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  • Gatefather

  • The Mithermages, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,751

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Orson Scott Card has gotten weird... really weird

  • By Jeffrey on 10-25-15

No Direction

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Emily Rankin and Stefan Rudnicki ?

Yes for the Narrators, Maybe for Card. I have not read even half of Card's work, but most of it was very good, including the first two books of this series. I would take a wait and see approach, and read reviews first beforehand.

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

Perhaps, but I would be wary. I would be more likely to listen to one of his older best sellers like Ender's Game, than anything new again.

Which scene was your favorite?

No scene stood out as particularly good. Most were decent individually, but taken together they had a lack of suspense, and spent far too much time waxing philosophical.

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

I would have sent the whole book back and told him to rewrite it with more suspense, and removing everything involving the magical paradigm shift. This was used to break all the rules of magic and setting established in the first 2 books, and solve all the problems by a Deus ex Machina. It's sloppy writing, and I expected better of him.

Any additional comments?

From listening to the afterwords in the audio book, I get the impression he changed his priorities while writing this book from telling a contemporary fantasy novel, to exploring philosophical questions about death and the afterlife. It's his books, and he's got every right to put whatever he wants to in them, and I didn't find it offensive, but I did feel betrayed by failure to deliver a satisfactory conclusion to the series.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,753

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A true Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

I would not consider it to be better, but it is more accessible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

To me it is the paradigm shift when the true role of the worms is revealed.

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

It was solid, my only complaint was that the reader jumps some times did not make any sense, though they all did a good job individually. That was what lost the 5th star on performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

To me it isn't a laugh or cry book, but it does fill me with a sense of wonder, I love how Frank Herbert made the setting come alive for me.

Any additional comments?

It's a Science Fiction Classic. I recommend it for anybody who is interested in the genera.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sisterhood of Dune

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the First Need to Listen for 2012

  • By Clydene on 01-03-12

A letdown for the Dune Saga

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-12

Would you try another book from Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and/or Scott Brick?

Yes, this is the bad apple out of the bunch that I have seen. Most of the are quite good.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Good Omens

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

None of my issues with the book are with Scott Brick's performance, he is as solid as I have come to expect from it.

Did Sisterhood of Dune inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to stop listening to it.

Any additional comments?

I love the Dune Saga, but this addition was painful to listen to. it's like they where grasping for straws on what to write next. I sincerely hope they are done and move onto other projects. This book shows to me that they have exhausted their good ideas for working with the setting.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful