This is the third one of these I have listened to. The first was pretty good, the second was not quite as good, and this one has way too much of the bad parts of the first two. The infantile relationship between Black Jack Greary and Co-President Reeown takes up a significant part of the book. Personally I found myself hoping she would end up a casualty so we wouldn't have to listen to her self-righteous preaching. But I digress. Basically I would advise skipping this one unless you really thought her character was enjoyable. The narrator was good, no problems on that front.
I've been forgetting to write up this review for like almost 2 weeks now. I completed this wonderful novel probably March 1st. Like all my other reviews on the Lost Fleet series I don't want to sound bias or anything, but this is truly a 10/10 read(listen). The reader, Christian Rummel, is perfect he gives voice and life to the characters with his change of pitch to sound like a female to a male and back. I don't think I can hear another voice read this book to me ever... never ever.
So about the book then... With out spoiling anything I will say this: You will be on the edge of your seat through out the whole book. I've been on edge when ever I read this series since the first novel. It's just that great! Theres action and... well slightly romance. The way Jack Campbell brings these characters to life is plain astonishing. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I do :)
As I continue through this series, it really reinforces my initial feelings from the first two books. From technical vantage points, the books are really fantastic and give you a birds eye view of military operations and space warfare which is explained in great detail. I, for one, really enjoy it but I think more casual sci-fi fans might find it somewhat boring.
The characters do tend to come across to me as somewhat two-dimensional and there's honestly not a lot of emotional impact in this series but the technical detail is keeping me very entertained despite the character shortcomings.
I do still wonder if another narrator might have improved the experience a bit.
I've enjoyed all three books in this series so far, though I fully endorse previous comments about the author's tendency to belabor points unnecessarily without really exploring them in an engaging way. The main character is quite well drawn. The supporting characters tend to be flat and lifeless.
The premises are interesting, and the hints of a non-human race manipulating the warring parties are intriguing. I hope these are followed thru in the rest of the series.
The reader has a pleasant voice and style. His accents are a bit cringe-worthy especially the Australian one (not even entirely sure he's supposed to be Aussie. If so, no. Just no.)
In summary, probably more a three and a half stars. interesting elements. In need of better editing.
the narrator not sure witch one keeps drinking and does not pause correctly for chapter changes. or part break ups. really can pull you out of what other wise is a great book. you think they could edit that out?
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
By this point in the series, we understand the relationships between characters. We understand how the universe works. However, we are slowly dragged through in depth descriptions of both. Again.
You will be begging the narrator to skip ahead and get to some actual story and not read the parts copied and pasted from book 1.
The overall series is ok but the author repeats himself constantly. Did I mention that he repeats himself. Each and EVERY book he retells the entire story from the beginning. That means that the first book is good and each one afterwards gets more frustrating. If he had cut out the repetive parts the series would be much better and more cohesive.
The other thing about the series that I don't like is the way that the author wrote the 2 main female characters. They are uninspiring and many times I wanted to smack the author for the things that they said to the main character. I was at first glad to hear that the author had a female character in a strong role. But the bickering and in-fighting between the leads was horrible.
The reader is a good one.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.
Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I thought the best parts of this book was the intrigue it built of a possible nonhuman intelligence that might be pulling the strings behind the curtain. I am excited to see how this develops in the next books.
So, I've listened to the first three books in about six days. The first two were really great. However, this one seemed to lag a little bit. Each sequel repeats a lot of information from the books that came before it, and, while I didn't mind that in the second book, its starting to get on my nerves. Combine that with the fact that I felt like nothing much happened in this one and I start to get concerned that I will lose interest with this series soon.
I'm beginning to think that I am listening to this series too fast and I'm just getting burnt out on it. After finishing this one I was going to give the series a rest for a while (I have a lot of other audio books in my library that I haven't started yet) and come back to it when it would feel fresh again. But, it ended with a cliffhanger of sorts... so, now I'm a third of the way through book four, and that one seems to be getting better.