Crystal City : Tales of Alvin Maker

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
  • Series: Tales of Alvin Maker
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America. Charms, beseechings, hexes, and potions all have a place in the lives of the people of this world. Alvin Miller is the seventh son of a seventh son, born while his six brothers all still lived. Such a birth is a powerful magic; such a boy is destined to perhaps become a Maker. Rejoin the tale of Alvin and his wife Peggy as they work to create the Crystal City of Alvin's vision, where all people can live together in peace.

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I love Alvin Maker but don't like this audiobook

I have been caught up in the Alvin Maker storyline for many years, now, and listened to this story with a combination of frustration and interest. Frustration because the reading is too slow-paced and because Gabrielle de Cuir reads some of the parts and her voice is TRULY annoying, especially at the end where she is reading way too much emotion into the part. (Want some cheese and crackers with that WHINE?!?) All of this is made worse by high compression/low bitrate sound quality of the Audible version.

All together, this is an interesting installment in the life of Alvin Maker, but I don't know that I care for the direction Card is going.
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- Paul

Suffers from Awful Narration

If you've been listing to the previous audio books in this series, prepare for disappointment. It's really a shame Nana Visitor didn't read this last book; she really had the vocal characterizations down pat and brought the characters to life. Plus, her enjoyment of the tale really shone through.

However, unlike Nana Visitor, this new narrator's proper speaking voice really fails to deliver the "country voice" of many of the characters. Thus, it often sounds forced and serves as a constant distraction throughout the book.

In addition, the narrator's vocal characterizations fall flat and without dialogue attribution, it's often difficult to distinguish between characters involved conversations.

A dull, distracting reading awaits you in this audio book.
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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio