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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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Great Prequel for Enders Game series!

I am so glad I stumbled onto Orsen Scott Card. I started with Enders Game and went chronologically through to Children of the Mind. Xenocide was my favorite so far (from a physics perspective) but this one was the most exciting. Can't wait to start the next one!

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Extremely dull

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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Nice and fluid stroytelling

He rocks scifi writing! Gonna listen all I can from this saga! Book one leaves you on the edge, need book 2 right now!

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well rounded narrative, great book

I am bias to Orson's books. the changing of the narrators based on who's viewpoint was happening was fantastic.

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  • Milton
  • Somerville, MA, USA
  • 02-15-15

Meh,...

What did you like best about Earth Unaware? What did you like least?

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.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

A bit overwrought. Inflection that was almost parabolic.

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Very entertaining story

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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Superb Sci Fi for Ender Virgins or Veterans

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.

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Liked it better than Enders

Blew me away how great this book was. I was more captivated by it than I was by ender's game.

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I love listening to the ender series

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

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Meh, seriously meh

I couldn't even find it. First of all the voices. I couldn't stand the people voicing the miners, or anyone else for that matter. Didn't match anyone in my mind. Terrible.
The story wasn't good, but not for nothing, I'm not an Ender fan SK take it for what it's worth.