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Ruins Audiobook
Ruins
Written by: 
Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: 
Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
Ruins Audiobook

Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

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When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another.

But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can’t work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

©2012 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kindle Customer 04-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen - Fun for all"
    Where does Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is better than half of what I have listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loaf is the best character due to his blunt and memorable lines.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did fine. Please stop the whining!


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

    Moving through time comes at a cost.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 03-18-13
    Shannon 03-18-13
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    "Worth the listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved pretty quickly and kept me interested and engaged. I enjoyed the plot twists that Card introduced throughout. It was definitely not the storyline I was anticipating.

    The constant whining by one or more of the characters got on my nerves and detracted from the pace of the story, but I suppose it served to develop the characters.


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

    I did not like that the narrators switched based on who's perspective we were hearing the story from. I understand why the story was produced this way, but it was a little annoying. That said, it didn't annoy me NEARLY as much as it did with the first book.


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

    There were definitely times when I did not want to put this down. Especially when they were dealing with the computers and expendibles. The story definitely kept me interested and I will be purchasing the next book when it is completed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vicki lebanon, tn, United States 02-25-13
    vicki lebanon, tn, United States 02-25-13
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    "Great sequel!"
    Where does Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks mid to top


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    Pathfinder, it is the sequel


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene between Rig and the original settler


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

    I have no tag line


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Minneapolis 02-18-13
    Philip Minneapolis 02-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Where does Card get these stories from ?"

    Orson Scott Card could never write another science fiction book and rest entirely on his Ender books, Leaving aside the Alvin Maker series, (too Mormon for me I am afraid) this guy just cranks out fantastic works year after year. I really liked this book, the first one and this one. The characters are believable, plot is edgy and kept my interest. I liked how OSC was able to integrate characters from a science based future with a pre technological era. The friendships and relationships are intriguing and believable. I listen to a lot of science fiction and fantasy via Audible, and sometimes I forget stories, this one I really enjoyed and I am looking forward to the next installment. Along with several other books OSC has in the hopper. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 02-16-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 02-16-13
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    "A good part 2, classic Card"

    This book is Card at his finest writing, it's full of interesting ideas and situations and a very hard book to put down. You always have to know what happens next and it's easily the best book I've read this year. All the characters are powerful and deep in their own ways and have their own unique styles.

    The only real downside is I felt like I was rereading Treason by the same author. The story outline is identical. A protagonist with special genetic traits goes from realm to realm on a divided human planet seeing all the different ways humans have modified their genes while Earth is the unseen enemy. It made things far to familiar and predictable. This is too good a series and deserves better than a recycled outline.

    I'd also note that I thought Pathfinder was a self contained book until it ended with an opening for Ruins, and then going into this, I thought this was the conclusion. Ruins was just as incomplete and open ended, so I can only assume their will be a book three. I certainly like Sci-Fi series but doing it this misleading way is kind of annoying. I was hoping to see a lot more resolve or at least I'd have rather known I'm reading an open-ended series.

    They used 3 capable narrators for the book, but the way it was structured every little while at random points they'd jump to the next narrator for no real reason. It was jarring and really hurt the flow of the story. Any one of the three could have done a fine job with this book, but the combination done that way really ruined the performance. I'm a Stefan Rudnicki fan, so had he done the whole book it would have easily been a 5 star performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-22-13
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    "I Like it. Creative and clean"
    Would you listen to Ruins again? Why?

    Yes, I find the story very intriguing, and I suspect once to series is done it will fun to re-read (or listen) again to catch all the time travel nuances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of the characters time abilities, and the unfolding story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna 01-20-13
    Deanna 01-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "...Wait...What?"

    I waited for this book to come out and was extremely interested in where it would go. It did not dissapoint, there is a serious adventure in this book. The book started right where the previous book left off, so there is no catching up to do, unless you need a refresher from the old book.

    My biggest complaint for the book is that the last hour left me confused. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me thinking I missed something and a lot of "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!"

    There is a lot of time traveling in this book and it can get a little confusing at times. So don't zone out for part of it or you may miss important details.

    Narrators were all spot on. No complaints from me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irvin 01-16-13
    Irvin 01-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Story line skewed too much compared to first book"

    I think i enjoyed the story of the first book better. There was too much focus on the characters, which normally would be fine but there wasn't much variation of drama besides lots of bickering between themselves. The story line was meh.. the conundrums with time were interesting and Card did try new things with how he portrayed time with the different characters.. But in my opinion it just skewed somewhere in the middle and the storyline went from one extreme to another.. greatly reducing a happy ending where the characters are "whole" unless he does something weird..

    Also Card likes to rehash a lot of his characters and plots from his earlier books, Umbo
    s character resembles Bean while Rigg.. you guessed it Ender.. and then *SPOILER ALERT* sometime near the end it becomes similar to what happened to Lanik Mueller in Treason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Carter 01-12-13
    S. Carter 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow at parts but a must read for Pathfinder fans."
    Where does Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance was great with this book. There is a big group and the readers do well portraying each voice. Sometimes it was difficult to know who was talking but otherwise very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruins?

    My favorite part is when they go into the past and meet vadesh for the first time. It filled me with suspense and I was seriously scared they were going to die!


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

    The narrator had a deep relaxing voice and it was easy to listen to and entertaining


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

    The past is history


    Any additional comments?

    Fun to listen to. only complaint is the pages of exposition between each sentence of dialogue and the whiny little kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-03-13
    Tiffany NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well written, great time travel novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ruins to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Umbo, he's a very real and relatable character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yahoo scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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