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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Homecoming Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455192854
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High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel are a sleeping woman and an artificial intelligence, the Oversoul of Harmony. Of those who made the journey from the planet Harmony, Shedemai alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.

She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, given to her by Nafai when he chose to live out his life on Earth. The Oversoul sometimes wakes her from her hibernation chamber to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly—there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from those who followed Nafai or Elemak. Shedemei watches with sorrow as the war between those two brothers lives on in the enmity of their descendants.

Shedemei and the Oversoul have recorded much of the history of Earth since they came, but in all the long years of watching and searching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of the Earth, the central intelligence that alone can repair the Oversoul’s damaged programming and allow it to return to Harmony.

But on the planet below, among the people there, Shedemei and the Oversoul can see the influence of the Keeper. And now, in Shedemei’s dreams, the Keeper speaks to her again, sending powerful warnings. She is needed on the surface, with her knowledge and the power of the Starmaster’s Cloak. And so at last she determines to go. The last living child of Harmony will return to Earth and search for the Keeper as she once searched for the Oversoul—by being its servant until at last they come face to face. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The conclusion of the story…is vintage Card and a joy to read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stefan Rudnicki is a master narrator, and nothing—not complicated names, not departures from the feel of the original four books—diminishes that talent a whit… Rudnicki’s clear, resonant voice bestows an almost-reverent quality to the text, a characteristic that works well with the book’s spiritual underpinnings.”

    AudioFile

  • “Card’s far-future religious saga manages, brilliantly, to be at once entertaining, unobjectionable, and edifying.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[The] complex situation, abetted by Card’s superior characterization, offers more than enough conflict and questing to keep the yarn moving. The grand saga of human evolution is a demanding category of sf and fantasy, but Card has met its demands quite successfully.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this series as a kid, though now that I know Orson Scott Card is a nasty LDS homophobe, and that this series is, essentially, a re-telling of the Book of Mormon, I'm much less interested/impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 2/13/2014

    " Surprisingly pleased with the book. It took the 5 book series' purpose to another level. I ended up with really great fodder for thought about religions, faith, and human nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/7/2014

    " This book is only peripherally related to the previous four, in that all but one character are dead, and several hundred years have passed. I enjoyed this book as much as the others, although it seems to be pursuing two plot lines, and the one that links it to the rest is the secondary line. Having said this, it is a good book, and I recommend it to those who read the other four books. It is somewhat harder to get into, but ultimately I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/6/2014

    " Wow! One of the more profound books I have read. The culmination of a series which examines spiritual and philosophical topics in the narrative of a science-fiction epic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manofwaves | 1/18/2014

    " This book is the last of the Homecoming Saga and while it wraps everything up for the reader; it's just is not on the same level as the other books in this series. I would recommend reading this book just to finish the saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 1/17/2014

    " Exciting, but very preachy at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 1/6/2014

    " Preachiness and thinly veiled religiosity reached a peak in this final book of the series. Also, the end was rather abrupt, and left too many plot threads hanging, making one wonder if there's another book to be emitted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 12/12/2013

    " This one lost something for me, because it was one of those way-after-the-fact novels. I missed the characters. I feel like this was basically a prologue instead of a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darin | 12/9/2013

    " I loved the first 4 books in this series. I was disappointed in this final installment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke Chaffee | 12/3/2013

    " Bad science fiction:( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 11/23/2013

    " I really feel like Card should've stopped the series with book #3. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick Lovin | 11/15/2013

    " This book was a complete departure from the series. I expected to find a conclusion to the already 4-book-long storyline. I thought this might be the start of a new branch of the series, but it wasn't that either. It turned out to be just a very awkward ending to a series that I had enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 11/14/2013

    " Great book....great series. I recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Sanchez | 8/24/2013

    " Meh. Don't like the direction Card took with this book. A good ending, but that doesn't make up for the rest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joshua Mitchell | 2/11/2013

    " Not recommended. It was the last in a series of 4 and was a really crappy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 12/14/2012

    " Volume 5 in the Homecoming series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 11/24/2012

    " Just finished listening to this. I think this was my 2nd favorite of the series. the first being the first book in the series. I just really liked the message and story and how he ended things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Levi | 10/4/2012

    " I've read 3 different series from Card and the final books all seem to be a let down from the great start and developed story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 7/6/2012

    " I just wanted this book to be over. It wasn't bad and the ending was good and uplifting, I just think that Card always has to take his series in these weird directions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt | 2/18/2012

    " My least favorite. Didn't fit in will with the rest of the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anauseros | 12/26/2011

    " Aburrido, lento, sin historia, pero a pesar de todo, pretencioso ya que intenta adoctrinarnos en su anti-racismo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shilpi Goel | 8/10/2011

    " Oh God, such a disappointing end to a series which held so much promise. :( This book is abrupt and worse, boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 3/6/2011

    " A decent addition to the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/20/2011

    " Great book....great series. I recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/9/2011

    " Wow! One of the more profound books I have read. The culmination of a series which examines spiritual and philosophical topics in the narrative of a science-fiction epic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 12/7/2010

    " This final book in the series went in a direction that I had some trouble with. While I agree with the premise on some levels, the idea of a monarchy that has not completely transitioned to a Republic remains troubling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelpeart | 12/1/2010

    " Liked some of the insights in this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 6/29/2010

    " Good insight into the possibilities, motives and inner thoughts of Alma the younger and elder and their peers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 5/11/2010

    " Meh. Don't like the direction Card took with this book. A good ending, but that doesn't make up for the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 8/7/2009

    " December 27, 2007
    December 30, 2007 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 5/31/2009

    " It was an ok book?? I was dissappointed because you got attached to the other characters and then in the last book its all new people?? Didnt like that!!!
    "

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