Orion and King Arthur : Orion

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Orion
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time in more than 15 years, Ben Bova returns to the adventures of Orion - hunter, warrior, assassin, and time-traveler. Created by Aten, one of the god-like descendants of the human race 50,000 years in the future, Orion is forced to travel throughout space-time to do his Creator’s malevolent bidding.
In this audio exclusive, Aten sends Orion to the Britain of the Dark Ages, after the Roman legions have left and the island is being invaded by Saxons and other barbarian tribes. A young nobleman, Arthur, is struggling to bring the petty Celtic warlords together to resist the invaders. Aten commands Orion to assassinate Arthur and allow civilization in Britain to die. Instead, Orion - aided by his love, the Creator Anya - joins with Arthur to fight the encroaching darkness as they strive to keep Britain free.


What the Critics Say

“Stefan Rudnicki forcefully portrays Orion, Bova’s hunter, warrior, assassin, and time-traveler hero…In this audio-exclusive production, Rudnicki clearly defines voices for the various characters, giving them verbal mannerisms that include slow and rapid speech patterns, high-pitched inflections, and well-paced pauses.” (AudioFile)
"...a rip-roaring good story that draws from a more grounded version of the Arthurian mythos to good effect." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So disappointing

While I can't profess to having absolutely loved the original series, I did enjoy it. One of my problems with it was how it ended, so when I saw that Bova was revisiting it, I was really excited. It was, however, rather disappointing.

There was so much repetition of information. Every chapter, he would explain that Orion was a "mere creature" and that he was subserviant to Aten's will. Every time Orion got into a fight, he would explain the process of going into "overdrive." Every time. And it is an action-packed book. I can completely understand the need to recap some main points, especially when there has been such a gap between books, but not every five minutes.

Another problem which I had with the original books, and which was exacerbated in this installment, is that Orion never seems to learn anything. Sure, he figures out some of the mysteries of the universe, but then at the beginning of the next book, his memory has been conveniently erased and he is back to being helpless and powerless.

Overall, I found it to be extremely frustrating to listen to. I was looking for closure, and found none. It was the same story as the rest of them, just in a different time and place, and nothing was resolved. More books were hinted at, but I probably won't be spending my credits on them.

To be fair, Stefan Rudnicki was, of course, flawless in his narration and none of the blame lies with him. If you're a huge Bova fan, you'll probably want to go for it. If you're a fence-sitter like me, I would advise against this one.
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- Amazon Customer

The first audio only Orion, A nice return.

I like this book, it was a worthy addition to the series. while not a direct sequel to book five it does continue Orions adventures ins space and time and hints at possible future events if those books get written. For anyone who read and loved the series get it. For new people please try it out. He covers a lot of old information so even someone brand new to the series can catch up to the situation.

To new people I advise also going back to the first Orion book and listening to each book as they came out originally for greater enjoyment and understanding. Orion gains great power to resist his creator and protect King Arthur and his noble dream.
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- Amazon Customer "bigreader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios