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The Swarm Audiobook

The Swarm

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Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm.

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster.

Earth has been reorganized for defense. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There's a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self-interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado, and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War?

Full cast of narrators includes Susan Hanfield, Emily Rankin, Orson Scott Card, and Aaron Johnston.

©2016 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    GWcritic 08-03-16
    GWcritic 08-03-16
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    "Very good, just hope we can finish the saga"

    Once again, the story is addictive. I just hope we can get to the end in less than 3 years.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katy Troe 08-09-16
    Katy Troe 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Extremely happy"

    This was a marathon for me, done so quick. it was right in line and properly throughout. now back to the beginning!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric A. Smalling Euless, TX USA 09-02-16
    Eric A. Smalling Euless, TX USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2016

    eric_n_dfw

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    "Interesting, but feels unnecessarily drawn out"
    What did you like best about The Swarm? What did you like least?

    Liked best: the parts of the story were those that actually dealt with the Formics strategy and actions, also the politics of the I.F. were interesting.

    Liked least: Without giving away too much, there is a character in this book that magically discerns far too much about things that previously only were discovered in the far future according to other Ender/Shadow books. SPOILER ALERT: Specifically, the philotic connections between things; they were just figuring that out hundreds of years in the future according to the Ender/Shadow books, but somehow a person on Earth before the second war theorizes it? Not likely.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get rid of the above mentioned character that knows way too much about the Formic's capabilities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one (on the peanut shaped asteroid)


    Was The Swarm worth the listening time?

    Not really. Many times, it felt like the authors are stretching one book into two or three. (seems to be a pattern in the last several books in the Enderverse)


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to and/or read all of the books so I'm sure I'll get the next ones but I sure wish they would finish a story instead of adding filler to sell 2 or 3 books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-11-16
    David 08-11-16
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    "Ok But not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was better than watching TV. A stand alone series would be better than one that relies on other books.


    Has The Swarm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some good, some not so good


    Did The Swarm inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Fair story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel A. Dennett Warrenton, VA, USA 09-20-16
    Daniel A. Dennett Warrenton, VA, USA 09-20-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Great for a theoretical physics geek"

    I think what interests me most about Scott Card's books are the ideas or theories he presents and work to help you understand. It is true that sometime the explanations can make to story drag if you aren't interested it them but I am and they make the story that much more interesting. It was predictable what was going to be in the asteroids but was suprised by what else was in them (hope that doesn't give too much away).
    Another great book and I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonny Gay Salt Lake City, UT United States 09-18-16
    Jonny Gay Salt Lake City, UT United States 09-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Formic wars! Great story."

    Great story! I've been looking forward to this book since I read the last of the first formic War. I knew I would love it and I did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Apex, NC, United States 09-07-16
    Tom Apex, NC, United States 09-07-16 Member Since 2004
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    "Not great, but worth a credit if you're invested"

    If you have read every other book in the Enderverse, then, by all means get this book. But be warned that it goes on for 18 hours and there is little substance. Its mostly character building, which can be substance, but I felt the character building was rather basic.

    The think I like about many Enderverse books is how people are put into extremely difficult situations, and by using their minds, flourish. While this happened once or twice, they were short lived.

    I was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Fratarcangelo 08-26-16 Member Since 2014

    Author - "In Plain English

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    "Classic Orson Scott Card"

    I recommend this book to anyone who has read the Ender series. I look forward to the next book that will be about Bean's children

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shaneseggar 08-17-16
    shaneseggar 08-17-16
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    "Needs another edit"

    The relationship details between Victor and Imalia was poorly written and way too protracted. I wanted to strangle the authors for wasting my time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 11-26-16
    Dawn 11-26-16 Member Since 2006
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    "excellent and tedious"

    I am a big fan of the series. This book advances the action of the last two and has good character development, but often overdrawn and tedious. over all good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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