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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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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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    Dennis TRAVERSE CITY, MI, United States 07-04-13
    Dennis TRAVERSE CITY, MI, United States 07-04-13
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    "enough of a non-story"
    What did you like best about Earth Afire? What did you like least?

    The initial performers showed a lot of promise for a good book. Yet the later performers were the same old tired readers.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston ’s story?

    I learned in high school english that every story must have a climax and a conclusion. Not only were these missing, but there was no segway from the first book to tie in the two. With a year between books, my memory failed to identifiy who the protagolenists were and their relivance to the story. I will not wait for the third book to find out what happened in this nonsensical ending.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The new ones were refreshing; the old one were tired.


    Was Earth Afire worth the listening time?

    It was a waste of time and I felt cheated.


    Any additional comments?

    Orson Scott Card seems to have grown arrogant with an established career. He is too wrapped up in his own stories without regard for readers to get the conclusion. I won't be suckered again.

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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-04-13
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Warning!"
    Any additional comments?

    Well written, classic Card and Stephen Rudnicki does his usual masterful job narrating the story. The only downside is that the story builds to a critical point and then stops. Now I'm left holding my breath waiting for the next in the series. I can understand ending with a cliff hanger, but as a listener its a little frustrating when the next book isn't available yet.

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    Terry F Bellingham, WA United States 07-04-13
    Terry F Bellingham, WA United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Another great Card read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you loved Ender's game.......you have to read this series.....you must surrender your free will and push the buy button. Thank me later. I feel The two prequel books so far (where's the third one....hurry up!), a required reading with Enders Game, not because you have to read them to understand Enders Game, because Ender's Game was so good, you hunger for these books to give you more of the story.

    Card gave us more of the story, I drank in every word. I was not disappointed, it was everything I hoped for. Nicely done, Card!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How can you not like Victor. But I am having a love hate relationship with Lem Jukes. Have not found the answer yet, but I suspect he will remain the villian you love to hate, and somehow respect.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many......Right up there.....Stefan is always good!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not that clever......but, how about......"Honey, where did I put the ant powder?"


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    Aerindel Arlee, MT, United States 06-30-13
    Aerindel Arlee, MT, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What the hell is this?"

    That was my reaction after the first finishing this book.

    For a long time I thought that the the story of the first bugger war was one that needed to be told but it this is not that story.

    I don't really know what this is. Shameless cash in comes to mind. Poor copy of B movie alien invasion possibly. Whatever it is this is not the Orson Scott Card of Enders game or Speaker for the dead.

    This book seems to be mostly composed of recycled elements from previous books that all feel out of place in this one. Super intelligent 8 year olds? check. Young men and women with troubled family relationships? check. Excessive and gratuitous attempts to show off just how much the author knows about spanish culture? check.

    What is worse, this book has no ending. It is not the story of the first bugger war, it is the story of a bunch of hateful, ignorant or simply confused characters trying to find themselves, and failing to do so before the author simply seems to lose interest in his own book and pulls the plug on the whole thing without ever actually getting to the climax.

    The whole thing reads like Independence Day but with less interesting characters. Orson Scott Card has actually managed to write an alien invasion that is so boring that it is even ignored by most of the characters in the book.

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    Dr. CORVALLIS, OR, United States 06-25-13
    Dr. CORVALLIS, OR, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story ended too soon."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story with lots of good background on events for anybody interested in the Enderverse. Mazer Rackham is the man.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    A couple of the Narrators sounded like they whined their whole performance. It made characters who were supposed to be intelligent and savvy sound like morons.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. The ending was too abrupt. It's almost like it ended mid-sentence. More could have been resolved and I would be more likely to read the next one. It's hard to trust that you're going to get your money's worth when the story just suddenly stops. Disappointing.


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    steve Youngtown, AZ, United States 06-23-13
    steve Youngtown, AZ, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a book, an installment with a cliff hanger"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Love the story but that Orson Scott Card has resorted to this cheap tactic of making us buy the next book to find out what happens.is dissapointing


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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 06-22-13
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "what a rip off!!"

    I was excited to get this book because of the abrupt, unsatisfying end to the first in the series... but this book took that to an extreme. By ending this book at the plot's climax... O.S.Card is treating his readers like a dope dealer treats a drug addict. In other words: "keep them hooked but unsatisfied and they'll be back with more money"

    I don't believe in refunds because "I didn't like the book"... but I will be returning this because I feel seriously ripped off.

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    Michael Bellevue, NE, United States 06-21-13
    Michael Bellevue, NE, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Accent Hell"

    I would have preferred a reading of the story instead of the attempt to use various accents.
    The worse by far were the chapters with the surviving free miners wives. I think the reader in this section was trying for a Academy Award for "Best 'R" Rolling". Since one of the characters was named Reina (Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreina) I almost gave up listening at this point. I understand what the narrators were trying to do, but it was too often overdone and took me out of the story.

    Other than the narration, I enjoyed the story. Since the prequel series started last year, I've been going back and re-reading the original novels. And I can recommend the Audible version of "Ender's Game"

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    Aladin Laval, Quebec, Canada 06-17-13
    Aladin Laval, Quebec, Canada 06-17-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Great, But Canadian are missing the first Book!!!!"

    Great, But missing the first book "Earth Unaware" for Canadian reader.

    It seems to be available for US. Please fix this. I learned about it only after buying the second book.

    Good trilling book, the story is not finish, looking forward for the next episode (if available in Canada).

    Please don't forget the Canadian, and make sure that other book currently unavailable are made accessible.

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    N.J 06-16-13
    N.J 06-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The book is by Orson Scott Card AND Aaron Johnson."
    What would have made Earth Afire better?

    I didn’t notice this book wasn’t by Orson Scott Card till I was half way through, and then the book made sense. It’s somehow dated, I feel like I’m listening to a bad book written in the 60’s


    Has Earth Afire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I loved the other Enders game books


    How could the performance have been better?

    I proffer one reader doing the whole book


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