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Pathfinder Audiobook

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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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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    J. Bowlus 06-12-15
    J. Bowlus 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Complex and Entertaining"

    Orson Scott Card has a distinct way of simplifying complex philosophy and science and making it entertaining and understandable. Even though the science is mostly of his own creation, it seems plausible and factual.

    Pathfinder is a unique take on aspects of time travel and superhuman abilities. The characters are multi-dimensional and have a breadth of depth. I always enjoy the witty dialogue and the fact the children of most of his novels are smarter and more insightful than any professor I have had in college.

    Loved the story and can't wait to continue the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bbeaa 06-09-15
    bbeaa 06-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Puzzling narration, perturbing"

    Asked teen working for me what was on his summer reading list. Pathfinder! I hadn't read it before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna Groneman 05-15-15
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    "fabulous!!!!"

    great story. a little slow to begin with but it got really interesting and attention gripping!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Trefan Calgary, Canada 05-06-15
    T. Trefan Calgary, Canada 05-06-15 Member Since 2011

    Compulsively Reading

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    "First half awesome, final 6.5 hrs is a huge WTF!?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So I've been enjoying this book and having a blast. Suddenly in chapter 42 the entire narration changes. Different narrators with a juvenile style of telling a story.... It's pretty much ruined the audiobook for me. I'll probably just read it instead. I can't stand how irritating these last part of the book is being told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's fascinating, mysterious and exciting.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Why in gods name did you switch it up? It was WORKING for me. I was ENJOYING the book. And then you change narrators? Seriously? WHY?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Please warn me if any other future books have a giant rip off like this toward the end. It is NOT a nice surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Douglasville, GA 04-24-15
    Victoria Douglasville, GA 04-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I won't finish this book"
    What disappointed you about Pathfinder?

    the narration is horrendous. it is all over the place and keep me from 'escaping' into the story like I usually do.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    won't make it there


    How could the performance have been better?

    this narrator ruined the book for me.


    What character would you cut from Pathfinder?

    didn't get involved enough to know


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    A. Davis 04-15-15
    A. Davis 04-15-15
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    "Why multiple narrators?"

    I thought it was a wonderful story but I wondered why thy chose to change narrators during the story. I do not feel that it added to the presentation.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 04-11-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 04-11-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Good Sci Fi"

    Card combines young adult fantasy and science-fiction. Pathfinder is a complex and sophisticated narrative involving space and time-travel --secrets and intrigues that keep you turning pages/listening. At the end, the author stated that he had achieved his goal and tht soe of the skipping around in time was necessary for the story. The political intrigue is complicated. In production, multiple narrators were used for the same character...very distracting.

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    Kiel 03-24-15
    Kiel 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too many narrators..."

    I liked the story. The main narrator sounded, at times, like he was translating a story into English. It seemed slightly choppy and over-enunciated. I think I'll pass on the audio version of these stories and just read the book.

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    Randy 03-19-15
    Randy 03-19-15
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    "Gotta love sci fi for this one."

    Decided to try another from Orson Scott card. This book can be a little confusing simply because of the paradoxes and theory of relativity. If you like sci fi and like time travel and stuff like that it's a great read. Characters are great nice twist at the end and it makes you think.

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    Joshua O. Hess 03-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Second read"

    I read everything orson. This one was great to revisit before moving on to the sequel. Very daring. Engaging characters.

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  • Inga
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    2/6/11
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    "Truly enjoyable"

    A truly enjoyable listen! The plot develops very cleverly, leaving the listener intrigued all the way at what is to come next. The personalities of the main characters are many-faceted and described with much detail. A very enjoyable 'twist' was the subplot at the beginning of each new chapter: in the beginning I kept wondering what it had to do with the whole story. But as the book unfolds the history of the planet Garden as well as the true nature of Rigg's gift and the relationship with his 'father' becomes clear. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, and whether Rigg and his friends manage to unite all 'wallfolds'...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Leicester, England, United Kingdom
    3/19/11
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    "Love it"

    one of his many best works. card creates yet another masterpeice

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
    12/24/12
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    "A typically-OSC series starter - promising"

    This is Orson Scott Card doing what he does best - the first book in a new series. It has a cast of good characters and the story was engaging. It holds plenty of promise for the books to come, although that's not typically what OSC does best (e.g. the Alvin, Ender and Homecoming series all start off excellent or good and trail off). Hoping this series and the Mithermage series change that trend. They both have promise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia
    Stanhope, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
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    "It ended too soon!"

    Please write some more, I want to know what happens next to these fascinating characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    7/4/11
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    "please stop discussing it and get on with it!"

    This book has a good story in it if only the author would let it out. Every single possible outcome has to be debated, either with the other protagonists, or if they're not there with oneself. I was ready to scream at times. Further more, although the main character is meant to have been intensively educated by his father I still could not accept that he was a young teenager. His father must have excised every bit of the child from him and left a rather dull young man.

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