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Publisher's Summary

From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America. Charms, beseechings, hexes, and potions all have a place in the lives of the people of this world.

Alvin Miller is the seventh son of a seventh son, born while his six brothers all still lived. Such a birth is a powerful magic; such a boy is destined to perhaps become a Maker. Rejoin the tale of Alvin and his wife Peggy as they work to create the Crystal City of Alvin's vision, where all people can live together in peace.

Don't miss the other titles in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.
©2003 Orson Scott Card (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

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start with the first book

What did you love best about Crystal City?

Just love this author and the entire series. I've read and listened to them all. The narration is fantastic, l even got my boyfriend addicted to these books!

What did you like best about this story?

Just the continuation of a great story.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Everything.

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Please, please start at the beginning of the series it makes a huge difference. Seventh Son is the first book. You'll be addicted.

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This can't be the last of this series!

Having read all the books in this series, and loved each one, I have to say that this one, although written and narrated just as well as the others, leaves me with wanting more. There is too much unanswered for this to be the last book in the series. The narrators were exceptional, and I dearly loved the Christian overtones, which made one think about their own moral code. I was so happy to find a series that left out the usual 'hooks' of sex, blood, gut and gore.
I could not put down this series, buying them when I ran out of credits. Bravo Orson Scott Card!!!

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I love Alvin Maker but don't like this audiobook

I have been caught up in the Alvin Maker storyline for many years, now, and listened to this story with a combination of frustration and interest. Frustration because the reading is too slow-paced and because Gabrielle de Cuir reads some of the parts and her voice is TRULY annoying, especially at the end where she is reading way too much emotion into the part. (Want some cheese and crackers with that WHINE?!?) All of this is made worse by high compression/low bitrate sound quality of the Audible version.

All together, this is an interesting installment in the life of Alvin Maker, but I don't know that I care for the direction Card is going.

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Something missing

I feel like there was an entire book that I missed between Heartfire and The Crystal City. There were several things references that I have zero recollection about which made a lot of things seem... just wrong.

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I Was Ready For the Story to End.

The Crystal City is probably my least favorite of the Alvin Maker series. It got to the point where any obstacle was overcome by Alvin's, or somebody else's knack. It eliminates any tension or sense of danger to the characters when one knows that all they have to do is run real fast, make a fog, or miraculously heal someone. Even though he was very infuriating, and mostly downright stupid, Calvin became more interesting than his brother Al. Toward the end of the book, I really didn't care if they made the Crystal City or not.

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Suffers from Awful Narration

If you've been listing to the previous audio books in this series, prepare for disappointment. It's really a shame Nana Visitor didn't read this last book; she really had the vocal characterizations down pat and brought the characters to life. Plus, her enjoyment of the tale really shone through.

However, unlike Nana Visitor, this new narrator's proper speaking voice really fails to deliver the "country voice" of many of the characters. Thus, it often sounds forced and serves as a constant distraction throughout the book.

In addition, the narrator's vocal characterizations fall flat and without dialogue attribution, it's often difficult to distinguish between characters involved conversations.

A dull, distracting reading awaits you in this audio book.

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great book

This is a great series, hopefully Card gets to finishing up soon, Its been almost 20 years.....

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A weak finish to a good series

I'm left feeling disappointed by how this final book played out. First, there were a number of glaring errors that the author left in the book. The largest being the gender of the main character's first child. Secondly, very few subplots were resolved. In fact, some of the critical characters from previous books were tossed in as if they barely deserved mention, despite their prior importance and unresolved stories.

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disappointing

The performance was great but the story had me wanting to quit just a few chapters in. I feel like the characters all just suddenly got angry and sarcastic and short with each other, even their friends. They all kinda felt like Calvin was rubbing off on them which was extremely disappointing.

Also the beginning had me feeling like i had missed at least a short story, if not a whole novel, between Journeyman and Crystal city. We are thrown in the middle of a random encounter in a random city that had nothing to do with where Journeyman left off, and references to events that happened between books but are never really quite fleshed out.

i finished for the sake of the story, and in hopes that the next installment will be better.

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Contender

Absolutely loved it. In some ways my favorite book of the whole series, but I feel that way about them all. So many sick moments. Awesome new characters, as usual. The volcano, Arthur Stewart does some sick shit, La Tia is a bad ass, and the Dam scene! Soo good.

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  • Auntie Panda
  • 05-11-20

Just Superb!

This is a thoroughly entertaining performance. I enjoy listening to the characters develop throughout the story. My favourite part of this book is the continuing development of the 'Abe' thread. I love hearing and picturing such historical characters woven into the edges of storyline. I highly recommend that you listen to the entire series.

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  • 09-19-16

shame

I love this series but a lot lacking in this book... hopefully the next book will make up for it.