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Pastwatch Audiobook

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

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Publisher's Summary

In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

©1996 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A bold and compassionate alternative history filled with believable historical and fictional characters." (Library Journal)

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    Kellan 10-06-08
    Kellan 10-06-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant Imagination"

    I'm not sure why people listen to audiobooks if not for the incredibly entertaining imagination that lurks behind the story. This is classics Orson Scott Card he went and once again redefined his genre this is Science Fiction at it's best. He went and made a book that looks at what our history could have been had things happened differently. His theory is sound, and I'll admit a little long winded at times but it quickly evolves into an incredibly intriguing narrative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 07-22-08
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 07-22-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointed"

    Orson Scott Card is a favorite author, and I enjoy his column here on Audible. I did not enjoy Pastwatch; I'm afraid he missed the mark in this ambitious undertaking. If you read the book, you'll understand the title about the redemption of Columbus. It promises more than the book delivers.

    Both the plot description and the sample were intriguing. Although the book started well, it foundered towards the end of the first part and stuck that way well into the second. The "philosophical" arguments were repetitive, tedious, and often just plain silly. I found myself wanting to shout at the characters that they were talking nonsense -- then this nonsense turned into resolution of the book! The worst of it came from the female characters who initiated the "dialogue" out of sheer emotion -- not that the males were exempt, not by any means -- and gave me a creepy sense of a sexist undertone. None of the characters inspired empathy in me, nor could I identify or empathize with much of their behavior. I found them to be flat and two-dimensional, very much just vehicles for the creeping, tedious "advancement" of the plot.

    Most of the time I rewind and listen to passages again to make sure that I haven't missed anything; it's easy to do with an audiobook. Not with this one. I often fell asleep with this book, as one reviewer said it was little more than background noise. I could hardly wait to finish it, and discovered that the parts I may have missed didn't make a bit of difference.

    The narrators do a splendid job, they just don't have that much to work with.

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    nancy campione 09-12-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing slant on how societies evolve"

    Very enjoyable. Loved the way this book asserts how the actions of the few at pivitol moments can impact the fundamentals of society. Any history buff will support this contention. And the sci fi aspect was ingenious.

    Only criticism I have is Card's deep character development was missing, but he had a lot of ground to cover, and the overall result was great. Well worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 05-07-08
    Annette 05-07-08

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "OSC Good one"

    I know i've said he's let me down before but i'm a sucker for a good, moderately reasonable time travel tale. This one is very interesting and actually hits on a smart moral point. Intention versus results.I kinda dug it. Especially nice was the more conciliatory look at the Spanish conquests as religiously driven from the point of view of they did think it was a positive move despite the greed, violence and intolerance... interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corey 03-16-08
    Corey 03-16-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read"

    This book like all other booksd by card has one difficulty. He insists on choosing names for his characters which are very confusing and hard to follow until 15% into the book. Once you get past that and remember who everyone is and the names of the places, The book is 5 stars. I would read it again I liked it so much. PLEASE MR. CARD, name things a little simpler, just a little, lol.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Daigle Louisiana 03-03-08
    B Daigle Louisiana 03-03-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Orson S. Card attempts to meet Harry Turrtledove"

    Not a bad book at all, this investigates some interesting concepts of the alternative reality genre. My biggest compliant is that it did not well flesh out the society of the future in which much of the book is set. A great deal of the story line pivots upon events about which only the sparsest of background data is offered. It makes you want so much more, but the possibility of a sequel there is nullified...perhaps a pre-quel?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil R Hinger Brewster, Wa USA 01-15-08
    Phil R Hinger Brewster, Wa USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "wonderful"

    The concept of this book is marvelous, and is done in a way that makes one think of other possibilities. I have read this book when it first came out and now I have listened to it and both are fantastic. My only wish is that Mr. Card would do more books with "Pastwatch", for the concept could be used in numerous areas of history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Twp. of Washington, NJ, United States 12-08-09
    Judy Twp. of Washington, NJ, United States 12-08-09 Member Since 2016
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    "very enjoyable"

    I enjoy Orson Scott Card and found this book to present some interesting views on time travel.

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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-06-08
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    "sodom and gomorrah SCI-FI style"

    This series is very entertaining, especially if you've studied the bible and enjoy SCI-FI. And I love the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marzy LA 06-26-08
    Marzy LA 06-26-08 Listener Since 2006

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    "A lot of History and very little Science Fiction"

    I will have to agree with the others that gave this book a low star rating. It wasn't until 60 minutes into the book that we got into some juicy science fiction. But it was short lived. The story telling is good with great characters being produced. I just wanted a lot more science fiction in my James A. Michener story telling of Columbus. I will tell you I have not finished the book because I am not drawn back to it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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