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Treason

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft.

But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now charged with a mission of conquest - and exile - Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan to finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of the planet Treason.

©1988 Orson Scott Card (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Card provides a colorful dramatization of ethical issues and questions of identity against a backdrop of bizarrely fascinating races." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Exemplifies Card's talent for creating disturbingly compelling, beautifully written stories." ( Library Journal)

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didn't live up to expectation's.<br />

I liked it but a bit long winded. not his best work. even if he says so himself.

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  • Barry S. Sharpnack
  • 12-11-2009

Entirely enjoyable

First off, I am not a huge science fiction buff, but I like to read some scifi once in a while, just for a change of pace.
I loved Ender's Game when I read it years ago, but found that the sequels were a little slow and boring. I'm referring to Speaker for the Dead and Xenophobe.
"Treason" is the best Orson Scott Card scifi book I've read since Ender's Game. It is actually a story he wrote long ago, but is distinctly in Card's excellent storytelling style.
The book moves along well from the beginning, with fascinating places and characters, and has a thought-provoking theme. It was utterly enjoyable, an easy, yet intelligent, read (listen), and I didn't put it down until it was finished.
Oh yes, and the narration of Stefan Rudnicki is excellent as always.

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  • Alain
  • 17-02-2010

Better than Ender

This is probably one of the best audio books I've listened to in the science fiction genre. I listened to Ender's Game & Shadow before this one and really enjoyed both of those two. But this book combines science (fiction), space/time, metaphysics, and a bunch of other concepts fairly neatly into one story. The story starts out a little slow for me but it may be that I'm less interested in genetics than in other areas covered in the book. It picks up nicely after that.

Definite 5 stars...

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  • Sarah Ann
  • 11-10-2009

Huge fan!!

I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, and have passed this book to many of my friends, so I was excited to find it was released on audible.

Card is an amazing story teller and I love how they read like a movie and there is no unnecessary descriptions. He has an amazing imagination and I have read everything of his that I could get my hands on in the past 10 years.

This book in particular is one of my favorites because I enjoyed learning about each community and wondered what the next unique developed talent would be!

The reader, Stefan Rudnicki, sometimes annoys me because his voice is so deep that the resonance literally hurts my ears. He narrates most of Card's books, so I have had to just deal with it and I didn't think it was so bad in this book. In fact, I thought he did probably his best job with this book so far.

I couldn't figure out which cameo was Card because I have only listed to it once... Next time I will definitely listen closer to try to pick him out!! If anyone figures out which character he is, do tell!

Lastly, I just love Card's support of audio books and enjoy listening to his background on the books. I am always left wanting to know more about him and how he thinks. He is a true artist!! If I was more of a writer myself I would take one of his writing classes to uncover how he does it!!

Love this book and highly recommend it along with Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Song Master.

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  • Rick
  • 13-08-2011

Good story, great narrator.

Loved Ender... Treason, not so much. It is clearly a good solid story that just came off a bit flat for me. I found it a bit rambling and disjointed; it never just grabbed me. OSC has stated that, if he could have done a rewrite, the first person perspective is the first thing he would change. The story line is interesting and extremely creative but did not hold my interest as much as I was expecting. Stefan Rudnicki is one of my top five narrators and his strong narration was the saving grace for me. I'm still a big OSC fan and, based on other reviews, understand that my opinion of Treason does not run with the majority. Can't win 'em all.

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  • josh
  • 19-07-2017

Can't believe I missed this

Card is one of my favorite authors and Enders game is what got me into Science fiction in the first place. I can't believe I hadn't read this before but I'm so glad I found it now. I didn't even realize it was written in 1979 until the end of the book! It reminds me a lot of cards more recent series "pathfinder" but it much shorter. I highly recommend for any science fiction fan.

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  • Eileen
  • 31-08-2019

Thoughtful before its time

Or is there time? Or is there purpose? Or is there underlying understanding of perspective?

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  • Matt
  • 17-11-2018

entertainin insight into the human condition.

the author creates a story of fantastical powers that allow the hero to gain an interesting perspective and insight into the human condition.

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  • Dan
  • 12-11-2018

If you like Orson Scott Card, you'll like Treason.

Lanik Mueller is a radical regenerative living in a society that harvests spare organs. He escapes to explore other areas of his prison planet. Sounds like a nice premise for some good sci-fi, doesn't it?

The book is like an Orson Scott Card variant of Gulliver's Travels. Lanik travels to various areas and meets a completely different society.

Some of the sci-fi mechanics I thought were just too fantastical. By the time Lanik finished his travels and phase 2 of the story began, it was difficult for me to believe much of what was happening.

Despite that, the story was well told, and I did find it entertaining.

#Adventure #Apocalypse #Dystopian #Gritty #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • yoni yacobi
  • 09-11-2018

good sci-fi fantastic book

I like the idea of the story, I like the end, but the story is not so scientific as I'd like it.
It's very noticeable that is a novel of a young writer (was...).
the narrator is good.

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  • Bruce Derflinger
  • 28-08-2018

Card & Rudnicki - it can't get better than this

Considering that this is one of his earliest novels and written in about three weeks - his success is understandable.

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  • C
  • 17-11-2017

A surprisingly good story, it just gets better and better

This review is based on Audible’s recording.

Gradually, as I listened to more and more of this novel, my opinion of it rose. It really is very good, maybe even almost as good as Ender’s Game. Written in the first person, what begins as a fairly banal sci-fi space opera set in a somewhat fantastical world deepens and matures. All is not as it seems, with twist after twist until the end, and the story ultimately becomes the journey of one man to adulthood and self-understanding. A fascinating and pleasant tale.

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  • Murray
  • 13-10-2017

Classic sci fi

Classic sci fi in the vein of Asimov and Heinlein. A story about the human condition rather than a space opera