The Worthing Saga

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built. It came near to destroying humanity. After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies and teaching robots and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried. Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.

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Worthing Revisited

A "stellar cast" of fine readers make this collection of earlier stories by Card a "must hear" for fans and audiophiles. I was totally captivated and engrossed as a listner. There is no better way than a good audiobook to enjoy this fine writer.
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- Joseph "Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for."

Marred by odd moral arguments and poor narration

This is (by his own admission) one of Card's earliest works, and it was written during a lot of his early missionary and bible college times. This explains the heavy morality themes throughout. In fact I would classify this story as more allegory than sci fi. I had trouble understanding the protagonists' motivations at times -- why kill yourselves because you created a utopia? And why are people so much happier when they are suffering?

I found these arguments puzzling but overall they didn't hamper my enjoyment of the story. This is apparently a rewrite of the original tale, and it is structured well. I often found it hard to put down. The collection of short stories afterward are a mixed bag, though. Some were interesting, some dragged on to resolve little.

I would have given this story 4 stars if the narration was better. The narrator's inflections didn't fit the scene most of the time. The narration plodded along and most of the dialogue came out angry. The worst I've heard on an audiobook.
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- chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.