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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (30 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: April 2008 ISBN: 9781455192816
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High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As always, Mr. Card writes with energy and conviction.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “I'm hooked…A thoroughly enjoyable piece of storytelling. What the heck—bring on number two."

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Card is a master storyteller, and The Memory of Earth is eminently readable.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Rudnicki’s pace is steady and even. His narration has a light touch that is sensitive to the nuances of the prose. The characters are primary in this book, and Rudnicki reflects their personalities and the complexities of their relationships. He’s a consummate storyteller who is at home with the tale he tells.”

    Audiofile

  • “One of the genre’s most convincing storytellers.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Card] writes fluently and persuasively.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirby | 2/18/2014

    " One of Card's more bland series. Ender's Game and the next two or three were excellent, so was the Alvin Maker series. I think, maybe because this was some of Card's earlier work, it just seemed a little flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 2/11/2014

    " Great book hands down. Written like the Ender books, but refreshing because the people in it are "normal" intelligent instead of super genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yosh Waters | 2/11/2014

    " Card is probably the biggest influence on me in SF because I'm a big fan of the Ender series... but that doesn't mean I love everything about all of his work. The Memory of Earth, for example, is a great read... but may require a little patience, as it is just ramping up to a bigger overall story. Very much worth looking into I'd say, giving it a shot, and then decide if you want to continue with the series - I myself went on to the 2nd book but got sidetracked somewhere and will have to pick it up again sometime. Don't expect a lot of tech in this story - Card seems to be doing a sort of futuristic retelling of Mormon history(he's a mormon himself) and part of that seems to be relating technology to celestial power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qweengoober | 1/31/2014

    " This is an interesting series since the plot is based on part of the Book of Mormon. He's taken some of the events and characters and placed them in a sci-fi world. I found it insightful and interesting. It made me think. We are encouraged to apply the scriptures to our own lives. Seeing the story in a different way helped me to see things in it that I hadn't seen before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rdaneel | 1/23/2014

    " eBook Purchase Date: February 26, 2013 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/19/2014

    " This is a really cool science fiction world. It is also a retelling of the Book of Mormon. I didn't notice as a teenager, but when I reread this as an adult I'm creeped out by the ages of the characters (two major characters get married at 12 and 13!). Still, interesting story, mostly pretty well fleshed-out characters, and neat thoughts on sentience and religion that you wouldn't necessarily expect from a conservative and devoutly religious writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 1/17/2014

    " I would actually have rated this four or even five stars if it weren't for the rest of the series. It was half-way through the third or fourth book where I finally had to just put it down. THIS WAS THE VERY FIRST TIME I'VE EVER NOT FINISHED A BOOK OR SERIES!!!! I am usually one to push through no matter what and see what happens, but in this series I barely glanced at the back, I just didn't care anymore. What was a great start slowly fizzles out. I definitely suggest his Ender Series, and I still think that Card is one of the greatest character authors of any time....but I will always remember this series as my first failure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremiah Mcenerney | 1/15/2014

    " I listened to it. If I hear the word, Oversoul, one more time, i should screen. I have heard that term used soooo much in the book. I kept listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patiki | 1/15/2014

    " Another one that I loved as a little girl. But I started getting suspicious toward the end of this book. Now I think the book should be taken out and shot. But I have to give it props since I liked it as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 1/14/2014

    " I don't agree with his political/religious views, but damn this man can write. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Asher | 12/31/2013

    " I did actually read some more of the Homecoming Books, but i gave up somewhere in the middle because it is simply bad "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 11/30/2013

    " Zzzzzzzz....I wish I had double speed when I listened to this one. There's how many more books in this series? No thank you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 11/6/2013

    " It took long to pick up the pace, but it ran to a swift and satisfying conclusion. This books sets up the beginning of the journey and the reason for it. While it is a retelling of the Book of Mormon, it does this without being too preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomi | 7/16/2013

    " enjoyed enough to continue the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/8/2013

    " So compelling, couldn't stop listening to it.Up until two and then more at 8 am. That's a great story and OSC is the master of storytelling which is why audio works so well with this tale. Harmony is destroyed by power wealth and corruption after years of protection from evil influences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/23/2013

    " There are MANY similarities in this book as to some of his other novels (Ender's Game), but overall...still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 11/20/2012

    " A thinly disguised rewriting of the Book of Mormon. Beautifully done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 6/9/2012

    " I've tried to get going on this twice and just can't do it. The main plot looks like I would love it, but there's a huge sexual theme in the culture of the people and in the banter between the brothers that is too annoying for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/10/2012

    " This series is okay but seemed to loose some steam. It is interesting to hear the plot of the Book of Mormon turned sci-fi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 9/4/2011

    " I loved this series as a kid, though now that I know Orson Scott Card is a nasty LDS homophobe, and that this series is, essentially, a re-telling of the Book of Mormon, I'm much less interested/impressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 6/4/2011

    " Could not compare to Ender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lissa | 6/1/2011

    " I liked the Ender's series better, but this one is off to a good start. The whole idea of how the male/female relationships work in Basilica is very interesting to me, as well as the Oversoul and how it is protecting people from themselves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chip | 5/3/2011

    " Couldn't finish this one. I'm not a fan of series that tell the same story as one I've already read (just in a different setting). I marked it as read so I don't make the same mistake of picking this one up again. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalyn | 4/14/2011

    " It was a slow read. It began to pick up towards the end, but then it was finished too quickly. Also, I'm not sure if this is a defect of the kindle, but the device routinely misspelled words, making it difficult to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathaniel | 4/13/2011

    " I loved this book. I have been unable to find the rest of the series at any of my local libraries, but I continue to try to find it so I can finish the series. Great book by an author that I have always enjoyed reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wulfansur | 3/15/2011

    " It was well written but unfortunately the story drags a little. Very predictable and a little to convenient at times, still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 3/6/2011

    " A decent book written by the master author Orson Scott Card. Follows the plot of the Book of Mormon closely "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 3/5/2011

    " Problem was I already knew the plot since I'd read the book of mormon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/19/2011

    " I really like Card. it's easy to get sucked up into his books. This wasn't as enthralling as Enders Game but still made me want to pick up the rest of the series. on to book 2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/6/2011

    " I enjoyed each of the books in The Homecoming Series but I read them shortly after joining the LDS church and I found the series especially interesting as the books parallel characters and events from The Book of Mormon. "

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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.