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
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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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.
Segundo's fight to the end against the ormigas in space.
I rank it five for five, so it is among my favorites.
I liked the descriptions of life in the solar system prior to the advances discovered from the Formics.
When the mother ship was first attacked.
I liked discovering the origin of Mazer and the Doctor weapon.
Say something about yourself!
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.
The Stick Man
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.
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.
The alien species was completely uninspiring. Ants? Really?
Yes, Ender's Game. The narrator is excellent.
No, let it die here.
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.
I liked it!
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.
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!
Nearly did.....listened to this book and the second in the series over a three or four day period.
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