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Earth Afire | [Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston]

Earth Afire

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tony Birmingham, AL, United States 12-29-13
    Tony Birmingham, AL, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an electrical engineer and have served a stint in the Navy. I own a company that installs custom home theater systems and other home entertainment products. My favorite books tend to be action fiction or fantasy. I like some romance but not too mushy

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    "Tired of series books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needs a good ending


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great storyline, well built characters, moves along at a good clip and then ends in the middle of the story.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Decent enough narration


    Do you think Earth Afire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up with the 3rd installment and maybe I'll read it. If it takes longer than a month, I will likely pass.

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    steve HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-29-13
    steve HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-29-13
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    "Hmmmmmmmmmmm"
    If you could sum up Earth Afire in three words, what would they be?

    very good storyline


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    narrator was very good


    Any additional comments?

    i guess that there will be another book to finish this unfinished book.

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    Jeffrey Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-25-13
    Jeffrey Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-25-13 Member Since 2013

    I live in Las Vegas. .I have a beautiful wife and daughter with special needs. I am a teacher and instructional coach at a high risk school.

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    "Can't wait for the third. . ."
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Afire the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Jim 12-06-13
    Jim 12-06-13
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    "I was expecting more."
    What did you like best about Earth Afire? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston ? Why or why not?

    I think not.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    I thought the narration was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This is one of a number of other books, and I just can't see people staying with the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    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.?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 10-06-13
    Alexander 10-06-13
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    "Missing part 3"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?


    Any additional comments?

    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"

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    He who does not know anything Macondo 10-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "OSD is the best"
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Afire the most enjoyable?

    The voices, all the different voices. It is great to have character with different voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It tells the before story. It is always nice to find out how the Ender Universe got started.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I really like to spread my listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel 09-30-13
    Joel 09-30-13
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    "El Cavador, El Cavador, El Cavador"

    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.

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 09-13-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "From 4 stars to 1 in the last 10 seconds."

    Wonderful narration, great story, loved the entire book UNTIL the last 10 seconds... I was so mad at this ending (or lack of) I had to look at my Ipod to see if I forgot to download something. Cliffhanger doesn't even come close to this non-ending!! No spoiler here but imagine watching star wars and right after Luke shoots the torpedo BUT before it goes down the hole the movie ends!! I will not be getting the next book unless Card prices it at a HUGE discount. I feel cheated...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan Firestone Albuquerque, NM USA 09-11-13
    Ethan Firestone Albuquerque, NM USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A disappointing installation in the Enderverse"

    Let me start by saying that I love Orson Scott Card's Enderverse novels, and have all of them in audio form. I am a great fan of the Rudnicki and Co. productions of the novels and have never been disappointed...till now. As usual the Stefan Rudnicki team has produced a stellar performance of an Orson Scott Card work. The book itself though seems phoned in. It is comprised almost completely of formulaic and contrived "coincidences" and utterly unbelievable rugged individualism. I do not know if this is a result of the collaboration with Aaron Johnston but I feel that this is a strong possibility. The richness of character and conversation that i so enjoy in the rest of these novels is sorely lacking. This is far better suited to a throwaway Michael Bay summer spectacular than the high quality science fiction that I have loved so much from this author. I am not sure I will be able to stomach the third part in the trilogy.

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    E. Pettenger 08-22-13

    E. Pettenger

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    "...but left me HANGIN', man!"

    As the second book in a series, Earth Afire begins to weave the characters lives together as I had hoped. In the first book, Earth Unaware, people were depicted going about their lives as usual, (if deep-space mineral mining and living on a colonized Luna is usual). The crisis we already know about is coming. Earth Afire really explodes into action and moves along rapidly, helped in no small measure by the performances of the narrators.
    But I think the editorial decision to stop the story where it did was too abrupt. In fact, it felt like hitting a brick wall after jumping off a cliff on a hang glider with one wing and no 'chute. I know that there's at least a few more paragraphs, if not a few more chapters, that could have been used as an epilog or something. It left me HANGIN', man!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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