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Publisher's Summary

Seventh Son, the first tale of Alvin Maker, introduces us to a pioneer America where magic works, and special talents are utilized in marvelous ways. In Red Prophet, the second installment in the Tales of Alvin Maker, we learn more about those talents, both the minor gifts of white people (starting fires, finding water) or the much grander gifts of the Indians, whose lives are filled with a beautiful green music. Young Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son, is a Maker. Lolla-Wossiky, an Indian whose fate is closely linked with Alvin's, has heard black noise in his head since he watched white men murder his father. Unable to hear the green music he needs to live well, Lolla-Wossiky lives only for the alcohol that stills the black noise - until he meets Alvin.

Don't miss the other titles in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.
Copyright ©1988 Orson Scott Card; Copyright (P)1998 NewStar Media Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[S]uperbly demonstrates Card's...mastery of the art of storytelling." (Booklist)

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Don't buy this version!

Recording is poor. There is a better recording available. Chose this version B000P12J6W instead. Good luck!

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DONT BUY THIS VERSION

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The audio sounds like someone took a microphone to a cassette deck and recorded it in their basement.

Has Red Prophet turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Nana Visitor’s performance?

She has a nice voice - just the recording was AWFUL

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

Nothing

Any additional comments?

DONT BUY THIS. Get the more modern version.

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Terrible Audio

What disappointed you about Red Prophet?

Normally love Orson Scott Card, but I can't get through the story because the audio is muddy. It's difficult to understand. . . I can't tell if it's the recording or the narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I've read the first book in the series and loved it. I was expecting to enjoy this one, but really am having a difficult time getting through the bad recording/narrating.

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Not

OK here's the problem. The sound quality for this book is so bad that I had to strain my ears to understand it. And I still couldn't always understand it. Also, it's abridge. Never buy any Orson Scott Card book that is abridged because they don't abridge well (my mistake, I didn't notice it was abridged before I bought it). The sound quality is 8kbps, lol. That is dreadful. 128kbps is a standard music file. The sad thing is, that's not even the lowest they offer. 4kbps is the lowest. It goes like this:
Level 4 download: 32kbps (that's fine, but only for audio books)
Level 3 download: 16kbps (ok, already they're pushing it)
Level 2 download: 8kbps (this shouldn't even be legal)
Level 1 download: 4kbps (I hope you like white noise)

Now, I think Audible is a great website and I like their good deals, and also love Orson Scott Card's work. But it looks like they're advertising the level 4 download as "CD quality" when it's more like radio quality.

I would have only given it one star, but I gave it 2 since it is an Orson Scott Card book.

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luv the author

the story is intresting you just want to finish so you can find out what happens in the end

0 of 1 people found this review helpful