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Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft.

But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now charged with a mission of conquest - and exile - Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan to finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of the planet Treason.

©1988 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Card provides a colorful dramatization of ethical issues and questions of identity against a backdrop of bizarrely fascinating races." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exemplifies Card's talent for creating disturbingly compelling, beautifully written stories." (Library Journal)

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Fantastic!

Simply fantastic. I am a huge fan of OSC and this book did not disapoint; a tale akin to the great Greek and Roman epics with a dash of Gulliver's Travels. Of course, the narration by Rudniki is superb as always. I highly recommend this book.

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Good Read, but it was an early work of OSC

Would you listen to Treason again? Why?

Maybe. It's a good story, strong concept, but slightly disjointed.

Any additional comments?

One of OSC's first works, so it shows a bit. But still a good story overall and the performance by Stefan Rudnicki is spot on.

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disappointing.

I adore the mind of Orson Scott Card. Mostly. I was completely engrossed in the Ender's series until he started to write gobbeldygook and the narrator butchered Chinese accents.
I think the disconnect and annoyance comes from the fact that he breaks rules. I mean, I like rule breakers, but I feel like each story has a set of understood rules in it's universe. Maybe up is down and down is up or gravity is stronger or everyone has super powers. Whatever. That's cool. However, with Orson, usually those rules are established and understood in the beginning, but, by the end, you're wondering if you're reading the same book. There is a common theme of all-powerful beings in his books that don't adhere to any rules whatsoever and have siloquies in order to try to wrap your head around why they chose to do things that no human being would ever do. There really is a disconnect. I believe, no matter the genre, you should relate SOMEHOW to the characters. Also, the narrator, very familiar, seems to make "uncivilized" characters all speak very similarly and it's pretty annoying. His artistic twist on their pronunciations really distracted from the story. I only made myself finish because mama didn't raise no quitter.

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Can't believe I missed this

Card is one of my favorite authors and Enders game is what got me into Science fiction in the first place. I can't believe I hadn't read this before but I'm so glad I found it now. I didn't even realize it was written in 1979 until the end of the book! It reminds me a lot of cards more recent series "pathfinder" but it much shorter. I highly recommend for any science fiction fan.

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Must Read!

This incredibly well witty book by Card is not about battles and intergalactic battles. Rather, it follows the journey of a young man, who learns learns from various life forms (including the earth). Philosophies interwoven between in the story line.

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Generally like OSC...what's up here?

Nope, not going to finish this one. I've been picky lately but I generally enjoy Mr. Card. I have a collection of his autographed Earth series and others but this just didn't catch my interest at all.

Maybe it's me but I'm returning it for some space opera.

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Generous

This was a very original book but without well developed premiss. I love science fiction with some sort of logic or science background but I could not get interested in this book.

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This one is just hard to listen to.

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

I know OSC loves Rudnicki as the 'voice' of his novels. It's hard for me to listen to so much character self-interspection, especially in Rudnicki's low bass. It's like listening to someone mumbling to himself about himself. Who wants to listen in on that?

What do you think your next listen will be?

Haven't managed to finish this yet. I'm sure there's a good point to the story that's worth the telling.

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Interesting premise, but clearly an early work

If you could sum up Treason in three words, what would they be?

Interesting premise; thin characterizations; story doesn't quite fulfill its potential.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Treason?

I liked the interactions between the main character and the desert people, though it left me wanting to know more details of that culture. Overall, I thought the different strengths/gifts of the different "families" was interesting, but needed to be explored at a deeper level.

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

The narrator has a great, deep bass voice; I think the voice in my head is usually more of a tenor, but I liked his voice for Lannik Mueller.

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

I *wanted * to be moved by the final confrontation between Lannik and his "brother" -- but when we got to it, there just wasn't enough emotional depth. It felt too easy and facile -- and too convenient, especially after all the trials/tribulations it had taken to get to that point in the story.

Any additional comments?

Despite my somewhat negative comments, I enjoyed this book. It's clearly an early work of Card's, and lacks the emotional depth of some of his later books; but it was a fun listen -- and I'll definitely look for more by Stefan Rudnicki.

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Forgettable

I got this book because it was on sale, assuming that it would be a good value—everybody is always going on about what a fantastic author Orson Scott Card is.

If I could sum Treason up in one word, I would say that it's lackluster. This is one of his early books, so we can't expect the same kind of polish that he would be writing with nowadays, but this book wandered around (literally) so much that sometimes I couldn't tell what the story would end up being about. Now that I've finished it, I can see that everything was leading up to a certain point, but not a whole lot about this book was satisfying during the actual read. Or even now.

The story is set on a planet called Treason (which was the original publication title), and follows Lanik Mueller from his point of view. In the Audible version, Card offers us a 15-minute background/advice session in which he tells us where he got this story and the mechanics of writing it, and I found that it was as entertaining as the book itself. One of the main complaints that I have about Treason is the fact that we don't get any serious movement out of Lanik until about 2/3 through the book. Until that time, he just seems like a confused guy in his early 20s that happens to be on a different planet.

All that being said, the ideas in the book are really interesting. With each family/nation having excelled in something adds a lot to the science fiction-ness of the book. However, I feel that since the world is so rich and interesting, the story could have been so much more. I'm not disappointed—I'm glad I read it. I think I was expecting steak, but what I got was McDonald's. Still good, just not what I was hoping for.

As for the performance...meh. I can't say much about it, as there was nothing that really grabbed me. It didn't sound like the author had any enthusiasm, which probably had something to do with the overall feeling of mediocrity.