Seventh Son : Tales of Alvin Maker

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
  • Series: Tales of Alvin Maker
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Harold D. Doublename


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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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.