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Aurora: CV-01 Audiobook

Aurora: CV-01: Frontiers Saga, Book 1

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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

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    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 10-21-13
    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A decent first book, though a bit adolesent."
    What did you like best about Aurora: CV-01? What did you like least?

    The general storyline is good and pretty original. I disliked the lack of reality in the space battles. (like starwars)


    If you’ve listened to books by Ryk Brown before, how does this one compare?

    No first time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene where the ship pops up in the middle of a battle.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 03-22-17
    Skipper 03-22-17
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    "This series: TV episodes, 10 chapters each"

    I read / heard the entire series. It's entertaining enough, and a bit addictive. However, when I got to the end, after 15 books of 10 chapters each, I realized it wasn't over. The author left several important threads unfinished so he could write a spin-off series (Rogue Castes) and thus take more of my money and time. And he's also writing another series, which goes back in time to show what happened to Earth so long ago, when the mother-of-all-plagues struck, and humans took to the stars in colony ships.

    As I read book after book, it began to feel like each book was a TV episode. Where one book ends, the next one picks up, often on the very same day or week.

    Told in 3rd person, and set on earth, in space, and on various far-flung planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, this is the story of a handful of fleet academy graduates who find themselves far from home, on the Aurora starship, the only ship of her kind, engineered with advanced technology.

    When the recurring heroes Nathan, Vlad, Cameron, and Jessica get caught up in someone else's war, they have to decide whether to play Good Samaritan or look away. Given that the bad guys are bombing entire planets to rubble, it's not really a hard call. (But all that bombing got very old across this series, as did all the detailed battle scenes).

    The author has a strange way with words. Sometimes I wonder if he gets the nuance of meaning in "mumbled" verses "muttered" (his heroes mumble all the time). And they "sneer" at each other. I think he means it to be playful, but for me, that word connotes mean-spirited malice. Maybe he means something more like "smirk" or "rib" or "gibe" or possibly "leer" or "jeer" (but not sneer). Just my opinion.

    The bad guys in this series are really evil. Planet killers, traitors, and their ilk. I wish the author would write a more vivid, detailed, and satisfying death or imprisonment scene for them.

    Bottom line, this series is not great, but not bad either. I like some of the characters, especially Vlad and Cameron. Some plot twists are pretty obvious, but sometimes I'm surprised.

    Decent narration. It is good. However, sometimes the dialogue sounds too crisp and monotone, like reading from a textbook.

    Contents across series: I'd say PG 13. One quickie sex scene, lots of religious swearing (which felt out of place for this futuristic, distant setting), lots of F-bombs (which did feel right) and lots of death.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cerebral Mischief 09-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a great series!"

    I have listened to the series a few times now and really enjoy it. A new book was recently released, so I figured I'd start from the beginning again. I recommend this series to anyone who loves science fiction and space.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sanford Jackson 10-07-15
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    "Slow start to a new series"

    This first book jump started off like wild fire but the slowed quickly. I hope the next book picks up the pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 07-30-15
    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great story, but not worth the money"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-04-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Summary headline: boy-man saves the day"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jjpaul 02-27-15
    jjpaul 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too short"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was riveted throughout the whole book.


    What other book might you compare Aurora: CV-01 to and why?

    This is a typical "throw the unlikely character into command " book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flemming 08-19-14
    Flemming 08-19-14
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    "One of many"

    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.

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    Mike 04-01-14
    Mike 04-01-14
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    "Acceptable, not great"

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse Rosenkilde Olsen 09-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story with a star trek feel to it."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • terry graham
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    1/20/15
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    "Promising but ..."
    Would you try another book written by Ryk Brown or narrated by Jeffrey Kafer?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ryk Brown before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Did Jeffrey Kafer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    An average performance. Nothing that really stood out for praise.


    Could you see Aurora: CV-01 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kerry whitehouse
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    "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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