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Earth Afire Audiobook

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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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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    Gary 05-15-14
    Gary 05-15-14
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    "Compared with others in the series - "Meh!""
    What did you like best about Earth Afire? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the dialogue more believable.


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    Christopher 05-12-14
    Christopher 05-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader and listener. Business owner, Father, traveler. Over-educated medical professional.

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    "Want to scratch my ears out sometimes"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Afire?

    FREAKING reader switching from adult to child voices! TERRIBLE


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Could you see Earth Afire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only 25 minutes into it....can't see it as a movie or TV series yet.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 01-16-14
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 01-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Ending is Very Contrived"

    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.

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    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 12-31-13
    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably would be a better movie than book"

    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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2016
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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.


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