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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....
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By John C. on 06-16-14
90% SciFi, 10% Cheese
What did you love best about Aurora: CV-01?
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.
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By Joki on 12-25-13
Decent Modern Military Sci Fi
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.
30 of 34 people found this review helpful
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By logan on 07-12-14
Great story, despite being occasionaly repetitive
Would you listen to Aurora: CV-01 again? Why?
Yes - It is a compelling story, full of interesting characters and situations, which draws you in. Perfect for a journey.
What other book might you compare Aurora: CV-01 to, and why?
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.
What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The tempo at which he reads puts you in mind of the procedures of a military vessel- regular and polished.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The passing of command
Any additional comments?
Its a good listen for people who enjoy a good bit of space exploration in their science fiction - give it a go
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By I Grok Frak on 12-07-17
And so the Saga begins.
I chose this book on a recommendation of Steve Gibson on a show called Security Now on the TWiT podcast show. And am glad that I did. it was a great listen and a book that a hated to put down when real life intervened. I like the characters and look forward to their over coming of the challenges of their situation. A great read with excellent narration.
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By Jas P on 06-29-15
SciFi at its Best, Fantastic Story/Narration
The Frontier Saga is a fantastic Space Opera, with everything you want in a Sci-Fi series, great characters with some humour as well as the gut wrenching moments, the incredible battle scenes as well as all the in between of what is happening on the ship. As well as that you get the political intrigue of multiple star systems, some cool tech and lots of other really great story lines.
The battle scenes are masterfully written, great detail, but not overly drawn out, the same with the combat scenes in the air and on the ground.
The dialogue is well thought out, clever, witty and dramatic when needed, the Author has thought through what needs to be said, not just dropped words on the page that sound impressive.
And although the plot may be something that we have seen before, ship thrown across the galaxy, trying to get home, its what the Author does with the characters, the nature of the characters, and the story in between that is important, and Ryk Brown has down a brilliant job of tying this all together to give us a superb story that is a lot of fun, something that you just want to escape into and enjoy.
This is pure fun Sci-Fi and escapism at its best - what a good Space Opera should be!!!
To top it off, Jeffrey Kafer has done a fantastic job of the Narration, bringing Brown's characters to life with great ease, giving you distinction between each of the characters, including the females. He tells the story skillfully, allowing us to sit back and enjoy.
Part 1 follows Nathan, freshly graduated from the Academy and about to set out with the rest of the inexperienced Crew of the Aurora as they test a new drive unit which malfunctions, sending them a 1000 light years across the galaxy. There they find themselves thrust into a fight for their lives, on a ship that is damaged, and not knowing who to trust.
Will the woman with the strange green eyes another enemy, or the friend they need to get home?
This should not be missed by anyone who loves a good Sci-Fi Space Opera
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