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
Earth Unaware is one of the better audio books that I have listen to. Orson Scott Card is a master writer and the audio book performance is brilliant. It utilizes multiple people to deliver an element of realism lacked often in audio books.
When I downloaded this audio book I did not know it was part of the “Ender” series. I just knew that Orson Scott Card wrote it and he has not disappointed me in the past. After about an hour into it I realized that it was a prequel to “Ender’s Game”. I recommend this audio book to both long time “Ender” fans and people who have never enjoyed the many works of Orson Scott Card. I believe this audio book will make a great gateway book for those wanting to explore Orson Scott Card’s universe. Reading the rest of the “Ender” series is not a prerequisite for this book.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
Orson Scott Card is a master of detail. I'm not sure how much he wrote vs. Aaron Johnston but it had a full OSC feel for sure. Like all OSC books, the details of the story are delivered in painstaking precision. Sometimes too much, sometimes just enough. You definitely get to know the characters.
This book is just a build up to the Formic invasion but we do get to see a little action. The narration was good and the various narrators were good at their respective parts. The weird part was when you were used to a certain character voiced by a certain narrator, then all-of-a-sudden, a different narrator is voicing them.
A good story. It will keep your interest even though (as with most OSC books) it is drawn out a tad too much IMO.
One of those books you intend listening to on your way to work, but find yourself sitting in your car in the parking lot unable to leave as the story unfolds.
Well paced and a good mix of characterisation and sci-fi.
The first chapter was horrible. It felt like a soap opera so I almost deleted the book. It got better later in the book so overall it was an ok book.
Each chapter was essentially read by a different narrator. I felt that this was rather jarring and interrupted the flow of the story.
After the first chapter it was an ok book to listen too.
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I have been completely drawn into the Enderverse and was starting to get into what was going on in this book when it all ended abruptly. I thought that perhaps my download ended at a very bad point when I get to the interview of Orson Scott Card. Obviously this is the setup to the next book, and I will get the next one when it comes out, but I just felt the story was ripped out from under me. If I knew this I could have waited and got the entire series all at once. (who am I kidding, I will get these as they come out and wait almost patiently until the next installment) Other than all that I am ready for what happens next. The Formics are on their way to Earth after deadly encounters with miners at the fringe of the solar system. Where is Mazer when you need him?
I read several reviews which gave me the impression that this story was somehow unfinished, that there was an unexpected cliff-hanger and/ or that this story ended abruptly without fulfilling the listener's expectations. I would like to assure people reading these reviews in order to make a decision about buying this book, that this is not the case. The title of this book is "Earth Unaware" and that is the story about which this book is written.
Is this book a set-up for the next book to come? Yes. Of course. But it is also a story that can stand alone in many ways. There is a lot to know about what was going on when the Formics show up and this book is the starting point.
To keep this review short, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I have listened to all of the "Ender" and "Ender's Shadow" series and I liked this book more than some of those. The reading is fantastic, as usual. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
I love this series but this book was like a long intro. I agree with the other reviewer, I thought my download was messed up and there was another part to the book. I was rather disappointed due to the high quality that typically comes from Card. I honestly felt like I wasted 14hrs getting ready for a book that has yet to come. The book is like a typical "sequel book" where you know the next book is going to be great but you have to get through this one. I would wait before purchasing this book until the next one comes out. The title is extremely misleading because there is absolutely no war at all in this book. They spent an entire book trying to set up a plot for a book that doesn't exist yet. No climax or resolve in this book at all. It reminded me of the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie where all they did was wander around in the forest for a while - in watching it with the last movie it was good but as a stand alone bad. Have I mentioned how disappointed I am yet??
Actually have a book instead of just an intro.
The narrators were wonderful as usual.
this book is well written and i get the feeling that i'm going to love the sequel, but the story of this book standing alone didn't do it for me.
i won't ruin anything for you, but it seems like very little happens in this book. it is pretty much a build up for the sequel.
one of the things that i didn't like was how OSC seemed to spend too much time reviewing what characters think. i usually like that stuff, but i found myself at times wondering why OSC felt the need to put so much in. you are privy to the decision process of some of the characters and it gets old because it didn't strike me as interesting or creative. and many scenes had a surplus of it. i'm not sure what to suggest in its place, but that's how i felt listening to it.
having said that, i'm still excited to listen to the sequel and i hope i love it as much as i liked the ender's series.
Earth Unaware is the first in the First Formic War series - as a result this is like a very distant prequel to Ender's Game. I can honestly say that Ender's Game and the subsequent books following it was the first Sci-Fi series that I latched onto when I was a kid. I've since heard the audio version - and I can say that these books are wonderfully performed and Orson Scott Card's writing style, by his own admission, translates extremely well when read aloud. The production decision to jump from reader to reader as the story changes point of view in each chapter is a good one- and all of these readers are excellent. This book ends in a cliff hanger and as a result I immediately downloaded the second book - see my review of that - Earth Afire - also here on Audible.
Good but flawed.
Good story, but seems it has some scientific flaws.
- Everything is moving in space, slowing down doesn't make you any safer from space junk.,
-The formics couldn't project noise over all electromagnetic wavelengths and frequencies with out being noticed. I don't see a reason that the free miners or the Jukes couldn't have transmitted a morse code warning with full spectrum white light. Parabolic reflectors to aim the light at Earth wouldn't be that hard to make for someone like Vico or the Juke scientists.
Secundo alone in space
Looking forward to the next book.
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