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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.
©1978 Orson Scott Card (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 04-28-05

Early Work of a Master

Card was heavily influenced by the Foundation series in this work. I'm not making that up. He says so in the afterward. But he brings his own unique style and perspective to "universe building".

These stories require some patience. Don't expect alot of action and aliens. This isn't Ender's universe.

Card examines the influence of two technological events on the development of human society; the ability to "sleep" for decades at a time, and psychic ability to control the thoughts and memories of others. How do these changes influence the way people act and relate? What happens when whole classes of individuals can skip through time like stones across a pond? The stories are thought provoking and prove that card is a much more interesting writer than the recent "Ender and Bean" novels would indicate.

The production is excellent and the readers are first rate.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 12-15-07

A very.... human story

Good sci-fi stories all have one thing in common: they are about us. A good sci-fi story... a good fantasy story... a good fiction story is always essentially about the human experience. Whether it's human nature, human potential, human failings, human strengths...

What I love most about Card's work is his incredible understanding of the human condition. The setting is just a tool to explore ths. The Worthing Saga is a great example of just that. Card uses this setting to explore so many ideas, from how cultures cause their own downfalls to the deep dark depths of jealousy and hatred.

Where do you find a balance between happiness and free will?

If you were God where would you draw the line?

I loved the book and I give it 4 stars.

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By Robert on 02-24-11

Fantastic Read. Would Highly Recommend

The Worthing Saga is a highly original book. The Saga is split into two main parts. The first part take up two thirds of the saga length and is the main story. The last third is a collection of short stories covering interesting key people not full explored in the main story.

Orson Scott Card once again draws you in with a highly original captive story that follows the life of a unique individual from his troubled child-hood through to his part in the down fall and recreation of the galaxy. The narrative is well done and certainly adds to the story.

I listened to this book on a traveling holiday and found myself waiting to get back on the road so i could find out what happens next. It is a must listen for any Sci-Fi fan.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ruby Gloom on 12-30-16

One of my favourite books in the universe

I listen over and over its always great
It has everything in it old time futuristic spiritual technology spaceships wooden boats mystery gods and creepy children
And lastly the reason I chose the book all those years ago and discovered Orson Scott card it has Worthing! Not the seaside town in Sussex but pick up the book it kinda explains..

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