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Orion Audiobook

Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

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©1984 Ben Bova (P)2010 Audible, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Non-stop action and mind-bending concepts combine to make Orion absolutely unforgettable…. Ben Bova brings it to life on a canvas spread over time and space." (Isaac Asimov)

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    David Clark 12-17-15
    David Clark 12-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Murder has been committed."

    The narrator killed one of my favorite books . Slow , tedious reading with no inflection of voice at all . Poor Orion , doomed to cross worlds with this guy reading his story .

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    Brett 08-31-15
    Brett 08-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "well written, good story"

    I enjoyed this one a lot. It's well worth the time it takes to read or listen.

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    Dina Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-14
    Dina Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-14
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    "Absolutely Worth a Read"
    What did you love best about Orion?

    I liked the time/ space aspect of the book. Different eras, and a great plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say who was my favorite character without ruining the story. What I will say is that my favorite was Orion's friend, who understood what had to be done and why.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book is on par with Stefan Rudnicki's performances. My first introduction to him was Ender's Game, and this one did not disappoint. In fact, him being the narrator is a huge part of why I decided to give this book a read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing is as it seems!


    Any additional comments?

    This great book has inspired me to continue on with the series. Expect more reviews soon!

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    Joe Austin Austin TX 08-19-13
    Joe Austin Austin TX 08-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic, and may well win non sci fi fans."

    My second time through this book. It held up as well as the first time. To the readers who think most fantasy and sci-fi book are just to much into all the geek speak, and tech, this is a fine choice. It is a love story with a twist. And yes, it does fall into it's assigned genre. Great performance, and a fine listen.

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    breckoz 04-21-13
    breckoz 04-21-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Time Traveling Hero Battles Across Time"

    Maybe this book just hit me at the right time, but I had a lot of fun with this one. I think the testament of a good book is one that makes you crave for more. And I certainly will get the sequel to Orien.

    This novel is about the creation of civilizations, Gods, and men in a journey through space and time. The protagonist, Orion, has been created in the form of a man and is warrior/hero for the human race. He also is not quite human. He has been given intelligence with the ability to process events faster (quicker reactions) and is able to control all his bodily functions. He can still die like normal men, but with the help of a God like being he rises time and time again with the purpose to save human kind from total destruction. Ahriman is Orien's nemesis whom he pursues across time to kill. Orien starts from the future and goes backwards in his encounters. Unlike Orien, Ahriman travels the normal direction of time plotting all the while the destruction of space time and the universe. The effect is that Orien does not know who he is and what he can do at the very beginning and becomes more knowledgable about his purpose every jump back in time.

    The settings and landscapes will change as Orien goes back in time and we get to see a lot of different era's and technological capabilities of man. If you study history and like science fiction this series might be a fun fit. Time travel is always tricky to deal with and explain off. I felt Ben Bova did a great job keeping the reader engaged in the story and less with the mechanics. However, we do get some explanation that time is very fluid and events can change either direction in time you follow. The answers to questions like who is Ariman, why he wants to destroy the human race, and who/what Orien is are slowly answered throughout the tale with each era they travel. You may even find yourself thinking differently about Orien and his mission by the end of the novel.

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    Stian Gressvik, Norway 12-12-12
    Stian Gressvik, Norway 12-12-12
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    "A battle of time travelers"
    Would you listen to Orion again? Why?

    I rarely listen to audiobooks twice, so no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orion?

    At the end of the Mogolian timeline, where Orion had to complete his mission. Don't want to say more about it, because it would be a spoiler.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gave Orion a different feel, than what I probably would have given him, if I read it myself, and I think this form probably were the better one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the last part of the book, the truth behind the purpose of Orion's mission, and the truth about the enemy's "identity" is revealed, which turns out to be a sad one, making you pity the enemy, and Orion.


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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More fantasy, than Science"
    If you could sum up Orion in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Imaginative, Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel, and the descriptions of the different time periods.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Rudnicki is just one of the best, if not the best. He has great range and fantastic delivery.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ah, It was a god story, though no extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben Bova is really good writer.

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    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 03-02-12
    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 03-02-12
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    "Thank you"

    ¡Gracias! Спасибо! 谢谢! Teşekkürler! آپ کا شکریہ! Salamat! Eskerrik asko! Tak! Σας ευχαριστούμε! Asante! Kiitos! शुक्रिया! Þakka þér! நன்றி! Vielen Dank! Thank You!

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    Andy Canberra, Australia 11-14-11
    Andy Canberra, Australia 11-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing... couldn't finish"

    Unfortunately this was one of those books that I couldn't finish, probably because it falls in the fantasy rather than scifi category that I was expecting. It seemed to be a series of episodes of a demi-god trying to defeat a god, of course with neither of them ever dying. It just seemed so pointless. But obviously other reviewers liked it, so maybe it's just not to my taste.

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    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 07-10-11
    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 07-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Not too bad"

    While the story flowed reasonably, and was somewhat interesting, the overall plot was simplistic and a little too flawed for my tastes. I did listen to the end and appreciate what Bova was trying to say, and I do like the message and philosophical questions. Probably aimed at a younger audience.

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  • Mr L S Knowles
    12/15/10
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    "Ben Bova, Orion Series."

    If you enjoy using your imagination then this is a fantastic fantastical series. Very well orated, timeless concepts, surprising that the first book in the series was written in the 80's - amazing foresight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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