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
The horror of an invasion that is truly alien was captivating. Beyond that, I don't see what all the positive comments are about. Slow moving, people make the same comments over and over again ("We need to warn earth NOW!" "We need to rescue as many people as possible!" "Grandfather, you need to keep moving!"). One of the few sf books where I wished it had been abridged for the recording. It struck me as paint-by-number - how do we get from "Earth at peace" to Ender? Not exciting.
Make the dialogue more believable.
Avid reader and listener. Business owner, Father, traveler. Over-educated medical professional.
Oh my! Honestly, I have listened to about 25 minutes of this book and I want to stretch my EARS OUT! The person reading the story is changing from adult (for narration) to different children's voices and I tell you it is one of the most painful experiences. I honestly just want to turn it off. The backstory is interesting enough, but MY G-D! This reader makes it feel like I am watching a VERY BAD anime....reminds me of pikachu reading a book. TERRIBLE. The adult voice is fine enough, but man the child voices make me want to put a screwdriver through my ears and I just want to forward through the story. If I didn't like the first formic war audiobook so much, this would immediately go into the delete file.
FREAKING reader switching from adult to child voices! TERRIBLE
Again, going from adult to child....honestly couldn't stand it.
Reminds me of a mix of pikachu and gabriel iglesias (the comedian)...when he does the child voice.
Only 25 minutes into it....can't see it as a movie or TV series yet.
PLEASE redo this....terrible! I understand needing to allow the reader to believe it is a child. But, I have 4 kids of my own, and NONE of them sound like these terrible voices.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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