Pretty good listen. Heavy on the 'real physics' aspects and military lingo. Voice acting is very good, with no silly sounds, and consistent characters across the whole book.
There is not much to say about this book. Everyone has read a book like this, which has characters with no depth. The dialogue is simply words on a page with little energy or emotional attachment. The entire contents of this book could have been produced in a few chapters by a better writter. I got to the end of the book still waiting for the book to start. I am not impressed. I think in the entire book there are maybe 2-3 fights between the hero and the antagonists. There were very few moments of actual intrest. There was very little in the area of universe development and very little character development. The main character only goes through 1 point of development (determining to be the leader that everyone else expects him to be.) The Main character in the last chapter is basically the same as in the first chapter. This is poorly executed. The author doesn't even understand basic story telling, conflict drives character>character drives plot> plot drives story. There really isn't a story here. When the characters in your book are still dealing with the same quandry in the last chapter as in the first, you have a bad story.I would recommend the StarFleet series if you are looking for more entertaining space epics.
I found the main character and the supporting cast very good. The concept of trying to live up to or down to your reputation that has been embellished for hundreds of years a good framework. I will listen to the whole series but am not compelled to do it immediately. This is my rationale for the four star rating. I listen to many audio books on my commute and to put me to sleep at night and found this great entertainment and the author's naval background clearly reflected in his battle and decorum sequences. It is a "Beach Read" predictable but still engaging.
Very good start to a very good series. Worth the credit. Good narration, plot, everything. Not the best series Ive ever read. But its in the top five. If you like sci-fi or space opera, I promise you wont be disappointed.
If I wanted a textbook on military strategy - in SPACE - I would buy one - oh wait, I already did. The lost fleet is dry and boring. The narrator does a nice job with a dull book but that is about the best thing I can say for this. I could not make it all the way through. This was a waste of a credit.
Exciting, Great characterization
Basically the story is about a military leader frozen for 100 years and most people think he is the greatest military commander in history, unfortunately history is never correct. He is awakened and is inadvertently put in charge of the fleet and he has to battle his way home and his reputation. The story is exciting and the charters are interesting. I was surprised how much I liked it. Got to love the Audible sales that is why I got this. This is not my normal type read but I will get the rest of this series.
I enjoyed this story. It gave me the opportunity to hear an author I've never heard before. Yes, I'm interested in hearing the rest of the story. The description describes it as blood and guts. This is not true in book one. There are no blood and guts ,just an introduction to characters and their dilemna. I say, try it, you'll really enjoy it.
Starship Troopers Shows the reason for miltary rules.
It is always best to have the author read the book
Finished it in 2 days
Steve Gibson was right again with this series! I got this whole series because of Steve Gibson's recommendation on the 'Security Now' podcast.
The story starts out with no back story and that is true with each book in the series. The story picks up right after a major battle where the 'Alliance' gets its rear handed to it. It comes down to a man 100 years out of touch with time and tactics to save the fleet. This story is a great depiction of what has happened with the military lacks true leadership and discipline. It also is a real depiction of space battles without the 'advance' technologies appearing in most science fiction movies and shows. Humans haven't evolved to the point where they can build 'Hyper' drives for each ship or 'Warp' drives either. The author took a navy fleet and put it in space as if we continued to evolve at our present rate for the next 200 years. I like the story as I've seen it played out in military units when they're allowed to go lax and a real leader shows up to put everything back in place. I began the second book immediately and it doesn't skip anything from the first book at all.
I haven't read yet many of the audobooks but I would say that from those I read, this one was a really nice and welcome surprise in terms of what I've expected.
What I was pleasantly surprised the most was the fact that the author gave a lot of effort into describing tactical space combat. That applied specially in regard to the effort put into describing the space physics of transferring data from the space and responding to such data since in the "Lost Fleet" universe, various data like ship positions, scan data from the planets etc. is transferred no faster than light-speed which means that every data received by ship is something that already happened from several minutes to several hours or even days ago. Then there are specifics regarding space travel and distortion caused to ship sensors by travelling fast through space and so on. Anyway these mechanics are really nicely developed and tactical space combat is nicely described as a result.
The other layer of the story is the internal struggles within the fleet, a long lost hero with a completely different view from an era long gone suddenly takes command and his views are not necessarily the views of his captains. How does he restore order and discipline to the fleet. This is also something I consider to be the weakest point in the novel. The Alliance captains sometimes act so stupidly that is really hard to swallow. I understand the story background which tries to justify such behavior but its really hard to swallow. At moments it seems like the whole human race experienced overall IQ loss. Well, nevertheless I find the story very promising and the plot, with time, opens up even further which makes me wonder where it will take our lost fleet.
Well, its hard to pick a favorite character since the story is told from a perspective of one character but other supporting characters seems to offer a lot of promise like co-president Rione and captain Desjani, so I am looking forward to see them grow.
I am not a native speaker but I didn't find any problems with the performance. It was clear and adequately paced, not to mention that various appearing characters were nicely performed.
If you are looking for a very well sc-fi novel with believable and interesting space combat physics supplemented with inter fleet machinations and standoff with a ruthless and mostly calculating enemy (Syndics), you will not regret reading this novel. I am looking forward to listening to the remaining 5 books in this series.