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Seventh Son Audiobook

Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the award-winning Ender's Game comes the unforgettable story of young Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son.

Born into an alternative frontier America, where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

Don't miss the sequel to this book, Red Prophet.

©1987 Orson Scott Card; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1988

"A tribute to the art of storytelling, this is highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Seventh Son begins what may be a significant recasting in fantasy terms of the tall tale of America." (Washington Post Book World)
"A consistently gripping tale featuring solid historical research and a keen understanding of religious experience. Another major effort by a world-class talent. Highly recommended." (Booklist)

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    William Colorado 01-30-15
    William Colorado 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very slow going"
    What would have made Seventh Son better?

    I became an OSC fan beginning with the Ender-verse. I've read/listened to all books in that series as well as Mithermages and enjoyed them all. But this book is so slow to gain traction. And the ah shucks way it is written make this very hard to listen to. I won't be going any further in this series


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Mom 02-21-14
    Angel Mom 02-21-14
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    "The only word I can think of ... "Meh""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I am a fan of Cards writing usually, but this time I felt like I wasn't so much listening to a completed story as listening to the writers notes instead. There was no flow to this story at all, everything felt choppy and disoriented - as tho card kept realizing he'd forgotten to add important elements into the tale and so just plopped them in whenever it came to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that the story had huge potential! Sadly I didn't enjoy it enough to bother moving on to the next book in the series... Perhaps it gets better. The narrators did a beautiful job of attempting to bring the characters to life.
    Tho it's sad to say this story, tho not a complete waste of time, gave nothing to make it memorable.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kjersti 10-13-12
    Kjersti 10-13-12
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    "A great alternate universe to 19th century America"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting book, with good characters (the stereotypical witch-haters are unfortunately all too believable) and a nice twist to the historical past. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to listening to the next book.

    The readers are very good, but the switches between who's reading isn't always consistent. The story's told from different perspectives, so the reader changes when the point of view changes. Sometimes you get two readers having a dialogue, but it's annoying when you in the next chapter *don't* get the dialogue (maybe because it's a too small part of the chapter for there to be two readers present, I don't know) and you have to "get used to" a new voice for one of the characters. This, I think, is not a problem caused by the readers, but by the people deciding which chapters should be read by whom.

    But this is not something that should put you off the book in itself, especially if you like historical fantasy in the first place.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 04-16-09
    Trish 04-16-09 Member Since 2015

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    "How did this spawn an entire series?"

    I really like Orson Scott Card books. REALLY lilke them. But this one just never seemed to go anywhere. Most of the characters are not likable and you don't really care what happens to them. I will probably read the next one for the same reason I picked up this one.....to see what the hype is about. I certainly didn't find my answer in this book.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 08-14-16
    Liz 08-14-16 Member Since 2007
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    "awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the story is tedious and precious and the narration is slow and annoying


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    he's written a bunch of time wasters, this was certainly one


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12
    Josh Maher Casper, WY United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great series start, but doesn't stand on it's own"

    This is a very satisfying start of a series, but don't listen to it unless you are prepared to commit to the full series. I really enjoyed the universe that was created in this book that took peices of American history and wove in a unique folklore and magic.

    I think Seventh Son does a great job introducing the listeners to this world, but does not make a satisfying listen on its own. The story has no real conclusion. It just ends the the obvious foresight that this book, by itself, is not a story, but just an introduction.

    I have listened to multiple book narrated by Scott Brick and Gabrielle de Cuir and they always do a great job telling the story. This book is no exception.

    I always greatly enjoy author commentary after listening to a story. Card's afterward is enjoyable (if not slightly spoiler-ish) and I think it did an excellent job propelling my desire to listen to the next book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RKR Georgia 07-11-09
    RKR Georgia 07-11-09 Member Since 2017

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Great story, could have been a better production"

    Orson Scott Card tells great stories. But this recording picked a horrible reader for the character of Reverend Thrower. The semi-dramatized nature of the recording works well for the tale, but the actor who portrays the Thrower chapters can't decide if he wants to use a Scottish burr or not.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Alexis Denver, CO 01-11-10
    C. Alexis Denver, CO 01-11-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great story, though meandering, and fair narration"

    This story deserves 4.5 stars in my view and the narration around a 3.5 or 4. Although I love Scott Brick, he trips over the early Americans' diction in this book, and the rest of the narrators have a surprisingly hard time consistently using accents.

    The story, however, is fabulous overall. It does meander quite a bit more than Ender's Game and some of Card's other texts; for instance, Card launches into an unexpected diatribe on Ben Franklin's "Americanization" of "Americans" for what seems like 20 minutes, and this diatribe has nothing to do with the story, as far as I can tell. And religious fervor seems to be a subject of contention in the book, or at least the battle between religion, science, and magic. But if you like these subjects and Card's other books, you will probably find this story compelling.

    Also compelling are Alvin Maker and the cast of characters who surround him. They really make this book, though it is the story of Alvin and his power to "make" things whole that makes me want to read the second book in this series.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 08-10-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 08-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not up to OSC's standards"

    I've read most of Card's book starting with Ender's Game when I was in high school, and usually find his work hard to put down.

    Seventh son though feels like a lower class of book. Card usually writes very deep, compelling characters you can't help but care about. Everyone in this book was flat, 2-dimensional and I felt like I couldn't care less about them.

    The story is painfully long with no flow, it jumps around with long tedious passages that don't mesh, don't form a story, and don't make sense. I know I wouldn't be continuing the series because I'm left just not caring what comes next.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-24-17

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    "Interesting tale."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a fan of OSC but I had never read this series, so when this book was turned up as a daily deal I figured I'd give it a spin. I wasn't disappointed. It's not exactly action packed, and yet I still found it quite engaging. The characters are interesting and the world in intriguing. My real problem is that the book feels a bit like a tease. It feels more like the intro to a grander story, the prologue for an adventure to come, which I suppose might be forgivable as it is the first book for a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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