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The Call of Earth Audiobook

The Call of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 2

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For millennia, the planet Harmony has been protected by the Oversoul, an artificial intelligence programmed to prevent thoughts of war and conquest from threatening the fragile remnant of Earth's peoples. But as the Oversoul's systems have begun to fail, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. Using forbidden technology, the ambitious and ruthless General Moozh has won control of an army and is aiming it at the city of Basilica.

Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop an army. As Lady Rasa, through whom the Oversoul speaks, attempts to defeat Moozh through intrigue, Nafai and his family prepare to voyage to the stars in search of the planet called Earth.

©1993 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Superb." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jeff United States 10-05-08
    Jeff United States 10-05-08
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    "Who edited this thing?"

    It took me awhile to get into this story. The Narrator's voice is a little.. odd for this kind of book, but by the end of book 1 I was fully hooked, and looking forward to picking up book 2.

    The story is still good - but the editing on book 2 is HORRIBLE. The reading stops and re-starts. You can hear where the narrator coughs, or his voice gives out a bit and he restarts reading.. at one point, he even laughs "Er.. I assume that's trees.. treas.." and then starts re-reading the sentence again.

    Wow.

    Great story, horrible recording. Someone was sleeping at the wheel here.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    just me 04-16-09
    just me 04-16-09 Member Since 2012
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    "The recording issues must have been fixed"

    Card delivers again. I felt so thoroughly warned by the other reviewers who mentioned that the recording was terrible and apparently unedited, that I almost didn't order the book. I heard none of the coughing, errors, repetitions or personal comments that any of the other reviewers mentioned. Perhaps Audible has since edited this work. On to the book. I think what I like most about Card's work is what he teaches me about human nature, my own nature. I always walk away feeling a little better capable of understanding myself and others through his contemplative observations of his characters. Well done. Please keep them coming.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-06-08
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    "watership down - the hunt for mates -"

    This series is very entertaining, especially if you've studied the bible and like SCI-FI.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-12-16
    G. Parish 07-12-16 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Surprisingly good"

    This one starts out slow and seemed destined to bore me, yet it not only avoids that shoal, but it stood on its own quite nicely. As a sequel it wasn't what I expected, but it was worth listening to anyways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna L. Palmer Tacoma, WA 11-30-15
    Brianna L. Palmer Tacoma, WA 11-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Pretty good"

    It was good but the characters are still a little dry...hoping that the next book will develop them a bit more

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    Dan 06-11-15
    Dan 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Even better than the first book"

    It's nice when a sequel improves upon the original. Card gets a lot less linear in this book, introducing more plot twists and greater depth to his characters. The result is that I am never bored. Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-28-11
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-28-11 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Slow story with steady build up, but still stuck"

    The second book of Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series lingers like the first on the theme of exodus to a promised land... in this case a planet. In the story biblical themes are quite prominent. While the Over-Soul (God) is just a mighty computer, we have the theme of tension between brothers - the eldest that is is cheated out of his inheritance, the theme a dictator that doesn't want a group of people (Njafai and his mother) to go from the city of Basilica (kingdom) etc. These themes also resonates with the Book of Mormon. It seems Card is really drawing from his religious background. Yet the story progresses very slow. While Rudnicki again gives a solid performance, I am not sure how much patience is needed for the story to go somewhere. (Even Song of Ice and Fire seems to move quicker at times.) But I am not giving up, maybe the next volume will have some action.

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    C. F Fulbright 10-09-08
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    "Recording Issues"

    I repeat what the other reviewer wrote. The book is good, but there are numerous times when the reader repeats a phrase - five of them so far halfway through the book - and one time he clears his throat and says, "Excuse me". Normally Blackstone Audio does such professional production, I'm surprised by this.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 08-22-16
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 08-22-16 Listener Since 2005

    No matter where you go, there you are! Jesus is the only way to God!

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    "It's okay I guess......"

    It's not that great of a story. It's got some tension, and some expecting of big things to happen, but they never actually really happen. It seems like it's going to be good but it never really gets there. I think you have to read the next book in order to get there. This whole book is really just back fill. I think, skip this book and go on to the next book in the series. I'm going to get my money back on this book.

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    NickyB Sydney, Australia 04-13-16
    NickyB Sydney, Australia 04-13-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant conclusion"

    Lots of detail along the way At times I did wonder how it was all going to come together and had to keep reading to find out

    No spoilers You'll have to read it for yourself

    Really like the characters too and the wonderful narrator

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