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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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    Charles Des Moines, IA, United States 05-20-11
    Charles Des Moines, IA, United States 05-20-11
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    "Pathfinder"

    One of the best Sci Fi books I have encountered in a long time. A must read.

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    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 05-07-11
    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome characters"

    You won't be dissapointed. You will only want more. I was taken aback by the alternating narrators at first, but then it made sense, different voices for the different points of view. Very nice.

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-03-11
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Hmmmm..."

    Little slow at the start, and I also figured out the ending well in advance. I did like how the two stories finally came together, but all in all a fine book worth listening to. Just a note, I would have given this book 4 stars but midway though the book a different narrator takes over 2 of the characters, and then an hour later the old narrator returns, kind of ruined one of the most interesting parts of the book.

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    Karen hallettsville, TX, United States 03-31-11
    Karen hallettsville, TX, United States 03-31-11
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    "Great!"

    This is the 2nd OSC book I've listened to. As with the other, Pathfinder is challenging and keeps you thinking! I didn't give it 5 stars because it does drag at times, but my 11 year old son and I loved listening to it and talking about it and making guess all along the journey!

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    alena 03-21-11
    alena 03-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good one!"

    I love the combination of Orson Scott Card and Stefan Rudnicki. They are both such fabulous storytellers. This book was a fascinating listen, and a great beginning to a series. It was a little similar to Alvin Maker, but it was evolved to a new and unique level. I'm excited to hear the next one!

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    A. Sandoval 02-25-11
    A. Sandoval 02-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen, great book!"

    Orson Scott Card delivers again in this book. It may be meant for teens, but all will enjoy it. This is a great book, worth the time. Can't wait for the sequel!

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    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 02-09-11
    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    I'm a fan of several of Card's previous books and like stories involving time travel, but I found the discussion of time travel in this book tedious and the main character too perfect. The switching between narrators didn't help. I won't buy the sequel. Two-and-a-half stars if that were possible.

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    Rachel Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-28-11
    Rachel Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Totally in the Spirit of Orson Scott Card"

    I've found that when it comes to Orson Scott Card's writing and I, it's a bit of a love/hate relationship. I find myself, over and over, coming back to his books because of the crazy ideas that they embody, but then at some point or another just want him to skip the pages of pondering a character does before acting on something. In the case of Pathfinder, the story was very enjoyable, and I loved how the two stories that were running parallel for the majority of the book were woven together. Something I don't understand is why there are so many narrators, since they just took turns reading the whole part. This is something that I've noticed in other audiobooks of Card's stories, such as Speaker for the Dead. For the most part, I didn't notice when one voice gave way to another...but there was one change around chapter 17-18 that absolutely took me out of the story, it was so drastic. Suddenly, characters like Loaf and Umbo were being portrayed with totally different inflections and voices that it took me a long time to settle into the new narrator and fall back into the story.

    This is a good read for any sci-fi fan, or anyone that's into time travel or fantasy in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane St. George, UT, United States 01-27-11
    Diane St. George, UT, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

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    "Fascinating and Confusing"

    I enjoyed the journey. It was fascinating to follow the deductive reasoning and logical thinking of the "Wandering Man" that Rigg calls "Father" and listen while Orson Scott Card weaves his intricate plot. The time travel paradox that he chose to embrace was sometimes a little too confusing, but he makes us think and most of the time that's a good thing. However, there were a few times I wanted to scream, "Enough, already!" Other than that, I loved it.

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    james salem, OR, United States 12-29-10
    james salem, OR, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "fun story"

    A few of treason's ideas in a new story. Well done. Can't wait for the next story.

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