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Pathfinder: Book 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

Pathfinder: Book 1

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.
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Publisher's Summary

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.

©2010 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The implications of the boys' power to manipulate the past unfold cleverly…, feeding into the Machiavellian political intrigue for a pulse-pounding climax….Card's many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots.” (Kirkus)

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    John LAKELAND, FL, United States 01-28-13
    John LAKELAND, FL, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pathfinder to be better than the print version?

    I liked this book. The story was unique. The characters were down to earth and entertaining. The sci-fi aspect is subtle at first but more pronounced as the book goes on. I am considering listening to the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not sure


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    all about the same


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

    not extreme. Made me think though


    Any additional comments?

    good book. Worth the money

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Delaware, OH, United States 01-28-13
    Michael Delaware, OH, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Book."

    I Love OSC books, and this one did not let me down. Good book but overall not one of his best.

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    Amazon Customer 01-27-13
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    "intellectually stimulating & highly entertaining"

    I am wowed. How delightful are the speech modality changes, how refreshing is the intellectual challenge of the time paradoxes, how helpful the moral lessons - not just coined in aphorisms but enacted in life-size characters. In my middle age, I am happy to learn how to respond to stress in a dignified manner and how not to demean to react in whatever burlish way the environment has conditioned me. OSC - I am awed by you all the more, you never cease to gratify all the human needs, from my simple appetite for entertainment, to the need to think new thoughts, and all the way to the need to ever come closer to comprehend the Unlimited One. Thank you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Inna Sandy, Utah, United States 01-26-13
    Inna Sandy, Utah, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never fails"
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    I'm a big fan of Orson Scott Card's novels. I find them fascinating and catchy. From the first chapter to the last one you restless mind will need more and more until you listen to the last words of the narrator. Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators. Five starts to the book, author and Rudnicki!
    P.S. I totally disliked Kristoffer Tabori presentation. It was horrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Hammond, ON, Canada 01-23-13
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Loved it! Ended abruptly though."
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    This books as fantastic. I would suggest you read this right after the previous book as it does not include any intro or back story before it starts off. It gets right into the actions.

    It took me some time to remember what the original plat was since it had been some time since I read the previous book.

    The story is good and moves along very quickly. I did find the ending a little odd and abrupt. There will definately be another in this series.

    Naration was fantastic and the performers from the previous book returned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 01-14-13
    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Excellent Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    Great ideas about time travel.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't crazy about some of the narrators, but Stefan Rudnicki was as good as ever.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christy ADELPHI, MD, United States 01-08-13
    christy ADELPHI, MD, United States 01-08-13
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    "Excellent!!"

    This was the first book I've read/listened to by OSC and now I see what all the hype is about! I loved every minute of this book and as soon as I finished it, I immediately listened to its sequel (Ruins), which was also amazing. And now I'm dying for the next one to come out.

    The story focuses on Rigg, who although is only a boy, is a very mature and likable main character. OSC walks the reader through much of Rigg's thoughts, but it was never boring. The story itself is also very interesting. It combines elements of fantasy and science fiction. And OSC handles the time travel elements in a new and clever manner. It's not very fast-paced as most of the story deals with the main characters exploring their time abilities, but that in itself was interesting enough to keep me engaged from start to finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 01-05-13
    Linda 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "New a twist on Sci Fi, at least for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pathfinder to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    The expendables with Ram and the image of the creature on the other side of the wall


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

    no but I enjoyed coming back to it


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    David 12-05-12
    David 12-05-12
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    "a great read and thought provoking"

    Definitely worth a read, especially if you've read other books by Scott Card.
    I would read anthing he writes, and this is the beginning of a series which makes it even better as it means the fun lasts longer..

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    Tony 11-21-12
    Tony 11-21-12
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    "FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES"

    I enjoyed the Ender series but found that they were standalone novels. This book is not. I realize that this is the first book of a series ( Two so far, I believe) but still I would wish for some sort of conclusion which there is not with 'The Pathfinder'. I also did not enjoy the constant switching of narrators. When I first looked at the list of narrators I thought that it was going to be a cast... it is not. To me, change for change sake. That being said i enjoyed the novel and I enjoyed the concepts utilized in the story, complicated at times but fun! Read this novel knowing that you have to read the next to get fulfillment. If this is too much of a commitment, skip it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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