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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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    Rob REXBURG, IDAHO, United States 12-24-12
    Rob REXBURG, IDAHO, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to Earth Unaware again? Why?

    I would listen to it again in a heartbeat its full of action and difficult decisions. I feel that the characters where developed in an amazing way that drew me in and made me see myself in their place. The book turned into my story, and was truly amazing.


    What other book might you compare Earth Unaware to and why?

    It's unique in the ender universe, but probably is most similar in form to shadow puppets. It takes place primarily in space on ships. It has a lot of the same types of action suspense and character dilemmas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The extraction of survivors from the ships left behind from the first bugger attack.


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

    Yes, and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it and am excited for the release of the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 12-16-12
    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Where's the rest of the story?"

    I've liked the book but it's the first one for more to come. It does not stand for itself, it would have been great reading it and continue reading the "next" chapter in the next book.
    Yes, I very much recommend you will wait till the next one will be published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert van der Vijver Somerset, California United States 12-10-12
    robert van der Vijver Somerset, California United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "He did it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Unaware to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Finding the ship at near light speed


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

    Yes and compares equally


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was apprehensive of a book before the time of the first bugger invasion. I can't wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny 5 Oakland, CA 12-05-12
    Johnny 5 Oakland, CA 12-05-12
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    "Great story - can't wait for the continuation"

    This books begins to set the background for the course of events that led up to Ender's Game. Far from feeling jipped that this book didn't wrap it all up in one volume, this means I can have many more books to look forward to.
    The characters are well developed and they have deal with the same kind of difficult, painful choices all of us face in life, without the benefit of know what the future holds.

    Any great crisis begins with just unrelated and often puzzling events. It is only from our superior position of hindsight that we recognize their true significance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas LAMAR, MO, United States 12-01-12
    Nicholas LAMAR, MO, United States 12-01-12
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    "Disappointed....Very Disappointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time listening to this book was ONLY well spent due to the fact I listen to them while at work. I used to be a HUGE OSC fan but after this and shadows in flight it has completely occurred to me that OSC is only riding the coattails of the enderverse now. The story could have been finished long before it was and could have ended much neater than it did.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not OSC. Patrick Rothfus is coming on strong with his new series going to try that one


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    His voice is easy to listen to, he defines the characters very well. No confusion on who is talking. That was nice.


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

    Absolutely not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Oakland, CA, United States 11-06-12
    E. Oakland, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.

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    "Nice distraction, but nothing special."
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    I enjoy Orson Scott Card's writing, but this book fell a bit flat for me. As the first in the series it included a lot of build-up but not as much interesting storytelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Morgantown, WV, United States 11-05-12
    Michael Morgantown, WV, United States 11-05-12
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    "Not Card's best for sure"
    What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

    This book is mostly about people arguing with each other. Very little plot line. Almost all personal interraction on a 14 year old level.

    Card should write his own books. They were good without Aaron Johnston.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some other author


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too much high pitched almost anger reading all the time from the one reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Unaware?

    Would cut out the bits where all the main characters were just yelling at each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of good money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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