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Treason Audiobook

Treason

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Barry Katy, TX, United States 11-12-09
    Barry Katy, TX, United States 11-12-09
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    "Entirely enjoyable"

    First off, I am not a huge science fiction buff, but I like to read some scifi once in a while, just for a change of pace.
    I loved Ender's Game when I read it years ago, but found that the sequels were a little slow and boring. I'm referring to Speaker for the Dead and Xenophobe.
    "Treason" is the best Orson Scott Card scifi book I've read since Ender's Game. It is actually a story he wrote long ago, but is distinctly in Card's excellent storytelling style.
    The book moves along well from the beginning, with fascinating places and characters, and has a thought-provoking theme. It was utterly enjoyable, an easy, yet intelligent, read (listen), and I didn't put it down until it was finished.
    Oh yes, and the narration of Stefan Rudnicki is excellent as always.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Alain maplewood, NJ, USA 02-17-10
    Alain maplewood, NJ, USA 02-17-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than Ender"

    This is probably one of the best audio books I've listened to in the science fiction genre. I listened to Ender's Game & Shadow before this one and really enjoyed both of those two. But this book combines science (fiction), space/time, metaphysics, and a bunch of other concepts fairly neatly into one story. The story starts out a little slow for me but it may be that I'm less interested in genetics than in other areas covered in the book. It picks up nicely after that.

    Definite 5 stars...

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 09-07-16
    Sara 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Orson Scott Card but...."

    This book was disjointed and hard to follow. It seemed like a collection of short stories all mashed together into one novel. I usually love everything Orson Scott Card writes but I did not enjoy this particular book. I've read dozens of his books, even his Stone Tablets, and loved them all. This is the first one I haven't loved.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Ann Tacoma, WA 10-11-09
    Sarah Ann Tacoma, WA 10-11-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Huge fan!!"

    I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, and have passed this book to many of my friends, so I was excited to find it was released on audible.

    Card is an amazing story teller and I love how they read like a movie and there is no unnecessary descriptions. He has an amazing imagination and I have read everything of his that I could get my hands on in the past 10 years.

    This book in particular is one of my favorites because I enjoyed learning about each community and wondered what the next unique developed talent would be!

    The reader, Stefan Rudnicki, sometimes annoys me because his voice is so deep that the resonance literally hurts my ears. He narrates most of Card's books, so I have had to just deal with it and I didn't think it was so bad in this book. In fact, I thought he did probably his best job with this book so far.

    I couldn't figure out which cameo was Card because I have only listed to it once... Next time I will definitely listen closer to try to pick him out!! If anyone figures out which character he is, do tell!

    Lastly, I just love Card's support of audio books and enjoy listening to his background on the books. I am always left wanting to know more about him and how he thinks. He is a true artist!! If I was more of a writer myself I would take one of his writing classes to uncover how he does it!!

    Love this book and highly recommend it along with Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Song Master.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 04-07-12
    Kindle Customer EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 04-07-12
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    "Still my favorite book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Treason to be better than the print version?

    I read this book, probably 20 years ago, and it was my favorite book. That's why I chose this book as my test-case for the audio book experience. It reminded me, again, why Treason was my favorite book. It explores many realms of the mind, and body through science fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Card's bravery in exploring so many diverse themes.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The reader, Stefan Rudnicki was particularly adept at assigning accents to key sub-characters and remaining true to them throughout the story. Fantastic.


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

    I was particularly impressed with the discoveries towards the end of the book that were planted early on in the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I read of Orson Scott Card, and now the first audio book was fittingly this one. Card is a Science Fiction Genius. Thanks, Audible, for picking this one up in your library.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-13-11
    Richard 08-13-11
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    "Good story, great narrator."

    Loved Ender... Treason, not so much. It is clearly a good solid story that just came off a bit flat for me. I found it a bit rambling and disjointed; it never just grabbed me. OSC has stated that, if he could have done a rewrite, the first person perspective is the first thing he would change. The story line is interesting and extremely creative but did not hold my interest as much as I was expecting. Stefan Rudnicki is one of my top five narrators and his strong narration was the saving grace for me. I'm still a big OSC fan and, based on other reviews, understand that my opinion of Treason does not run with the majority. Can't win 'em all.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    reale gladue 05-09-16
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    "a story that rises tall."

    to follow lanick in his travels was a true gift. to observe the planet treason and its peoples was humanizing. card gives us the best and worst of ourselves through his characters, as always. a good listen for any sci fi or fantast fan. gg.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Arlington, TN, United States 11-11-13
    Jared Arlington, TN, United States 11-11-13
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    "I didn't know what to expect"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Yes


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

    Stefan Rudnicki is the best narrator in Audible.


    Was Treason worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    To be honest I wasn't so sure about the story when it first began. I am not into the fantasy genre as much as Sci-fi and Treason felt like a fantasy story. As it continued, it stayed a fantasy story, but I found myself getting caught up in it. By the end of the first half, I was hooked. I would listen to it again, and I would recommend it to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melita Albany, NY, United States 04-17-13
    Melita Albany, NY, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story"
    Where does Treason rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Treason?

    The concept itself was very memorable; another great idea from Mr. Card


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

    I have not


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was good. The pace of the reader was good. The expressiveness of the reading was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Oakland, CA, United States 01-02-13
    E. Oakland, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011

    Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.

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    "Interesting concepts, disjointed story."

    I enjoyed snippets of this book, but the overall plot line wandered and seemed forced. Card wrote this very early in his career, and it shows. The characters and concepts he introduces are strong but they don't hold together very well. I think the concepts would have worked better as a series of short stories about the world of Treason, rather than strung together as one narrative. I also thought the ending was unsatisfying and sort of cheesy. Great narration from Rudnicki as always, though! (Although my boyfriend had to stop listening because of Rudnicki's deep voice - his style certainly isn't for everyone!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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