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    From the internationally bestselling author of Ender’s Game comes the riveting finale to the story of Rigg, a teenager who possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of people’s pasts.

    In Pathfinder, Rigg joined forces with another teen with special talents on a quest to find Rigg’s sister and discover the true depth and significance of their powers. Then Rigg’s story continued in Ruins as he was tasked to decipher the paths of the past before the arrival of a destructive force with deadly intentions. Now, in Visitors, Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

    ©2014 Orson Scott Card (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with the Barbara Bova Literary Agency.

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    • Grace Ausley
    • 15/11/2014

    Satisfying Conclusion to the Acclaimed Series

    I was attending Orson Scott Card's Writing Workshop this year when I heard him mentioning how difficult it was for him to wrap up writing this book. He knew he had a real gem on his hands; this is easily his most ambitious series since Ender's Game. Seems that he truly thought this was one of his best, but he had only one, BIG problem: he had no idea how to end the story.

    I was a bit shocked to hear this. The Pathfinder series is easily my favorite of his since the original Ender's Game. Yet as creative as this project was - and he had written a killer beginning and a good middle - he had been working on the project without actually knowing how it was all going to turn out. This process is typically known as free-writing, or letting the story tell itself as you write and lose yourself within it. However, the style has its drawbacks, one of which is that endings can be kind of weak and unsatisfying.

    Then, at the workshop, Scott said that he had recently had an epiphany of sorts and that he finally knew how to end it up. He then proceeded to finish this novel while his students were working on the rough drafts of their assignment stories. This greatly relieved me, who had been waiting for this novel with much anticipation for the last couple of years.

    Ultimately, this novel pulls off the ending that it promised. But boy, does it go in a lot of unexpected directions on the way there! At times, I felt like I could see where Card had struggled. The story itself meanders in places, seeming to get lost within itself. It goes off on tangents and I can't seem to figure out WHY Card even wrote those parts, or left them in the final novel.

    But though there are frustrations at times, but in the end I feel it deserves 4 stars. Let me tell you that this book crams a LOT into its pages. This story goes way, way far away from its humble fantasy novel roots that were begun in "Pathfinder". There are tons of philosophical examples and conversations that are typical Card. There were a couple of story arcs that weren't that interesting to me. But I have to commend Card for being able to pull this one off. I really enjoyed the characters, most of which felt so alive to me that I know I'll remember them for a long time. It's actually kind of sad to see this series end. I could see it continuing on much further from here.

    I would definitely recommend this series to any Card fans, even if you've just read Ender's Game. This remains my favorite series of his right beside the title that gave him his fame.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04/12/2014

    I really wanted to love this book

    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book, liked the second and endured the last to get to the end of the story. It was overly complicated which muddled the story. And sometimes the characters were just stupid. I ended up with a "what really happened here" with all the back and forth. Then the whole idea than complex biological creatures can add vast amounts of complexity with only the passage of time is ridiculous and so the required suspension of disbelief is exhausting. Add to that the "humanity needed us" and .. big sigh. Hopefully the last Mithermages will be better.

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    • npilkington
    • 09/11/2014

    Not near the standard set by prior books.

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if a friend had also read the first two in the series. As a standalone production, this book has little substance and reads like an ongoing sequence of improbable scenarios with their equally improbable explanations built right in. Sadly, Visitors does not engage the mind in as many ways as the first two books in this series.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was exactly what I expected. This is not too common with the usually-profound nature of the underlying stories Card has been writing. "Visitors" seemed more like an exercise in ending a series with as little imagination as possible. Too many concepts and ideas were conveniently dispatched and, instead of engaging my imagination, simply spoon-fed.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    A scene in which two characters "die" so-to-speak. This is the only part I can think of that left me considering paradox, detail, and kept me engaged.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have, yes. I was excited for it based on the other two books but raced through it once realizing it was not as significant.

    Any additional comments?

    The fact that the two readers do not pronounce names correctly does not feel right. I do not understand how this made it to final product as it is.

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    • thomas
    • 14/01/2016

    wow

    this books left me confused and cussing half the characters in it, wanting them to disappear.with the extent that things are discribed and all possible different ways to do something, I grew so deeply bored that I started playing it in the evenings so I would fall asleep and get a good nights rest.I will say this story line was such a good idea and could have been one of my favorites but fell , no, was pushed to worthless.I only bought this book to complete the series and am sorry to have spent a cent on any of it.

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    • Shanel
    • 30/04/2015

    Underwhelmed

    An unsatisfying conclusion to what started as a great series. I wish I would have skipped it

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 14/06/2015

    slow

    I didn't like how slow this book was. this is the 3rd book in the series but he explains everything like you never met these characters. plus he repeats conversations . over and over and over again. I found myself listening to the end just so I knew how he completed it. but it was a chore

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    • Diane Stoner
    • 05/06/2015

    Huge disappointment, did not finish it

    What disappointed you about Visitors?

    I loved the first two books in this series and have listened to most of his books but there was way too much endless dialogue about the time paradox and not enough events. The device of replicating characters was just too much. He obviously had a hard time ending this series coherently and dragged his readers around in circles while he tried things out.

    Has Visitors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really...it was the exception although I thought Sanderson's efforts without the Jordan prequels were weak.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorites but the Leaky character had NO redeeming qualities and should have been killed off...alas when I parted from this book, she was still droning on.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Visitors?

    This entire book should have been redone. A editor would have been stymied short of tossing it and starting over. My guess is that OSC is an author who does what he wants without the services of an editor.

    Any additional comments?

    OSC has written some highly entertaining and creative books. This just was not one of them. Although it had some highly original ideas, they were poorly executed. I bailed about ⅔ through not caring any more about any of the characters...even lowly Umbo became tedious.

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    • Edward
    • 16/05/2015

    An exercise of logic.

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would say the series was ok...Not great...but ok. This book can be frustrating..painting yourself in a corner in a logic debate...and the multiple narrators do not help the story.

    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    I thought this book was less than the previous books I've hand a chance to listen to.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I do not like multiple narrators.

    Do you think Visitors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I thought visitors could have been 2 books. Events were summed up not going into as much detail as possible.

    Any additional comments?

    If you love logic debates, this book is for you.... if not... I would pass.

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    • Brian
    • 10/03/2015

    Better than book 2

    I actually didn't realize this was a 3 book arc until I hit the end of book 2 and heard the music and was like,"Hey, what, what a minute!" Book 2 I thought was drawn out. This final book felt that way too a few times but not as much to me. There were some side stories of exploring the wallfolds that really was just padding, but I guess those could be considered stories within a story.

    The time travel aspects are once again well thought out and explained, almost too much. I didn't really care for the mice much. I liked how it ended up for the most part, except the "show down" with mother and General Citizen. That seemed uncharacteristically rushed and unsatisfying. There was also a lot of detail about this great army they were training and I was hoping for an ass kicking battle but alas that was merely a mention.

    So I guess in general I liked the ending but it just seemed he missed some opportunities.

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    • J. Parker
    • 27/02/2015

    Disappointed

    I read and enjoyed all of Orson Scott Card's Ender and Bean books, and now the three pathfinder novels. I found myself less enthused with each successive novel, in all three cases. What starts out great in each of these dwindles into tedium very quickly. The only reason I'm glad I actually finished the three books out so far is so I can tell my friend he's an idiot for recommending it. Mr. Card, no offense--you have achieved your goal of challenging the widely regarded rules and accepted parameters of time travel--but you need something more substantial in your storyline to really hook readers back in if you hope to write a fourth book, and keep readers interested enough to come back. I only wish I could tell you what that might be.
    To other readers, I'd recommend forgoing this choice in favor of pretty much anything by Brandon Sanderson.

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