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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, Kristoffer Tabori, Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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Rigg is no stranger to keeping a secret. In fact, this is what he's been trained to do. His father, alone, knows the reality behind the powers Rigg seems to wield for seeing into the past of others.

Too soon, Rigg's father dies, leaving Rigg stunned not just at his death, but at the secrets surrounding the past of their family. Now, not only can Rigg look into the past, but he might be able to change it...

In this question of identity and destiny, Rigg is set on a trail that lies between two opposing poles, one that seeks to crown him, and one that seeks to destroy him. And, in dealing with the consequences of his birthright, Rigg will have to learn who to trust, how to push the limits of his gifts, and how to let go of control of his future, and even his past.

Orson Scott Card was born in 1951. He is an author, a critic, a public speaker, essayist, columnist, and a political activist. Best known for his break out novel Ender's Game, the winner of the Hugo and the Nebula Award, Card writes in the genres of science fiction, mainly. He belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and opposes gay rights, which has sparked much controversy among his fans and readers. The book Enders Game was adapted for film and is set for motion picture release in November 2013.

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg's birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 2/10/2014

    " This book was good but I had a few problems with it. One it was long there were a few spots it dragged a little for me. The second thing that bothered me was the time travel. It got really confusing and didn't make sense. I felt a little better in the acknowledgments that the author meant for it to be that way. It was a clean book for anyone to read if you can get through 657 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/4/2014

    " I finished this last night and am in total agreement with Brian's review! "Ruins" is next in the Pathfinder series, which I am three chapters into, and have to think that it will be as enjoyable as "Pathfinder". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2014

    " I always thoughtEnder's Game was a totally great read for students (gr. 5-7), but a little immature for anyone older. Pathfinder is an awesome book for kids and adults alike! It's sci-fi set in an almost medieval world, so great if you like sci-fi and historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/28/2014

    " It was well written, as all his books are, but the complicated time travel premise was just not very enjoyable for me to read about, it just didn't make sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Tsau | 1/25/2014

    " This book quite frankly blew my mind. The concepts that were in this book really made me think twice about quite a few things, like the future of machines, what a truly unbiased action means, the consequences of the human race, and just how space travel and time may work. Yeah, a lot considering this is a fiction book. I recommend it because I thought the plot was interesting to watch unfold and I truly enjoyed some of the characters. I look forward to the sequel (whenever that comes out). Hope you enjoy and are as blown away by this book as I was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/10/2014

    " Goodness gracious, this book is so long and boring! I had to take breaks from this book and read others just to make it through to the end. Honestly, if Pathfinder weren't on the 2012 Tayshas consideration list, I wouldn't have even finished it. There is no action or suspense to move the plot forward, and I thought Rigg was more than a little annoying - no one is that capable, knowledgeable, intelligent, etc. Especially at 14 or so. The recurring, cyclical debates about changing the past and its effect on the future were incredibly repetitive and dull, and evidently, there is more dullness to come. The ending seemed to suggest a sequel that I will definitely not read. I don't anticipate very many of my students enjoying this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lidia | 1/2/2014

    " 4.5 brilliant... expected nothing less from card "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katharine Wright | 11/13/2013

    " Gave up after meeting Loaf and Leaky, scanned through to see if worth finishing it. Decided not to. Liked the premise of folds and 19 instances of time but the characters just weren't worth following for me. Onwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devcoch | 9/7/2013

    " Amazing story, couldn't put it down. It's a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 8/15/2013

    " A fantastic new twist on time travel. What makes this so interesting is that time travel was almost incidental to the already engaging story line. A good read for any fantasy lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Rubens | 8/4/2013

    " Loved it. It took me like 400 pages to figure out, but I loved it! It was so confusing, it kept me wanting more. It was confusing as hell, but then not so much that I wanted to put it down. I've recommended this book to a lot of people, certain that anyone will love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott A | 7/20/2013

    " An amazingly long winded book about a pair of boys with the power to change the world. That said, it is by OSC, and very much well written. Looking forward to the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/26/2013

    " Loved the social or mental analysis that happens. should make it a bit more quick paced at parts but very enjoyable nonetheless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis Blume | 2/8/2013

    " I really love the world Card created in this one, and I'm eager to find out what happens in the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Bassie | 11/26/2012

    " Strong characters. Interesting use of time travel and parallel universes. Card is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed exploring another of his universes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dany | 8/29/2012

    " I loved this book. It brought back the wonderful feelings I had while reading The Homecoming Saga. However, the time travel paradoxes in this new series confused the heck out of me, challenged me, and entertained me all at the same time. I can't wait for book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JaNae | 6/27/2012

    " This was a good read, not as good as Ender's Game, but good. It sets the stage for a series (made me think of Narnia Chronicles) and I'm looking forward to the continued quests of this set of characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 4/3/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great and the twists in the time line really keep you on your toes in keeping up with everything. This book was like a nice slow boil. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 9/18/2011

    " This book is really good! I read it in 2 days, couldn't put it down. It had awesome twists and was a really unique story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/23/2011

    " How did I miss this book when it first came out! I loved this first of a series. It takes the precociousness of Ender with the homeliness of the Alvinmaker series and mixes it into a wonderful story of its own. I can't wait to see how this world progresses and hope its heroes are up to the task. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carissa | 5/18/2011

    " If, as a writer, you have the tendency to over-exposit the obvious, you should never, under any circumstances, narrate from multiple characters' perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting. Didn't realize it was book 1 of a series. Still couldn't tell you the conversations between Ram and the computers or when Rigg & Umbo discussed their talents. Good Story, well told, and adventurous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting and intelligent book. At least it has the appearance of being smart which amounted to the same thing for me. Clean, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judyrichard | 5/8/2011

    " Really good book although I still don't understand the ships!!!! "

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

    " Start of a new series. Science fiction with (mind magic??). Suitable for teens as well as adults. Not as good as the Ender series but definitely worth reading once or twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tahlia | 5/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Its the type of fiction I most enjoy. However, toward the end of the book it started dragging. Also, the wrap-up was kind of anti-climatic for me and left a lot of unanswered questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2011

    " I was a little confused at the start of this book, but upon getting into I realized that was kind of the point. it will be interesting to see where the author goes for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/30/2011

    " I am still reading this, but I am still in love with it! Rigg is my favorite character. It's a GREAT book, though I am actually not reading it on my nook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. In the acknowledgements in the end, Card hinted at future books and I do hope there is a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 4/27/2011

    " This book was amazing. Mr. Card's storytelling is second to none. The way he blends different timelines is seamless. Can't wait for the next in the series! "

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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.