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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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    Amazon Customer 06-27-14
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    "multiple narrators explanation"
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    There are tons of comments about the multiple narrators. I too found it jarring and odd. What's going on is that each chapter is told from the perspective of a specific character, and a different narrator is used to highlight who's perspective a given chapter is being told from.

    I think it becomes much more obvious that this is what's going on when you hear the second book.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 04-02-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Not one of OSC best but and ok listen"

    Seems like OSC may be lossing his touch, the characters are constantly explaining their abilities and the theories that make them a reality, my first OSC read was Songmaster and I think is was his best work.

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    Loren Indiana, USA 04-02-14
    Loren Indiana, USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Was this supposed to be a Young Adult book?"

    I liked the beginning of this book, but it became apparent within an hour that it is written from the perspective of the youngster protagonist. Early in the book he manages to intimidate his elders by demonstrating skills and knowledge that are very unlikely to be held by one so young. This unrealistic situation undoubtedly appeals to younger readers, but I like a bit more realism in my fantasy.

    I can suspend disbelief enough to accept the superpowers in stories like these, but I do expect the people to act and react in rational ways. This isn't the case with this book. I gave up after about an hour.

    Still, I expect that younger readers would very much enjoy this book, hence three stars.

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    Dmitri LEHI, UT, United States 03-24-14
    Dmitri LEHI, UT, United States 03-24-14
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    "Great Book"
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    The book started a bit slow but then the story unfolds and you are on an awesome journey. Great Card's work!

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    LA. Sutton AZ USA 02-26-14
    LA. Sutton AZ USA 02-26-14 Member Since 2012

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    "It's OK"

    Won't say the book is bad, just geared more for a younger person i.e. teen and I'm far past that unfortunately. Didn't find it 'hang on to your seat' type of listen/book, just thought there would be more excitement. Oh well. Will continue to listen to the second book "The Ruins" simply because I want to find out if they ever found what it was they were looking for. LOL

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    Jonas 01-14-14
    Jonas 01-14-14

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    "An excellent story and concept"
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    Much more enjoyable than the Ender series, despite the fact that I'd give Ender's Game 5 stars. Ender was best as a standalone. This one.. well, I dont know yet. But the handling of time effects and so on, while not particularly scientific, are very interesting to read. And the characters are interesting, slowly gaining depth throughout.

    Except the sister. She just appears mid-book and dives right in... I felt that she was not given enough time and attention as a main character.

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    Benjamin Martin Okinawa, Japan 12-04-13
    Benjamin Martin Okinawa, Japan 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent story, Narrator Changes Distracting"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Likely to save time during production the narration of the story switches between multiple artists. While the majority of the listen was fine, the abrupt changes lead to distracting discontinuities between character voices. Instead of all the characters being done with different voices the switches were by part and at least one of the narrators was very bad. Luckily his part was small.


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    jake 11-17-13
    jake 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Let's Play Hot potato Mic!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pathfinder to be better than the print version?

    No. I love audio books but this was ridiculous. I've heard audiobooks where multiple people narrated for different voices. but each person narrated the same person at one point or another.


    What other book might you compare Pathfinder to and why?

    The closest I can think of right now is Bourne Identity. At the story's start both main characters have skill sets that they believe they shouldn't have and are sent on a journey to discover more about their own history.I believe the storytelling method to be similar to Ender's game though. I believe that Orson Scott Card likes to tell two stories at once so it will switch between multiple main storylines.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Which one? There was one point at which I thought the current narrator was trying to portray a character as a vampire.


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

    I did, but if I was to listen to another book that jumps narrators I'd step away each time the narrator changes so I don't get confused when the character voices change.


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    Joey Kansas City, MO, United States 11-13-13
    Joey Kansas City, MO, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Irritating narration for Loaf"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book started out intriguing. I was excited to listen to it. Now I have come towards the end of the book to Loaf's point of view. This new narrator is extremely annoying and overly dramatic. I am having a hard time finishing the book because of this.


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

    I enjoyed everything so far with the exception of the narrator reading Loaf's point of view. He is overly dramatic, pauses at the wrong spots, and speed reads through others.


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    WilfredTR 09-20-13
    WilfredTR 09-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Audio punishment"
    What would have made Pathfinder better?

    As I'm listening to the book, and I'm not even half-way thru I'm thinking of the review I'm going to leave. I listen to escape, but the story was so pompous and full of itself in playing out every single time travel conundrum and EXPLAINING IT over and over, at a (no joke) snails pace, it's like watching ants build a sand pile. I felt trapped in my car.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will not be listening to the next book in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't switch narrators in the middle of the story! Not Brilliant, Brilliance Audio.


    What character would you cut from Pathfinder?

    The Innkeeper and his wife really didn't need so much screen time.


    Any additional comments?

    Editor where art thou? Story could have been told in 5 hours. If there's an abridged version, get it.

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