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
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 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.
Retired: paramedic, senior maintenence electrician, sudent
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.
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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Through the first two chapters, I was not sure if I was going to like this or not. Although when the young lady says to the young ensign," I think my ass looks great in this dress, what do you think?" I perked up.
I am a big fan of sarcastic humor and chapter 3 is chocked full of it. There are several more laugh out loud parts in the rest of the book and the action is non-stop once it gets started. Some are calling this Military Sci-Fi, yet the die hard fans of this genre don't seem too happy. I have tried several Military Sci-Fi and I just can't get into them. They are usually filled with long chapters on guns and ammunition etc. I liked the Lost Fleet: Dauntless, but I did not love it. This I love. If this is Military Sci-Fi, then I have found an author that can make it breath for me. I also like that most of the book takes place in space. It surprising how little Science Fiction actually takes place in space.
This did bring back thoughts of Voyager and of Captain James T. Kirk and of Spock. The Russian Engineer is also a great character (can't believe he is not a Scott.) The story is more complicated then some give it credit. How to figure out who to trust is intriguing. It is short, but I rather pay for a small amount of quality, then for a whole lot of details on how to put together a future gun.
Narrator is good and adds to the experience.
The best way I can describe this book is as a mix of Star Trek Voyager, the Odyssey One book series, and the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode "Valiant". It's a nice mix, and one that manages to be largely original while still feeling quite familiar to a science fiction fan.
The start was a bit slow to me, but once the story gets going, it doesn't stop for a second for the remainder of the book. I found the pace to be just the right mix of progress and detail, and in many ways this reminded me of a pilot for a TV show. That is perhaps not surprising, considering that the books are referred to as "episodes" on the website, a detail the Audible version manages to miss. The production schedule for the book is also very fast pace, with the 12th book being right around the corner now, despite the series and the author himself starting off at the end of 2011. I'm looking forward to seeing how this production schedule works for a scifi series, and it's definitely something I like seeing after being used to forgetting one book by the time the next is out.
All in all, a good start to a series that I'm looking forward to digging into further!
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.
I would love to read the rest of this series, but not at these prices. Audible should run a sale on this series
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.
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.
"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
"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.
bad boy comes good, basic space opera. This not a bad thing , when well done . 1st episode set the scene for the following books..
"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.
"Epic Sci Fi "
Can't wait to read the next pat. Well written and exceptionally read. Only my 2nd audio book. Am hooked
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