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Summary

After 25 years serving as the human Monitor of the Interstellar Ark, Hermes, Orion is scheduled to be placed back into hibernation with the other crewmembers.

Knowing he'll die there and be replaced before the ship's voyage is over, he decides that he won’t — can’t — accept that fate.

Whatever it takes, Orion will escape Hermes and see what's beyond, even if it means defying the regulations of his only friend — the ship-wide artificial intelligence known as Dan.

From the Washington Post and number one Audible best-selling duo, Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle, comes a harrowing science fiction short story that will leave you questioning exactly what it means to be alive.

©2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Enjoyable short story ruined by a single poor edit

Fan of Ray Porter so gave this a shot, an enjoyable sci-fi short although editing spoilt the ending as the outro cuts in milliseconds after the final words of the story where there should be some time left to contemplate the ending of the story. This ultimately ruined the ability of the book to make any significant impact. Apologies due to the author.

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Short but sweet

Another great (short) book by Rhett Bruno. If you've an hour to spare, give it a listen. It's even free at the moment in the Audible library! What's not to like!

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Enjoyable Generation Ship story

I really enjoyed Dead Acre by these authors so thought I'd check out this short story, and I was glad I did - an interesting take on the generation ship travelling to a new home. Apparently set in the same universe as a series, so may check that out.

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Excellent !

This is nice story . I really like this story. Very interesting and Excellent narration. Fantastic

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Good, but needed a better ending

My review is probably a spoiler so I’ll start by saying this was an excellent story with the scenery and emotions involved. I gave it only 3 stars because the end was a let down.

And now spoilers in that I loved the idea of future humans needing to save the species by sending 1000 bodies in pods on a ship for generations until they reach the nearest plausible planet for life. That means people are born and die in liquid on the ship until the generation that finally lands. In the end the one guy who’s awake decides to go out into space and die, rather than go back into the pod and die unconscious in there when he’s old. The end I would have created is the woman he chose to wake and replace him would be able to over ride the ship’s system so they could stop earlier in their trajectory, and land on the nearby planet. She’d save him from his space walk and they’d all land safely on the new habitable planet, and he’d be a hero.

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Interesting

I liked the story, the narration was excellent. There were some great thought provoking elements to it all too, but there was a bit of a miss somewhere and I can’t quite put my finger on where it was. I think perhaps it was the main character, I just didn’t quite gel with him. But great listen and I’d recommend giving it a go!

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"Tommorow."

The Interstellar Ark,, Hermes, is heading for Tau Ceti and a planet likely to be suitable for human habitation. On board are exactly one thousand inhabitants, all but one, a Monitor to act as an aid to the ship's AI, are sleeping in pods as they journey. With only a few hours remaining to Orion before his time as Monitor comes to an end, he must choose a successor. Roy Porter gives a characteristically clear and sympathetic voice to Orion, the sixth monitor, as he ponders his final hours. Pace perfect and with good intonation, his is an excellent performance.
A beautifully crafted short story by the author of the Titanworld series. It is atmospheric and charming, and very human
Taking just under an hour to read, it is still guaranteed to leave a powerful impression. Recommended

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a amazing performance

I wanted this book to keep going 😩it is short but hopefully there will be more books set In this universes time period it has intriguing possibilities and could go anywhere 😀

I want to say Ray porter was amazing in his performance deserves the equivalent of an Oscar.

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"Ground Control to Major Tom"

"Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare." "This is Major Tom to Ground Control I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in the most peculiar way And the stars look very different today " Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles I'm feeling very still And I think my spaceship knows which way to go Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows"
Ground Control to Major Tom Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear? "
"And there's nothing I can do..."
(David Bowie)
Yep, after hearing this sweet, beautiful Audible short by Rhett Bruno and Jaime Castle this is what I heard in my head. This is what the story "This Long Vigil" evoked from me. A beautiful haunting reverie of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." A song that has long entered my psyche and nurtured my soul in a rather peculiar way. Each of us in our own way seeks a sort of freedom that is unalterable. A freedom we humans cannot avoid. A freedom deep within our souls...awesome how an hour's worth of time can bring up such beautiful memories of a haunting song...and tie it in to what makes us essentially human and written down in story form brings a bit of thoughtfulness to an ordinary commute. Just Brilliant. A listen worth your time.

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  • Neal B. Forzod
  • 27-10-21

Powerful

This Long Vigil is a powerful tale about life and death and the human spirit. I was sort of depressing, but the end more than made up for the sad parts. This story makes me appreciate life and want to make the most of every, every minute.

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  • 28-10-21

Wonderful

No need for a long review for a short story.

That said, this is a fantastic tale. No words wasted. I often feel a sense of disappointment when reaching the end of a work, but not the case here. Satisfying from beginning to end.

As always, Ray Porter does a top notch job with his narration.

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  • A Murphy
  • 14-11-21

Great, but short

A generational ship designed to take humanity away from a destroyed Earth. There is always one caretaker awake with the ships AI. Once their term is over, they go back in stasis knowing they will never awaken again. But what if they don’t want to go back?

I really enjoyed this short story. My main problem is that is was too short. I would have loved him to write some letters to the new caretaker or something. As always, Ray Porter was amazing.

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  • Porden
  • 28-11-21

Poignant, but so many questions.

And interesting glimpse into a broad world with many possibilities. But I had so many questions that I couldn't work out in this little glimpse.

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  • Gentle Heart
  • 25-11-21

Not long enough

This story completely engaged me. It was over far to soon. I loved every minute.

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  • xavier
  • 24-11-21

No end in sight

Fair start, no middle no ending. This book seemed like a first chapter, then.............,
I had to write another word to let me finish publish this review, maybe that is what happened to the author.

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  • Holly
  • 21-11-21

Tightly written, hugely thought-provoking

Tightly written, emotional and intriguing...and a strong thought-provoking read. The world concept is quite worthy of a series of books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-21

Hits the right button

This story hits all of the right buttons to make you go through several differing emotions. You will laugh, you will feel wonder, and you will cry. Great read for sci-fi fans and otherwise alike.

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  • Bris
  • 19-11-21

needs more. but not bad for a short read.

it was worth my hour but the premise could have gone so many places for a longer book.

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