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Orion Colony

An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Orion Colony
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Humanity's Exodus is about to begin.  

When half of mankind revolts and demands more opportunity, those at the top decide on a compromise: They will build the first colony ships and allow the rest to discover new worlds and start over.  

Twelve ships are built. The first is called the Orion.   

Many are eager to go, but only 100,000 are chosen for each vessel. Far from Earth, a new life awaits, and it promises the prosperity they've always wanted.  

But still, resistance stirs.   

There are those who are eager to sabotage this new expansion effort, threatening the promise of a new life. As Orion moves through the void of space, towards a distant world, its passengers must fight for survival in an unprecedented conflict.  

Win or lose, their future will be forever changed.  

Experience a sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to The Orion Colony series. If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Indiana Jones, you'll love this epic, space opera adventure.

©2018 Variant Publications (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Blake
  • 04-10-19

This is half a book.

Great narration, book is pretty good, but I'll have to buy the second half to know for sure.

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  • John Whitman
  • 16-07-19

Couldn't Finish It

I am a fan of Ray Porter, but even his narration couldn't get me through this book. In fact, I felt like his effort to breathe lift into stilted language and dialogue just highlighted the problems. I understand that other listeners are fans of the ongoing series, and of this book as well, but I just can't grasp why. The characters are stilted and unrealistic, the plot is full of holes you could fly a moon-shaped spaceship through, and the dialogue barely sounds like conversation. I don't think my bar is set very high, but I do like a plot that makes some kind of sense. Other people seemed to like this story, so you might want to check it out for yourself, but I gave up.

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  • Dave
  • 21-07-19

Poorly Conceived Pseudo Sci Fi

I suppose this book may have an audience, but it's definitely not me. Plot lines were predictable, characters were flat and unimaginative stereotypes.
Other than the generic plot and characters, what really bothered me was the author's lack understanding about his subjects. 'Skilled investigators' had no idea how to investigate. 'Highly trained' sabateurs were laughably ineffective given their resources.
I'm willing to suspend disbelief to a certain extent in Sci-Fi, but the sheer improbable event after improbable event followed MASSIVELY improbable event was just too much. Also, no grounding in science whatsoever ... how does it work *cough* space magic!!

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  • Angus
  • 08-06-19

Very much enjoyed this book

Great story and Ray Porter awesome performance, looking forward to the next book. If you like space drama without very much politics this should be for you.

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  • Kyriakos
  • 22-07-19

Good guys are too incompetent.

Disciples are supermen with awesome equipment and biological weapons and the MC and "security" forces are incompetent. The story is unnecessarily aggravating. It would have been a much better story as a conflict with aliens than a focus human stupidity and fanaticism/radicalism.

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  • Mr. Priest
  • 15-06-19

Good but pricey for 6 hours

Liked the story and like Ray Porter narration but pushing the limits on price for a 6 hour book in my opinion.

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  • Animated Puppets
  • 10-11-19

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: This is a decent young readers book. It has all the crunchy salty bits that a junk food type story delivers. A broody tough guy with a mysterious past (though he discovers he likes people), a sidekick comedy relief, a romantic interest who dislike each other initially... and so on.

The Bad: A lot of lazy writing here. Very linear story where things happen that could have easily been avoided by a minimal amount of precaution. Physics of the story don't hold up either: a ship holding 100,000 people (size of a Death St... err small moon) launches from the ground and not an orbiting space station (Physics Shmysics...). Once in slip stream on a ship that holds 100,000 people, our heroes seem to stumble into each other very often. Since our hero is good at punching people and he was at ground zero where futuristic dump trucks (that somehow looks and acts like current dump trucks) plow through a security perimeter that was designed by discount Mall cops - our hero - is qualified to track down a terrorist ( or two) .
But who cares! He's has a mysterious past and a necklace he likes to touch. Super-elaborate terrorist attack #1 works and our heroes are on the trail. Super-elaborate attack #2 also succeeds (though due to our hero needing to show he has a soft touch and decides he wan't to give terrorist negotiation a go... but I digress). So what you get is a Super-important mission, where Super-terrorist have access to new R&D stealth equipment, and Not-So-Super background checkers who hire anybody off the street without any vetting, but hey, Space! Mysterious Past! Necklace Rubbing!

Overall: I could still give this a pass as a young reader book, but Audible (Only From Audible) markets this as a space opera with only one act. As others have stated this isn't a full book/story. I'm sure they felt a little guilty and told the author to tag on a sneak preview of the next book, but it comes across as padding. The cardinal sin is that Audible was/is charging full price/credit for this weak premise of a book. I bought it as a Daily Deal for $3.95 and I feel they charged me $3 too much.


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  • michael j steinbach
  • 06-07-19

Should Have Been Longer

The story is off to a great start, ends abruptly and leaves you wanting more. Narration is exceptional as Ray Porter always adds emotion to the characters that is lacking in many other narraters. BIG down side is that this should be ONE story combined with book 2, 6 hours is not a big book and to pay the prices that Audible asks is not a good value. The book is actually 5.5 hours with a .5 lead in to the next book.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 28-06-19

Action packed!

After reading the first three books in the Renegade Star Series, I found myself wanting to know the history of the colony ships, and the history that led to what we see in the Renegade Star timeline. While the story takes some time setting the stage, once it ramps up, it doesn't quit. Each time I got to the end of a chapter, I immediately wanted to listen to the next.

Now that I've finished the first book in this series, I feel compelled to continue on and learn what happens to our lovable, and snarky, protagonist.

The narrator does a fantastic job keeping you invested in the story, with his excellent delivery, making you feel as though you are right there in the thick of it. Audiobooks are hit and miss, depending on the narrator, and Ray Porter does a superb job keeping you invested in the narrative.

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  • Athena Lee Brown
  • 08-06-19

Fantastic Ride

Ray Porter did a wonderful job portraying so many characters within the story. As I lay listen to the story I could see each character as separate fully alive. He did a fantastic job.
The story fast paced, action around each corner. Bravo Jonathan Yanze and J.N. Chaney on a fantastic series. Now on to the second book.

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  • A. Haynes
  • 12-11-19

A taster rather than a book.

When the book ended I didn't feel it had got started. Is book 1's only purpose to get the situation started so they could sell book 2?
Is the main characters only skill the ability to hit people?

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  • RickG73
  • 24-06-19

Really enjoyed the series so far.

Really enjoyed the series so far, heard 1 to 3. Hopefully will be many more.
Its great how Ray Porter gives each character a different voice.