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Pathfinder Audiobook

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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    Amazon Customer 01-18-16
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    "The best is yet to be"

    Mind blown! I will buy the next in the series right away but may take a day or two to contemplate the end of this, first book.

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    Charles P. Dell 10-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't be Deterred by the Terrible Loaf Narrator"

    If you're a fan of Orson Scott Card's other work, you'll probably like the Pathfinder series as well. You may see some reviews talk disparagingly about the narration - don't be deterred by this! The narration is almost entirely very very good. There's just one part, when suddenly a chapter from one of the character's perspectives was narrated by someone brand new and just absolutely terrible. He was completely over the top, a bit how a very outgoing storyteller may exaggeratedly read aloud to extremely young children. However...this chapter isn't highly integral to the story, it's brief, it's the ONLY one narrated by that guy, and it's well worth trudging through it to return to the rest of the story, which is all narrated beautifully. The whole series is nearly 50 hours, and his part was probably 20 minutes. If you judge it based on that tiny snippet, you'll be missing out on an otherwise terrific series!

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    Martin 09-29-15
    Martin 09-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Orson Scott Card only three words that matter"

    Ended meets lord of the rings. Yes it is just as epic as you imagine.

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    Deana Aratula, Australia 09-17-15
    Deana Aratula, Australia 09-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not What I Expected: Surprised"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pathfinder to be better than the print version?

    Have only listened to audio, but would probably have skipped a lot if read print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    When Rigg discovers 'Father' in an unusual place.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I am not a fan of more than one narrator, I found this distracting and it took me a while to get back into the story when the narrators changed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pathfinder- "The Journey begins with the first step..."


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting storyline with moments of sadness, fun and thought provoking conversations between characters with surprising twists and turns.

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    Brocruit 09-15-15
    Brocruit 09-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "very fun"

    I loved it. I finished this in less than two days while working full time. Absolutely amazing story and fun to guessed along.

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    Wkndbkr Ohio 09-08-15
    Wkndbkr Ohio 09-08-15

    Jeff's Wife.. I'm all about the story, escaping reality but I do like to learn a little something along the way...Jeff is a news junkie!

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    "Great if you love the idea of time travel"

    Much about evolution of societies and cause and effect. Too much jumping back in time it got a bit tough to follow at times but overall I enjoyed the series... The mice made me chuckle

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    SGL California 09-04-15
    SGL California 09-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "19 lands each began exactly the same. everything"
    What made the experience of listening to Pathfinder the most enjoyable?

    The first half of the book as there are narration changes for the second half. Somehow they don't quite fit together. No I don't think it was to highligt the concept of the book where 19 seperate but identical folds evolve differently.


    What other book might you compare Pathfinder to and why?

    While a few concepts are simular to a few other scifi books the overall effect is quite different and unique.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the first half of the story yes. The second half not only doesn't diffirentate well. Also the characters themselves feel subtly different. It may be just me but the interest and empathy I felt for the characters all but disappeared in the second half.


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

    The story is a long one consequently it wasn't something to contemplate. With the narration changes there was definitely the feeling of a needed break.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is unique. I wish I had read it in print form first.

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    Eric VA 08-21-15
    Eric VA 08-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good concept, tedious dialogue"

    If you liked "Speaker for the dead", you may like this book as well. Personally, I found the dialogue to be extraordinarily tedious. The characters are often wracked with self doubt, and Mr. Card spends an inordinate amount of time focused on their internal dialogue.

    In addition, there are different narrators for different chapters, depending on which character is the primary focus. This didn't add to the experience.

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    Mary 08-16-15
    Mary 08-16-15
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    "Not for kids"
    Would you recommend Pathfinder to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not for kids. There are underlying sexual themes that children should not be exposed to. I find that in most of Card's books, there is always some aspect or hint towards child sexual abuse. Not for it, but too graphic for kids under 12 to read.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The storyline is incredible. He could spare me from the graphics.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A bit of anger that he would even think he needed to discuss some things... in a book possible read by children.


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    Lauren Scharnberg 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hooked from the start!"

    I wasn't able to stop listening! I caught myself sitting in my car for at least an extra ten min any time I went somewhere. I can't wait to start book 2 tomorrow! The only negative part about this book was that the narrator's switched and it messed with the flow of the book. There was one in particular somewhere in the 40's (audio chapters, not book chapters) that was absolutely terrible. It pissed me off the entire chapter and sounded nothing like the other narrators. If he would have been the main narrator, I would have missed out on this adventurous story, because I never would have made it through more than one chapter. I even paused it, jumped to the next chapter to make sure he didn't read anymore, then went back.... Otherwise the main narrator was great and the story kept me constantly entertained!

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