I used to be a die hard Orson Scott Card fan. But, "Earth Afire" is very disappointing. The book is bloated, characterization is half baked, and the narration is a mess. One narrator would have been sufficient. I suspect that Card is trying to emulate Larry Niven by working with a second writer. But Niven works with very good writers; Aaron Johnston doesn't seem to live up to his, or Card's previous, standards. I would very much like to recommend this book out of respect for Card and the many hours of pleasure I've had from his books over the years; but I can't.
I didn't buy Earth Unaware so it took me a bit to pick up the back-story, but the authors did a decent job with that. The story was pretty engaging until it got to the last hour or so. Then it was like the authors suddenly realized they were running out of paper and had to finish. After providing endless detail about matters of moderate interest the final battle was reduced to a few unconvincing paragraphs. Very contrived. A very minor character at the end sacrifices his life to win the day. Who cares? I didn't have any idea who he was let alone care about him. There is obviously a third book coming, but I doubt I'll invest the time to read or listen.
I'll save you some time. ALL that happens in this book is the formics land on earth. Other than that it's a bunch of forgetable nonsense and little resolutions. I remember when Card used to develop amazing characters and then put them in philisophically interesting situations. None of that here. Just flat characters that do predictable things. Mazer Rackham and Bingwen are sort of interesting and "save" this book from being completely dull. I think Card is writing for the big screen as this seems like it could be a better movie than a book.
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It needs a good ending
Great storyline, well built characters, moves along at a good clip and then ends in the middle of the story.
Decent enough narration
It would have to have one. I think that Orson Scott Card is a great writer but I am getting tired of these series books. I did not realize that this book was the second in the series, nor that the third had not been released yet. By the time the third is released, I will have forgotten all the characters and their background stories. I usually wait until I think a series is finished before I start the first one. I made a mistake on this one because I did not have time to research before my purchase. I really enjoyed the book but am really ticked off at the ending. I guess I will research better before I purchase another Card book. I really wish he would write non-series books more often. Enchantment was great!
Hurry up with the 3rd installment and maybe I'll read it. If it takes longer than a month, I will likely pass.
very good storyline
narrator was very good
i guess that there will be another book to finish this unfinished book.
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Loved the stories in this book. Enjoyed getting to know Rackham more. This was sadly my last Scott Card Ender book until the third comes out.
After reading Ender's Game, I loved the idea of going back and reading what happened at the start of the whole Buggers War. I didn't realize there were so many books in this series. I listened to this one and the one before it, but didn't find it interesting enough to continue.
I think not.
I thought the narration was good.
This is one of a number of other books, and I just can't see people staying with the whole series.
There were several times where I thought, "good lord, if the Earth was under attack by an alien civilization and they seemed determined to kill us all, would I really care about these piddly complaints some are making!" I mean, seriously. Would we really be having these petty squabbles about politics, saving face, denying access, cost gouging, etc.?
There is a missing part 3 in this book. The story abruptly ends after the second part. And it is not the type of ending that props the reader / listener to think of the outcome. No, the narrative just stops literary in middle of the sentence. I understand that Mr. Card is working hard against deadline (that probably explains differences in the literary quality between his books) but he should not publish unfinished book.
I am a big fan of Ender's series and consider Mr.Card as one of the most significant thinkers. So I am disappointed and awaiting part 3 of "Earth Afire"
The voices, all the different voices. It is great to have character with different voices.
It tells the before story. It is always nice to find out how the Ender Universe got started.
No. I really like to spread my listening.
So...great story, decent narration, but as usual, for OSC, there are too many cooks...er...a.. narrators in the studios. Just let the Stephan Rudnicki narrate it...PLEASE! I'm not sure...which female repeatedly says...and talks about.... El Cavador. But I can't think of a more annoying narration. El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina... OH my god (LDS for OSC)...I couldn't stand it.... I so rarely skip any part of a book....but click ahead I did. Fotrunately, I skipped the first book of the series which focuses on the El Cavador...
The rest of the book was awesome. Great action, good characters. Good story...can't wait for the next one....hopefully talk of the....El Cavador and Rrrrrrreina will be minimal.