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Prentice Alvin

Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 3
Narrated by: full cast
Series: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.9 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The saga of Alvin Maker, set in an alternative version of the American frontier country, continues, in a tale full of folklore and magic.

Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, or else his destiny will be unfulfilled.

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©1989 Orson Scott Card (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's original Thomas covenant trilogy." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"A beguiling book...[a] robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal-testimony pioneer narrative. The series promises to be a story of deep delight." (Publishers Weekly)
"Card's epic tale of a magical, alternate America demonstrates his skill in graceful storytelling. Recommended, along with Seventh Son and Red Prophet, for most fantasy collections." (Library Journal)

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  • Mitchell
  • 19-02-2013

Fun story with a great cast!

Story is a little slower then the first two books but has some big character building moments for Alvin. Card does a good job of letting the reader/listener learn with Alvin and see that he dosen't know everything right from the get go. He helps paint him as more then just a normal straight laced hero type character he makes some bad calls and even spiteful ones but they really help develop the character.

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  • Emma
  • 21-06-2014

Weird but addictive

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This series is super weird, but somehow just leaves me wanting more every time. Excellent reading of this strange tale by a great cast.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 13-09-2020

Alvin just seems too tentative about everything

Prentice Alvin is Orson Scott Card's third installment in the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Alvin has finally made it to his apprenticeship at the same time Peggy, the torch has skipped town for the big city. The other development is the appearance of a mixed race child that Peggy's parent take responsibility to raise. Alvin learns his trade, faces off with the unmaker and vows for a life of nonviolence going forward. Peggy meanwhile is obtaining an education and eventually returns in disguise to Hatrack as the school marm. Finders eventually track down (finding is a knack) the child and while Alvin along with some help, saves the day, he makes enough enemies in the meantime, that he returns to Vigor Church which also leaves him feeling alone. While the story is engaging and compelling, there's too much stereotype and caricature. The 'city folk' are all phony. The Southerners are simple and stupid and easily corrupted by the unmaker to perform vile acts as if by religious dictum. Characters tend to be either completely good or completely evil. There's also an extreme amount of excessive introspective rumination that results in overthinking everything that becomes, 'he thinks that I think that he thinks that she thinks...' The narration is well done in terms of character rendition, but the corn-fed accents can get tiresome.

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  • Rachel Meyers
  • 14-03-2019

Such a great listen

I absolutely love this series. it has always been one of my favorites. All the narrators do a wonderful job of bringing to the story to life. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Neil Eugene
  • 13-12-2018

Wow

Orson Scott card has taken what was already an amazing story and brought it to a new level by adding the dynamics of a small hometown five.

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  • Gabriel
  • 19-07-2018

Writing like I've never had the chance to read

Card writes with detail that I've never before seen in fiction writing. The characters which he creates are realistic and, made transparent through the eyes of the reader, become relatable in a way not available in other fantasy/fiction novels.

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  • Mark Lemon
  • 29-04-2017

Must. Own

Loved it. Hard to pause and stop listening. Great that the author is narrating. My favorite series.

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  • Breanna Groneman
  • 23-07-2015

good read

this was a good continuation of the series.i got bored in a couple of short spots, but otherwise it was interesting and attention holding

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  • Felicia
  • 19-06-2014

Wondering if I should go on

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Full Cast?

I have listened to several books by Scott Card, I am a fantasy junkie.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

this series sounded promising when I started book one, but with each book I wonder if I should continue. The books get more and more preachy

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  • Gregory Gentle
  • 14-05-2012

What will Alvin become.....

What did you like best about Prentice Alvin? What did you like least?

The journey Alvin has to take, and the friends he makes along the way.

Would you recommend Prentice Alvin to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, because of the look at life in the 1800s.

What does Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The different nuances and personalities of the characters.

Do you think Prentice Alvin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, and it has one, so we're good.

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  • Sara
  • 10-08-2009

A good continuation of the series

Not quite the action of "Red Prophet", but still a good read if you have read its two predecessors. The story was a bit slower than Red Prophet but it still keeps you interested and there is a romantic element slowly being introduced to the story now which adds an extra dimension. If you enjoyed the first two books then this one will not let you down. The narration and sound quality are excellent as usual.