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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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Awesome book!

This was thee most interesting book I think I've ever purchased. It really got my mental gears going. Definitely buying books 2 and 3 of this series.

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Wow

This mind-bending adventure was very good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I almost couldn't stop listening other than eating and sleeping and spending time with family.

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Amazing book

I loved it. Couldn't stop listening. I didn't want it to end. Incredible story. Card's unique style had me hooked from the very beginning.

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Sorry OSC

My over all review is on the final book of the Pathfinder trilogy. Each book I have their own desperate rating and I'm the final book I have my final opinion of the series.

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Awesome story, great narration

I love the story and the paradox inducing time travel arguments made me laugh out loud. The narrators are great, really lending a flavor to the characters

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Characters to break time travel paradigms

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

Card successfully uses his tried-and-true recipe from enders game characters to create another set of youthful characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Card takes the subject of time travel merges it with science fiction space travel and uses the fantasy world themes with an excellent mix.

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

I found the use of multiple narrators not a hindrance but an excellent tool for showing the different characters internal voices.

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Good OSC Stuff

This was a pretty good book. If you have read OSC before and like how he develops characters and plot then I think you will find this book being a typical Card book. Easy read and I only found a couple of difficult spots which I will touch on below after the spoiler warning. I know this is the first of a trilogy and overall I though the pacing was good but the ending was a little jarring for me. I will be reading the next one soon if not next.

*** SPOILER ***

Ok. I found the back story of colonization and the mishap through time pretty cool. I assume it was intended that the reader figure it out pretty quickly but it was still interesting and I looked forward to that part of the story at the beginning of every chapter.
I did find some of the time jumping difficult to follow once or twice and I am still not sure why the kids had the capabilities they had. I hope to figure it out better in the next book.

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Great story

What did you love best about Pathfinder?

This story has tons of heart.....great listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rig was the heart of the book and he really is soul searching his way thru

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

All were done excellent

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

Adventures of......

Any additional comments?

Perfectly done

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  • LADSON, SC, United States
  • 07-22-14

Interesting... But feels rushed.

What did you like best about Pathfinder? What did you like least?

I really liked the expendables and how they told the story of Ram.

The conversations between the characters throughout the book felt forced and not genuine. Most of the time when a story talks about how a character feels I can understand why a character feels that way based on the way they talk and act. In this story I constantly felt confused when the emotions etc of the characters were described and I couldn't understand why they felt that way and so it didn't draw me in as it should. For example, the story would say that a particular character said something and was angry, but as the reader I would wonder why the person is angry and it would never be explained not even through the context of what was happening.

What other book might you compare Pathfinder to and why?

Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card does some things really well, and that is make his characters seem really smart. I was reminded of Ender and Bean.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

There are 3 narrators in this recording. The first one is brilliant. Honestly I was really enjoying the narration and story until about a 1/3 of the way through the book the narrator changed... The 2nd and 3rd narrator were both terrible compared to the first and had pretty annoying voices. They were trying to do children's voices so I don't blame them that much, but I would have much preferred if this story had just stuck with the first narrator the entire time.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. The story is definitely there.

Any additional comments?

The storytelling is lackluster at times... and the narration of the 2nd and 3rd narrator is pretty bad.. BUT The world is interesting. Many of the characters are great.. and I think the story holds together overall. Its worth a look into, I mainly recommend it just because I think the series will turn out much better than this individual book.

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Least favorite book from Card

For those of you who have children or have spent any time around them this will define the book for you.
This book is reminds me of two children having the same arguments day after day about the same things. You get to the point where you can just zone out and come back to it at any point and still know whats going to happen next. Thank you Audible for the 2.5x speed setting!