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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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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 10-30-12
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "Good story, bad ending and a few WTH? points"

    The base plot and story is pretty good. Even though I'm pre-informed about the Formic Bugs, I found myself eager to see what happened next. In that sense, it's neat to see the "how it came to be" in O.S. Card's "Ender-verse". There are two reasons I gave the book a lower rating.
    1. Someone apparently subscribing to the "Clancy school of Super Ninja-Soldier" fiction apparently decided to interrupt Card's book at random with a corny novella of their own. Maybe we should inform the author?? The sub-plot is a little cheezy and adds nothing to the story. These interruptions were (to me) irritating and left me struggling to change gears back to the story I WANTED to read. And this is coming from a fan of military fiction.
    2. The other reviews are right. The cliffhanger tone to the ending on this book was VERY VERY VERY overdone. It's like passionate lovemaking where the intensity builds.. then abruptly the couple stops, gets out of bed and wordlessly leaves the room. The ending is THAT jarring and unsatisfying.

    My recommendation to others: Don't buy this book until the sequel comes out, When it does, get them both. Taken together, this and the next book would get a higher rating. As it is... "Earth Unaware" was a bit disappointing.

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    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 10-29-12
    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The more time passes, the more things stay same"
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    Narration with character voices and accurate personalities


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fleshed out details of asteroid mining and realistic limitations on human space travel.


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

    Unsure


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

    Glimpses of humanity in the character flying the corporate ship.


    Any additional comments?

    Not very original story lines - corporate vs. the little guy, daddy war bucks manipulating the lives of his kid and underlings, resentment of the wealthy - but narration and technology details made it worth hearing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 10-08-12
    Daniel United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

    I absolutely love listening to books as well as reading print. Audible is crucial to getting through my day.

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    "A must listen to fans of the Enderverse"

    This novel fills much of what you are left wanting for in Speaker. It's a bit longer and deeper but that doesn't detract from your enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred 10-02-12
    Fred 10-02-12
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    "Good Story"
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10%


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a new twist on the Alien Invasion theme


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

    I don't think I've heard this narrator before. He's not bad most of the time, but he can get overly excited at times. I don't really care for narrators that think a story needs embellishment with added by the narrator.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story by Card. I just hope he can resist the temptation to serialize it. It is a cliffhanger but, Card has supplied all we need to supply our own finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 09-26-12
    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Card delivers again..."

    Not to much to say except well done. I will gladly read as many enderverse books that Card can produce.

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    09-24-12
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    "Fast start, slow finish."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. The story started well and continued to develop for about half the book. The story then got fuzzy and tedious. It ended with a dreary conclusion that was not a conclusion at all - merely an introduction to the expected follow-on novel. A bit of a cheap trick in my mind.


    Would you recommend Earth Unaware to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Compared to the author's Ender series, this novel was not bad, just anemic


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The various narrators were quite satisfactory although a single male and a single female narrator would have been sufficient.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Don't know. The question should be does it have enough substance to be considered a candidate for a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Card has written some very good stuff. I hope he can again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Foley, MO, United States 09-18-12
    Amazon Customer Foley, MO, United States 09-18-12
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    "Good Story"
    What did you like best about Earth Unaware? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story the very much. I was disappointed where the book left off at the end.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Switching between narrators for the same charactors was very distracting.


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    Aaron Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 09-17-12
    Aaron Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great new edition to the Ender series!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the Ender series then you will be thrilled to read about the days before Ender's struggle began when the human species still thought it was the only sentient life in the universe.

    That illusion is shattered in this exciting new chapter to the Ender saga!

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    Mchenry Norman Sacramento, California 09-17-12
    Mchenry Norman Sacramento, California 09-17-12 Member Since 2002

    Skip Norman

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    "Good start to the series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good start to Formic War Series


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston before, how does this one compare?

    This is fair on action and slow to keep moving compared to later stories


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy BRANDON, MS, United States 08-28-12
    Jimmy BRANDON, MS, United States 08-28-12
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    "Reader Interruptus"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    No, I would not try another book from the authors. I fully understand the uses of a cliff hanger and making a living via your writing but this is pretty ridiculous. This is not a book, it is a partial book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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