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.
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Earth unaware is a prequel to the Ender series and I guess the listener/ reader could begin with this series and then move on to Ender Games; but having already listened to the entire Orson Scott Card’s series, listening to Earth Unaware gave me such an Ominous sense of foreboding; and, even though I know what was coming, it kept my ears glued to the story.
I believe it fills a void that was missing from “Ender Games.” It gives us a more detailed background story about earth and the characters that will play a major part in the war, before the Formic, or “Buggers” attack.
This is not a standalone book, of course, and there are many sub-plots left hanging for the next book in the series, but O.S.C. is such a polished and professional writer that it was a satisfying start. His character development is superior; and, as he eludes to in his authors notes, he writes each segment of the book as if it were a scene in a play making the dialogue come to life.
A word about the narration; I’m not usually a fan of an assembled cast, preferring one talented narrator, but I thought they all did a superb job.
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.
I really enjoyed this book! I should start by stating that I am an Orson Scott Card fan and have reall ALL of his books. I read several reviews stating that this book ended abruptly...and I guess it kind of did, but it isn't like it ended in the middle of a sentence or anything. It was an intro book to a series and ended much like many of Orson Scott Card's series books do. As a fan of the enderverse I really liked reading (listening) to this book. You do not have to have read any of the other enderverse books to understand this one...but I think it would be more enjoyable if you had.
Regarding the book itself...just like all the others it has an allstar cast/performance with the character development that I have grown to love in Card's works. This book tells the story about the lead up to the first formic war. Mazor makes a small appearance but mainly as a namesake...forshadowing that he will play a bigger role in the following books. I for one liked the book and am anxiously anticipating the next one.
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.
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.
I know the current trend is to break a book into as many parts as possible so that publishers can make as much money as possible, but nowhere does it say that this is only part one. Everything is left hanging. I would have waited until the other parts were available. If you are going to do this at least give us warning please.
I always wanted to read about the beginning of the Formic war that takes place prior to Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card has delivered a wonderful account of the events leading up to the war here in Earth Unaware. As always Mr Card is able to create very believable characters that drive the story. The science is bit contrived and the technology described for the asteroid miners does not always hold together or even make sense (in one scene a space craft is "stopped" so repairs can be made then re-accelerated again). But overall I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to next book from Mr Card in this current series. Yes, Earth Unaware ends just when things are about to get very interesting for Earth.
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