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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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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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    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.

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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.

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    Alain Ashburn, VA, United States 01-05-14
    Alain Ashburn, VA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Has inspired me to write!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story combines family, fiction, and real human nature all in one book. Card's descriptions of places and events are vivid and life like. I can almost see my self there.


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

    Segundo's fight to the end against the ormigas in space.


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    Don 11-27-13
    Don 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great return to Enderverse!"
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank it five for five, so it is among my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the descriptions of life in the solar system prior to the advances discovered from the Formics.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the mother ship was first attacked.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked discovering the origin of Mazer and the Doctor weapon.

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    Beth P. Wisconsin 09-13-13
    Beth P. Wisconsin 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "O ye, of little faith..."
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    I let this book sit in my cart for almost 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy it. I wasn't sure if I could get around an Ender book with a totally different cast. I was very wrong. It has its fair share of action, a little romance and taboo and corporate scandal with some aliens thorwn in for good measure. The most enjoyable part was everything. I also find a few small but important parallels between Lem and Peter, who was my favorite character from the Ender and Shadow sagas. The entire cast gave wonderful performances.


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    TurtleMan 08-31-13
    TurtleMan 08-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Orson Scott Card delivers...as always"
    What did you love best about Earth Unaware?

    Although the book starts slowly, the action and suspense mount as the author's character development and plot expand with every chapter. I have read Orson Scott Card since Ender's Game, and continue to rate him as an intelligent and very creative author in this genre.


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    Huck L Barry West Palm Beach, FL 08-23-13
    Huck L Barry West Palm Beach, FL 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "predictable, but somewhat interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I suppose so, the tidbits of interesting sci-fi scenarios were fun to read. But much of the story was laced with a rather cynical and sometimes paranoid view of humanity. That got to me after a while.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston ’s story?

    The alien species was completely uninspiring. Ants? Really?


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

    Yes, Ender's Game. The narrator is excellent.


    Do you think Earth Unaware needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, let it die here.


    Any additional comments?

    The author frequently inserted unnecessary moral commentary. He seems to have a score to settle against certain elements of society. As a result, the book felt preachy at times.

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    Terry F 07-04-13
    Terry F 07-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A good prequel to Enders Game"
    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    I liked it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enders Game is one of the best all time sci-fi stories ever written, according to me. Card does a good job of filling in the blanks and fleshing out the foundation upon which Enders Game can now sit on.

    I enjoyed the story-scape Card painted for us in this book, setting the stage for Ender's Game. I could feel and see the story happening as I listened. I knew the characters and cared about them and interacted with them.

    If you liked Enders Game, these prequels are essential, and in my opinion better than the sequels were.


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

    Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators. Card uses him a lot and he is part of the story......I expect the Stefan Rudnicki voice when I hear a Card book......it wouldn't be right without him!


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

    Nearly did.....listened to this book and the second in the series over a three or four day period.


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    John WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 05-22-13
    John WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Orson Scott Card at the top of his game!"

    Earth Unaware is the first in a series of prequels to the Ender Series that take us back to the first human encounter with aliens, the "buggers" made famous by Card's Ender's Game. If you are an Ender fan (and who isn't!) you're going to love Earth Unaware. The characters are solid and well developed, as is the asteroid mining culture in which the story develops. There's plenty of action, too, both before and after the alien encounter. The use of multiple performers for this audiobook edition works well, and the performers are uniformly good. (Note that one of the performers, Emily Janice Card, has a remarkably familiar name!) I unhesitatingly recommend this book to Ender fans. In addition, if you've never read Ender's Game, then Earth Unaware is a good way to get some backstory on the aliens. I've already preordered the next in this series.

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    Jessie CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 04-29-13
    Jessie CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 04-29-13

    I am a college student and busy mama. I am also a huge Orson Scott Card and Neil Gaiman fan. I enjoy anything science fiction or science fact based.

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    "Card does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Unaware to be better than the print version?

    As a college student who has a never ending stack of textbooks to read, the audio version is very convenient. It allows me to be able to listen to my favorite books while giving my eyes a much needed rest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Orson Scott Card has a unique way of writing that puts you directly in the characters situation. The main character, Victor, is much like Ender in his selflessness and maturity beyond his years. The details of space and all of the thought put into the tech necessary to sustain life and communication is just astonishing.


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

    The narrators really brought the story to life. It gave a voice to the character without infringing on your ability to use your imagination.


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