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.
Yes. Let me say that I am up to "Episode 8" and greatly enjoy the series. This is (by the author's own admission) neither deep nor wildly original SF. So what? Though I read and enjoy both historical non-fiction and science fiction -- some of it VERY complex -- this is like return to my youth of reading Heinlein, Tom Swift, Ric Brant. Most people don't know that Charles Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback (His wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities.) This series is what Star Wars was originally intended to be -- what it would have been if it didn't take 5 years an $100 million per episode. It is fun, sufficiently geeky, story-driven westerns in space with just enough science to make it smart.
Probably Loki. He is the long-suffering everyman who gets dragged to hero-dom despite his common-sense.
I like the narration. It picks up the nature of the books well. You've gotta love his reluctant captain.
I thought the battle scene at the end of Book 5 (which ends the first "cycle" was a hoot. It didn't move me deeply -- it was just a lot of run-on fun!
The Author's Webpage states "The Frontiers Saga is a series of Science Fiction novels that covers a century of human adventures in space. Part one is 15 episodes, with each episode being released at regular intervals. All story arcs begun within a part are concluded during that part. There will be 5 parts to the series, with 15 episodes per part, for a total of 75 episodes." NOW WE'RE TALKING.
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.
70+, been reading SF since 1953. Vision is going so have switched to Audible.
Leaves you wanting to get the next book in the series. A little improbable at times, but, it is a SF adventure.
Not generally a Sci-Fi fan, but I gave Aurora a chance and found it a surprisingly fun ride. Ryk makes you love every character, then adds a plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. A constant rush of danger and friendship that never stops.
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.
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