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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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    brenden LAKE RIDGE, VA, United States 12-11-12
    brenden LAKE RIDGE, VA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't make it past Chapter 5"
    What disappointed you about Pathfinder?

    A childs style story, just plain silly. No complexity, almost like a Mother Goose story for young teens.


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

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The preformance was probably fine the story line and character's were just so lame I could't get past it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pathfinder?

    All of them.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lynkarns 02-07-11
    lynkarns 02-07-11
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    "no ending"

    You should be warned that this is a book to get you to buy another book and another book. I so was not expecting it to just stop. I actually looked at my player to see if something was wrong with it and the author came on to talk about it. A long 17 hours to end there.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin MASON, OH, United States 01-13-11
    Kevin MASON, OH, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of stories, particularly stories that let your imagination run wild. Just because something doesn't exist is no reason for it to hamper an excellent story from being told. If I can do my work while listening to an excellent story, then I am one happy guy

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    "Thank You OSC"

    I have always been a huge fan of Orson Scott Card's writing style, he writes his books like he intends them to be read out loud. The Ender Series is by far his best work (Speaker for the Dead takes the cake), but this story is so unique and enthralling that I could not stop listening. I usually sit and multi-task while I listen to my book, doing homework, working, driving etc. but this book I would stop other things and just sit and listen. OSC did a fantastic job creating another whole new universe and magic system, and plays around with the laws of time travel. Nothing is too confusing, which is rare for a Time travel book. My final word: Well done Orson Scott Card, This book is a keeper for my audio folder as well as my shelf.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael HAZEL PARK, MI, United States 12-14-10
    Michael HAZEL PARK, MI, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Sci Fi Book"

    A great book with a VERY interesting plot. The narrators did a great job telling a complex story. For most of the book you don't understand what two completely different stories have to do with each other. One story is set in future, the other is about a Teenager's journey in a primitive time. I found the "journey" in finding out what two stories had to do with each other very interesting. "Pathfinder: Book I" sure set up an interesting series that I look forward to "reading".

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
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    "good all around"

    First, the narrators are extremely pleasant ; they are the same as the series. Second, Orson Scott Card is as mind-blowing as always ; pooling Earth's ressources to build colonization ships, folds in space-time continuum, pushing Sci-fi's limits in order to reach the fantasy genre.
    It's a mix between Homecoming Saga and Ender's Saga. 17hrs well spent.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia 12-21-10
    Amazon Customer Virginia 12-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant. Madeleine L'Engle would be jealous."

    Card is a master, and this new series can testify to that. Card mixes sci-fi/ fantasy with philosophy and physics so neatly that you'll walk away feeling refreshingly challenged. This is no cliche adventure tale, although there *is* adventure and suspense, of course. It *is* Orson Scott Card we're talking about, here.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-24-11
    Jesse LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy to predict, yet a great read...or listen..."

    I'm a huge OSC fan, and Pathfinder has seriously whetted my appetite for the following books in this series. Some may feel that this book is a bit too predictable...which it is. But looking at the book from the end, it seems an elaborate set-up for the rest of the series. OSC has created this really neat world with all it's very interesting complexities, but the explanation of it all takes a lot of set-up.


    I will say that it took me a while to straiten out the different stories that run through the book. At first it was a bit confusing, but it works itself out. I really enjoyed the different narrators narrating from the different perspectives. It gave the book some nice flavor. I just wish Scott Brick had a greater roll in the narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice takes a bit to ease into, but I found that I always welcomed his narration when the story switched back to his perspective.


    I can't wait for Book 2!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jeroen 12-04-13
    Jeroen 12-04-13
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    "Explaining the complaints of narration."
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book, much more than I expected going on the other reviews here.

    But I really just want to explain the complaints about the change in narrators. I LOVE Rudnicki I must say, and can understand at first glance the complaints about having the others in there.
    The thing is that if you pay close attention when the other narrators are talking, the entire writing style changes with the other two main narrators, which incidentally is likely why they even have them here. When the story is told primarily from Riggs point of view we have Rudnicki, when it's Loaf and Umbo as the lead perspective we get different narrators (for each) and vastly different writing style and attitude of the characters as interpreted by each of these characters. From Loaf's view of reality he sees Umbo as incredibly whiney for example. And this is reflected in the way they are written. At first when it happened it felt like a section of the book was written by a different author till I realised what was happening.

    I think that if Rudnicki had done it all by himself it would have been very disjointing when this occurs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 10-28-13
    Cindy 10-28-13

    Cindy

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    "Starting on chapter 42 : narration terrible."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    One good narrator for the entire book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The first part of the book was fine but in Chapter 42 that narration changed to an extremely annoying voice actor. Just as I getting into the mood and groove of the story, this "talk like a pirate" narrator shows up, out of nowhere, and ruins the whole mood of the book. The first part of the book has a nice mellow narration style then out we are subjected to this grating voice that over plays the characters. I went from liking the characters to wishing they would go rescue the real characters from the "talk like a pirate" narrator, that hijacked the story half way through. I don't know if can adjust and finish this book, having to listen to this new grating voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina OCALA, FL, United States 10-14-13
    Gina OCALA, FL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Annoying Narrator!!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of the book was a little difficult to follow with the many references and discussions to the space/time paradigm, so much so that it lost my interest and I skimmed over some parts, but the narrators ( yes plural...there were 2) we're easy voices to listen to, so I trudged along and stayed with it, hoping to make sense of it all. Though, I will say the narrators (both) sounded old and that was hard to listen to young 13 year old Rigg with a gravelly old man voice.

    The second half of the book switched to another male narrator - things went from somewhat bad, to awful! This narrator was so ANNOYING that after listening to only one chapter, I couldn't just listen anymore and gave up. What a shame. His voice was loud, grating and irritating -- left me tense and with a headache...seriously! Just couldn't torture myself anymore.

    Never have I written a review, but I read other reviews before buying. Therefore, to others out there like myself, if you depend on a good reader with and easy voice, that knows when and where the inflections belong...this is not the book for you. Audible should provide a sample listen of book 2, so you can hear what you are buying...a royal headache.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    Not with these narrators. Maybe if another narrator.


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

    NEVER!!!


    Could you see Pathfinder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't know... Never made it to the end and am frustrated and feeling rather negative about the story because of the above. Talk about ruining a story...pick a bad narrator(s)


    Any additional comments?

    Find another narrator. Let members hear all voices that narrate....especially book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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