This book was not what I expected after reading all of the Ender and Shadow series by Orson Scott Card. In fact, this seems like a completely different writer who has no flair for entertaining an audience. I'm not sure if Orson Scott Card has lost his touch or if this new set of prequel books is simply a cash grab. The book just was not enjoyable. It was very very boring. You spend most of the book learning about some miners who float around in space pretty much doing nothing. The craziest part is that Mazer Rackham as a young soldier is introduced and then never really revisited. That was the only interesting part of the book were the combat training missions with Rackham. None of the other characters are memorable and you're never really led to care about any of them except for the case where there's one potential love story that is very quickly quashed and never has a chance to come to fruition. Unfortunately, I've already downloaded the other two prequel books in the series so I guess I'll be listening to those at some point but I'm definitely going to need a break from Card's newest works. It's unfortunate because I'm such a huge fan of the Ender universe and of Card, but I just couldn't bring myself to be entertained by this no matter how hard I tried.
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He rocks scifi writing! Gonna listen all I can from this saga! Book one leaves you on the edge, need book 2 right now!
Read many of the Ender series. This one drags on, and dwells on the personal dimensions of forgettable characters. Found myself skipping sections which is usually a bad sign.
A bit overwrought. Inflection that was almost parabolic.
I have listened to Stefan Rudnicki in the Warrior of Rome series. He does another typical superb performance in this book as do the other narrators.
I was initially a little hesitant about purchasing this book but after listening to this story I am eagerly anticipating the second story in the series.
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The Formic War trilogy, being the final part of the Ender timeline books left for me to read, is going to be held to a higher standard. That being said, first time readers of Card, or sci fi in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.
The voice acting was superb. I thought Lem Jukes was perhaps overdone at times, as was 'Chubs', but Wit O'Toole was spot on (stern, focused and measured) as were most of the voice actors' performances. The story was action packed and avoided painful cliches expected in a 'first contact' story (for example, inexplicable desire to assume peaceful intent; think crowd on top of building in Independence Day), while also adhering to realistic guidelines (such as general disbelief by population en masse with the exception of a thoughtful few).
I would love to know how much of the action comes from Aaron Johnston, simply bc as fans of the Enders Saga know, Card doesn't generally spend much effort on hand to hand, bloody fights as he does on dialogue and thought provoking inner monologue from his subjects.
Overall, very well executed. Refreshing in style, and entertaining.
All the audio books on the ender series always have a way of painting pictures in my head. They captivate me and I can't stop listening. Earth unaware is by far one of the most exciting books in a long time. It was amazing and enjoyable
It's probably because I'm more of a space opera guy, but I found the story really boring, and the voices used for the story were just awful to my ears. I also just could not get invested in the characters. They left me bored and wondering why I should care. This was the first book I ever listened to and I couldn't finish it. Five chapters to go and I was done. Anyway, if you ,Ike the Ender series, which I particularly don't, I do recommend your purchase, but it just ain't for me.
I only wish that they didn't end the first book the way they did. Without the second book, the first is just beginning. there was no real resolution to the real conflict. I will keep listening.