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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 Hammond, ON, Canada 01-23-13
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it! Ended abruptly though."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 01-14-13
    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2006

    Computer Geek

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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.

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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.

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    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-21-12
    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Start of an Enjoyable Path"

    Pathfinder fits well into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, with lots of fantasy overtones and settings ("magic", more of a medieval feel) with scientific explanations. This setting again enables Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game fame) to demonstrate his amazing story weaving abilities.

    Rigg is forced onto a journey by the death of his father, being told to find a sister he never knew he had, and learning throughout that he's not who he thought he was. There are lots of twists and turns throughout his journey, multiplied by the way this story plays with time.

    The reading itself was generally well done, although having different voices reading different chapters hurt my immersion at times. Overall, all of the readers had good voices, but were just different enough for me to get distracted. The story itself was worth the minor problems in reading, and made this well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 11-04-12
    Ruth United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Compelling, Confusing, Enjoyable & 4 me Surprising"

    I need to preface this by saying that even though I LOVE many science fiction stories and movies, I'm NOT always a fan of Science Fiction. I tend to like more fantasy. My husband and father have really pushed me to read some of Orson Scott Card's books, so I got this one thinking that they would both enjoy it. I like magical powers and magical worlds, but as soon as robots and spaceships join the mix I don't always like it. This has 2 interesting colliding stories in it that have really meshed into... or crashed into 1 intertwined story.

    I really liked the characters, plot and the time-travel link. It was really interesting to see the two stories coming together. I really liked the ending and the setup for the series. It seems very interesting and I hope that I will like the future books.

    I'm not surprised that Orson Scott Card wrote a good book, I know he is a good author. I just wasn't sure I would like it. I did like the main characters and the way they handled their hurdles. I appreciate the fact that he writes clean stories with a minimum of swearing. I think there are many areas in which the characters can grow and I think the story line has a lot of room for development.

    The only confusing part was the time travel stuff. Wow, I'm not sure how he even wrote those parts. It was horribly mind-bending to listen to, but still an enticing ... what if....

    I don't know that it was my favorite book of all time, but I think it was plenty good enough. I can see the series growing on me. Who knows what the future... or the past might bring. I give it a definite thumbs up. Now I need the next one in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiago Hannover, Germany 09-10-12
    Tiago Hannover, Germany 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "OSC "brand" does not disappoint !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I love OSC writing and this seems to be the beginning of a great book series.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes.... WRITE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE

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    Sean Gulf Shores, AL, USA 09-09-12
    Sean Gulf Shores, AL, USA 09-09-12
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    "Great Story, But sorry... 2nd reader BAD!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    The first half (reader) and entire story was wonderful. It kept you guessing (as all Card's books) and getting to know each person in the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Starting in Chapter 9 a new reader takes over. He was SO so so so bad I felt sick. The tempo, the voice, the rhyme and persona of the story hits a brick wal because of this one flaw. His voice sounds like a frog sick from smoking in his death throws. - I wish I was kidding or even smiling, but it's that bad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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