• Seventh Son

  • The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Nana Visitor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Young Alvin was born the seventh son of a seventh son. By his birthright, he possesses magical powers and is destined to become something great, perhaps even a Maker. Indeed, Alvin is special. But the boy remains vulnerable to dark forces who reach out to destroy him and are willing to do anything to keep him from growing up. Carefully weaving the lore and the folk-magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were there before them, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America. This is the first installment in the Tales of Alvin Maker.

Don't miss the other titles in Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.
©1987 Orson Scott Card (P)1998 NewStar Media, (P) 2014 Phoenix Books

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Horrible Quality

It sounds like it was recorded with a pc microphone while the reader sat underwater. I can only rate the book for the first 10 minutes because the audio quality was so bad. I was forced to turn the volume up all the way just so that I could hear here. This also resulted in my ears hurting because of the high notes.

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What did she say?

The first half of the book was narrated so badly that I could barely make out what she was saying. Where was the sound editor?

The story was only mediocre at best. Good versus bad, but you really never figure out whose side anyone is on. The ending was pretty pathetic as well. Can you say "had to stop writing this book because I don't know where it's going?" Maybe the author will figure it out in the sequel.

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Worth getting abridged, to get Nana!

I was initially dismayed to see the work was abridged, but I didn't miss a bit of the original. (I also listened to the "full cast" version. I'll get the rest of the series abridged). Nana Visitor is the best story teller I've found on audible. I knew the story, having read it when it came out 30 years or so ago. I still found it captivating. The only drawback was the sound quality, being a bit 'fuzzy'.

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Too Soft

I enjoyed the story a great deal, though Card's writing tone hasn't evolved (for this first entry) into the entertaining "Mark Twain" style he uses for the same universe in the "Legends II" novella. The problem with the audiobook (and the reason I rated it so low) is Nana Visitor's incredibly soft narration. It isn't that she is untalented as a reader, and it isn't that she is not good to listen too... it's just that you can't hear her through half of the story. If you listen to audiobooks in the car or at the gym, don't get this one. If you listen to them in a quiet study with good noise insulation, then up my review to four stars.

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seventh son

this Book is a must read. All 5 Books are grate. My hats off to the Author. The narrator could have been better. I have read 5 books and thay are. Seventh son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Alvin Journeyman,and Hartfire. Good reading .

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A rare pleasure

A rare pleasure to be exposed to this story. I read book number three twenty years or more in the past, wishing to read the complete series. I have thought about this story over the years. Yesterday I told a friend of mine about the story, about how much I enjoyed the story. With his help the author's name was found. And so I find myself enjoying the story as much as I remember. to hold on to a story or to have a story have as much impact as this one had on me over the years to continually remember it and want to complete it and itself speaks volumes.

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great story, and has been read so well.

I loved the subject and plot. A great story, and has been read so well.

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remastered?

the volume levels on this make it unbearable. whoever got paid for the remaster gig is a criminal. give me my credit back

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One of the top fantasy books I've ever read

The performance was amazing! I wanted to start with that because a number of reviews state the quality is terrible. If it was bad it must have been remastered, because her voice is great and so is her performance. Listen to the sample audio provided. Unfortunately, the sequels by the same narrator do not have nearly the same audio quality. I hope they get remastered, because they sound like they are from an echo chamber.

The story is an alternate history of America that takes place around the early 1800's when people were trying to settle out west. The big difference is that people are sometimes born with special talents, can do hexes, or read all possible futures among other abilities.

This book does everything well, but the one thing that shines for me is the character development. It is easy to become very attached to the characters. This book has quickly become one of my favorites.

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awesome book. but...

another great series by oscar, however the. narration is terrible. I am not pleased with the audio quality.

I own this series on paperback. great read.