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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset’s voice is both a blessing and a curse—for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either to heal or to destroy.

When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Ansset’s hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love—the tale of a man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity’s peace, and a boy who might just sing the world away.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Card understands the human condition and has things of real value to say about it. He tells the truth well—ultimately the only criterion of greatness.”

    Gene Wolfe

  • “Stefan Rudnicki narrates this novel with the power that the prose demands…Rudnicki, when called upon to do so, sings lines with an understated grace that effectively suggests the great abilities of the characters doing the singing.”


  • “The audiobook is narrated beautifully by Stefan Rudnicki. Mr. Rudnicki conveys an introspective and measured performance that suits the novel perfectly…The recording is up to the usually high standards that we expect of a Blackstone audiobook.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allisyn | 2/20/2014

    " It's been a while since I've read anything by him and I'd definitely forgotten how beautiful how world building is. His prose is so lovely and he'll contrast it by writing in an event or something so horrible or ugly that it sometimes takes another read or two of the passage to comprehend what exactly happened. Songmaster follows one man from events that make his existence significant to his death. The young man transforms from a gifted young singer in an isolated school to the companion of an emperor to a man of great consequence in his own right and finally his return to the home of his youth. There is love, both familial and romantic, cut-throat political maneuvering, bold kidnappings, and whirlwind fight scenes. I really enjoying reading this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tori | 2/20/2014

    " This is one of the few books I read annually. I could go on and on about OSC's genius and the way he brings out the child-hero in everyone, but I think that saying "I read this book annually" is pretty much all that needs saying. This book lives on a special shelf with "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie Musick | 2/19/2014

    " admittedly it's been 20 years since I read this book, but i loved it at the time-- memory is a bit veiled now, but it was a vibrant fantasy-sci fi book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noah Diewald | 2/18/2014

    " I read this book when I was very young so that is likely influencing this rating. At the time it had been the most moving book I'd ever read. I may have become more demanding since then. "

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