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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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    Dallas 08-07-13
    Dallas 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable"

    Fantasy with a bit of Sci-fi. I did not like some of the character voices at first, but they grew on me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-08-13
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    "Orson Scott Card at his best"

    Great character development, very descriptive well thought out world. This book had me hooked from the start and didn't let up, can't wait to get stuck into the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    salix 06-10-13
    salix 06-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "young-adultish and delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably would not recommend it to a friend because I am 28 and the book is not mature enough for my accidental peer-group.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    On the basis of this first of Card's writing that I have listened, I indeed sought another Card book immediately after.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Solid narrator is a gem, and here there are four. The female narrator gives only chapter titles.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Three young friends find their identity across folds in time.


    Any additional comments?

    Young people should listen to this book. The physics, space-time, erudite dialogue between the captain Ram and the Expendable companion, and sci fi elements all satisfying. Characters are well created and given heart. The writing is not challenging, in fact, it's almost challengingly basic when depictions are made and internal thought processes given. Find the right gear and this book reads effortlessly, well-paced.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-23-13
    David 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good mixture of time travel and Sci Fi"

    Interesting story. Dual storylines with lots of twists. Quite interesting to follow both story lines to their conclusion.

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    Brooke Cedar City, UT, United States 03-11-13
    Brooke Cedar City, UT, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Die hard sci fi lovers only!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story was die hard Sci Fi Fantasy lovers only! So hard to keep listening with the multi-faceted story line and somewhat monotone narrator. I like to get lost in a book and not have to analyze and think extra hard. Therefore if you enjoy a challenge and like to think intricately then this book is for you.


    Has Pathfinder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. More so from the author than the type. I like more simplistic sci-fi fantasy books where I don't have to think so hard.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes with different author.


    Any additional comments?

    One positive attribute about this book is the language. Often I find authors put in swear words when really unnecessary. This book had no foul language and I found that refreshing.

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    Nathalie Washington, DC, United States 03-08-13
    Nathalie Washington, DC, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration ruins this book"
    What would have made Pathfinder better?

    My primary suggestion would be to have someone else narrate. The primary narrator was impossibly bad.

    I've read many of Orson Scott Card's books and am a big fan of his. Listening to this book was torture, however, and I would recommend avoiding books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.

    I'd like to say that the story was good despite the bad narration, but I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy it at all.


    Has Pathfinder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will not listen to another OSC book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, which unfortunately seems to be the majority.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Just about anyone would have done better. I don't understand how someone's voice could be so devoid of emotion and yet so irritating. Michael Kramer, for example, could have done a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, do not waste your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-01-13
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great book from Card"
    Where does Pathfinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What other book might you compare Pathfinder to and why?

    Other Orson Scott Card books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Didn't like how the readers made Loaf's voice sound evil. I read the book a couple years ago, and my interpretation was that his voice shouldn't have an evil, snide streak to it.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy science fiction with time travel, you will LOVE this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David snowflake, AZ, United States 02-25-13
    David snowflake, AZ, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    Great Idea, great delivery. I liked how there were different narrators for each of the characters viewpoints. There were 3 or 4 character viewpoints and each had a good narrator. I usually don't get into time travel stories as much, but this book has a very intriguing take on it. I also liked how it was clean, so I can recommend it to any friends and family who like this genre without having to worry about bad language, sexual content, or too much gory violence. There's also enough detail overall to visualize the story, but not so much that it slows down the plot.


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    Todd The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-19-13
    Todd The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story. Unique concept."

    The story is as always well written. I liked the unique ideas presented in this story. My fingers are crossed if the series will finish as well as it started.

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    Sam G 02-14-13
    Sam G 02-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Fantasy Novel I've 'Read' in Years"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the best kind of classic fantasy. I've yet to move to Book 2, but Book 1 was entertaining, intricate (but not so complicated as to be incomprehensible), and surprising. Fantasy readers who expect magic won't be disappointed. But the magic is far from your typical fare, so the reader/listener will be intrigued practically from the beginning.There were some confusing aspects of the story, but interestingly, they were issues that Card had the characters themselves debate, making them far less confusing in the end.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I have to admit I wasn't fond of the performance. It featured multiple voices, and a couple of them were downright unpleasant. All in all, I think I would put it this way: I have grown quite accustomed to audiobooks, and am not bored by a single narrative voice. As long as it's read well, the lack of distraction enables me to paint my own mental picture based on the author's words. I find the attempt at dramatizing the work further than a single narrative voice quite jarring; it interferes with the picture(s) I'm painting in my head.Despite giving it an average performance review, I still gave this book the top 'overall' review because the story itself is deserving of more stars than were available to me.


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

    I would have loved to have listened to it in one sitting. As it was, I found myself listening to it at times other than my normal listening times, and gladly gave up other entertainments on occasion because this book was better than anything I'd have seen on TV or read on the internet.


    Any additional comments?

    I am usually impressed with Book 1 in any Orson Scott Card series, but this book is the best he's written since Ender's Game. I am going to start Book 2 with some trepidation, however, because his series end up being a bit bizarre and idiosyncratic. What Card excels at is writing about the origins of worlds and what - beyond the ken of their inhabitants - makes those worlds tick. Once that has been fully explained, his stories can get a bit overwrought, to put it politely.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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