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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,696 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:
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The City of Basilica has fallen. With the continuing failure of the Oversoul, the artificially intelligent guardian computer of the planet Harmony, the human colonists have begun to repeat the devastations of war and conquest wrought on Earth. To repair itself and avert disaster, the Oversoul has called a group of sixteen refugees from the fallen city of Basilica to a hidden, abandoned spaceport where the ancient starships lie. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes and cross the wide continents, guided by the voice of the Oversoul, to await the command to prepare the great interstellar ships for flight again. But among this group, not all have chosen their exile, and the angry resentment of those who were forced to join will make the difficult journey harder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers of The Ships of Earth will find the book rising to Card’s usual high level, with scenes of enormous power.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This is Card doing what he does best…he reaches for the heartstrings.”


  • “Card weaves thoughts on such matters as religion, tradition, and the needs of the community versus those of the individual…Card posits no simplistic answers, and the series continues to be interesting and provocative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stefan Rudnicki tells the story of this journey with a deep, luxurious voice that lends the story a rich authority…Rudnicki’s delivery of the different personalities is judicious. He’s careful not to depict the characters as either good or bad, and this nuance reinforces a central idea in the book: that every member of the group is important for the salvation of the whole. Reconciling differences is imperative not only for their survival, but for the destiny of humankind.”


  • “The book rises to great power…Card [is] one of the genuinely towering talents working in science fiction today…this volume carries forward a superior story.”


  • “[A] well-turned series, with intriguing ideas, well-developed characters and setting, and a plot huge enough to satisfy the most extravagant tastes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brendan Powell | 2/15/2014

    " Good read...I'm warming up to this series...now that more technology is involved. I'm looking forward to the next two books! It looks like it's going to get great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 2/14/2014

    " This series gets better as it moves along. In this volume, Volemak leads his family into the desert under the direction of the Oversoul, a satellite computer which was created to prevent mankind from recreating the destruction of earth society on their new home of Harmony. The Oversoul's systems continue to fail allowing the extremes of violence to return to Harmony and he/she has chosen to rescue a select family to return to Earth. The dichotomies between those who choose the right and those who rebel become more pronounced in this volume and Card gives the reader a good deal of intrigue along the way as Elemak constantly plots the death of his younger brother, Nafai. Likewise, Nafai deals with the frustrations of trying to be the stronger person and reach out with the hand of forgiveness. Eventually, the conflict reaches a climax when the group reach the ancient spaceport and the Oversoul's long foretold journey to Earth begins. Card does a great job of creating strong and compelling characters and this book is a nice example of his skill in that area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clariece Munsey | 2/5/2014

    " Unfortunately, this third installment in a promising series looses steam and gains the same preachy feel that Card's series have a tendency to take on in the later books. But, hey, if you like a good dose of faith in god with your science fiction, go for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott Sheaffer | 1/25/2014

    " Perhaps my favorite in the series so far. Loved the image of gold and silver strands connecting us with the strand thickness representing the family, trust loyalty and love strength of those connections. The family bickering gets a bit monotonous but then again I suspect it should as it's apparently a large part of a key point of the series. "

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