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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Too many characters were so self-righteous and whining it became painful to listen too. I was hoping a few of them would die off so my ears would not be assaulted by them anymore.
now I have to wait! I started again with Ender's Game, but realized that since I last read the book that there are now more books in the series. Upon listening to earth unaware I was quite excited to listen to earth afire. Great book. I was quite upset when it ended at. cliff hanger, now I need to wait till the next book comes out. :( I would quite like to see where they take the story.
Mr. Card and Mr. Johnston, sooner would be better please.
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It is an average part of a story and Mr Card is taking that approach with much of his work of late. This, ironically after he credits the publisher whit patience while he finishes. This is a lazy prequel that tries to tell far too much of story that we don't want to know and fails. At this rate, there are five more books before we ever reach the second formic war. Mazer Rackham is the story we want to know. The other stories just drags into far too many books before the End(ers) Game.
The performances brought the story to life, adding an extra dimension which made listening to it more enjoyable than just reading it.
Not much. Sometimes it was difficult to differentiate the characters when they were speaking. And what's with the kid, Bunyan? It didn't add anything to the story. A waste of effort unless Card intends to develop a new story line.
They add color and believability.
Drill, Baby, Drill
The cadence and phrasing of Stephen Hoye's part of narration was extremely hard to listen to and distracted from what was otherwise a good story. If he is part of the next installment I will skip the audio version and buy the book. The other narrators were excellent and worthy of both Ender and Card.
Earth Afire is the second in the First Formic War series - and like the first book, it ends on a cliff hanger, this one even sharper (and therefore more annoying!) than the first. I really really hope that there is another book in this series, because this cliff hanger is killing me. I want to know what happens! The performance is excellent - no notes from the author at the end this time, but a well read, well written book. Mr. Card has stated many times that he writes as if for the stage, or to be read out loud - as a result, the words take on a life of their own and are better when read to you. If you're a fan of futuristic military fiction, if you're a fan of Orson Scott Card, if you're a fan of Ender's Game - there is something for you in this book.
Sometimes the side stories dragged on n on
Don't have one picked yet
Perhaps a mediocre job
I got this because of the author, without having listened to Earth Unaware -- not a problem. I had no trouble understanding what was going on.
I was going to give it 3 stars until the last sentence. DO NOT listen to this book until the series is complete -- or at least until the next book in the series is out. It stops right in the middle of a crucial scene, then....."to be continued." Boo. Hisssss.Note to authors: it IS possible to do a series in which each book wraps up at least part of the action and still leaves the reader hungry for the next installment. See Ender's Game for an example of how it is done .
I'm a big Orson Scott Card fan, but this is not one of his best. (Collaborations should raise suspicions.) It took me awhile to get into it, but I eventually got interested in the characters. I really liked the military types, the strategies, etc. The aliens are enigmatic and creepy, nicely done. I don't mean to be totally negative: I enjoyed a lot of it, and I'll consider getting the next book in the series, if only to see what happens in the scene that was left hanging.
Now for the narration: some of the narration rates 1 star, if that much, while some of it is quite good. I almost qquit listening about 10 minutes in: there is a young boy whose voice is the second most grating one I've ever heard on an audiobook; unfortunately, the little girl in the same scene is worse. The narrator who does the parts about Victor (I think it's Stefan Rudnicki) sounds like he's doing a bad imiatation of a person doing a eulogy for someone he never met, trying really hard to sound mournful.
Like I said, wait until more of the series comes out. Then, go ahead and give it a listen if you have time on your hands and extra credits and can grit your teeth through the parts with cheesy narration.
I want to reiterate that this book is (or at least I hope so) part 1 of series. And I'm very disappointed that OSC did not make that clear. As others have said, it ended just as it was getting good. Translation, as a book standing on it's own, it was just ok.
And for those not used to an ensemble case reading OSC's books, you better get used to it, or just by the real book. On numerous interviews he has stated he feels his books are best enjoyed being listened to instead of read. And I think he loves the idea of a full cast.
Absolutely. This is OSC at his finest! Anyone who has read the previous Earth Unaware MUST check this out. This book is much more action packed, diving deeper into plot and main characters, yet it delivers the same bone-jarring cliffhanger ending which made be ache for a sequel to the first. This book is FIRE Enderverce fans! Its a must read!
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