A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman.
What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....
©2012 Ryk Brown (P)2013 Tantor
Aurora CV-01 is a decent modern sci fi with enough characterization and action to keep one eagerly listening. Although the main character might be a bit much of a cliché (the unique snowflake, glib male version), I still enjoyed the story.
Ethan is the son of a senator and wants as far away from his famous father as possible. He enlists in the fleet - yet despite lackluster scores, manages to be assigned to the fleet's flagship. But he must compete with a very by the book colleague who wants the top position. And a side cast of characters will also have to deal with their own challenges being raw recruits suddenly thrust into an unforgiving situation with an alien threat.
This felt very captain Kirk and the Kobayashi Maru - the man whose instincts and daring are far more important than by-the-book learning and so can compensate for any situation. Of course, this is a very male-driven book - all the women are 'hotties' and antagonize or sleep with the male characters providing titlation. It was very nun or whore - and as a female myself, it would have been nice to see the women as people and not objects to bag or be annoyed by.
In the end, I did enjoy this first book in the series and felt the Audible narrator did a decent job.
Yes, I am especially disappointed in these book companies or worse authors find it necessary to split one book into two and charge you as if it were four.
Narrator is good.
Move it along a little quicker.
This is a decent storyline and what. However wher is the prequel beginning of the story.
What caused the world collapse, when did the plague hit. Wheren and where did theJund come from?
How did the data disks get stored and found. Any book shorter than 6 hours is a $7 book.
The general storyline is good and pretty original. I disliked the lack of reality in the space battles. (like starwars)
No first time.
There is a scene where the ship pops up in the middle of a battle.
The story was a good, though I think the author lacked the concept of physics. The story writes like a star wars or star trek movie. The space battles and flight are very one dimensional, and they don't take in account speed and time dialation. A ship flying at .8 the speed of light isn't going to see anyting out the viewport, or fire and track laser fire. If he would have made it a bit more realistic, like some of the better science fiction authors, it could have been exelent. I tended to roll my eyes in some of the space scenes and wish the author would have done his homework.
PS, the later stories in the series are better, though he still is way off reality when it comes to space and time.
I would love to read the rest of this series, but not at these prices. Audible should run a sale on this series
Ryk Brown's first book into the Frontiers Saga is a winner. The story introduces us to the young crew of the Aurora as they are forced to take control of the ship after an experiment with a new faster than light propulsion system leaves the experienced officers dead or injured. The story is fast moving with just enough back story to give you some feeling for the characters. I can't wait to listen to next chapters in this saga.
Aurora is a classic space exploration book about a untested and untested crew on a space ship, throw into an improbably scenario and an impossible situation.
First of all the narration of the book is excellent, clear engaging voice that manage to differentiate the characters from each other and there were to me no glaring hiccups in pronunciation. All in all a better then average reading of the book.
The story has an engaging setting with many potentially interesting connection between the main character and the rest of the characters introduced early creating a somewhat interesting background for the story. Despite this excellent start this is soon dropped and the other characters are either presented as potential love interests or are fairly quickly relegated to semi obscurity in favor of a wealth of female characters that, while potentially strong and individual characters, are more defined by their social relationship with the main character then by their own merits. This character presentation is a bit of a shame as there are several character that have the potential to be interesting but fails to become so as soon as they have been fully introduced to the reader.
While the story starts out engaging it soon falls into a pattern that seems more like the first episode of a star trek show then anything else, while certainly not full and there is plenty of events happening around the characters, the author fails to be original in the story and there were very few surprises for me at any point in the book. That said I will recommend this story to anyone whom wants to experience a story with strong star trek like feel, that focuses around the struggles and discoveries of a captain and his senior crew (first officer, tactical officer, chief engineer, a scientist, and a few minor a science officer and a medical officer), this first book also introduces a group of rebels under the leadership of a Merrick and his translator/second in command the mysterious green-eyed woman.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
good story. some say it familiar but its really good. listened to in 3 days very easy to follow great audiobook
captain od aurura and Nate
its worth it if you like battlestar galactica etc. i would do it if I were you
While the performance of Jeffrey is pretty good and the story is decent, the overall feel of the book is pretty shallow. It feels more like a part one of a larger book where you have to continue with the rest of the series in order to get a complete book.
Too expensive for what you get.
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
I bought all the books in the series and have enjoyed listening to them. I think I might listen to them more than once. Jeffrey Kafer's performance is also very good.
Born with earbuds.
I have read all 10 books in the series and liked them all. The first two books are a little too cutesy in places--apparently the author thinks this is adding to the book when it's actually taking away. While it's great that the main character is a "natural" rather than the book learning type, he takes a little too much continual dufus pride in this. Also, fiction seems to be littered with characters that do what needs to be done and then fret about it like a little school child. While I dig characters with emotional depth, the books occasionally go overboard.
Also there's a Messiah gimmick which is pretty cheesy at times and may scare the reader that the books are going to go "Left Behind" which they thankfully don't. If the books didn't keep me interested with battles, espionage, and intergalactic diplomacy, I might have been more annoyed. At some points the military aspects are pretty inauthentic, but at times they are very well done. All-in-all these are better than average, although not exceptional SciFi. I actually found them better than the Lost Fleet books I read because I found the main character in those to be somewhat of a caricature, but I respect those that disagree.
"Great story, despite being occasionaly repetitive"
Yes - It is a compelling story, full of interesting characters and situations, which draws you in. Perfect for a journey.
Not so much a book I can think of, but it is very similar to the plot of the first 2 episodes of Star Trek- Voyager - in the best possible way.
The tempo at which he reads puts you in mind of the procedures of a military vessel- regular and polished.
The passing of command
Its a good listen for people who enjoy a good bit of space exploration in their science fiction - give it a go
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