I don't think anything could have done that. The novel is simplistic - the bad guys clearly represent Communists - dry and boring. The author uses the fact that the hero is 100 years out of date to deliver lectures on how all the technology works "now". For heaven's sake, show, don't tell! And the narrator's choice to make the bad guys sound like Stewie from Family Guy does not help at all!
If Campbell wants to focus on space battles rather than character development, fine. But then those space battles have to be well written and exciting, not dull and repetitive. The characters are one-dimensional foils for the hero - we don't even know what they look like. It would have been so much more enjoyable if Campbell had spent a little bit of time letting us get to know the characters and understand them so that we could care about their fates.
Rummel: Nasal, clenched-teeth, Stewie.
Anger at the author - disappointment that I wasted a credit on this.
You want space battles? Read Star Ship Troopers.
a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library
I return to this audiobook frequently, enjoying the pleasure of vicariously learning leadership lessons and the art of diplomacy through a novel. It has to be in the top 10 series that I have read and now... listened to.
Although sci-fi at its finest, the depth of character development, the leadership lessons and the feeling of "i want to be there with black jack" keeps you wanting to be a greater part of the story.
I have not had the opportunity to follow Christian Rummel's work but I am now on the lookout for more.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Yes, I did listen to most of it in one night. I had less than two hours left and I was so caught up in it that I went ahead and got the next three books in the series so I could start right into them.
I really liked Dauntless. I've never read any of the Star Trek books but I loved the television show and Dauntless was like a mix of that and Battlestar Galactica. There is a lot of military strategy in the story, but that's one of the things I liked about it.
Where this story really shines is in the main character's struggle to lead a star fleet against his own subordinates who are either incompetent or openly opposing him or both.
The reader does a great job. He embodies the main character and gives unique voices and accents to all the supporting characters. He's a top notch narrator.
My only complaint (or maybe it's a question) is the cover picture. This isn't much of a concern. It's just that the cover was the first thing that caught my attention. Then I saw the good reviews and decided to take a chance on it. I'm glad I did. This book was awesome, but the cover (besides being really cool) has absolutely nothing to do with the story. I know that the saying is "don't judge a book by the cover" but I never saw the sense in that saying. I mean, if the publisher can't be bothered with making a cool cover for a book why should I bother reading it?
Anyway... there you have it. Get this audio book. It's good.
This book was OK. I am going to read the next book, and probably the other four too, because I do want to know what happens next! The pace was good and both the premise and the ongoing story were enough to suck me in and keep me going to find out what was going to happen next.
Dauntless was pretty obviously written as the launching point for a series, which explains the somewhat abrupt ending - a convenient point in the story for a pause, but without resolving anything and having only barely laid out who's who, what's going on and why.
I liked the general idea of the story but there are several significant elements of the plot that really didn't make sense, although Mr Campbell performs some plausible justification. The most difficult to swallow for me was the level of ability that the Alliance fleet members displayed, it just didn't make sense to me that a fleet that's been fighting for 100+ years could possibly be as inept as they were painted prior to Jack's thawing. The belabouring of (what I assume is) an emergent plot point in the closing chapters of the book was also somewhat heavy-handed.
The character definition left something to be desired, I think all of the characters are pretty one-dimensional (although I'm holding out hopes for at least one of them) and even the universe itself is sparsely painted, although there are welcome detours into detail when something needs to be explained, usually in order for the fleet to interact with it plausibly.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the fleet battle tactics and general considerations of high speed battles over very large distances but for the most part this appears to be an exercise in translating current/historical ocean-going tactics into three dimensional space but with bigger guns and (technologically unexplained) energy weapons and shielding.
Mr Rummel did a pretty good job, managing distinct, plausible and recognisable characters (although the Scottish? accent for one of the captains probably wasn't a good idea). This version also has music bookending it and it's stuck in between two of the latter chapters as well for some reason (possibly this is where two CD's were joined together) but it's low enough that it doesn't prevent the story from being heard.
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 is better than the sum of its parts. The story isn't stellar, but it's solid, same goes with the performance. However, it can be seen that Campbell has big plans for how the series can play out. There's a lot of deeper things going on than just the Syndics vs. the Alliance. However, we just were teased about it in this book. One of the things that detracts most from this story is that it doesn't stand alone. It just sort of ends, and we're meant to pick up book 2. I like it when books in a series have a clear stopping point, so that if I don't start the next one right away, I don't feel like stopped in the middle. It's just disappointing because the action is written well, and the dialogue is sharp. I enjoyed this book will pick up the next one in the series, but I wasn't compelled to jump right in to book 2.
I am on book 4 now, and I continue to be pleasantly surprised at the high quality of each and every book so far! I look forward to my drives to and from work, just so I can listen to the next chapters - often wishing that my commute was longer. The narrator does a fantastic job also!
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
The story has promise, a never ending war and a warrior from the past brought back to lead an armies last ditch effort. However I can only describe it as hard to listen to. The main characters reluctance is driven home again and again and not a lot actually occurs as far as driving the storyline for the length of the book, I felt every minute of it. The space combat is also passable, neither action packed and nail biting or detailed and interesting.
I will come back to the series if there is nothing else available. However I would recommend the Honor Harrington series, Early Vorkosigan series, The Expanse amongst many others over the Lost Fleet at this point.
I knew going into this that this was the first book of a series and about a quarter of the way into it, I realized I would only get a snippet from this book. There are first books that can stand on their own and ones that just set up the next installment in the series. I was hoping for the former but I got the later. The author might as well slap a "be continued..." at the end of this one since it would have been better to have rolled multiple Lost Fleet segments in a longer book instead of having to reread the "for those tuning in I am talking about..." moments of the next installments.
I do like the premise of the series, a man from a bygone era revived in the war he saw begin a century later. Battles are undertaken in fractions of light speed where a commander has to predict the movements of where ships may be across millions of mile battle fields hours if not days ahead of the actual event, then wait for the light to catch up to the action. Be prepared for a heavy peppering of fleet politicking amid the story.
I would put it in my top 10 and I have hundreds of audiobooks . I work third shift and I listen to them while I work and have been doing so for years. I hope the other 5 books in the series are as good as this one. I think this is my first book from this writer and this book makes me really look forward to reading and listening to other books he has written .
My favorite character would have to be the main character ( Black Jack ) because he reminds me of Patton , Clint Eastwood , and Harrison Ford all rolled up into one . At the same time he is his own man and he is determined to get the job done and done right.
If you like syfi then you will enjoy this book and find it hard to stop listening to. When you reach the end you will want to hurry up and start the 2nd book ASAP.
Good concept and story line
Near the end of the book it got little tiresome to hear the great Black Jack get all petulant and whine about the unfairness of the situation he was in where folks regarded him with awe and expectation. Even after he convinced himself that he needed to take command, instead of expecting peoples deference he continued to complain and grumble about he was averse to the being looked at as an hero. All the while he rallied his fleet and acted just like one. I would have continued on to the series but this underlying theme is very off putting to me.