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.
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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.
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.
Let me start off by saying these are the first Enders stories I've read. (though I saw the movie, and thought it was so so) I think that's a good thing. I can not stop listening to these stories! part 1 and part 2 have solidly established the characters. I really feel invested in them. The voice actor for Victor, and the voice actor for the MOPs are my favorite.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Despite the narrative is a little bumpy trying to fill the blanks if you didn't read the 1st book... Whean action hits the ground MOPS AND maser are great characters and loved the kid too! Listening to the 3rd book right now!!!
This book is in some of the other books is written I think it's really great like I said Orson Scott Card is really an amazing writer.
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
Here's revelations here about the nature of the Formix that make one want to know more about the queens. I expect great things from the queens series, like on the scale of Children of the Mind.
I love books, but reading makes me sleepy. Hence, my Audible account! :)
Yes I would listen again. The story is well thought out, exciting, and keeps me on the edge of my seat.
Victor finally getting some recognition for all his efforts.
Mazer was my favorite, especially when narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.
My extreme reaction was anticipation.
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