• Starshine

  • Aurora Rising, Book One
  • By: G. S. Jennsen
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Series: Aurora Rising, Book 1
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-20-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hypernova Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (218 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

Space is vast and untamed, and it holds many secrets.
Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them.
The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.
Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars.
Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life - not to mention the entire galaxy - upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not.
When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph, or fall to ruin?
Aurora Rising is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.
©2014 G. S. Jennsen (P)2014 G. S. Jennsen
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4 out of 5 stars
By W. Morgan Rockhill on 07-15-14

A double standard in reviews

This was a very good read, fast-paced with very good tech, a good and interwoven storyline with excellent twists and turns. I am looking forward, impatiently, to the next sequel.

Before buying Starshine I read a number of reviews, one that caught my attention classified the book as "A Science Fiction Bodice Ripper". At first blush, I would have agreed with that, but then I realized just how chauvinistic that opinion was.

Yes, the book contains the typical amount of requisite sexuality. But to call it a Bodice Ripper simply because it is presented from the Estrogen point of view rather than from the usual Testosterone perspective is indeed simply chauvinistic. OK, she's a bit obsessed with his "strong jawline" but how is that really different from the typical male author's obsession with her shapely figure? Actually I found the turnabout of sexual perspective refreshing and it added a great deal of depth to the characters.

A worthy space opera...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-09-15

Couldn't listen to it

How could the performance have been better?

The narrators voice was either recorded or rendered in a droning quality, after the first 5 minutes I already felt annoyed at the way she sounds. I guess this is a very subjective thing but in an audiobook the voice _must_ be intelligible and free from quality issues.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By C. D. Hughes on 02-18-15

Text to Speech Converter

I'm having real trouble listening to the narrator of this book (Pyper Down)...the character parts are read really well but the rest of the book is delivered with the interest and depth of a text-to-speech converter....I will give it a few more chapters but I might have to end up buying the paperback book and reading it myself.

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3 out of 5 stars
By jar84 on 05-07-17

Mills and Boon in space.......

Basically a romance sci-fi. Plot moved slowly. lots of time spent on emotions and describing the look (of longing/etc etc) in someone's eyes. Besides that it's wasn't terrible.
Oh sounds like sirie (computer voice) is reading.

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3 out of 5 stars
By W. O'Grady on 11-26-16

narrator's accents were off-putting

The story was good and the narrator's voice acting was good but her attempts at accent s were not good. I cringed at the various attempts at different accents and they really detracted from the story for me. I would like avoid books narrated by her in future. it's a shame as she has a great voice and the acting was good. if she just did all the voices in her normal accent it would have been much better

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