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Earth Unaware | [Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    aurelius101 09-30-14
    aurelius101 09-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An effort to listen to."
    What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

    Way to much adolescent angst.


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

    Not this genre but Orson's work has a wild card factor to it.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Shrill


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChaseNutley26 09-07-14
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    "Surprisingly Amateurish"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    JAMES 08-29-14
    JAMES 08-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Realistic Sci-Fi with a great story line"
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    I really liked the end and went straight to Audible to get the second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the corporate ship discovered their systems had been accessed, and the files documenting the bump were taken.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JP 06-19-14
    JP 06-19-14

    A moody, old, overly-educated, hypercritical, know-it-all who tolerates most literature, but is obsessed with physics, history, and politics

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    "A Tediously Maudlin, Space Melodrama"
    What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston again?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


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    Joe Spencer 05-21-14
    Joe Spencer 05-21-14
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    "building up to something... but I'm not sure what"
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read 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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 05-12-14
    Christopher 05-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader and listener. Business owner, Father, traveler. Over-educated medical professional.

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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing. Surprising. Dramatic.


    What other book might you compare Earth Unaware to and why?

    A mixture of Xenocide and Shadow in Flight. The way the story is laid out, the dialogue, as well as the ship.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Captain Wit. And Lem.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    DEFINITELY a good start to a series.
    Can absolutely see it as as a movie. OR a series like firefly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark canyon country, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Mark canyon country, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    Some of Card's best work. Love the full cast plays with sound effects. Somehow more real and memorable than a movie.


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

    A long book with a lot of good parts.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Top shelf narration


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

    Solders sacrificing themselves for their buddies and the mission.


    Any additional comments?

    The book just kind of ended. There should be another book between this one and Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ahbe Coates Idaho, USA 02-21-14
    Ahbe Coates Idaho, USA 02-21-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Excellent first half of a book."
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-30-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "We have spotted an alien ship"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Male Hawaii 01-07-14
    N. Male Hawaii 01-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Cliffhanger endings and action packed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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