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

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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


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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.


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    James TX United States 08-28-12
    James TX United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    A Great story


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

    the arrival of the buggers


    Any additional comments?

    Always good writing by Orson scott card. A great pre-quel to the ender series.

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    Joshua 08-27-12
    Joshua 08-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good addition to the saga"

    Overall I enjoyed the book. It'll make an interesting addition to the Enderverse after the other books are written. It is a little formulaic for OSC, since one of the main characters is a child genius, but that's to be expected.

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    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-23-12
    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I am ready for next in the series"

    I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to many long books till they get to Ender Game.

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    Aamir Oklahoma City, OK, United States 08-20-12
    Aamir Oklahoma City, OK, United States 08-20-12
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    "Nice prequel."
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best books by Mr. Card.


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

    Spoiler: in the end when the main character reached moon.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read for all Ender's game fans.

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    Amazon Customer 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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    Mike Collins 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 2012

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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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