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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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    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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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 09-03-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "A bit too hard to believe"
    Any additional comments?

    The narration was good and the story kept my interest, but it seemed to be too much of a stretch. Bug like aliens that have to walk around with spray cans? Seems they would have developed a better delivery method. Then all the subordination of the troops - driven to fight the creatures against orders, because, of course, no-one-else on Earth can. I also thought it was a bit too early for Mazer Rackham. I thought he was the hero of the 2nd Formic war, not the 1st also.

    Don't get me wrong, the story is well told, the characters (as always with OSC) are well developed; it just became too far-fetched I thought. If you can suspend disbelief then it actually is a very good story.

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    Amazon Customer Provo, Utah 01-15-17
    Amazon Customer Provo, Utah 01-15-17

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    "Riveting, moving book"

    Keep me entranced. How does Card keep doing it? Great characters and great alien invasion.

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    Aaron 01-10-17
    Aaron 01-10-17
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    "Great experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Afire to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the different narrators add personal touches to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different narrators


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

    Gives each character their own voice (literally) :)


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    Glen Hanneman California 12-23-16
    Glen Hanneman California 12-23-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "The Formic s I Tell You"

    This moved along rather well until they described a piece of equipment. That was a long chapter. That why it's only 4 stars.

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    Andrew 12-09-16
    Andrew 12-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    awesome author, sorry, and voice acting. Will read again. Thank you for a great sorry, O.S.C.

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    Søren Brøndum 12-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "synergy between readers and author"

    as always, the people we follow in Orson Scott Card's books are relatable, consistent, predictable but yet unpredictable.
    Enjoyed every second of it

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    Dave bodo 12-03-16
    Dave bodo 12-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great series"

    I was put off some of the voices they used. wasn't horrible, just inconsistent at times.

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    Peewee 11-17-16
    Peewee 11-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome series"

    Awesome is they only way to describe it. The characters so detailed. You actually at times feel you are there. Running, watching, feeling.

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    Thomas G. 10-24-16
    Thomas G. 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A good story poorly portrayed"

    The narrator for the "Victor" segments is less than stellar. Others do a fine job.

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