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2.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 5 2.83 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Homecoming Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455192847
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When war broke out on the planet Harmony, the Oversoul of that colonized world selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now the tribe is ready at last to take a ship to the stars, but from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Wetchik’s sons, Nafai and Elemak. On board the starship Basilica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth. Each faction is making secret plans to awaken the children early from the cold-sleep capsules in which they will pass the decades-long journey, hoping to gain years of influence on their minds and win their loyalty. But the Oversoul is truly in control of this journey, and only the son who wears the cloak of the starmaster really understands what this will mean to all their plans for the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This action-packed, plot-rich installment features Card’s typical virtues: well-drawn characters and a story driven by complex moral issues.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stefan Rudnicki has a particular facility with the often unpronounceable names…This is for all lovers of human migration fantasy and those who love sci-fi with a spiritual bent.”

    AudioFile

  • “Stefan Rudnicki has a particular facility with the often unpronounceable names made famous—and sometimes tedious—by fantasy and sci-fi authors. Almost entirely because of his talent, it's relatively easy for the listener to follow the intricate plots and subplots fairly overflowing in this epic. The sometimes fast-paced adventure is woven with slower subplots. Rudnicki's pacing matches up so well that we actually feel time passing as the returning starship transits the multigenerational distance necessary to return to Earth. This is for all lovers of human migration fantasy and those who love sci-fi with a spiritual bent.”

    AudioFile

  • “[Card’s] literary gifts and philosophical turn of mind continue to carry [this saga] on at a very high level.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred D | 2/20/2014

    " Finally the family has left Harmony and travels to Earth! It took them long enough. This book continues the Homecoming Trilogy. Equally good. See my review of Memory of Earth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arwen | 2/19/2014

    " Fun but the Book of Mormon did it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 2/16/2014

    " this one wasn't as good as the others. the sentient rats and bats seemed random. maybe i would have liked it more had i read it instead of listened. it just seemed more of the same with not much gained in the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/26/2014

    " Not as good as the first three in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 1/20/2014

    " There were things I really liked about this book, but I got extremely tired of having to read over and over Nafai's whining about how unworthy he was and how much he wanted his brother Elemak to love him back. Also, the fact that people were still saying Nafai was so young even when he obviously wasn't was asinine. I enjoyed the first three much more and hope that the last one isn't such a disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Hyatt | 1/20/2014

    " This continued story in this 4th book did not lose any momentum at all. Not even with three generations. it gets hard to keep track of who's who. But Card is so talented in making you aquatinted with the people and personalities. As the book ends, it seems like it is the end of the series. Card raps it up well. But, there is a fifth book and I just found it in the library. Till my comments on the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " The third book started off great, but by the time I was knee deep in the book it was getting repetitive, and not branching out to knew obstacles. I was a little disappointed after reading the other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keldon | 12/27/2013

    " Not a bad book, but not a great one either. A badly disguised space adaptation of The Book of Mormon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Meeks | 12/26/2013

    " It was alright, interesting to see how he develops the story line. Ending wasn't as good as 2nd and 3rd book. Hopefully he will pull it all together for the 5th book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 12/4/2013

    " I don't get the angels/diggers thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Mcgovern | 11/22/2013

    " Cool new characters. Very creative but should probably be 100 pages shorter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randa | 10/21/2013

    " While I enjoyed the theory of the saga, I was tired by the time I reached this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 9/22/2013

    " Boo. Very boo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 11/4/2012

    " Good book; nice to see the progress being made from Harmony to Earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/10/2012

    " Earthfall (Homecoming Saga) by Orson Scott Card (1996) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 8/31/2012

    " I mean, could this be any more of a blatant copy of the BOM? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Royce | 8/1/2012

    " Read half, not my cup of tea:( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/3/2012

    " This book was a marked improvement from the previous one, though still not that great. I do like how Orson Scott Card gets back into his niche of multiple sentient species occupying the same space on a planet. He does that pretty well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/29/2012

    " A little better than the previous one. Not as good as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/27/2012

    " The cover is comical. But I think this is my favorite of the series... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke Chaffee | 1/17/2012

    " I actually disliked this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessie | 12/31/2011

    " So disappointed. Card's interesting plots and engaging characterizations are lost as he attempts to draw too many religious parallels. I hated this series and I found this book to be the worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 samuel | 11/15/2011

    " yeah, mr. orson scott, i see how you start getting tired of this series... you can feel it in your writing, no doubt, its preety amazing you wrote earthborn after this, because after this one, i was pretty bored myself... took too long to get to earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baqash | 7/30/2011

    " good until 4/5 through blatantly borrowing, qnd switching from character to escalating plot to bring a conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddy | 6/28/2011

    " This one got a little confusing with the strange names and naming conventions, but overall it was an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/20/2011

    " Good book; nice to see the progress being made from Harmony to Earth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mukta | 10/20/2010

    " The 4th book leads us to Earth. We learn of the conflict between the angels and the diggers and how their lives are symbiotic.
    The two tribes of Earth become firmly divided between Nafai and Elemak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 6/24/2010

    " Finished the 4th book in the series today. There were many aspects of this book that I liked more than in the other books. Looking forward to starting book 5 on my way home this evening~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 6/13/2010

    " It was alright, interesting to see how he develops the story line. Ending wasn't as good as 2nd and 3rd book. Hopefully he will pull it all together for the 5th book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddy | 11/8/2009

    " This one got a little confusing with the strange names and naming conventions, but overall it was an interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 8/7/2009

    " October 13, 2007
    October 16, 2007 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/29/2009

    " Earthfall (Homecoming Saga) by Orson Scott Card (1996) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 5/4/2009

    " The third book started off great, but by the time I was knee deep in the book it was getting repetitive, and not branching out to knew obstacles. I was a little disappointed after reading the other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 4/25/2009

    " It seemed like Card was in a hurry. It's not that he didn't have a good plot and great characters. It's more like he just didn't bother to take the detail to portray both to its greatest potential. Therefore, it is the stories of the previous books in the series that carry this story through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/13/2009

    " The cover is comical. But I think this is my favorite of the series... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randa | 4/13/2009

    " While I enjoyed the theory of the saga, I was tired by the time I reached this book. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.