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Seventh Son

Di: Orson Scott Card
Letto da: Scott Brick,Gabrielle de Cuir,Stephen Hoye
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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.

©1987 Orson Scott Card (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

  • Locus Award, 1988

"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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Harold D. Doublename
  • 01/05/2007

Great story, great reading

Seventh Son has always been one of my favorite books. I waited for a very long time for an unabridged audio version. I was a little worried that it wouldn't live up to my high expectations, but the cast more than delivered. All the readers are so very talented. My only complaint is that Rev. Thrower sometimes lapses in and out of his Scottish accent, but it happens at appropriate enough times.

Seventh Son is creative storytelling at its very best. As an "alternate history" of America, you can't beat this book for color and charm. The characters are thoroughly believable and sympathetic.

Frontiersy magic-stories might be a departure for Card fans who are used to his sci-fi works, but give Seventh Son and its sequels a try anyhow. Card comes through with his usual brilliant characterization, real dialogue, and perfectly paced plot.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 05/10/2013

Atleast They Were English Scum

BEN FRANKLIN; AMERICA'S MOST POWERFUL WIZARD
This is an Alternate History American Fantasy. This alone is makes for a great story. This is an America divided up between England, Spain, Dutch, French and North American Indians. The map alone is cool. There are Duchies, States and Territories. There is a New Sweden, Camelot, New Orange, Suskwaheny, Noisy River Terr. and Irrakwa State. Canada is French.

SHE SHOULD HAVE LEARNT THE WORD NO, BEFORE SHE HAD 14 MOUTHS TO FEED.
This is about a very large family, struggling to survive in a harsh world. A world where people have knacks and certain gifts. They survive by using charms, beseechings, hexes and potions. Often these are used against them. It is a struggle between good and evil. This is different from Card's Sci-Fi, but it is still written with his talent and is a great entry into Fantasy if you have never tried it.

A MAN ALWAYS ASSUMES THAT OTHERS ARE AS VIRTUOUS AS HIMSELF.

I read this over 30 years ago and wondered if it would stand up to my memory of it. It was just as good if not better. This is one book you could read over and over and get more out of it each time.

NOT + NOT= NOT
My one irk with the whole thing was the narrators. There are several narrators including Orson Scott Card. One of the narrators is one of my favorites and there is one I hate. I usually like Card's voice, but believe he should have left this to the professionals. All the narrators do all the voices instead of doing certain characters. Sometimes a character has a certain accent, and then sometimes he does not. This is a small complaint, the writing makes up for any narrator problems and those are few.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Chad
  • 24/12/2010

Not Orson's Best. Look Elsewhere

I can't help but be overwhelmingly dissappointed by this book. After having read nearly 20 various OSC books from his early works, Treason, to his popular works, Ender Series, to his new material, Pathfinder, I have yet to find a book by him that I didn't enjoy. With that being said though, Seventh Son was an uneventful story that never captivated my heart whereas these aforementioned novels all did. The main problem with Seventh Son lies in the fact that there is little to no character development at all. Not only did I not grow to understand or genuinely like the characters, but I also felt the plot was drawn out and very little actually happened throughout the entire book. I wish I had enough room to fully explain my complaints with Seventh Son, but unfortunately I don't. The only saving grace for this audiobook lies within the excellent narration from Brick and Rudnicki. I can't say I'll be returning to this series though.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Dan
  • 15/05/2007

Yawn

In the Afterwards the author says that this story was originally supposed to be a trilogy but he is now making it seven books with the last one being multi-thousand pages. I think he should have stuck with his original plan. The story line is plodding and you can only hear about the colonial life so much before you want to scream to get on with it.

I might have finished this story line if it were a trilogy but thinking of having to listen to six more books meandering along is more than I can take.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Katherine
  • 19/09/2012

Original and emotional

Originally posted at FanLit.

"When you’re surrounded by light, how do you know whether it’s the glory of God, or the flames of Hell?"

Set in an alternate American frontier, Seventh Son is the first in Orson Scott Card’s THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. Alvin Miller is the seventh son of a seventh son which makes him special and potentially a very powerful healer, or “maker” — at least that’s what many who practice folk magic, believe. They know that many folk have “knacks” and they’ve seen the effects of curses and charms. It’s obvious that there’s a supernatural war going on around Alvin Miller. He’s almost been killed many times (usually by water), but it’s clear that some other force is protecting him. While his family expects greatness from Alvin, some of his neighbors think he may be “devil spawn.”
Reverend Thrower, the new Christian pastor who has just come over from Europe, finds all this folk magic to be rather creepy. He’s trying to dispel these superstitious notions while teaching his parish that any magic they think they see can be explained by scientific investigation. After interacting with Alvin’s family, he may be forced to reconsider his position. Is this folk magic superstitious nonsense, evil witchery, or a gift from God?

Seventh Son begins with an emotionally gripping scene as one child dies and another is born to the Miller family. These first few scenes make up the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Hatrack River. The emotion doesn’t let up, the world-building and characterization are admirably complex, and there’s a nice touch of folksy humor — especially in the episodes of sibling rivalry.

I’ve heard it said that Seventh Son is loosely based on the life of Latter Day Saints prophet Joseph Smith, though I don’t know enough about Smith to notice the parallels. Orson Scott Card is known to be religious and conservative (and a member of the LDS church), but you wouldn’t know it from reading Seventh Son. Though religion is the dominant theme, Card’s religious characters are, at least on the surface, hard to sympathize with. For example, though Reverend Thrower’s intentions are good, his deeds are more evil than the deeds of the “immoral” people he opposes. It’s easy to see this from our perspective, but we can also see why Thrower thinks he’s doing the right thing. It’s a good parallel to some of the religious conflicts we see in our society today.

I’m intrigued by Card’s alternate America where familiar politics and personalities are slightly different from historical facts. This played an insignificant background role in Seventh Son, but will surely become more prominent in future volumes of THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER. I look forward to that.

I listened to Blackstone Audio’s version of Seventh Son which was narrated by a full cast including Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye and Stefan Rudnicki. This is a superb cast who did a great job individually. The parts were split up by chapter rather than by role, so on a couple of occasions I was initially confused at the different accents used for the same character by different narrators. Included in the audiobook version is an afterword by Orson Scott Card which explains the origin of Hatrack River and Seventh Son.

Published in 1987, Seventh Son was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards and won a Locus Award. It’s a beautifully written emotional story set in an original fantasy world.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Ichiji
  • 16/01/2017

A Book in Which Magic is not Very Magical

The country, down-home, salt-of-the earth vibe of this book got too dull for me to plow through the end. I got about 3/4 of the way through before realizing nothing could possibly happen to these characters that I would care about, and I set it aside. I guess this story takes place in an alternate history, but I did not see why that was necessary. Writing about magic of fire, water, air and earth is just plain lazy, and made it sound like the plot of a video game. Making Christians into stuffy, narrow-minded enemies of magic is not new either. There is a person in this story called "tale-swapper" and guess what -- he swaps stories with people. Yawn. I guess this book is in the fantasy category, but it isn't very fantastical. Skip it.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cliff
  • 13/02/2014

Like nothing else

This is a really unique book and series. It takes place in the frontier age of the United States and offer a vastly different timeline where most everyone has a magic ability or knack. This leads to some major divergences from our own history. i don't do spoilers so you will have to read to find out. Even though this was written long ago it holds up quite well. It has three different narrarators and they do a good job. This is not your usualy fantasy fare but I found it definitely worth a listen.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Mr. Jackson
  • 24/07/2007

The series starts good with this one

I liked this one, but after I moved on to the 2nd and 3rd....I don't know.

I know this is fiction and loosely based on some american history. Being an african american, it is kind of hard to listen to the imaginative world where it's ok to slaughter, rape, kill, and sell people to delevope the west. Even though I know those things happened.

It's still clasic Card. You decide.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Trish
  • 16/04/2009

How did this spawn an entire series?

I really like Orson Scott Card books. REALLY lilke them. But this one just never seemed to go anywhere. Most of the characters are not likable and you don't really care what happens to them. I will probably read the next one for the same reason I picked up this one.....to see what the hype is about. I certainly didn't find my answer in this book.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael
  • 29/01/2008

good book but...

I have been a fan of OSC since I first listened to the book Enders Game. From there I listened to the rest of that series, now after this book as well I'm of the opinion OSC is a religious author. I wish he would right fantasy or science fiction and simply leave out "Religion". I find it humorous that in his books with the religion he writes in it that he shows those supporting it and others saying its not right to force upon others the beliefs or religion of those that practice or beliefs said topic. But yet in writing his stories he does exactly that which he writes isn't correct. Oh well just a thougt.... Still OSC is capable of writing a entertaining and enjoyable story as he has proved time and again, just be warned that you must keep an open mind when reading it or it could easily offend.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Peter
  • 09/04/2009

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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mr
  • 18/09/2010

The tale draws you in almost against your will

Played this on a long, long car journey back from France and it kept the kids and the grown-ups all quiet - I wasn't even allowed to consult the sat nav without being sshhh-ed down. Well written, good characters and above all a story that both warms and chills the heart. I would very much recommend this book.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • E. Napel
  • 15/08/2021

Well written, gripping, but racist to the core.

Can’t stand this anymore. It could be great, but it’s quite the opposite. Racist to the core. I gave up…

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 12/01/2015

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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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Jinty
  • 21/12/2014

Don't bother !!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea..

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

Realising it was book one of seven !! However that's why it was so boring.. Yawn !

What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

The Scottish Minister's accent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Don't use a credit on this one, fortunately I got it for sale price ..

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jacqui
  • 06/01/2023

Struggled to like this

First time I’ve struggled to like Orson Scott Card’s writing. The pulpit prose just wore me down and the story floundered in it. Felt as if I was stuck in a hugely long, dull sermon.
Really dismayed at not liking this! As I’ve really loved many of his books.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tyrone poet
  • 05/09/2022

Very well written,

The book could work well as a stand alone copy. The only thing I mention is at times it feels as though the author loses distinction and the reader is left wondering what type of story will be uncovered. It is as if the author hasn't a plan or direction for the storyline and seems to allow the text to take him flowing along as if he is reporting on what happens to the plot lines which gives an air or sense of realism.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • veradosamamadosa
  • 05/01/2022

Not like the movie

Whilst the movie was the reason I bought this audio book,and have to admit I was disappointed I'd suggest sticking with this as it gets much better later
by the end and try to ignore that who ever did the movie never read the book that or seventh son of a seventh son etc is just a coincidental plot throwback😂

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kristoffer Dybeck
  • 05/09/2021

Love the book, not the many voices

Love the book and it’s story.
I do think that the choice to have several people read different chapters were a poor choice. If they would have stuck to just making different voices (something they end up doing in the last chapters) it would have been better.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sarah
  • 23/11/2017

compelling

I loved this book, the magic of it and it's memorable characters so warmly brought to life by the readers