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Earth Unaware Audiobook

Earth Unaware

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The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.

©2012 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Richard Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-13-13
    Richard Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Were is the rest of my book?"
    Any additional comments?

    I know the current trend is to break a book into as many parts as possible so that publishers can make as much money as possible, but nowhere does it say that this is only part one. Everything is left hanging. I would have waited until the other parts were available. If you are going to do this at least give us warning please.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Indiana Geek 09-26-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Orson Scott Card Does It Again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is just as good as the books that it is meant to come before in the Ender series. It is very well written and with a very positive and I think realistic view of the human condition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Unaware?

    I loved the part where Wit whips the regular troops using only 9 of his MOPS. This combined with the fact that Wit has rejected the future hero of the Formic Wars, Mazer Rakem, to become a MOP.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance of the narrators is excellent throughout the book. They bring just the right emotions and flavor to the story to make things seem even more vibrant that when I read this on my own.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed listening to this book a few minutes at a time. It allowed me to savor the experience.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Massey Kennesaw 09-02-12
    A. Massey Kennesaw 09-02-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent Prequel to Ender's Game"

    I always wanted to read about the beginning of the Formic war that takes place prior to Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card has delivered a wonderful account of the events leading up to the war here in Earth Unaware. As always Mr Card is able to create very believable characters that drive the story. The science is bit contrived and the technology described for the asteroid miners does not always hold together or even make sense (in one scene a space craft is "stopped" so repairs can be made then re-accelerated again). But overall I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to next book from Mr Card in this current series. Yes, Earth Unaware ends just when things are about to get very interesting for Earth.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 08-02-12
    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 08-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Retired but still consulting.

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    "Intro"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    Yeah, probably


    What could Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made this book the first four chapters of the real book about the ant wars. I really thought there must be another download. Then felt like I had wasted a lot of time on this one.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Philadelphia, PA, USA 07-29-12
    Judith Philadelphia, PA, USA 07-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "one of the best books since Ender's Shadow"

    It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 07-04-13
    Elle OREGON 07-04-13

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Mediocre Romance/ SF.... a real MEH"

    I'm a long time SiFi reader-55 years of SiFi from the old masters to new SiFi tech but I never got into the Ender-World. I really didn't enjoy the series offerings in SiFi after reading a couple of long, multi-book SiFi / fantasy books.

    That means I came to this book with no sense of need for it to fulfill some unknown 'history' in the Ender-verse. I got to read/listen to this novel and take it on its own not as a prequel to a series I'd already read.

    The writing is underwhelming though the narrators tried to salvage what came off as a real YA entry into SiFi. Much was devoted to the romantic longings of a pair of youngsters from the mining ships whose draconian "Marry the woman off no matter what her desires" sounds like it came from pre-feminist authors. Hasn't Card learned that women arent chattel? I found this verging on offensive and having a woman 'Captain' didn't help at all.

    Does it lead me to buy the follow up book? Well, reading reviews I saw that both books needed to be taken as a single book so yes-I'm already listening to 'Earth Afire'.

    "SPOILER AHEAD" I really hope some character development is shown with one of the 2 remaining characters (a teen from one of the destroyed mining ships and the spoiled son of a mining corporation)END SPOILER

    I'll see what happens and then decide on buying the Ender books but for now-I'm unimpressed.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-13-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-13-17 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Good but no Ender and a lot of padding"

    I read the first three books in this prequel-series and they were good, but have a lot of padding. These three books could definitely have been one, significantly better, novel by cutting fluff. Even with the fluff these were better than most in the genre but nothing close to Ender's Game. If you love the series these are fine. but don't really stand on their own.

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    05-30-17
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    "Excellent"

    lloved it. very nice acting. Excellent book. Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite writers.

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    Robert 04-30-17
    Robert 04-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "DUDE O.O"

    This could be an actual performance instead of "just a book"; i didn't like that they had so many characters spoken by a single voice when i felt like i could actually see their faces, and i guess that the only thing i didn't like is how this is only the first book in a series and it cost more than $12

    i swear I've met concepcion before

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    David Beers 04-23-17
    David Beers 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Calssic Orson novel"

    I read some of the reviews, and it seems there are two camps. One people who love it, two people who hate it. There doesn't seem to be much in between.

    Well I think this recording of his book was excellent, the writing was well done. You get to know the characters really well, with awesome character development for the second book. It certainly lead me to the desire to read earth a fire. Just to find out what happens to all of the characters.
    If you've been a fan of the enders game series, I think you will really enjoy this book and the others to follow

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