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The Worthing Saga | [Orson Scott Card]

The Worthing Saga

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.
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It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

It came near to destroying humanity.

After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies and teaching robots and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.

©1978 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Robert Hughesdale, Australia 07-26-12
    Robert Hughesdale, Australia 07-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Different and sometimes Agitating but good"

    I don't like stories that start in the middle and then do flashbacks; can be very irritating; but this one could not have been differently. It is a very unusual story that slowly unfolds and spans the life of a 50 year old man who lives for 10's of thousands of years.

    If you are looking for an unuisal Sifi that has little or no techno and focuses on the story of two races of people, and is quite ... morish, this is it. If you need a change from the usual; go for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terrence Davidson, NC, USA 10-04-06
    Terrence Davidson, NC, USA 10-04-06 Member Since 2000
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    "odd bunch of stories"

    This was on OK audio book. Its definitely not a happy one. Many moral issues are covered throughout. More than once I had to pause and reflect on the actions taken by the characters. You can tell Card's Mormon background influenced this story (i.e., several themes of man creating his own world & being god like).

    I would be hard pressed to give it one star, as I did listen to the whole thing, including the short stories. Overall though, I think there are more interesting stories to read & consider.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-26-11
    PJPackwood Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Nope"

    I just could not get into this one. I have listened to many, many audible books, good and bad. With this one I tried really hard to stick with it but just couldn't.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John bakersfield, CA, United States 09-26-11
    John bakersfield, CA, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Very depressing book"

    This the first audio book that I have stop listen to. The book if poorly put together and is very depressing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Nix 09-14-05
    Matt Nix 09-14-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Overall, very satisfying"

    Can't give it five stars, because it isn't Ender's Game, but I really enjoyed it. It does explore moral themes, but it's not as heavy-handed as some reviewers would have you believe. I like my sci-fi without a lot of heavy fantasy influence, and this book delivered for me.

    I also don't like books written with a clear moral agenda. This dealt with moral themes, but didn't feel preachy. It's not hard to figure out where Card's sentiments lie, but I didn't mind. Bottom line, if you're a fan, it's worth a listen.

    Oh, and the stories at the end are great if you were into the main Worthing Saga and kind of wished it wouldn't end. If you're done, you can skip them without feeling guilty - you're not missing anything serious, plot-wise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-04-08
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-04-08 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Can't be a 70's scifi!"

    This wasn't clear from the description but this audiobook has more than one story in it. I would say that it is a collection of short stories, except that the first story is about 10 hours long. The rest are about 45 minutes. So it's more like a novel with a bonus collection of short stories.

    Scott Brick narrates the novel part and is very good, the other narrators aren't as good (especially following immediately after Brick), but are still easy to listen to.

    This is the 4th audiobook of 70s scifi that I've listened to and if I didn't know better, I would never believe it was written in the 70s. The story comes ahead of the scifi, the characters feel real, and the author makes you care what happens. There's an underlaying sense of injustice running through the stories that the author makes us want to correct.

    I wanted the stories to go faster, not to get through them, but because I wanted to know what happened. This audio is worth the price for sure!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 06-09-10
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Saga stands for long and boring."

    Long, boring, and just plain a waist of a credit. I love most of his other works but this one stinks.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Can't decide whether to recommend this or not!"

    I enjoyed Ender's Game and the subsequent novels, even though the characters were never very believable to me. This novel, however, is very strange. The characters were a bit creepy to me, with all the mothers hitting their kids; with kids dying and parents apparently not too broken up about it...I guess the characterizations, once again, were just not very believable to me. Oddly enough, it's been over a month since I finshed the book and I am still kind of resentful about it, for two reasons: one, the author had some great ideas but I really dislike the directions he took in the book, and two, I wish I hadn't met all the weird and one-dimensional characters.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley PITTSBURG, KS, United States 01-04-14
    Ashley PITTSBURG, KS, United States 01-04-14
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    "Interesting Story telling"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book, I found it interesting and compelling. until you get to the stories of Capitol. some of those I didn't really care for but they make sense in the total scheme of things. Thumbs up from me.

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    Royce Fairfax, VA, United States 11-30-12
    Royce Fairfax, VA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Sci-Fi since Ender's Game"
    What made the experience of listening to The Worthing Saga the most enjoyable?

    Deep philisophically demanding, yet strong memorable character development that makes it a joy to listen to and ponder. Great read. As always Scott Brick brings it home in the performance. I really enjoyed this.


    What other book might you compare The Worthing Saga to and why?

    Ender's Game, Pathfinder


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott brings sharpness and contrast to the dialogue that makes it so easy to follow and easy to relate to.


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

    It provided a provocative setting for good vs. evil, choice vs. slavery, and misery or ignorance vs. joy.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for providing this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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