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
Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings
If you enjoyed Star Trek Voyager and her crew, you'll feel right at home with Aurora. After we get a short history of how humanity on Earth was set back at least 1000 years technologically due to a plague killing most of the population, we find those humans from Earth finally venturing into light speed travel. There is a known territory around the vicinity of Earth filled with humans that already possess FTL travel and belong to an aggressive empire that most fear will soon attack Earth. During Aurora's maiden voyage, there is an accident that causes them to be propelled 1000 light years from earth and become faced with an impossible journey to try and get back home. ( a la Voyager). The crew is forced to come to terms with a new galaxy, new friends and enemies, and it would seem new technology that may help Earth if they ever get back home.
Aurora is not a heavy sci-fi read and feels like watching several episodes of Star Trek at a time. I enjoyed the first book enough to buy the next four in the series to continue the fun, as each book is a bit on the shorter side and you would do well to have the next book in the series ready to go as you'll want to know where the story goes next.
Jeffrey Kafer does a great jpb narrating. After coincidentally listening to several books recently narrated by Mr. Kafer, I found myself browsing a list of his narrations on Audible and found many more sci-fi space operas that I will be picking up soon. It would appear he is a space opera fan himself and has picked many excellent series to narrate that makes our job easier when choosing our next book.
Add this one to your cart if you ready to download many more of the 15 books already available in this series.
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I initially rated this book during one of those times when there were A LOT of other great books to listen to also... So I gave it "4 Stars Across The Board" Instead of 5. Trying to be consistent, I rated the next few books as "4 Stars Across The Board" also, even though each book Mr. Brown put out got a little BETTER! By Book 5, The "5 Stars" began creeping into my ratings of his books... Since Book 9, I've been Hammering "5 Stars Across The Board"!
I just finished book FOURTEEN! I've been giving the books 5 Stars across the board for a while now, and I'm at a point where I'm looking for that SIXTH STAR to tap!!!
I FULLY expected this series to get repetitive and cliche, as in: "Any time we're in trouble, just Jump Away!" NOPE!
Yes, Ryk Brown COULD HAVE easily gone that way, but he doesn't! He uses the "Jump Drive" in ways that INFURIATE the enemy, but he RARELY uses it to let the characters escape a head-on battle, even when "The Good Guys" are facing overwhelming odds! (Of course, where would the "Action" be if he just "Hit And Ran Away" all the time?)
I felt the NEED to point out that the Narration by Jeffrey Kafer is EXCELLENT! This WAS a Narrator I had never heard before, and so I wasn't sure he would be able to keep up with the Fast Paced Action Sequences, time after time, without "Overdoing it".. I also worried that as more and more, AND MORE, Characters were introduced, He wouldn't be able to make each Character's voice "Uniquely Recognizable As THAT Character". NO MORE FEAR ON THOSE POINTS! You know who is speaking even without the obligatory "..Said Nathan.." which is included for "Printed Versions" of the books. You KNOW who is speaking! Mr. Kafer's Narration has been EXCELLENT and VERY Professional right from the start, and if anything, his narration gets BETTER with every new book also! THAT is the Subtle Mark of a true Professional.. as the material gets better, the narration gets better! He brings out THE MOST in what he has to work with, and Ryk Brown is giving him A LOT to work with! ;)
Forget "Stars".. "Star Ratings" can be a subjective opinion based largely on "our mood at the time"... Instead, let's look at it this way: "There have been 14 Books so far... At 'Member Prices', that comes to $240.70!!! Even as an Audible Platinum Member since 2005, Using 'Credits' bought in Lump Sums of '3 to 12 Credits at a time' (PLUS my Normal 'Monthly Audible Platinum Membership Fee'.. which I KEEP even though I also buy Extra Credits in Bulk Amounts.. Hey, I listen to AT LEAST 9-10 books a month, and often many more), I've STILL spent More Than $160.00 (Lets give that the respect it deserves: 'ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY BUX'!) on THIS Series alone! IT'S BEEN WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY!!!!!
I Work *HARD* for my Money! I have a 'PERFECT' Wife, and SEVEN 'Academically Gifted' Children that are HEAVILY involved in everything from "Color Guard" after School, to Robotics, Engineering, and Acting Clubs IN School... Several of my older Children are busy taking care of THEIR families, which include (of course) my THREE Grandchildren (Who may be HERE, OR they may be anywhere else, when the Military stations my Sons-In-Law somewhere else on the globe). *I* USUALLY work AT LEAST 12 hours a day, 7 Days a Week, often 'all over the world'! I'm Retired from the US Army, However, between Running Engineering and Consulting Businesses, and Running our Ranch, I have VERY limited TIME, and I *EARN* EVERY DIME I make the hard way! Needless to say, I don't waste ANY of my TIME or Money!
So If *YOU* believe in "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is", I think the Numbers above speak for themselves, MUCH louder than "Stars"! And I'll HAPPILY give Ryk Brown MORE of my money, AND TIME, whenever he puts out ANOTHER Great Book!
WELL DONE Gentlemen!
I love the story, but breaking the story down into 6 or 7 hour bits, makes me not bother with the remainder of the series. If I am going to use credits, or cash for a story, I want to feel like it is well spent. With this series, I am unable to say that.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Ender's game anyone?
Of course, not nearly as well written.
Bad boy (who is chronologically mature, but written like a teenager) who turns out to be just enough of a rebel that he makes an outstanding leader (i.e. can save the world by thinking outside the box while everyone else (mostly females) are still arguing over what they should do).
If women weren't needed for the males in this story to oogle and have sex (or think about having sex) with, there'd be no women at all in this story.
Or... maybe a more accurate analogy would be a Star Trek episode where Wesley Crusher becomes captain at age 14 but has Kirk's libido. Yes, that sums up the "child-prodigy with chip on his shoulder + let's drool over how hot all the women are in their tight uniforms" tone.
And, other than that... it's a standard, unoriginal sci-fi story that feels like it stole its storyline from a hodgepodge of nearly all the classic sci-fi books written by good authors... minus the part that includes good writing. (i.e. space battles won by dint of boy (err, I mean man) being super talented and lucky, space ships with new tech being sent off on maiden voyage, transluminal spaceship flight to uncharted areas of space, first contact with another planet's inhabitants, etc).
And the farther I get into it, the worse it becomes. I think I read somewhere that this is a first novel... and I hope that is true, because it certainly sounds like a newbie wrote this, fresh after watching a 4 day Star Trek marathon on the Space channel.
The narration is actually quite good. It's the unoriginal storyline and tell-not-show approach that makes this story un-enjoyable. (Oh, and the author jumps from inside one character's thoughts to inside another characters thoughts without any pauses- so we get to see this unoriginal story from everyone's point of view.). Unfortunately, I have the next book in the series already, but I won't be reading it.
There is some adolescent sexual innuendo/sex, but no graphic sex, violence or language.
I was riveted throughout the whole book.
This is a typical "throw the unlikely character into command " book.
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.
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.
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.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
5 stars is great.
4 stars is good.
3 stars is OK.
This is my first book by this author and it is marginal in that it is predictable and formulaic. The plot is implausible in that new graduates from "Space School" would be assuming important and major postings on a completely new class of ship on her maiden voyage -- where in addition a completely new and untested engineering development is to be tested for the first time ever. ____________________________________________________ REALLY? ______________________________😱
"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
"An easy to listen to soap opera"
This is a very easy to listen to soap opera. There is nothing really original in the storyline: group of cadets co-opted onto a ship. Captain dies; cadets take over and set off on a journey through space.
Narration was good. However, it is a story that has been written before and nothing really stands out from the norm.
"really enjoyed it. "
I am not one to usually write reviews but I really dnjoyed this book.
I thought that the story was well written and want to know what happened next.
"Better than expected - a new ship and adventure"
Took a while to set the scene but then engrossing as the ship and crew need to deal with a whole series of challenges and situations that would test the best of us
Can't wait for the next in the series
"Just good fun!"
OK so this series of books is not Hyperion or written by Arthur C Clarke but it is great fun. There is ample humour, technology and characters to keep you listening and bags of action. Unlike some series there is not too much padding i.e. first third of the book is what you read last book, next third is new and well thought out, last third is open and basically setting the scene for the next book. Obviously Ryk Brown has to do that to a degree but it is entirely reasonable in its proportion.
Its been a while since i listened to Book 1 but i do remember being pleased at how quickly the action started; and i don't mean with Jess at the party! There is good character development across the series and enough of the main folks early on.
Kafer gives a solid performance across the whole series (11 so far). He does not go wild with accents that can be distracting when poor. Rather he uses mild inflection and after a while the subtle differences become enough to make it clear during dialogue.
I'm Writing this review after listening to the first 11 books of the series and having thoroughly enjoyed them. They are light listening and don't require concentrated thought. However, they are good enough that when i occasionally have become busy with a task and realised that i have missed a bit they are worth going back to catch up! Thanks Ryk Brown, Jeffery Kafer and Audible.
"Good story but over used plot line"
This was a perfectly enjoyable story with interesting characters and good dialog. Both the writer and narrator do a good job of moving the story along.
The only real quibble is that the plot of a ship lost a long way from home and in uncharted and hostile space is becoming over used. Here the addition of senior staff being killed off so that young and inexperienced crew have to step up is also a reused plot device.
How ever it is still an enjoyable listen.
Very reminiscent of Star Trek! Full of cliches, but lots of fun!!! Voyager fans in particular will like this one.
"A rehash of ST Voyager."
not a bad listen but once it becomes clear that this is a twist on the StarTreak Voyager story line it gets a bit predictable. Still worth a listen as its fast paced and action packed.
"Great book a bit short"
An enjoyable book, a little shorter than I would have liked for a credit but the books do seem to get longer as the series runs on!
"Promising but ..."
Yes and I have done so. I have read the first 5 books in this series.
I was hopeful this series would be similar to the Jack Campbell books but they fail to provide the engagement, plot and character development JC is so good at.
As per comments above.
I gave the author the opportunity to develop his style (over the 5 books) but this did not really happen. I may buy the remainder of the series but not just yet.
An average performance. Nothing that really stood out for praise.
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