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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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.
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.
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first book by Ryle Brown; I know nothing about him except he is what is being called an independent author. This is book one of a new series.
The story is set approximately a thousand years in the future. The earth colonized other planets but was then hit by a plague, now a thousand years late the planet is returning to the technological age; they find a Data Ark that leaps them into the space age. They have more technology than they understand. Our protagonist Nathan Scott is a brand new Ensign straight out of the Academy. His maiden voyage is on the UES’s newest ship. This is a common formula for Sci-Fi stories. On Nathan’s personal story, his father, a Senator, is running for President of the North American Alliance. This is book one so we are being introduced to various characters. The Russian engineer looks like he might make an interesting character. There is lots of action and space battles with some humor. The author is not overly descriptive of technology. The book is fairly well written for a new author. The ending is a set up for the next book.
I am familiar with the narrator, Jeffry Kafer, as he narrates the Christopher G. Nuttall books. Needless to say he does a good job narrating the book.
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.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
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!
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!
I would love to read the rest of this series, but not at these prices. Audible should run a sale on this series
This book is a very good SF action boom story.The persons are typical for this genre and the story is relatively realistic.I would recomend it to others if it was not because you pay full price for an audible book half or one third of the length of other boks in same genre. It's like it has been cut into smaller bits in order to gain as much money as possible. WHAT A SHAME.
"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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