• Heartfire

  • The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Nana Visitor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Peggy Guester is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. Her power is so great that she can follow the paths of each person's future and know their most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, he has been protected by her. Now they are married, and Peggy is part of Alvin's heart as well as his life. But their destinies have torn them apart: Alvin has gone North to New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft and their use is punished with death; on a quest for world peace, Peggy has gone south to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart. There she waits in exile, her life at risk in the hands of Alvin's younger brother Calvin, who has no intentions of showing her any brotherly love. This is the fifth installment of the Tales of Alvin Maker.

Don't miss the other titles in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.
©1998 Orson Scott Card (P)1998 NewStar Media Inc.

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Wait for the Rerecord!

While Mr. Card's novel are always well-written, thought-provoking, and downright enjoyable, this audio version of Heartfire is of such poor quality that I turned it off 30 minutes into it. The sound quality is horrible; the narrator boring. My advice: Save your money and wait for the rerecord.

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Excellent seriers. Terrible audio quality

I have enjoyed Alvin's series so far. I have listened to Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, and Alvin Journeyman. However, I am very disppointed with the audio quality of the Heartfire recording. I hope it gets re-recorded.

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Poor Abridgement

I love Orson Scott Card's works and I have very much enjoyed the Alvin Maker series. However, I ran into a road block when I could not locate Heartfire in the unabridged format on Audible. The narration is good (I love Nana Visitor), but the story has been butchered. It does not flow well from the previous books (gives you the feeling of just being dropped right in) and leaves out a great deal of the story line (which I discovered upon listening to the subsequent books when I kept going "huh...when did THAT happen?").

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Do NOT buy this audio - maybe read it?

This is my first review ever. And this The WORST Audible recording ever. It’s sounds like the oldest scratchiest vinyl with a tape recorder recording that version followed by burning a CD of that version. I can barely understand it. First time returning a book and I hate that it’s going to reflect poorly on OSC. Soooooooooo baaaaaaad. Do not get this audiobook. It has nothing to do with switching narrators and everything to do with quality. And I’m OLD and grew up on books on tape. Hell I still have old CD’s of Harry Potter somewhere. It’s incomprehensible that the quality is so incredibly bad - it’s like where is the joke?

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Very disappointing

Good story - horrible storyteller - female voice does not fit characters Why change in middle of series?

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good series

love the series, this book seems to be incomplete or it was rushed in its reading or the way its written (no chapters titles) to know story view changing.

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The audio quality on this book is by far the worst I have ever heard on audible.


The story is good though.

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Good book, but audio sucks

The story is decent overall, but the horrible audio quality kills listening pleasure. It sounds like a recording of playback on a cell phone speaker set to max volume.

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the sound quality

This book sounds like it was recorded through an old style answering machine. Couldn't get into it the audio is so bad.

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Slow start but ended strong.

Sound quality of this particular version was awful. And it's not the same with a single narrator. I missed Stefan Rudnicki!

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