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Earth Unaware Audiobook

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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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 03-13-13
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2016

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "good story to me"

    i dont give high rateings easy. if you see a 5 star rateing from me then its a great story.
    i love ocs narraters, Stefan Rudnicki i like a lot.
    you ca read the info from other reviews and from story info.
    i rated this 4 stars on story witch is vary good.
    also try the simple to get even more of an ideal and read the reviews.
    and remember every one has there own tast in storys.
    its a good ideal to find people that has the same tast in storys as you follow them and that will help even more. the one thing i will tell you on the story here is the war dont start yet here just how they meet and the build up start here just before it get to earth.
    i think most will like it. the next book will be the first war witch i hate haveing to wait on O.o
    but is a good story leading up to it.
    Enjoy! :)

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    Carrie Cypress, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Carrie Cypress, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Unaware to be better than the print version?

    I have read other books by Orson Scott Card. I cannot say which is better but I seem to be using Audible now more than reading books. It is in between a movie and a book and can be done during a commute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intelligent writing and building of pace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle scene on the alien ship.


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

    As with many good books, the story started off slowly but by the end was gripping.


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    John Sandy, UT, United States 02-01-13
    John Sandy, UT, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "More Enderverse!"
    Would you listen to Earth Unaware again? Why?

    Absolutly will listen to this book again. Gripping story that draws you into an even deeper layer of the Enderverse. I read Ender's game 15 years ago and have been hooked on Card's Stories ever since. The enderverse will always be among my favorites!


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

    The most memorable moment was when I heard the name Mazer Rackham mentioned, I hadn't read anything about this book and didn't really know what it was going to be about in advance so I was completely blown away when there was a sudden tie in for the Enderverse.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators, he's read several of Card's books and always brings a great deal of depth to the characters he reads.


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

    Absolutely would listen to this in one sitting if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in this installment!

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    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 01-15-13
    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2016

    Pat

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    "Filling in the gaps by an expert craftsman"

    I have read everything in the Ender and Shadow series, and to be fair, I haven't totally loved all of it. I do love the setting and the arching story. I have come to appreciate Card's storytelling, while not simple, and not for everyone, I love the way he does it.
    This story does not have a lot of action even though there is much going on, discoveries being made, and pieces of a chess board being moved into place by Card and Johnston.
    For fans on the Ender stories, this is a great book, for those not initiated with Ender and the Formic Wars, I suggest starting with Ender's Game, and go from there. I don't think this story would make much sense unless you knew what happens in Ender's Game, like a good prequel should be. Keep in mind, the book ends in a somewhat abrupt manner (although not as bad as some people have made it out to be) but it sets ups the next book nicely (due in June 2013).
    The narration is once again wonderful. Using Card and Jonston's text, Rudnicki and cast use a different approach than most audio recordings and it breathes wonderful life and perspective into the story. The narrators take turns reading the chapters or sections to give a unique voice to the perspective of whomever the focus character is for that section, it works well and I wish more audio books did this, but it may take a special literary approach to make it work in the first place (Card writes with performance in mind).

    Once again as an extra bonus, Orson Scott Card has a short interview at the end of the book. I love these "Bonus features" and honestly wish there were more!

    Great book/story, great performances, and a great setup for a trilogy filling in some gaps in one of my favorite book series of all time.

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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!

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    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 12-16-12
    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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

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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.

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    Nicholas LAMAR, MO, United States 12-01-12
    Nicholas LAMAR, MO, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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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.


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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.


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