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
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!
The initial performers showed a lot of promise for a good book. Yet the later performers were the same old tired readers.
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.
The new ones were refreshing; the old one were tired.
It was a waste of time and I felt cheated.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Many......Right up there.....Stefan is always good!
I'm not that clever......but, how about......"Honey, where did I put the ant powder?"
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.
Hi my name is Jason and I have a serious audiobook addiction. I'm not really looking for a cure.
Good story with lots of good background on events for anybody interested in the Enderverse. Mazer Rackham is the man.
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.
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.
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
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
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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