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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Nana Visitor Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Peggy Guester is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. Her power is so great that she can follow the paths of each person's future and know their most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, he has been protected by her. Now they are married, and Peggy is part of Alvin's heart as well as his life. But their destinies have torn them apart: Alvin has gone North to New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft and their use is punished with death; on a quest for world peace, Peggy has gone south to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart. There she waits in exile, her life at risk in the hands of Alvin's younger brother Calvin, who has no intentions of showing her any brotherly love. This is the fifth installment of the Tales of Alvin Maker. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than any other in the series since Seventh Son. I enjoy the courtroom drama Mr. Card cooked up. I'm a little concerned that he insists on dragging as many famous people into his alternate history as possible. Also, the beginnings of reconciliation between Alvin and Calvin is very good to see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davecon | 2/5/2014

    " 5th book in the Alivin Maker series. Pretty good! All about Alvin going east and getting tangled up with Quill the witch hunter and trying to legally abolish witch trials. Peggy is down south trying to abolish slavery without starting the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 2/4/2014

    " This series is starting to get a bit disappointing. In Heartfire, Calvin didn't quite make the waves that I hoped he would. Instead, Card produced another average book in the series that from start to finish makes little progress in the overall conflict. And the overall conflict seems mediocre at this point as well - the conflict is simply how Alvin will build the Crystal City someday. I understand that Card meant to write an American epic poem or something and that perhaps he succeeded. However, the flow of the story isn't much my style. I still plan to finish out the story, but I don't expect any surprises in the final two books. And at this point, I don't even expect the final book to ever be published... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/14/2014

    " Sadly, the series gets duller and more off-track as it goes along. I've noticed that with Card's longer series. The first book grabs me with a bang, but it gradually goes south from there. The story slows down and he takes way too many side-tracks -- seems like he can't conclude. I'm not very excited about the next one, although it will be the last in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timilyn | 1/8/2014

    " This first book in the series intrigued me, and I had to read all the others. As I mention in other reviews of books in this series, it's not my favorite "world" by Card, but it has it's own magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/5/2014

    " I occasionally wondered why the author would'nt let Alvin and Margaret work together for a common cause but I enjoyed the continuing plot. I love the new twists in an alternative history. I know all the famous names and deeds yet it is exhilarating to attach special knacks to each of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/25/2013

    " Even the fifth one is good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 12/21/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. It really just feels like Orson changed the locale and a few characters but just repeated the plot line from Journeyman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice Paterra | 12/20/2013

    " Losing the thread of the Alvin story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andra | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some others in the series. In the first books, comparing Alvin's story with Joseph Smith's life was really fun, but now it's getting a little old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 11/25/2013

    " This series has gotten better and better, so much so that I read this book within a 24 hour period. That is not bad considering I have a very active toddler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred D | 11/9/2013

    " Very good continuation of the Alvin Maker story. The whole part about Calvin, Alvin's annoying and dangerous brother, having his doodlebug caught in a 'trap', rendering him comatose, and Alvin's efforts to save him, was quite gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/7/2013

    " Still good, but there is a certain repetition of plot devices that kind of mars this installment. Count on more character development of our main players, as opposed to suspense of plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 11/9/2012

    " The next in the series of the Seventh Son. Alternate history. I keep reading because I hate to stop in the middle of the series, but it is not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/23/2012

    " I loved every one of the Alvin Maker series and have reread them many times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryan457 | 6/9/2012

    " The train has indeed left the tracks and is wandering around elsewhere. Is it just me or could you just skip this one and not really lose anything in the series? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/29/2012

    " An interesting but not terribly remarkably addition to the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christian | 1/19/2012

    " Way to crap on your own series, Orson. This book is a blank to me, except that it went beyond boring me--it made me just not care anymore about the entire series. Crystal city? Whatever, man. Good for you if you build it. Or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs | 1/18/2012

    " Series is getting tired. Drags in spots. Still it is nice to hang with familiar characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/8/2012

    " Mostly I don't remember. That is what is known as a defensive reflex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Papa | 1/5/2012

    " I loved the legal elements to the plot of this story. Without dropping spoilers, it combined some good legal discussion with one of my all-time favorite American history subject matters. I highly recommend this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/15/2011

    " Alvin landed himself in the middle of some witch trials in this book. It was interesting to learn about the craziness that surrounded those. Another good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vernon Ray | 7/28/2011

    " Slow start, but firecracker ending. Great work with John Addams, plus interesting cameos by Emerson and Calhoun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 4/25/2011

    " great series, original story in my opinion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/3/2011

    " Alvin landed himself in the middle of some witch trials in this book. It was interesting to learn about the craziness that surrounded those. Another good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nathaniel | 3/30/2011

    " End was ok, but overall the book did little to move the series along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 3/29/2011

    " Alvin Miller discovers he has incredible powers for creating and shaping things around him.

    A recurring and main theme of the books is the conflict between Creators and Destroyers—namely, Making such as Alvin does, and Unmaking that he confronts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DiDi | 2/17/2011

    " My least favorite in the series. Really went off in some different directions. Struggles for the main characters were resolved too easily, too much talk, no enough action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/2/2010

    " This book is part of fascinating read of early American history with the twist that magic exists. The plot is simple but profound. Characters are well drawn especially if the predecessor books have been read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 7/21/2010

    " Excellent story, excellent book. Nothing terribly moving about the book, just a good book with a good story. The parallels to J.S. are humorous and interesting to see, but not a big part of the story. I will read the 6th book too, I have enjoyed the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timilyn | 7/11/2010

    " This first book in the series intrigued me, and I had to read all the others. As I mention in other reviews of books in this series, it's not my favorite "world" by Card, but it has it's own magic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/6/2010

    " Enjoying the series quite a bit so far "

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Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.