The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is among the best sci-fi stories I ever read/listen to; Jack Campbell’s storytelling is insightful, funny, and well paced, in the style of Mike Shepherd’s Kris Longknife and, to a lesser degree, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan and Orson Scott Card’ Ender series.
Rummel is simply fantastic; he creates believable female voices (and male ones, of course) with each its own characteristics; you always know who’s talking!
A bit too long to listen to all of it in one sitting, but I found myself going out of my way to do things that would let me listen to my iPod...
Half way through listening to this first book, I bought the rest of the series and do not regret it one bit. That’s how good it is.
I can't say I have not read the print version but the audio version is great.
Yes I did but life gts in the way.
We're thrown right into the action as the hero is revived after a 100 year hibernation and full command structure of the fleet is murdered (no spoiler there... it all happens in the 1st chapter!). Among the things I liked about this book were the character development and the details of the battle tactics. I've downloaded the rest of the series and look forward to more adventures.
Very well written... The main character is what keeps me coming back, what will he say, think or do next?
The best thing about this story so far is Captain Geary and the battle he faces daily, both internal and external.
I just started listening to the second book of this series, so far, so good.
It was hard to put it down at times, but it took me multiple sittings.
"The Lost Fleet" starts with a great hook and hits the ground running. The book only slows down long enough to catch your breath before charging you into another portion of the adventure!
Christian Rummel's reading is excellent and the audio is clear and crisp. He has a lot of accents to work through, and he he does a good job with most of them. He does the next few volumes too (I'm up to "Valiant" as I write this) so that continuity is appreciated.
I appreciate the author's attention to detail and the emphasis on tactics, honor, restraint etc. in the face of war. It's idealized sure, but I love a bit of idealism in my scifi!
I would whole heartedly endorse Dauntless and the rest of the series. Jack Campbell has captured the responsibility and burdens of military officer perfectly. This book has a great balance of military action, character building, and suspense. It is just so fun. I finished the first three books in this series in a week. I have not been looking forward to what happens next in the story in so long that it feels like I'm gorging myself on candy.
So often Hollywood or popular storytellers paint the picture of military officers as either rogues or blood thirsty gladiators. Campbell has used his own Navy experience to more correctly draw a picture of officers. This is what the crew of Battlestar Galactica should have been like.
Rummel is fantastic as a reader. His different voices are excellent, and he never misses a beat.
This is a great series of books. It's founding plot provides everlasting basis for friction, drama, ((hu)man against man conflict for you English majors) etc. I could do without the romance angle, but even that is done pretty well and doesn't really get in the way of the core story. I could think of a lot of authors who could have started in the same place and really screwed it up but you don't get a series with about 8 books and a spinoff series unless you have kept your stuff together.
Yes. Can't deny the flawless precision of Campbell's RL military experience, coupled with the vast possibilities of space and a vivid imagination... Chomping at the bit for the next line, paragraph and chapter! Already queued ALL follow up books for purchase and I'm not done with the first.r
Jack, who else?!
To hard to decide thus far... Just want more!
It sucks you in immediately.
Narrator is very easy to listen to.
This was the first.
Hope, faith and change can alter your course.
For those that love the nittty-gritty of naval battle tactics, this is a book for you. I like it, though I'm more into the character interactions and frontiers.
I enjoy this sort of book more as an audiobook simply because I can listen to the book while driving or dooing something similar, which lets me enjoy more books.
Not any single specific moment - more of the way the ragtag fleet transforms into a more unified military force over the course fo the book, in my opinion, that is the theme what made the book to stand out from other sci-fi books.
This was the first one I have listened to.
Definitelly - it was well read and a good storry.
I definitelly can recomend this book and entire series - both because of the storry and writing style in general and because Audiable have picked an apropriate person to read the book in a way that enhances the experience.