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.
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.
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.
The author needs to develop an understanding of physics and how vast the Universe is, both in distance and time. You don't just randomly bump into people out in the great dark beyond like you might if you went to the market for cheerios and milk.
The amount of energy needed to accelerate a spacecraft to the velocities involved in the space battles far exceeds the energy output of nuclear warheads.
I was disappointed with how nuclear devices were used as a weapon system to produce an overpressure shock wave as if in an atmosphere to cause physical damage to spacecraft. Where are the bomb pumped x-ray lasers. How about a focused or directed electromagnetic pulse or a neutron bomb like weapon?
Kinetic energy is plenty to do the job if you seek to render spacecraft inoperable. Consider how dangerous even a cloud of sand would be when moving even at the slow velocities of spacecraft in planetary orbits, now adjust that for relativistic velocities.
I was disappointed with his use of an asteroid field. Please... A star system is a huge place to hide in, remember you do not have to remain in the plane of the ecliptic.
Torpedo tubes? Why not external or even internal hard points if stealth needs to be maintained. How about some variant of Metalstorm, a much more believable concept.
Antimatter reactor as power source for a spacecraft? Okay, why not antimatter particle beam weapons?
What kind of research scientist does NOT back up their data off site? No matter how paranoid they (or their government funders) are? They didn't build just ONE atom bomb with the Manhattan Project. That was a very weak plot device. I call B.S. on that one.
Probably, in spite of the requisite suspension of disbelief, it was a fun story.
Kudos for the different aliens with their different cultures and outlooks.
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.
Aurora: CV-01 is an acceptable book, a science fiction beach read. The characters are shallow. The writing is mostly tell, not much show. The plot and concept are good.
Narrator Jeffrey Kafer does a passable job on this book, with the exception of his horrible Russian accent. He plows through the content like a bull dog. His narration does little to enhance the characters, but is acceptable.
If you don't listen to a lot of audiobooks, you can probably find something better. With that said, this book is fine if you have an extra credit and some extra time.
I would love to read the rest of this series, but not at these prices. Audible should run a sale on this series
Sounded like it could be a fun story and I was pleasantly surprised it was. Nice action and good story. Characters are fun it will be interesting to see who they can trust or who they shouldnt trust.
"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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