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
Way to much adolescent angst.
Not this genre but Orson's work has a wild card factor to it.
It took a concerted effort to listen to this book and then it was like the ending was just dropped. I have no interest in the next book.
Orson Scott Card should be better than this. Characters are mostly stock and their motivations are generally childish. Instead of hating the primary villain Lem Jukes for his actions, I dislike him for how poorly he's written. The hero, Victor, is a decent character, if not completely fleshed-out. Card and Johnston spend too much time describing unimportant situations (the salvage of the Italian ship, for instance). Mostly, the narrative is heavy-handed and obvious, This book is the first in a series of three, however I won't be continuing the story. The plot seems mildly interesting, but there's not much else here.
The voice actors do a fair job with mediocre material, sometimes hitting the wrong notes. Mostly they're okay. I question the need for so many voices, though. And on more than one occasion it seems like an entire section was intended for one actor, but in post-production another narrator had to reread sections. Too much of a copy/paste feel to the production.
The story builds slowly at first but towards the end, I felt the same way at the end of each of Frank Herbert's Dune novels.
I really liked the end and went straight to Audible to get the second book.
When the corporate ship discovered their systems had been accessed, and the files documenting the bump were taken.
At points, I did laugh out loud. At other times, I felt true anger. I was surprised at this, as this is not normal for me when reading fiction.
One of the main readers had a slight wine when he read that bothered me a little. He starts the book and at first I wasn't sure I could deal with it. But I quickly got over that, and by the middle of the book wasn't bothered by his style any longer.
A moody, old, overly-educated, hypercritical, know-it-all who tolerates most literature, but is obsessed with physics, history, and politics
This book on audio was a slow paced, teen melodrama. A bug-hunt set in space with maudlin ethnic characters, heavy-handed political correctness, and poorly-researched science. I laughed a lot at the idiotic characterizations and artificial plot-thickeners --- reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Card is by no means my favorite writer, but I am buying the second book to see just how many hilariously moronic plot twists Card can play.
The performers did the best they could with the poorly-written text, but their reading speed was too slow, so I played them at 2x normal speed.
It was action-packed, albeit with meaningless action, and it developed the adolescent and pre-adolescent characters fairly well -- probably because Card identifies best with that age group. The cartoonishly stereotyped characters who rattled around inside a childishly simplistic plot helped me to fall fast asleep on the train or at bedtime.
I've listened to far more engaging stories. For me, some of the characters seemed flawed, while others seemed interesting, but their interaction in the storyline was too brief. I may purchase the next in the series, but perhaps not. The last couple chapters pulled me in better than the first 80% of the book.
I enjoyed the family interactions of the free miners. I found some of the characterizations of corporate types too shallow for most of the book.
I'm afraid much of the dialog would seem very trite if I had started reading the book. The actors did a good job in putting meaning into sometimes weak dialog.
The last chapter pulled me in more than the rest of the book. I enjoyed seeing the family relationships of the free miners, but it didn't draw me in like I hoped it would. I was impressed by Vico's relationships and outlook on life.
Avid reader and listener. Business owner, Father, traveler. Over-educated medical professional.
Engrossing. Surprising. Dramatic.
A mixture of Xenocide and Shadow in Flight. The way the story is laid out, the dialogue, as well as the ship.
Captain Wit. And Lem.
DEFINITELY a good start to a series.
Can absolutely see it as as a movie. OR a series like firefly.
Some of Card's best work. Love the full cast plays with sound effects. Somehow more real and memorable than a movie.
A long book with a lot of good parts.
Top shelf narration
Solders sacrificing themselves for their buddies and the mission.
The book just kind of ended. There should be another book between this one and Ender's Game.
Audio books have renewed my love of reading. Now I can enjoy a good book while doing other things. I don't feel like I'm wasting my time.
One of the best.
I've been working my way through the Ender series, starting at Ender's Game and moving forward. After finishing all the Bean tales, I figured I'd jump back and listen to these later written books but come before chronologically before Ender's Game. I was pleasantly surprised. Why the later books in the Ender series get kind of slow, this book was fast and exciting all the way through. I never got board. It was a very fun read, and a wonderful first half of a story.
The only issue I had with this book is that it's really just the first half of a book. It's not that it's short of feels rushed, it's just that the story basically stops. You can't just read this single book and fully enjoy it. You have to continue in the series. That's fine with me, because I intend to read them all. But, a buyer should be aware. You can't just buy this one book, you have to read the entire Earth Unaware series to really appreciate the story.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
We have spotted an alien ship, but that is all I got to say about that.
Let's talk about future hero Mazer, but first lets talk and talk and talk about victor. When Victor talks and talks let's use the worse narrator we can find. Another reviewer said is voice was sardonic, I agree. It sounded to me the way someone sounds when they are patronizing someone.
Card USED to be my favorite author, then we hit the 21st century and Wha Wha What? Had these authors devoted more time to Mazer or exploring the Alien ship, this could have been a great book, but they wanted to write a trilogy, so they came up with Victor to fill in the spaces.
Rudnicki is a great narrator, but lately he has been producing and the job is over his head. I am not sure which narrator does Victor, but he is awful and Victor takes up most of the book. This guy went to the Scott Brick school of over acting. He is painful to listen to and if Rudnicki can not spot talent or lack of talent in other narrators, he needs to quit producing.
I agree with the other reviews. This series is a must read for Ender fans, but it stands on its own as darn good storytelling. I have read the second book in the series also, and each book ends with a cliffhanger. No fair -- I'm hooked anyway. Excellent narrators, fast paced, action packed. Can't wait 'til the next one.
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