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Earth Afire Audiobook

Earth Afire

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One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-29-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "better than earth unaware, but not epic"

    it seemed like it was just a "good straightforward book" that you enjoy, but wasn't unpredictable or surprising at all. i enjoyed listening, but it wouldn't make my list of, "hey, you've got to read this!" there's still something missing from this series and i can't put my finger on it.
    having said that, i'll definitely listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Chim-Chim, Spritle, and Ender Together At Last!"

    Another I'll keep brief.

    I'm enjoying the Ender series, and with the movie coming out soon, I feel that this is a must for anyone that wants to get into the series, or plans to see the movie. I say this because I seriously doubt that a single movie can catch the scope of the first Ender audiobook. It's like that with so many great novels - It's often better read or listened to, to gather the depth and scope of the author's intent.

    Mr. Card has once again captured my attention with his wonderful writing, despite the 70s anime' styled narration of a fair portion of this work. Don't get me wrong, anime' has it well-deserved place, but this was so over the top, that it got to be challenging at times to listen. This was SO over the top, that I expected to hear Chim-Chim and Spritle start squeaking and squawking in the background. Sorry, too much like watching Speed Racer at times.

    But having declared my dislike for the narrators...

    The meat of this work is great, and it really does draw you in, once you get past the narrators. If you're able to get by them, you'll be treated to a sweeping plot, rich and deep direction, and a worthy listen.

    I don't DARE put anything here regarding the story, because it's so rife with juicy stuff for you Ender lovers, that I'd destroy the fun of discovery herein. Sorry, but if the roles were reversed, and YOU gave ME spoilers, I'd be upset. If I have to endure the narration, I'd better have a reward waiting for me. Frankly, you do.

    So, forgive the Speed Racer narration, and go for the story. You'll be glad you did.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    P. Ben USA, Illinois 09-15-16
    P. Ben USA, Illinois 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Formulaic narrative"
    What would have made Earth Afire better?

    The author is a great narrator. His skills as a writer are impressive. His imagination, on the other hand, is severely limited by his worldview.
    I had read Scott Card many years ago when I was a teenager. I loved his prose, but I only read one novel by him. More recently I purchased two of his latest books on audible and I listened to them. The first book was a pleasant surprise. As I was listening to the second book, however, I realized that the story followed the same pattern that the previous book. Once you have read Scott Card for a while, you realize that he is basically a great weaver words with no ideas behind. There are two types of characters in his books: those who are loyal, intelligent, decent human beings, and those who are evil, arrogant, and doomed. The good guys always remain good guys, they are already fully grown adults even when children. They have the best qualities a human being can have, and they stick to that. There is no character development. No surprise. Just plain Manichean good vs. evil. All characters follow a type with overall similar patterns. For instance, the good guys are ALWAYS members of tightly knit families. The bad guys are individualistic. After a while, you realize that the good guys basically follow the sort of bonds typical of Mormon families, whereas the bad guys are the outsiders. Scott Card does not need to tell you that the good guys are religious and family oriented, he is smart enough not to say that out loud and he is a brilliant writer who knows how to build that idea through a long and sophisticated narrative. Underlying the complexity of the narrative threads, however, are always the same patterns repeated over and over and over again. At some point, the reader gets tired of cheap narrative tricks with no character development, no unexpected turns, no new ideas, no conceptual understanding of anything. Scott Card has an idea of how the ideal human beings should be, and how they should act in the world to make it a better place. He uses that view to basically filled it up with different characters and slightly different stories. Behind that, there is always the attempt to lead you to the same "morale" behind it. It gets old.


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    Brandon harbaugh 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great addition!"

    Narrator's were great, imagination makes the characters take shape.

    Hearing this part of the story feels like connecting the dots in a massive puzzle I started a decade ago.

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    Amazon Customer 08-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Movie Story"

    I am really enjoying the Formic Wars series. This one is no exception. Great plot and a believable story. The characters are memorable. I would love to see this turned into a movie.

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    Vincent D. Ortiz Los Angeles, CA 07-27-16
    Vincent D. Ortiz Los Angeles, CA 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stepping stone"

    Good book. A bit uneventful because it is setting up the next novel. Well read and performed.

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    Dan 06-24-16
    Dan 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written piece of the story."

    I enjoyed this story once I learned about all of the characters. I'm glad to have chosen it.

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    Steven 03-31-16
    Steven 03-31-16
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    "Awesome story, loved it!"

    Great character development, excellent story telling couldn't stop listening. Story picks up right after Earth Unaware so it's not a stand alone book rather just a way to not have one really long book. As much as I loved it I wasn't that big on the Lem's feud with his father story line. Also it didn't seem quite right that such an advanced alien race would resort to manually walking around spraying things rather than some sort of large scale planetary solution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Indiana, PA, United States 03-15-16
    Gregory Indiana, PA, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Too long and tedious, could have been condensed in"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    Yes. I love Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. In this book however nothing much happens, maybe character development?, but what is it with changing narrators for the characters in the middle of the story and then going back again? Particularly from male to female? Did someone's sister need a job? Very annoying. Will buy the next book because I am hooked and you probably need to read this one to stay abreast of the story but a serious disappointment.


    Has Earth Afire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration actually pretty good but don't switch back and forth between characters (Vico) it is annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the author but this work is just not worth the money. Orson could easily have condensed into the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan r mcentire BERLIN, NH, US 03-11-16
    jonathan r mcentire BERLIN, NH, US 03-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, with a few flaws."

    It's a great story but the author shows that he hasn't reasoned out some of his plot points. I will only go into one, since I wouldn't want to spoil the story for you.

    One of the persistent plot points is a strange interference that is blocking out all long range communication in the solar system. No one can send out transmissions past about 100,000 kilometers. One of these includes "laser lines" which for the purpose of the book is a tightly confirmed microwave beam. The interference some how is stopping the radio waves from propagating. That's fine, but what isn't explained is why no one bothers using a real optical laser for transmission. Clearly visible light propagation isn't a problem, the characters can clearly see stars and planets much farther than 100,000k, so who not send your communication on a beam of laser light? If you can see earth, then earth can see you, so light would have done the trick.

    It's a small problem that doesn't really detract from the plot, but it still shows a certain lack of forethought on behalf of the author. you'll probably find more as you read, but I'll let you figure those out for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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