Lasted a few hours through the book, but the narrator's performance was very underwhelming for me and ruined the experience
I usually love Orson Scott Card, but this book (especially the narrator) didn't grab me
I've been spoiled by Audible's seemingly standard of voice actors who have been amazing, do voices for characters etc. This one seemed monotonous in comparison
I didn't have high expectations of this series after the degradation of the Ender's series, but I was proven wrong. It's an exciting, action packed, and well written story. The audio performance is also excellent.
This is a great story for any science fiction fan. Orson Scott Card does a fantastic job and the voice acting is amazing. Great story however it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. So watch out. Your going to want to buy the second book in the series.
I listened to all 14 hours of this book in two days. It starts out slow, but once the narrative gets into your system you won't be able to stop. Your family will find you curled up on your front porch with a rubber band around your arm and a needle pumping Earth Unaware directly into your veins.
A prequel to one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time, Earth Unaware details the events leading up to The First Formic War. The tension slowly builds until it is so thick you could climb it like a staircase. A finely crafted universe will engross and envelop you completely. An array of memorable characters grant you multiple perspectives into the events. You will share their terror, celebrate their bravery, feel their pain.
The narration is the weakest element of this audiobook. The book is narrated by an ensemble cast, but not in the way you might think. You won't have a conversation between X and Y where one narrator reads X's lines and another reads Y's lines. Instead, one narrator reads each chapter that takes place from X's perspective and another reads each chapter that takes place from Y's perspective. This is jarring and I found myself taking a few minutes to adjust each time the book switched narrators.
Eventually there are more perspectives than narrators and you start to get narrators re-used for different perspectives, which is even more jarring.
For the most part, the narrators are not masters of their craft. They are passable, but not exceptional. Most of them have very limited range, unable to use distinctive voices for different characters. Several tend to use strange accents for their characters; one in particular sounds a little too close to Droopy the cartoon dog. The narrator for Victor is almost fine, except that when he's reading narration (as opposed to voices) he tends to slowly drop his pitch over the course of each sentence, as if he is perpetually disappointed.
These aren't Card's most interesting characters - some of them tread a little close to having stock personalities - but I think that works with the narrative because it shows us ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
Oh this book is so easy to listen to! the narrator's do a fantastic job splitting up the scenes to let you easily know where you are (good because there are a few different stories going on at the same time). There was one part where you're in the perspective of a teenage girl and it honestly gets a little annoying with how much she complains, coupled with the narrator being very good at mimicking a teenage girl complaining. It's only about 10 minutes and if you power through that 10 minutes it's an amazing story! can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
Filling in the backstory from the First Formic War
Mazer Rackam performed by Stefan Rudnicki
The narrators pronouncing some of the in-universe words or names differently than other narrators was off-putting.
Orson Scott Card lays the groundwork for the Formic Wars and ultimately Enders Game. Listening to this book whets my appetite to read the entire series, including Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow series. This book sets up the rest of the story but has enough action on its own to keep the listener's attention throughout. A must read if you liked Ender's Game and wondered how it all began.
I have read or listened to nearly all of the Enderverse, but I had not made my way to this series yet. I am so glad I did. This is one of Orson Scott Card's best books. Within the first chapter he crafts an entirely new human society and it only gets better from there. Give it a listen. You won't regret it.
I loves the different narrators for each of the characters although the one for Lem made me think he was quite old and he is not. The story kept me entertained and I kept wondering what might happen next. The end of the book left me very excited to read the 2nd in the series