Seventh Son : Tales of Alvin Maker

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
  • Series: Tales of Alvin Maker
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the award-winning Ender's Game comes the unforgettable story of young Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son.Born into an alternative frontier America, where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

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What the Critics Say

"A tribute to the art of storytelling, this is highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Seventh Son begins what may be a significant recasting in fantasy terms of the tall tale of America." (Washington Post Book World)
"A consistently gripping tale featuring solid historical research and a keen understanding of religious experience. Another major effort by a world-class talent. Highly recommended." (Booklist)

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Almost 4-star.

I couldn't quite give this a four-star, but it almost made it and I do recommend it. This is the first book of a series of seven (unsurprisingly!), and it introduces a wealth of great storylines that will be carried forward in subsequent books, but unfortunately closes none. In this sense it is a little disappointing - some series, such as the Ender series by the same author have self-contained books that one can read and have a full experience, with closure. With Seventh Son, there is a sense that one is going to have to read the whole series, which is no great toil as this book was a good read, but personally I would have liked the choice to see what I thought of a self-contained book and decide to move on to the next. The book is very well read by multiple narrators, all of whom are excellent. All in all, this is a promising, interesting story but if you decide to read this, please be aware that you are buying one seventh of a considerably larger book. After all my moaning, I will be Audible-ing the next in the series - 'Red Prophet'!
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- Peter

Nothing really happens

I really wanted to like this as I didn't like the last one of his I read, but adored "The Lost Boys".

Sadly, and for a relatively long production, nothing much happened. A seventh son of a seventh son is born, he seems to be in danger all the time, but manages to escape deadly harm, the end.

Hopefully, the other chapters in this story contain more excitement.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.