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I have read every single book written by Orson Scott Card, and this is Card at his best. Though I was first drawn to his works through my love of science fiction, it was his religious writing that kept me coming back for more. I myself am not a member of the Latter-Day Saints, nor am I affiliated with any other religion; however, religious writing (both fact and fiction) fascinate me, especially when presented by a sincere adherent and from a personal point of view.
"Saints", formerly published as "A Woman of Destiny", is a wonderful example of fiction that puts forth some of the doctrines of a faith without proselytizing, without becoming pedantic, and without necessitating any previous knowledge of said faith. In addition, it offers a well-written and -conceived story about a single woman's struggle with the trials and vicissitudes of life during the Industrial Revolution in the early nineteenth century-- the injustice, political and personal, inherent in being an impoverished woman during this time, and most of all, her endeavors to find faith in God, to find happiness, and to find happiness in her faith.
As usual, Card displays his astonishing understanding of the female mind, and Dinah Kirkham is a strong, believable character. I have long hoped for an audio production of this novel-- yes, I have read it in traditional paper format and I am still buying the audio version, as I have with so many other books by Card-- and if the narrative cast is any indication, this will be an excellent listen. Whether you are using member credits or paying full price, "Saints" is definitely worth your time and your money.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Nothing could have helped this book - unless I was looking for a historical novel regarding the Mormon Church.
What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?
I kept waiting for the story line to develop a normal Orson Scott Card bend, but it never happened
What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?
The narrators did fine with the story.
Any additional comments?
I need to remember to always look for the genre, not just assume by the author that it would be in his normal story lines.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
A young family are abandoned by their father in Manchester. The children are sent to work and gradually make their way in the world.
A mormon preacher converts siblings Dinah and Charlie and their mother; and they set sail to America to live with other converts. They have to go back to the basic life they escaped, then deal with polygamy and prejudice.