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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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interesting

What did you love best about Pathfinder?

The plot line

What did you like best about this story?

The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..

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

As sense of being there

Any additional comments?

This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.

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  • Penelope
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 07-30-12

Great story

What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

the story was an interesting idea and the voices weren't distracting, although the changing narrators were a little annoying because i got used to one set of voices and then had to figure everyone out again

Who was your favorite character and why?

the main character was my favorite because the book gave him the most sympathy and relatability

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

with one of the narrators it was log, with the other narrator it was the girl character

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  • Kristah
  • Longview, TX, United States
  • 07-30-12

Compelling but a little confusing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was another compelling story by Card about a boy with a gift. I really enjoyed listening to this book but had some trouble following the magic. It got a little confusing as more characters were introduced with different abilities. Card does not really just explain how the magic works, but rather explains the theories of the characters about how it works. So, it becomes a bit of a game trying to piece together the theories to really get a handle on what is happening. Nonetheless it is a wonderful story and I'm stoked about the next one in the series.

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  • john
  • Dallas, GA, United States
  • 07-29-12

Better than good!

What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

I came to this book right after finishing the Ender's Game Series and the Ender's Shadow Series. I was certian finding another Series/Story with Characters as awesome as Ender and Bean would be next to impossible. However Card really pulled this one off!

If you Loved Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Then I see no reason you would not love this.

It is in no way the same story or characters however a new story and new characters that are just as awesome.

What other book might you compare Pathfinder to and why?

I would put pathfinder in it's own class.

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

Wouldn't know until I read it.

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

certain parts make me laugh and gasp

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Highly Recommend - Classic Orson Scott Card

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

This is a mind challenging book that might be easier to read than to listen to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I found myself rewinding the last 30 seconds on my iPad several times so I could pay closer attention to some detail I'd just missed. I will definitely listen to this audiobook a second time (at least) to find out how much I missed the first time through.

Any additional comments?

This is a fairly fast moving story line that never made me feel like it was dragging along. Plot and character development are nicely managed without being ponderous. I like a good fantasy and enjoyed watching the two story lines converge at the conclusion of the book. I read the entire "Enders" series and this book goes in a distinctly different direction, but with the familiar touch of the author.

I'm waiting on the sequel.

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O. Card the master of coming of age stories.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The narrators took turns reading sections of the book. To be honest I didn't realize that was happening at first. Everyone did such a good job.

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

There were numerous parts in the story that made me laugh out loud. I think you may need to be a geek or serious friends with a geek to get those jokes.

Any additional comments?

I loved the book. My only mistake was starting to listen to it before the rest of the series was out. As always Mr. Card sets up the next book perfectly so you want to go straight into it. Now I have to wait.

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I had trouble keeping up with to and fro in time.

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

It was only so so, I just could not get on with the long chats about going forward and backward in time, time and time again. I think that one explanation would have been enough. I just wish that the story was more engaging, but you always knew it was just a story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would take out all the boring talk and just got on with the story.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The various narrators were good in their telling, but no one can make a really good job if they have to keep repeating them selves

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

No not really, I think I was just glad when it had finished.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book I would recommend, unless you like really repetitive story telling. If you do like that kind of book, go for it. Not one of Orson's best I am afraid.

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Interesting Concept, 1 Bad Narrator

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

Pathfinder was enjoyable. It ranks high my list of Orson Scott Card favorites and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I found the time travel concept interesting if a tad hard to wrap my head around. The characters were likable and I found that though the dialog could be tedious it also served to make the characters more relatable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I've listened to many of OSC's books on audio and by now, many of the narrators are old friends. However, there was a new narrator that I was NOT pleased with: Kristoffer Tabori. I've listened to some samples of his other work, and they don't seem so bad but this particular reading was unpleasant (to say the least). I found that his over-exaggerated tone was off putting and out of place with the other more level tones of Stefan Rudnicki, Don Leslie, Kirby Heyborne and Scott Brick. At times his 'characterization' made it hard to understand what he was saying. Luckily he only read for one chapter (19).The other Narrators did, as always a wonderful job.

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Typical Card

Would you listen to Pathfinder again? Why?

I will absolutly be reading this again for the simple fact that I feel like I missed details that would have allowed me to figure future events out sooner. I say this is Typical Orson Scott Card writing because he has a way to feed you so many useless details that all seem to crash together again at the end of the book and rape your senses. I was lost and confused through much of this book and at the end i felt retarded that I didnt see events coming. As intimidating as I have made this book seem, I will be reading it again and I can not wait for the sequel.

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  • Chris T
  • CT, United States
  • 04-18-12

Time time time

Good read. Not sure I agree with all the time logistics, but the audio was great. Voices were great. Really brought the book to life.