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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The Formic War trilogy, being the final part of the Ender timeline books left for me to read, is going to be held to a higher standard. That being said, first time readers of Card, or sci fi in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.
The voice acting was superb. I thought Lem Jukes was perhaps overdone at times, as was 'Chubs', but Wit O'Toole was spot on (stern, focused and measured) as were most of the voice actors' performances. The story was action packed and avoided painful cliches expected in a 'first contact' story (for example, inexplicable desire to assume peaceful intent; think crowd on top of building in Independence Day), while also adhering to realistic guidelines (such as general disbelief by population en masse with the exception of a thoughtful few).
I would love to know how much of the action comes from Aaron Johnston, simply bc as fans of the Enders Saga know, Card doesn't generally spend much effort on hand to hand, bloody fights as he does on dialogue and thought provoking inner monologue from his subjects.
Overall, very well executed. Refreshing in style, and entertaining.
All the audio books on the ender series always have a way of painting pictures in my head. They captivate me and I can't stop listening. Earth unaware is by far one of the most exciting books in a long time. It was amazing and enjoyable
It's probably because I'm more of a space opera guy, but I found the story really boring, and the voices used for the story were just awful to my ears. I also just could not get invested in the characters. They left me bored and wondering why I should care. This was the first book I ever listened to and I couldn't finish it. Five chapters to go and I was done. Anyway, if you ,Ike the Ender series, which I particularly don't, I do recommend your purchase, but it just ain't for me.
I only wish that they didn't end the first book the way they did. Without the second book, the first is just beginning. there was no real resolution to the real conflict. I will keep listening.
To sum up how stupid this book is (please note, I am an Ender fan, and generally like Orson, who in this case probably just got paid to lend his name ) multiple times they feel the need to stop a spaceship so that they can get out and fix it.
Laughably stupid, badly written and poorly narrated. Shame to ruin a great possible prequel.
Whitman College graduate... Enjoys History and Science Fiction
If you a re familiar with the Enders series this is essentially a prequel to those novels. It follows the first war, in which Mazer Rackham takes it to the buggers! The story is great, and is really completely separate from the Enders series... this first book was setting up the story for the next two, which I'm really looking forward to now! The full cast production makes the audiobook much more engrossing. I loved it!
Enders Game, Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon
Before Ender... there was Mazer
This is the start of the war that plays out in the Ender series, must read for the fans
Can't blame the narrators, but I really really do not like it when a book has more than one. Please stop that, Mr. Card.
I really don't like it when the actor-reader is changed mid-book. I understand there are different viewpoints and story-lines, but I really appreciate one actor-reader to play out the book: he/she own it, it is his/her performance. As a listener, I have to get use to a reader, and learn to appreciate their reading cadence. Don't want to go through that multiple times.
This is not a stand-alone book! In other series, every book is a story by itself, with bigger arc across the series. Not this one. Except for the people that die, no story-lines are resolved and it abruptly ends with a cliffhanger for all of them.
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.
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