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Pathfinder: Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.

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

What the Critics Say

"The implications of the boys' power to manipulate the past unfold cleverly…, feeding into the Machiavellian political intrigue for a pulse-pounding climax….Card's many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots.” (Kirkus)

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    Ashley MURRAY, UT, United States 01-30-13
    Ashley MURRAY, UT, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really fun read."

    I really enjoyed this book. I was it full of fun si-fi concepts. Time travel, space travel, evolution... etc. I would totally recommend this for anyone but especially young adults. I found my self laughing out loud on many occasions and deep in thought. I love Orson Scott Cards style of telling a story.

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    12-24-12
    12-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Ender's Game"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At various times author got too cute (or camp) about the conflicts in time travel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel premise was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the work of Orson Scott Card, particularly the Ender's Game series. I wasn't captured by The Pathfinder as I was with Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-13-12
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Interesting, but flawed"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    I enjoyed the multiple view points of events as they unfolded in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    Crossing the wall


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Crossing the wall


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author purposefully violates many of the accepted rules of time travel, which I found to be distracting, but overall the book caries a tone much like the Tales of the Otori series which I enjoyed. Pathfinder however was predictable in most cases and I am lacking any series interest in reading the second book in the series because I feel like I already know what will happen.

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    Matt Lagrotte 12-11-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great story, great performance"
    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    I've always been a fan of Scott's work. I couldn't stop with the Ender series, and now the Pathfinder series, to bad there are only 2 books in the series available right now. I'm sure i will listen to the rest of this series.


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    Teresa Tully 12-11-12
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    "Great beginning!"

    Took me a while to put the two story lines together- which is what makes this series great! Can't wait to listen to Book Two!

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    G. Lincoln Hixson, TN 12-09-12
    G. Lincoln Hixson, TN 12-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story and narration, near-fatally flawed"

    This is a thrilling, fast moving story filled with memorable characters and a brilliantly realized setting. The narration was top notch, with a different narrator for each PoV character. I know this multi-narration is distracting for some folks, but it is mostly well done, with one extreme exception that potentially ruins the whole thing.

    About 2/3rds through the story the POV shifts to Loaf for a bit, and we get what sounds like a drunk guy overacting to such a distracting and nonsensical degree that it is basically un-listenable. I can only imagine that whoever decided that this was an acceptable narration was also drunk, as I can't see how anyone of complete faculties could have allowed this mess to remain in the production.

    The worst sin of any narration is to draw so much attention to itself as to detract from the story, and this guy really sounds like he was trying to show off instead of staying true to what had been established by the other narrators. He ruins the established characterizations, ruins the pacing, ruins the dialogue, ruins the description, ruins the whole section he reads in every fathomable way. It is so bad I had to stop listening several times just to take a break from it.

    Even worse, it comes at a pivotal point in the story that I can't reveal without spoiling things. All I can say is what were they thinking?!

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    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 12-05-12
    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Card"

    Definitely the better of the two Pathfinder books. I'm not sure if it is just novelty wearing off, or if there are just too many inconsistencies in the second. Great narration!

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    Matthew Waltner-Toews 11-29-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm a professional beekeeper and woodworker with a background in Epidemiology and Coastal Ecology, and I read non-stop, nearly 8h a day.

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    "Pretty Good"
    Where does Pathfinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere near the top in some ways, but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was good. The time travel concepts worked for me, and seemed logical.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't a fan of the way the characters would occasionally bicker with each other. They argue at bad times for bad reasons, and it seems that bickering is used to fill up story that could be used for something else. I can't honestly say I liked any of the characters.

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    margaret El Cajon, CA, United States 11-19-12
    margaret El Cajon, CA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never knew what was coming next"
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    Orson loves the coming of age books, and he is a master of making our race better.... Smarter, giving us hope that yes we can make it out of our own weaknesses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the two stories converging into one, and I like that he took all the rules of time travel, and threw them out the window.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Iliked all the narrators except for the one portraying loaf's character's point of view thank good it was only one chapter.


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

    At the beginning of each chapter was a highly theoretical discussion about space travel, I though that was very interesting.


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    Scott Midvale, UT, United States 11-18-12
    Scott Midvale, UT, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Card"
    Any additional comments?

    Pathfinder is classic Card. It's a fun story with well developed characters an interesting plot and exceptional dialog. If you prefer action to plot, then this will likely be a disappointment. If you enjoy watching a story unfold then then kick back and enjoy the ride. This one feels a bit more like Lost Gate than Ender's Game but it does have a healthy dose of power and politics along with some math and physics. Don't let that scare you though. Although OSC works hard to stay true some physical laws, this is fiction and he takes his liberties also. I was moved, amused and thoroughly entertained. This is Card at his best.

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  • Inga
    LeusdenNetherlands
    2/6/11
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    "Truly enjoyable"

    A truly enjoyable listen! The plot develops very cleverly, leaving the listener intrigued all the way at what is to come next. The personalities of the main characters are many-faceted and described with much detail. A very enjoyable 'twist' was the subplot at the beginning of each new chapter: in the beginning I kept wondering what it had to do with the whole story. But as the book unfolds the history of the planet Garden as well as the true nature of Rigg's gift and the relationship with his 'father' becomes clear. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, and whether Rigg and his friends manage to unite all 'wallfolds'...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Leicester, England, United Kingdom
    3/19/11
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    "Love it"

    one of his many best works. card creates yet another masterpeice

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    Ireland
    12/24/12
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    "A typically-OSC series starter - promising"

    This is Orson Scott Card doing what he does best - the first book in a new series. It has a cast of good characters and the story was engaging. It holds plenty of promise for the books to come, although that's not typically what OSC does best (e.g. the Alvin, Ender and Homecoming series all start off excellent or good and trail off). Hoping this series and the Mithermage series change that trend. They both have promise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia
    Stanhope, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
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    "It ended too soon!"

    Please write some more, I want to know what happens next to these fascinating characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Traveller.
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    "Let down by the narrators."

    The premise is really interesting and the story seems fairly good, but it is let down massively by the narrators.

    I can understand wanting multiple narrators for the different characters but in this case it doesn't work. It can get confusing and a couple of them aren't as good as the others.

    Would have been better to stick with one (or two, like the Stormlight Archive).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    7/4/11
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    "please stop discussing it and get on with it!"

    This book has a good story in it if only the author would let it out. Every single possible outcome has to be debated, either with the other protagonists, or if they're not there with oneself. I was ready to scream at times. Further more, although the main character is meant to have been intensively educated by his father I still could not accept that he was a young teenager. His father must have excised every bit of the child from him and left a rather dull young man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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