Gatefather by Orson Scott Card audiobook

Gatefather

By Orson Scott Card
Directed by Claire Bloom
Afterword read by  Orson Scott Card
Read by Emily Rankin and Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Publishing 9780765326591

The Mithermages Series: Book 3

11.43 Hours Unabridged
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The much-anticipated third installment in Card’s New York Times bestselling Mithermages series Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly two thousand years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible, until at last they realized it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own family a terrible advantage over all the others and reignite the wars. So it was decided that they all had to die. And if the families didn’t kill them, the Gate Thief would—that mysterious mage who destroyed every Great Gate, along with the Gate Mage who created it, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil. But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief—and won. What he didn’t know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates—and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.

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Summary

Summary

The much-anticipated third installment in Card’s New York Times bestselling Mithermages series

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly two thousand years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible, until at last they realized it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own family a terrible advantage over all the others and reignite the wars. So it was decided that they all had to die. And if the families didn’t kill them, the Gate Thief would—that mysterious mage who destroyed every Great Gate, along with the Gate Mage who created it, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil.

But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief—and won.

What he didn’t know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates—and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.

Reviews

Reviews

by Christine 9/13/2017
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Great story. Thoughtfully provoking.

A mindful denouement to Orson Scott Card's Mithermage trilogy.
by Beda 9/13/2017
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Too much technical explanation, too little anything else

I give up. I actually tried to listen to the end, but I give up. The first two books were not bad, even though certainly not the best of O. S. Card, but this one is just awful. From the first several hours I listened to, roughly 80 % is devoted to convoluted pseudo-technical babble about how gates and inselfs and outselfs and whatnot works. In the end, the result is that anything is possible anyway (at least for the good guys) and most of the text is just about explaining why.

I think that the poor content may have even influenced the performance on such an experienced narrator as Stefan Rudnicki, because in several places I had the feeling he wasn't "in the character", but it might just be my projection of the overall bad impression of this piece.

So even though I like O. S. Card very much, especially his earlier works, I would not recommend this one. It is his first book that I could not finish, and I am not even remotely interested in how the story ends up anymore.
by David123 9/13/2017
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An acceptable if disapointing end to the mithermage series

Following on from the first two books in the Mithermage series, GateFather completes the trilogy albeit in a disappointing fashion.

The first two books were well written and the story didn't feel like it was struggling or rushed.


Gatefather felt like it was poorly edited and incredibly rushed. The language used felt dumber than usual including lots of 'he said she said he said she said he said' conversations. Too much time was spent trying to explain WHY the Mages magic worked instead of accepting that the reader (listener) was getting involved in the story because they wanted to know the STORY and not the 'technology' behind the magic. This felt very much like the highly contrived 'Midichlorins' from StarWars Phantom Menace.


Plots were introduced but never built on. Time was spent introducing the family's interaction with the Military and then simply dropped with only a very brief future mention of it or its consequences. It felt very much like a story plan had been written and then due to time constraints had been dropped.

If this story wasn't needed to complete the trilogy I wouldn't recommend the book. But to complete the trilogy it is worth listening to.

Author

Author Bio: Orson Scott Card

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English