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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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    Daniel Salzano 08-13-12

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    "I think I'm giving up or might just READ it"
    What would have made Earth Unaware better?

    A different narrator. For me the opening narrator sounded like he was always whining or breathless. I think I'd accept him narrating one of my wife's romance novels but after about 4 hours I called it quits. I just couldn't stand listening to him anymore.

    Also, I haven't read any OSC in a long long time. I remember reading Ender's Game right about when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I do remember it was a bit tedious. I never could get into the next few in the series. I thought have it narrated might make it flow a bit more but my previous comment shows it didn't add to the experience.

    Once thing that really struck me was that the children act like adults and the adult are very childish. Makes it seem more like a young adult novel because of that; what YA doesn't want to be seen as smarter than an adult?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less detail in the action; too much detail slows down the action.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Blank out the first narrators performance. Just cut him out of the book. The missing HOURS would be worth not hearing his voice!

    Yes, I really really didn't enjoy him. So much so that I think when I'm done here I'll try to find out which of the listed narrators he is so I can avoid anything else he's done.


    What character would you cut from Earth Unaware?

    Can't think of one I'd CUT but change yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Whish I could sell my copy. lol

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    Amazon Customer 08-13-12
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    "Overall good book though lacks a great ending"
    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    A good book to preface Ender's Game and provide a little insight to the entry of the Formics into our solar system.


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

    The attack on the main Formic ship. Shadows of a hive mind as one Formic sees a previous enemy.


    Any additional comments?

    Like several of Card's books I think the ending was lacking. I have heard that this is supposed to be book 1 of a trilogy, but the ending left way to may loose ends. So I hope book 2 comes out soon to help tie up those ends.

    Children of the Mind also had too many loose ends. At least we know that Shadows Alive should tie most of those up.

    The story was good. It helps set up several key elements for the entire series and was tough to put down.

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    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 08-13-12
    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 08-13-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Books like this are read over and over and over."

    You will definitely enjoy it!
    It will have a strong appeal to the under 25. I have read it at least three times now.

    While it does have a relationship to the Ender series it is not part of that series. Orson Scott card has always delivered value in his writings and this is no different. You will enjoy.

    Critics are a dime a dozen. I guess I'll be one. I don't like how this book or series was broken up. It ended in the wrong spot. I think the publisher was trying to make it like a television series trying to leave at a cliffhangers. You actually caused a different problem. I guess money is money to them.

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    David 08-05-12
    David 08-05-12

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    NO. Not sure why this story just didn't resonate for me while all the other books in the ENDERverse did. Maybe it was horrible ending, or the confusing story line of the corporate's interactions with the "free-miners" that was contradictory and unrealistic. This is the first of three book, I believe and I probably will NOT buy the sequels, unlike the "Speaker" and "Shadow" series.


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

    Yes - if the story continues to be this dull.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were fine.


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

    The action sequences with the MOP was interesting - just wish there was more of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor story line, an overall disappointment to the ENDER-verse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of Card's Best"

    I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, but I, like many of his fans, worry that he's overdoing the series. There comes a point when I hear he is writing a new Enderverse book and I just groan.

    That said, the books are always fantastic, and this one may seriously be my second favorite Ender book (aside from Ender's Game, of course). The characters, the plot depth, it's all vintage Card. I expected it to be rushed, but aside from the ending, it wasn't.

    The producers always get the best out of a fantastic narrating cast as well. Props to them for continued excellence.

    The ending was rushed, yes. We'll have to see in the final two books if the whole thing could have been stuck together in one book, especially considering WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS ENDS. But it wasn't a let down, it's vintage, fantastic Card.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Juan V. PA 07-30-12
    Juan V. PA 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Hanging on events Enders Wolrd already solved"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Unaware to be better than the print version?

    Sorry personally I only listen to books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The number of Characters, the lead up story to the next book.


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

    Lean Duke, Victor, Chubs


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mine Clash


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed most of the Ender's series, this collection should not disappoint; It just so happens that all the books are not out yet, so it's the waiting game.Yes the book is leading to the first war, so that is kind of publisher over sight that gets in the covers' way. But will be looking forward to the next book - whenever that might be. I would go to say this book was short, but then looked at the play time and it is normal for most books I listen to.Guess that just means I really enjoyed it.

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    Xuunam 07-29-12
    Xuunam 07-29-12
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    "one of the best books since Ender's Shadow"

    It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.

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    Kristin MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 12-04-13
    Kristin MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2013

    Mmmm. Books.

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    "No. No no no no."
    What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

    I am baffled that this book got such good reviews. Man, does it drag! I suggest you only listen/read this book if you've read the entire Ender series first, so you know what you're getting yourself into. Like, a big pile of boring.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Anyone. God, anyone else! Every sentence was enunciated and communicated like it was someone's last words! I am confused why every reply from the female narrator was read in such a snarky, offended way. So. Freaking. Weird.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-09-13
    Brandon Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-09-13
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    "Long time fan under-whelmed"

    This was not a BAD story, but I've come to expect a lot more from Card. Frankly, this novel really smacked of commercialism to me being as short as it was. I get the feeling the mortgage was due and it was time for another book.

    Good:
    - Concise, fast moving plot
    - Nearly perfect performance by the narrators



    Bad:
    - Short, especially at the climax. Just when it felt like an epic battle should have been starting, the book ends way too fast. Yes, we know this was a prelude and thus the ending was "pre-ordained" but that doesn't change the under-whelming feeling at the end. Even if you went straight to page 1 of Enders Game and read that, you would feel like you missed a book somewhere in between.

    - Shallow character development, the "antagonist" was especially frustrating, with teasers of plot development that went nowhere all over the book. The entire sections of shallow Mazer Rackham (sp?) development should have just been left out of the book. They were pointless, went nowhere of substance, and pulled you away from the real story.

    - Incredibly cheesy, almost magic "computer hacking." The book would have really benefited from some basic technical consulting. In other genres you can get away from this, but in the hard sci-fi genre of year 2013 it really comes across as a rather cheesy and sloppy deficiency.



    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nalton Jannise Jr. Red Oak, TX USA 02-04-13
    Nalton Jannise Jr. Red Oak, TX USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Spending 12 hours with angst ridden teenagers"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was interesting. I am used to listening to series, so the fact that this is the start of the saga doesn't bother me. The characters were angst ridden, petulant teenagers. Even the adults. The only ones with any maturity were the military personnel.What would have made this a 4 or 5 star? Realistic and mature characters. I don't mind the young protagonists in the story. But their constant anxiety about their parents or other in authority got in the way of the story, and certainly slowed its pace.


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

    Ender's Game. But it was so long ago that it wasn't memorable; I think for the same reasons. I know that Ender's Game is a modern "classic"; but it wasn't until many years that I was tempted to give OSC another try.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Which one? The fact that there were so many certainly was. Those reading the child protagonist's parts were occasionally overly whiny.


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

    Interesting space opera, which is OK by me. The science around the fiction was convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the next in the series at some point, just to see whether there are any improvements the authors made.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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