The Ships of Earth

  • Author Orson Scott Card
  • Narrator Stefan Rudnicki
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 12 hours and 47 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Science fiction.

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “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

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