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The Lost Gate Audiobook

The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michelle 06-17-13
    Michelle 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining, ready for the next book"

    I liked this book. It's the first time I've read Orson Scott Card.

    I am not a huge fan of the narrator. I speed it up to 1.5 and it's better, but he's just not my favorite (although I must be in the minority) he's too slow for me.

    The main character can sometimes be quite juvenile, but as he is a juvenile it doesn't detract from the story too much. I liked how it was fast paced and incorporated modern day into his fantasy world in a fun fashion.

    Very interested to see where this goes next.

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    richard NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-01-13
    richard NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "One of his best books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Gate the most enjoyable?

    I love Powers; whether it be magical or super powers I love these types of story's. What I love most about these story's is when the author takes the time to explore how the individual acquired and discovered his powers and how he is able to use them. Mr. Card is a master of this art and should have super hero authors taking notes.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Gate to and why?

    I felt a lot of connection to Pathfinder during some parts of the story but to readers not used to Orson Scott Card's writings you might find similarity to Harry Potter in some scenes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My only regret with this book is that it flew by. I enjoy listening to books while I ride my Road Bike all over town and would listen for hours at a time. This book was far to short.


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    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 06-01-13
    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A country kid gets a fast introduction to life"

    The Lost Gate has been in my wishlist for a while now, and i finally decided to download it, and wish I had not waited so long. The book is at times very funny when it decides to be and very dead serious at other times.

    The spin given to the Ancient gods (Both Greek and Norse) is really inspired and new, though I would expect nothing less from Orson Scott Card.

    The simply review of it is that Danny has a forbidden form of magic, when he thought he had none at all, he is then at the age of 12 thrust from his home on a farm he was never supposed to leave, right into washington D.C.

    The only issue I had is the person reading the book did not do a great job of acting out the different voices, many people sounded enough alike that if i was not paying attention I got them mixed up a couple times.

    In the end I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy, even more so to those that enjoy Urban Fantasy such as the Dresden Files, or the Druid Chronicles.

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    Richard Bartlett, TN, United States 05-23-13
    Richard Bartlett, TN, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely spellbinding!"
    Any additional comments?

    Orson Scott Card does a masterful job of storytelling and blending our world and his magical world of Mithermages. The development of the characters is both full and enticing as we see the different worlds from each perspective. The plot moves at just the irght pace without leaving us gasping for breath (except in anticipation) or bogging down in some moralizing quagmire. The magic system is artfully crafted and consistent without being so complex we can't grasp it or so predictable we can see what will happen before it takes place. It is hard to turn off and I was reluctant for it to end and can't wait for the next volume! The dual narrators helps keep the different settings from being confusing and both bring the story to life in their own way. This is a definte must listen!!

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    D. M. Zuleger Ohio 05-21-13
    D. M. Zuleger Ohio 05-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Gate to be better than the print version?

    I have read this book and listened to the Audio edition. I truly enjoyed the audio edition more for one reason: Stephan Rudnicki. Stephan Rudnicki is a great narrator who truly brings the story alive. I had been trying to get my sons to read this book for months and then I purchased the audio edition so I could listen to it on the long drive to my son's doctors office. When I started the audio edition it only took 15 minutes before both of my sons had shut off their music, put down their phones and were listening intently. After that, they wanted to go with me anywhere I was going, just to get a few minutes to listen to the book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Wad, because he's mysterious and complex.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ’s performance did you like?

    Stephan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card both understand how to modulate their voice to fit the action in the story. They create a mesmerizing flow that makes it hard to stop listening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In a few places this book made me laugh and in one particular place it made me incredibly angry. It left me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    Orson Scott Card has always been a master with Science Fiction, but it's wonderful to see him embrace a little Fantasy.

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    Lisa C. Nelson TUCSON, AZ, US 05-21-13
    Lisa C. Nelson TUCSON, AZ, US 05-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another good story from Orson Scott Card"
    What did you love best about The Lost Gate?

    The story and its themes, which are typical of Orson Scott Card.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development... people are not always who you think they are.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It helps the transition between characters and worlds


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    Wendy Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 05-15-13
    Wendy Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 05-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gate Me To Book Two! The suspense is...."
    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    Stefan Rudnicki's voice is like expensive chocolate. Deep, rich, smooth and I can't get enough! He is able to delve into the characters and bring them to life so easily it's like you're watching the story with all your senses, not just your ears. Emily Janice Card has a wonderful voice that is always enjoyable to listen to. In absolute OSC form, the story concepts are new, refreshing, gripping, nerve-wracking, hilarious and thought provoking. Danny has a gift, a deadly gift. So powerful that even his own family will destroy him. So he runs. He runs away and is left questioning everything about his life, his existence, his gift. Who will explain and teach him about his powers, who will guide and protect him as he ventures out into the world of The Outsiders? Is it really about a coming of age story or an age old story coming out. Coming out to destroy more than just Danny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    OSC has a gift of seeing and writing through a child's eyes. When he writes the thoughts, emotions and words of a child you are taken back to your own memories, insecurities, though processes and fixations of when you were once young. Danny, upon being bothered by security guards when he was trying to be inconspicuous, as a last ditch effort to put the guards off, ends up 'starring' the guards.


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    Steve Bradford GILBERT, AZ, US 04-25-13
    Steve Bradford GILBERT, AZ, US 04-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A good Listen"

    Well Performed, Well Written, entertaining and thoughtful. This is an Orson Scott Card classic. I really enjoyed it!!

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    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-24-13
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    "Really Good Story... Narration by a relative - not"

    Another interesting and compelling story from Orson Scott Card. I marvel at his ability to continually come up with fresh stories year after year. The listener might feel a little lost or confused early on and feel the need to go back and listen again to see if you missed something. Avoid the temptation to do that. All the pieces will come together as you listen further. The only real complaint I have about the book, (and it only applies to those of us listening to the audio version) was the female narration. Her name is Emily Janice Card and unless it's an amazing coincidence, she's probably related to the author. Sadly, her narration was not very good. Her inflections and tones felt forced and amateurish. Stefen Rudnicki was outstanding as usual. His voice seems to carry you deeper into the story whereas Emily Janice Card's voice was almost always an obstacle I had to consciously ignore in order to stay involved in the story. I will have to say though, she did a much better job in the sequel, Ruins. It still was far from great, but it was much better than this one.

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    John Houston, Texas, United States 04-08-13
    John Houston, Texas, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Lost Gate"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Gate the most enjoyable?

    Great original plot and storyline. I enjoyed the fact that the main story was happening right here on earth in current day America as opposed to some other world. And yet the other fantasy world exists in the book as well I a concurrent plot line.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Gate to and why?

    This storyline is quit unique among fantasy novels. I don't have a good title to which I'd compare this book.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was first listen to these two readers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Danny realizes that the Silvermans are his real parents because they actually gave him love and cared fork him. His own parents were too caught up family politics to be there for him.


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