I wish Orson Scott Card the best with the series.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alla San Francisco, CA, United States 02-05-11
    Alla San Francisco, CA, United States 02-05-11
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    "not what I excpected"

    The beginning was interesting, but soon the book lost its pace and I lost interest. Nothing like Ender's series - to boring and predictable for adults and too racy for kids.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-11
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "American Gods Meets Harry Potter"

    This was an excellent book. While, as others have observed, the story is clearly not the same as either of American Gods or Harry Potter, it has a feel or atmosphere with the best elements of both. The themes in this book also have some commonality with both. In any event, in deference to Card, his story seems to have much earlier conceptual roots than either of the other two. I found this book to be every bit as enjoyable (so far) as Ender, although the genre is different in that this book is not Sci Fi.

    I appreciated the warning given by some of the other reviewers that this book does not complete the story. It is a beginning, and a great one at that. Still, it was good to listen to the book with that expectation in mind.

    Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card were exceptional narrators. Stefan Rudnicki did the Enders series books as well. Any story he reads almost automatically goes up a star in my mind. Emily Card also did some of the narration in Ender in Exile. I very much enjoyed listening to her performance, and after hearing her narrate this book, I will be looking for more material where she is a narrator.

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    Cory Austin, TX, United States 01-07-11
    Cory Austin, TX, United States 01-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "OSC at his best - - Not Ender, but close"

    Book was very entertaining, not quite as good as Ender's Game, but depending on how the series progresses could be a great series. Guess have to wait for the next book in a year or so.

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 06-21-16
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must have read a different book!"
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    I thought this book was horrible.
    Unless maybe you are 16 or younger. It would make a good "young adult" or teen story.

    The narrator Stephan Rudnicki only makes it worse. His deep, monotonous tone had almost ruined the 'Ender' series for me so I see no reason to suffer through this one. He must be a friend of the author. (Clearly the female co-narrator is related and I don't care for her either).
    I have to admit I am not a fan of teen hero books and this was made worse because I never cared about the hero! At least in the Ender series you like Ender! Here, Danny is really annoying and to make matters worse he is inconsistent to fit Card's requirements. One minute he is winning a philosophical conversation with an adult by saying: "oh how egalitarian of you; not a minute later, he apparently cannot grasp another concept and whines 'I can't understand this I'm only 13!" This happens over and over throughout the book.
    I suppose if the book were even remotely exciting or interesting I may have given it a third star but it is hours and hours of 'set up' for the series and nothing happens until the last hour of the book.
    Of course the coup de grace comes at the end when we get to listen to the authors 'afterword' to egotistically tell us why he wrote this book.
    No matter how many stars everyone else gave, I recommend avoiding this book and use your credits elsewhere.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 08-05-16
    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 08-05-16 Member Since 2014

    Fan of the Amazon

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

    OSC has written some of my favourite books and Stefan Rudnicki is a great narrator, so I would say yes. However, I won't read the rest of this series.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters are not very likable. Some don't mind that, but I found myself put off by both protagonists. Danny starts out as a 12/13 year old and is so eloquent and knowledgeable that he seems to be in his 40s. A few years later he seems to have lost some of that and behaves like a caricature of a mal-adapted teenager.
    Until the end of the book I kept wondering what the connection between the two main story lines was, even though I had my suspicions. Then, in the last 15 minutes, the revelation. Unfortunately, it doesn't explain anything. The whole story around Wad feels completely superfluous. If you cut out all of those chapters the book would be perfectly fine and readable. Ultimately, that's the reason for my 2 stars. The stories just did not work for me.
    The magic system was somewhat interesting, but personally I found the mage "class names" a bit cheesy. Keyfriend, Gatefather, etc?


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

    Both narrators did a great job! I have been a fan of SR for a while but EJC held her own!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The core concept is interesting, but even as a young adult novel, the characters don't feel appropriate, despite technically being the right age.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yarada 06-17-16
    Yarada 06-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "xmen vs hero's "

    compelling and captivating story hitting moral and social conundrums. I loved it and can't wait to see it become a film. infinitely better than the marvel series. is the next book in the series available, can't wait!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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