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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (292 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: October 2007 ISBN: 9781455188895
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Is it space travel that children dream of, or merely visiting other worlds? Todd had always set his heart on being an astronaut, but when he meets an alien and travels to another world, he doesn’t use a spaceship; he just hangs out in his own backyard.

In Space Boy, Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game, takes listeners into a strange and wonderful future, where people from another world regularly visit Earth, usually without being noticed. And when humans travel to their world, they find themselves dangerously weak and powerless, until Todd finds a way to set both worlds to rights.

By turns funny and painful, Space Boy is Card at his best, exploring human nature for the entertainment of readers young and old.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Card works both pathos and humor into this tale of a family pulling together to rescue one of their own.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Rudnicki’s] deep voice is full of pathos, wisdom and resonance…Card takes his time developing the characters, which allows Rudnicki room to bring them to life…Another terrific addition to the Orson Scott Card audiobook-shelf.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “In a break from many young adult science fiction novels, Todd is…an early-teenage character…who is competent and capable and does not suffer from the Superman problem or being insufferable…The relationships at [the book’s] heart, between Todd and his father, his absentee mother, and his brother, form the core of the novella.”

    SFSite.com

  • “Space Boy offers readers that perennial delight, space travel without the hardware…Card writes with a deceptively simple clarity here, the kind of smart science fiction fairy tale that is exciting and rewarding for anyone who wants to wrap their brain around the present clothed as the near-future.”

    Trashotron.com

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 2/18/2014

    " Warning: Written for young boys! Lots of poop jokes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 2/15/2014

    " This was ok, I picked it up for a short and easy book. There were somethings I loved about it, and I thought it was a good concept. But, maybe it was the length of the book, or something else, it just wasn't great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven hunley | 2/12/2014

    " very good for such a short book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elliotwoodward | 2/4/2014

    " He could have done a lot more with this. the plot was bland, characters were all stupid, annoying too read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh Meares | 1/14/2014

    " A kind of fun little book. Nothing much to say, except that adults often take kids for granted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/11/2014

    " Pretty wild concept. My 10 year old would probably have liked it but there were a few parts that would be too mature for that age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyn | 1/11/2014

    " Not Card's best work. Sticking things in a space worm's anus. Repeatedly. Right. Read Ender's Game instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 1/7/2014

    " A short book aimed at about an 11 year old boy. Not my favorite by of Orson Scott Cards books but it was entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/18/2013

    " don't understand why this book was in the adult section...maybe I'm missing some greater meaning but it's a kid book in my view... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben | 12/13/2013

    " Uninteresting young adult book that is readable in an hour or two, which is probably about how long it took Card to write it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephannestacey Stacey | 11/3/2013

    " Not one of Cards best. Actually this is one of his more forgettable books. Although the worm concept and the density issues is fun to explore, I just think that it could have been done better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eremite | 11/1/2013

    " This is an odd little book. Kinda like an innocent little adventure story but full of all sorts of stuff that kids wouldn't understand (cultural references) or parents would disapprove of (all the nakedness and scatological terminology). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/11/2013

    " Fun short story (more than a novel) about a boy who wants to go to space and has the opportunity in a way he'd never imagined. This seems to be what Card might call an Idea story, and the main character does a great job solving the puzzle he is confronted with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/26/2013

    " I found a signed copy of this in my library. It should have been on the YA shelf. I thought it was cute. Very much for young boys in the 8-14 age range. Lots of smelly body humor. The story was cute though and focused on the importance of family and trust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn | 6/29/2013

    " Definitely something teenage boys will like with plenty of toilet references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lady Knight | 6/11/2013

    " Incredibly juvenile with a lot of unnecessary potty humour. I usually love Orson Scott Card's novels and short stories, but this one was almost a complete waste of my time. I didn't hate it (hence two stars instead of one), but it is certainly not one I'd recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 6/6/2013

    " Short story bound as a book about a boy who wants to travel in space. He gets his wish when he has to enter an interplanetary worm that has landed in his brother's closet to rescue his mother who was sucked in to another world. Kind of Freudian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/17/2013

    " An entertaining parable about the value of following ones dreams. The humor is geared to 5 - 10 year old boys but the overall story can capture a wider audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/18/2012

    " it was ok, did the audiobook, so only a 2 hour investment of time. not the best OSC i've ever read by far, and an interesting premise for sure. if fleshed out further (and far less "potty" themed) it probably would have been a great adult sci-fi book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 9/5/2012

    " Interesting. . . definately for the sci-fi lover. You've got to give this guy credit for his imagination! :) It's a super quick read (less than 100 pages). Kind of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 7/23/2012

    " This was a very original story, and it was pretty good even though it was a bit strange. The ending had a Gulliver's Travels feel to it, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 5/25/2012

    " Very quick read - I read it in one sitting. I did have weird dreams that night, but that's pretty normal for me after reading an OSC book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoinette | 1/4/2012

    " Cute, interesting story. My only complaint is Orson Scott Card's analogy to a certain body function. I think he could have found another way to incorporate that particular element into the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 11/23/2011

    " read in 2008. Juvenile. Seemed thrown together. Not of this author's usual quality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Olson | 9/9/2011

    " This slight tale of a boy rescuing his mother from another planet (she was accidentally sucked through a bedroom-closet wormhole) is more reminiscent of a Heinlein "juvenile" than of the masterful storytelling that is Card's hallmark. Not actually terrible, just not up to his usual standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/10/2011

    " wow was this story really about an interstellar anus? yes, yes it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/10/2011

    " This is a fun book for tween boys, and older boys (like me) might find it fun too. Though there are several logical fallacies and some of the vocabulary was beyond even me. Be prepared for juvenile potty humor. It's integral to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 5/7/2011

    " A charming short story about a boy and his dreams that come true in a most inconvenient way. Adolescent and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/24/2011

    " Pretty wild concept. My 10 year old would probably have liked it but there were a few parts that would be too mature for that age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 3/10/2011

    " A kind of fun little book. Nothing much to say, except that adults often take kids for granted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 3/7/2011

    " A little wonky, but interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elliotwoodward | 7/29/2010

    " He could have done a lot more with this. the plot was bland, characters were all stupid, annoying too read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/18/2010

    " wow was this story really about an interstellar anus? yes, yes it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughn | 4/1/2010

    " An interesting short story, obviously not thick in plot. Interesting concepts and some fun depictions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 1/7/2010

    " Short story bound as a book about a boy who wants to travel in space. He gets his wish when he has to enter an interplanetary worm that has landed in his brother's closet to rescue his mother who was sucked in to another world. Kind of Freudian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 12/19/2009

    " A short book aimed at about an 11 year old boy. Not my favorite by of Orson Scott Cards books but it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephannestacey | 8/7/2009

    " Not one of Cards best. Actually this is one of his more forgettable books. Although the worm concept and the density issues is fun to explore, I just think that it could have been done better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/27/2009

    " Not one of Card's best books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny Sudweeks | 4/7/2009

    " read in 2008. Juvenile. Seemed thrown together. Not of this author's usual quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/31/2008

    " I found a signed copy of this in my library. It should have been on the YA shelf. I thought it was cute. Very much for young boys in the 8-14 age range. Lots of smelly body humor. The story was cute though and focused on the importance of family and trust. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eremite | 10/21/2008

    " This is an odd little book. Kinda like an innocent little adventure story but full of all sorts of stuff that kids wouldn't understand (cultural references) or parents would disapprove of (all the nakedness and scatological terminology). "

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