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The Ships of Earth Audiobook

The Ships of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 3

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Publisher's Summary

With the continuing failure of the Oversoul, the artificially intelligent guardian computer of the planet Harmony, the human colonists have begun to repeat the devastations of war and conquest wrought on Earth.

To repair itself and avert disaster, the Oversoul has called a group of 16 refugees from the fallen city of Basilica to a hidden, abandoned spaceport where the ancient starships lie. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes and cross the wide continents, guided by the voice of the Oversoul, to await the command to prepare the great interstellar ships for flight again. But among this group, not all have chosen their exile, and the angry resentment of those who were forced to join will make the difficult journey harder.

Listen to more in the Homecoming series.

©1994 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he book rises to great power....Card [is] one of the genuinely towering talents working in science fiction today....this volume carries forward a superior story." (Booklist)
"Readers of The Ships of Earth will find the book rising to Card's usual high level, with scenes of enormous power." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"[A] well-turned series, with intriguing ideas, well-developed characters and setting, and a plot huge enough to satisfy the most extravagant tastes." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    James Aurora, IL, USA 10-26-08
    James Aurora, IL, USA 10-26-08 Member Since 2015
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    "great series"

    As with Enders' Game (all eight books), once you're hooked on Ships of Earth, you're hooked. Card develops the characters, builds a lucid plot, and tosses in some surprises along the way. Can't wait for Audible to get the last two books in the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-05-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-05-12 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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    "At long last the story is getting somewhere"

    While I do think that book 1 &2 of Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series could've been reduced into one book, Card's third book "The Ships of Earth" is quite excellent. Card has an extraordinary ability to develop characters. The characters in this book lives in limbo. Their world, their traditions and everything dear to them have been shaken by Harmony's master-computer, the Over Soul. Even this story reminds me a lot of the books of Genesis and Exodus in the Bible with themes and even characters that are closely modelled on the Biblical narrative, with one or two interesting twists. I really hope the next book will not disappoint.

    4 of 4 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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    "And God will bring thee into his presents"

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan 08-06-15
    Ivan 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What a great book in this series"

    It's a thrilling book in this saga, it has its lows and ups but in general a great great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 06-11-15
    Dan 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent continuation of the series!"

    This book is intriguing in terms of its exploration of more of the planet Harmony, its deeper portrayal of the Oversoul, and its long-overdue introduction of both new characters and new technology.

    The story here is just as good as books 1 and 2. Card's consistently stellar writing definitely makes this whole series a worthwhile read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cheri 05-31-15
    cheri 05-31-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story."

    Love the story and character development. Really brings home true people and group challengers while telling a great story. Thanks





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Garrett 04-12-15
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    "More action please."

    Narrator is great. Story lacks some action scenes. Even in the action scenes, there is so much focus on the interpersonal interactions that it takes away from the details of the moment. Aside from that, it's a good listen.

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    D Robinson illinois 01-06-15
    D Robinson illinois 01-06-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Good enough"

    I liked the previous books in this series and this one was good enough to finish but the formula was showing a bit.

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    Ted Bloomington, IN, USA 05-31-10
    Ted Bloomington, IN, USA 05-31-10
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    "Enjoyed the journey"

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this considering I knew this was going to be about a long land crossing. I found the plot engaging and not preachy. There was also a twist for one of the characters that I certainly wasn't expecting; I'm glad Card included it.

    There was one repeated sentence, but otherwise, a clear, expressive narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 09-04-16
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 09-04-16 Listener Since 2005

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

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    "Chick flick in a lame syfi setting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Chicks will like this book much more. It is funny, and personable, with overly developed characters. I mean you know what they were thinking when they were 5 years old, and 6, and 7, and 8, etc....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Yes, Orson Scott Card has other Syfi that is really great, and some that are a stinkfest! He is the king of: 'I'll take this little story and stretch it into 5 books by filling it with inane back story, and what everybody thinks about everything that I can imagine, to fill this book so full of what is 'NOT' Syfi, that only chicks that love touchy, feely, funny, personal, emotional, stuff will not vomit!!!'


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudnicki is one of the best narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS IS NOT SYFI Orson Scott Card!!!! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE LASER BEAMS!!!! YOU BORE THE SH*T OUT OF ME!!!!!

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