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Earth Unaware Audiobook

Earth Unaware

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

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The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.

©2012 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Judith Philadelphia, PA, USA 07-29-12
    Judith Philadelphia, PA, USA 07-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "one of the best books since Ender's Shadow"

    It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 07-04-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Mediocre Romance/ SF.... a real MEH"

    I'm a long time SiFi reader-55 years of SiFi from the old masters to new SiFi tech but I never got into the Ender-World. I really didn't enjoy the series offerings in SiFi after reading a couple of long, multi-book SiFi / fantasy books.

    That means I came to this book with no sense of need for it to fulfill some unknown 'history' in the Ender-verse. I got to read/listen to this novel and take it on its own not as a prequel to a series I'd already read.

    The writing is underwhelming though the narrators tried to salvage what came off as a real YA entry into SiFi. Much was devoted to the romantic longings of a pair of youngsters from the mining ships whose draconian "Marry the woman off no matter what her desires" sounds like it came from pre-feminist authors. Hasn't Card learned that women arent chattel? I found this verging on offensive and having a woman 'Captain' didn't help at all.

    Does it lead me to buy the follow up book? Well, reading reviews I saw that both books needed to be taken as a single book so yes-I'm already listening to 'Earth Afire'.

    "SPOILER AHEAD" I really hope some character development is shown with one of the 2 remaining characters (a teen from one of the destroyed mining ships and the spoiled son of a mining corporation)END SPOILER

    I'll see what happens and then decide on buying the Ender books but for now-I'm unimpressed.

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    jonj 03-22-16
    jonj 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good"

    started out slow but then picked up and took off. love this series of booked.

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    Utahikerguy 02-29-16
    Utahikerguy 02-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid and worth it."
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    Really enjoy the character development in all of Card's books - he's on point with this one.


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

    Raw emotion. I won't spoil anything, but Card knows how to capture true emotion.


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

    Yes - love Rudnicki and was impressed with the other narrators as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Toward the end - Lem's complete confusion at Concepcion's willingness to delete the files.


    Any additional comments?

    This is great. I'm a long-time Card fan who had avoided these because they were co-written - realizing my mistake. Take the leap, you'll be glad you did.

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    Sarah Stokey USA 10-21-15
    Sarah Stokey USA 10-21-15 Member Since 2015

    Sarah Stokey

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    "Loved this"

    This was a really great start to what promises to be an amazing series. The audiobooks in this series are well narrated.

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    Benjamin 10-19-15
    Benjamin 10-19-15
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    "Exciting!"

    the writing stayed very true to what the story demanded. card gives his characters life and personality. he pulls no punch from the reader and keeps the reader interested. very well voice acted.

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    Chelsy Reed 08-27-15
    Chelsy Reed 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing! "

    It's wonderful to finally great the recount of how it all started! Love this series!

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    Glenn 08-18-15
    Glenn 08-18-15
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    "multiple readers make listening choppy"

    the story is a good take on alien invasion. I enjoy Orson Scott Cloud as an author.

    The book is narrated by multiple readers. This causes problems with character continuity because in different places they have different voices, different cadences and different emphasis. It seriously interfered with my enjoyment of the book.

    There also doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to when the reader's change. It's as though there was a tight deadline so the publisher collected all available readers and gave them each several chapters to get the job done faster.

    I already have the next book but won't buy others in the series or other books with multiple readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ArNinetyEs West Coast U.S 07-25-15
    ArNinetyEs West Coast U.S 07-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Science? We Don't Need No Stinking Science"

    This is supposed to be a mostly hard science fiction, as were the original Ender's Game series by Card. Subjects such as relativistic speed and time dilation effects were intrinsic to the tales.

    But in this one, forget relativistic issues, the understanding of simple, Newtonian physics seems to be beyond the author, which, based on the flat, expositional style and low def characterizations, does not appear to be Card. How does one come to a "full stop" in space? Why would one need to "full stop" to do repairs outside the ship? Why would ship's velocity have any effect on a person outside? How can one get from the Kuiper Belt to Earth in 5 months at a speed of 100,000 mph? Simple math shows a time of more than three years to make that journey at that speed...traveling at 36,000mph, New Horizons took nine years to reach Pluto, which is barely at the edge.

    Is this nitpicking? Yes, and no. When the story is flat, characters are uninteresting, AND the science is appropriate to early grade school understanding, one has to wonder: where was Orson Scott Card, and why didn't he even read this before putting his name on it?

    BTW, the performances were fine, I think. I was so distracted by issues that I don't really remember.

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    Brocruit 06-29-15
    Brocruit 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "perfect"

    Another amazing story by Orson Scott Card with characters that feel real to the heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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