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Ruins Audiobook

Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

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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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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 04-02-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful"

    I guess OSC was in a rush or too busy when he wrote this one. I think I will return it as the ended in midsentence, of course one I return it I cannot review it so I am getting my review in now, save yourself the time and stay away from this one.

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    Moses United States 02-05-14
    Moses United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as good as the first but still enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    I ended up reading this because I had already gotten through the first book and really wanted to find out more about what happened. I have very mixed feelings about this book because I really did enjoy the plot twists and sci-fi elements of it. However, there was so much time wasted on “character development,” a.k.a. the young people are immature and insecure except for Rigg who is unassailably perfect. I was left feeling, “eh… I might read the next one if I have nothing else to read,” but I certainly would not reread it.

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    Alaskana 10-12-13
    Alaskana 10-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Needs some serious editing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    To a point. The premise of the story was good - Rigg and his companions cross through different wallfolds trying to learn about them and how to save the world. However, there was so much arguing and endless bickering among the characters as well as endless philosophizing and conjecturing that I found myself yelling at the narrator to just shut up and get on with it!


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author needed to do some serious editing. I felt like a like a lot of the story was simply filler, buying him time to figure out what the characters should do next. Page after page of bickering does not make a good story. Page after page of listing to whining, self-absorbed characters did not inspire me to read further. Nor did I need endless "what ifs" as characters pondered one weighty theory after another.


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

    I would have preferred a single narrator. The woman who read Param's point of view and the man that read Umbo's were more animated and more interesting than the narrator who read Rigg's point of view, who sometimes was dead-pan to the point of being monotone.


    Did Ruins inspire you to do anything?

    Throw my iPod across the room.


    Any additional comments?

    The Pathfinder was an interesting book and I truly hoped Ruins would be as good. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There were just enough interesting events to keep me going but more than once I considered giving up. It just got so boring and frustrating at times. If I had been actually reading this, I could have perhaps skipped over all the incredibly tedious parts of this book but with the audio version, that was impossible. I will read the next one in the hopes that it is more like Pathfinder and less like the pedantic Ruins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 09-11-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 09-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not on the same level as the first book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would shorten it and have less arguing between the characters, it does tend to become a little bit boring. I also don't like the idea that Rigg ends up with a face mask.


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    The basic idea is better than the Homecoming Series, but it seems to flatten out quicker than the mentioned series. I think the same unfortunate fate has struck Pathfinder than the Mithermages' second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really did have a favourite scene as such.


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

    No, definitely not, I just don't think it will make a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joey orlando, fl, United States 08-09-13
    joey orlando, fl, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "overly repetitive, but a good overall story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There's a lot of repetition in the book. Most chapters seem to have constant recaps of information you've already taken in. Not sure if that was a purposeful part of the writing process or just filler. The repetition really distracted me from the flow of the book. Initially I liked the process of exploring other character's perspectives on the situation but it quickly got old.


    Would you recommend Ruins to your friends? Why or why not?

    Tentatively. The concept doesn't his a broad audience, but those who like the genre would like the story.


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

    The different narrators add a lot to shifting the perspective of the book, but there's definitely a difference in quality between the three of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story is good, and i'm invested in finding out what happens. This is more of a if there's nothing else to read book for me.

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    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Why a Different Narrator for each Chapter?"

    I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?

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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 06-05-13
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bought by Mistake, won't buy the next"

    I bought this book thinking it was the sequel to "Lost Gate" . I also listened to the first one in this series and thought it was average at best. So I knew what was going on, but the problem is I just didn't care. I thought there was a lot of boring discussions and bickering in the first book. Little did I know, Card had barely scratched the surface. The characters argue so much I found myself hoping the ships would come and destroy them.

    Hopefully the title "Ruins" is not an indication of the direction Card's writing is going, but if he keeps producing books like this that is where it will end up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-20-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen - Fun for all"
    Where does Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is better than half of what I have listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loaf is the best character due to his blunt and memorable lines.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did fine. Please stop the whining!


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

    Moving through time comes at a cost.


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    Shannon 03-18-13
    Shannon 03-18-13
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    "Worth the listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved pretty quickly and kept me interested and engaged. I enjoyed the plot twists that Card introduced throughout. It was definitely not the storyline I was anticipating.

    The constant whining by one or more of the characters got on my nerves and detracted from the pace of the story, but I suppose it served to develop the characters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not like that the narrators switched based on who's perspective we were hearing the story from. I understand why the story was produced this way, but it was a little annoying. That said, it didn't annoy me NEARLY as much as it did with the first book.


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

    There were definitely times when I did not want to put this down. Especially when they were dealing with the computers and expendibles. The story definitely kept me interested and I will be purchasing the next book when it is completed.


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    vlvm Tennessee 02-25-13
    vlvm Tennessee 02-25-13
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    "Great sequel!"
    Where does Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks mid to top


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    Pathfinder, it is the sequel


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene between Rig and the original settler


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

    I have no tag line


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