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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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