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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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    Keith JACKSON, MI, United States 08-08-12
    Keith JACKSON, MI, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 09-03-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Good Build-up"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Louisa Alexandria, VA, United States 06-12-13
    Louisa Alexandria, VA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes you late for work"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 07-21-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 07-21-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "And then....."

    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?

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    michelle South Burlington, VT, United States 07-23-12
    michelle South Burlington, VT, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "ummm....What??"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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??


    What could Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually have a book instead of just an intro.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were wonderful as usual.


    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    EquiPro San Antonio, Texas United States 09-27-12
    EquiPro San Antonio, Texas United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Story Unto Itself, Which I Really Enjoyed."

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-15-13
    Gregory Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the Best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Each chapter was essentially read by a different narrator. I felt that this was rather jarring and interrupted the flow of the story.


    Was Earth Unaware worth the listening time?

    After the first chapter it was an ok book to listen too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "it is good, but no ender's game"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 07-19-13
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book will whet your appetite - Come hungry!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 06-01-13
    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good characters"
    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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

    Secundo alone in space


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

    -


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

    Formic fighting.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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