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Earth Afire

Written by: Orson Scott Card,Aaron Johnston
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye,Arthur Morey,Stefan Rudnicki,Vikas Adam,Gabrielle de Cuir,Roxanne Hernandez,Emily Rankin
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Publisher's Summary

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say


“The gifted Stefan Rudnicki leads a team of talented narrators who do an excellent job of keeping vivid and focused the two-dozen or so characters and multiple locations…Orson Scott Card remains a master storyteller, and each narrator is right there with him as he mixes hard science and psychological insights – right up to the cliff-hanger ending.” —AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

“With a stellar cast of narrators, this prequel to Card's sci-fi classic Ender's Game is a rollicking, rollercoaster ride of an adventure…From the very beginning of this audio edition, the almost nonstop action is delivered perfectly, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats. At the same time, the narrators manage to bring a large and diverse cast of characters to life with a sharply realized array of distinct voices and accents.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The book is great. The voice acting is not

Nearly all of the voice actors are over-acting their parts. struggling to force emotional content that is unrealistic and makes it sound like a children's play.
The actors try too hard to make each voice unique, leading to bizarre and comical characters that totally pull you out of the story and into the vocal studio.
The story and book itself are fantastic, and I would love to hear a more neutral, normal rendition of the audiobook, so that I can use my own imagination to enjoy the book, rather than being forced to accept some actor's interpretation.

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