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.

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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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Underwhelming

I understand that OSC is a titan of the genre and, generally, I love his work. I found this one exceptionally underwhelming and, I'm afraid to say, quite boring. I gave it 5.5 hours to pick up (far beyond what I would normally do) and I just couldn't find anything to latch onto. I know many disagree with this and I of course respect both their opinions as well as the author in general. This offering just didn't do it for me.

Such is life.
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- Charlie

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

Book Details

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