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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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First half awesome, final 6.5 hrs is a huge WTF!?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

So I've been enjoying this book and having a blast. Suddenly in chapter 42 the entire narration changes. Different narrators with a juvenile style of telling a story.... It's pretty much ruined the audiobook for me. I'll probably just read it instead. I can't stand how irritating these last part of the book is being told.

What did you like best about this story?

It's fascinating, mysterious and exciting.

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

Why in gods name did you switch it up? It was WORKING for me. I was ENJOYING the book. And then you change narrators? Seriously? WHY?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was a good story.

Any additional comments?

Please warn me if any other future books have a giant rip off like this toward the end. It is NOT a nice surprise.

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I won't finish this book

What disappointed you about Pathfinder?

the narration is horrendous. it is all over the place and keep me from 'escaping' into the story like I usually do.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

won't make it there

How could the performance have been better?

this narrator ruined the book for me.

What character would you cut from Pathfinder?

didn't get involved enough to know

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Why multiple narrators?

I thought it was a wonderful story but I wondered why thy chose to change narrators during the story. I do not feel that it added to the presentation.

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Good Sci Fi

Card combines young adult fantasy and science-fiction. Pathfinder is a complex and sophisticated narrative involving space and time-travel --secrets and intrigues that keep you turning pages/listening. At the end, the author stated that he had achieved his goal and tht soe of the skipping around in time was necessary for the story. The political intrigue is complicated. In production, multiple narrators were used for the same character...very distracting.

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Too many narrators...

I liked the story. The main narrator sounded, at times, like he was translating a story into English. It seemed slightly choppy and over-enunciated. I think I'll pass on the audio version of these stories and just read the book.

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Gotta love sci fi for this one.

Decided to try another from Orson Scott card. This book can be a little confusing simply because of the paradoxes and theory of relativity. If you like sci fi and like time travel and stuff like that it's a great read. Characters are great nice twist at the end and it makes you think.

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Second read

I read everything orson. This one was great to revisit before moving on to the sequel. Very daring. Engaging characters.

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Wonderful!!

Kept us very entertained on a 12 hr drive to and from. Thank you. We would highly recommend for all.

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Great story. Masterfully presented.

Thanks for an intriguing story. Loved the concepts on time travel. I found it refreshing to have a new view that breaks the stereotypical scifi themes.

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Love to Time Travel

It more than met my expectations! I even liked jumping back and forth in the story. It really kept me interested. Characters were full and complete. I can not wait to read the next in the series.