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When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another.

But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can’t work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

©2012 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good overall

Great story but it really bothers me when performers don't pronounce character names the same way. Aside from that, a good performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Book 2 excellent

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

The personalities of each one

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruins?

Each time Rig has an awaking in his adventure

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

The expressions each one in the book had

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

Yes but I paced myself

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lots of interesting ideas but gets tedious

I am a big fan of OSC. He comes up with lots of interesting ideas. But sometimes his characters talk too much. Listening to the adolescents bicker over and over and over was difficult to get through. I'm going to listen to the next book just because I'm intrigued by the ideas and want to see where he takes them. But I do wish he'd spend more time polishing the dialogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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No ending suggests another book to be written

Would you listen to Ruins again? Why?

Not a book to read a second time but interesting the first time around.

What did you like best about this story?

Like the other books I have heard from OSC there is adventure, a flavor of the environment, much detail regarding each character. I felt there was too much review as OSC explains the thought process of each character at multiple places in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mud
  • United States
  • 06-01-14

Fun new plot line seamless performance

I love the time paradox elements of the story and how the author resolved them. the three narrators performance was seemless and excelent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just kind of weird

I loved Pathfinder. It was a good mesh of fantasy and sci-fi. Ruins takes a sharp turn to sci-fi. I honestly just found the whole plot kind of bizarre, creative, but disconcertingly weird. The ending was especially a little too much for me.

A+ to Stefan Rudnicki. I'm weirdly in love with his voice.

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  • David
  • Tampa, FL
  • 01-09-13

Ruins describes the book accurately.

Card rehash's his classic teen hero from many of his other books, creates a really interesting method of time travel, sets up a great potential story in Pathfinder - then ruins it all with Ruins.

The characters frequently engage in needless conflict and endless introspection that serve no purpose to the story or the plot except to lengthen this story from a very short story to novel length. Often Card cheapens the stories with tricks to get the characters out of trouble, sometimes with contradictions so close together it is not forgivable as missed by the editor or reviewer. Further, the characters become caricatures of themselves as the story progresses (way too slowly). Exaggerated emotions and artificial tensions that break from the expectations of those characters defined in Pathfinder. I expect the over capable super teen from Card's books, but this is the first time the super teen's switched from acting like highly capable adults to pre-teen middle-school brats within a sentence and without any stimuli.

The book felt sloppy and rushed, and has left me wondering if I will bother with another Card book. I was very disappointed and felt robbed of the time spent listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The characters interfere with the story

What disappointed you about Ruins?

The shallow, silly bickering between the characters was tiresome and made me, like most listeners, want to just skip many parts. The actual plot and story were only about 1/4 of the entire book. It could have been quite an interesting sequel but the absurdity of the characters constantly arguing about insipid, petty things ruined it. Very poor writing from a normally decent author.

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

Poor character development.

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

The story was well narrated w/a decent cast.

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

The actual plot and story were interesting but it felt like this was really just part of the next book stretched out as much as possible with filler to make another in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disapointed

What would have made Ruins better?

Listening to this book put me on edge. All of the bickering was just to much. I enjoy OSC very much and have all of his books. This is the first to be such a let down.

Has Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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

Yes the Narrator has always been top notch and will always be.

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

Anger, disappointment

Any additional comments?

I will look forward to the Gate Keeper books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great continuation of the original story, but...

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

interesting storyline,I liked it right up till the end, no resolution, obviously this will be a trilogy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruins?

when they discussed time travel, it made me think of how planet placement in space/time would change by thousands, or millions of miles. This would present a huge obstacle to any real time travel.

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

many, he's always consistently good.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I know the author hasn't been well, and he's trying to tie up lose ends on his many series. I hope he can finish this .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful