The story line and production of this book are so sadly inferior to the Ender series that it is misleading to even mention the Ender series when "selling" them. The reader for Viktor, one of the main characters, has a high pitched voice and adds such a sardonic tone to all his narration that I ended up listening to over half the book in double time just to make it tolerable. I loved the Ender series so much and wanted so to learn the backstory that was promised, but only the last 2-3 chapters of the book really held any substance. It's hard to believe that this was written by the same author.
Written a better script. There is a lot of insignificance that I suppose was to create empathy for the characters .. only it didn't.
Dump the reader for Viktor first of all. His voice is high pitched and his tone is full of contempt. Other readers whom we've heard in OSC's books are starting to sound tired and bored. I'd rather have had a single good reader than a tired cast.
The last chapter gave some promise for the next book, which I'd already bought because I "trusted" the Ender author to give me good quality.
This is SUCH a disappointment!
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I'm a long time SiFi reader-55 years of SiFi from the old masters to new SiFi tech but I never got into the Ender-World. I really didn't enjoy the series offerings in SiFi after reading a couple of long, multi-book SiFi / fantasy books.
That means I came to this book with no sense of need for it to fulfill some unknown 'history' in the Ender-verse. I got to read/listen to this novel and take it on its own not as a prequel to a series I'd already read.
The writing is underwhelming though the narrators tried to salvage what came off as a real YA entry into SiFi. Much was devoted to the romantic longings of a pair of youngsters from the mining ships whose draconian "Marry the woman off no matter what her desires" sounds like it came from pre-feminist authors. Hasn't Card learned that women arent chattel? I found this verging on offensive and having a woman 'Captain' didn't help at all.
Does it lead me to buy the follow up book? Well, reading reviews I saw that both books needed to be taken as a single book so yes-I'm already listening to 'Earth Afire'.
"SPOILER AHEAD" I really hope some character development is shown with one of the 2 remaining characters (a teen from one of the destroyed mining ships and the spoiled son of a mining corporation)END SPOILER
I'll see what happens and then decide on buying the Ender books but for now-I'm unimpressed.
I have listened to Stefan Rudnicki in the Warrior of Rome series. He does another typical superb performance in this book as do the other narrators.
I was initially a little hesitant about purchasing this book but after listening to this story I am eagerly anticipating the second story in the series.
The Formic War trilogy, being the final part of the Ender timeline books left for me to read, is going to be held to a higher standard. That being said, first time readers of Card, or sci fi in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.
The voice acting was superb. I thought Lem Jukes was perhaps overdone at times, as was 'Chubs', but Wit O'Toole was spot on (stern, focused and measured) as were most of the voice actors' performances. The story was action packed and avoided painful cliches expected in a 'first contact' story (for example, inexplicable desire to assume peaceful intent; think crowd on top of building in Independence Day), while also adhering to realistic guidelines (such as general disbelief by population en masse with the exception of a thoughtful few).
I would love to know how much of the action comes from Aaron Johnston, simply bc as fans of the Enders Saga know, Card doesn't generally spend much effort on hand to hand, bloody fights as he does on dialogue and thought provoking inner monologue from his subjects.
Overall, very well executed. Refreshing in style, and entertaining.
All the audio books on the ender series always have a way of painting pictures in my head. They captivate me and I can't stop listening. Earth unaware is by far one of the most exciting books in a long time. It was amazing and enjoyable
It's probably because I'm more of a space opera guy, but I found the story really boring, and the voices used for the story were just awful to my ears. I also just could not get invested in the characters. They left me bored and wondering why I should care. This was the first book I ever listened to and I couldn't finish it. Five chapters to go and I was done. Anyway, if you ,Ike the Ender series, which I particularly don't, I do recommend your purchase, but it just ain't for me.
I only wish that they didn't end the first book the way they did. Without the second book, the first is just beginning. there was no real resolution to the real conflict. I will keep listening.
To sum up how stupid this book is (please note, I am an Ender fan, and generally like Orson, who in this case probably just got paid to lend his name ) multiple times they feel the need to stop a spaceship so that they can get out and fix it.
Laughably stupid, badly written and poorly narrated. Shame to ruin a great possible prequel.
Whitman College graduate... Enjoys History and Science Fiction
If you a re familiar with the Enders series this is essentially a prequel to those novels. It follows the first war, in which Mazer Rackham takes it to the buggers! The story is great, and is really completely separate from the Enders series... this first book was setting up the story for the next two, which I'm really looking forward to now! The full cast production makes the audiobook much more engrossing. I loved it!
Enders Game, Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon
Before Ender... there was Mazer