I agree with Michael, at times the author repeats himself about lag. Nevertheless, thats sort of the point. Battles on this scale and at these speeds are all about lag and trying to deal with it.
BTW I think the narrator is does a great job.
I enjoyed the book and will read/listen to the next book in series.
I loved this book, and the ones after it in the seriers. It got me hooked in the very first chapter. It is very well crafted with attention to betail, however that detail dosn't slow the story in the slightest. Action packed, and a thrill ride for the mind. A must book for anyone who likes the Miles Vorkosigan seriers by Lois McMaster Bujold, or The Prince Roger McClintock stories by John Ringo.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
The narrator's voice was too sing-song and dramatically forced for my taste, his female characters too breathy. Add one-dimensional characters "the skeptical politician," "the self-righteous arrogant rival captain," "the eager cadet" (times about fifteen), and this book amounted to a real disappointment. I've been looking for a good epic sci-fi series to sink my teeth into but I'm bailing on this series after the first book. I found myself eager for it to be over so I could get back to something with real substance beyond battle descriptions and inner monologues about whether endless war turns people cold. I hoped for more from this book, but it came up short. Back to wishing I was still newly discovering Alastair Reynolds.
This is perhaps the best Sci-Fi story since Star Wars. I downloaded the first book "Dauntless" and before I was finished with it, I had the next two on my Ipod. I then downloaded the 4th book the day it was released, and am now counting the days until the 5th book is released, "Relentless" . There is not another Science Fiction book I would rather read or would rather suggest to another listener. If you have a credit, USE IT; if you don't, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.
One of the hardest things about trying a new series is getting through the first book. This book captures you from the first few paragraphs and never lets you go. The ONLY reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of his rivals in this 1st book are little stupid and illogical in my opinion.
I have a B.S. in physics and love sci-fi and fantasy, but the world mechanics had better be self-consistent!
The main character is two-dimensional. The other characters have even less depth.
After reading rave reviews of the realism of the battles, I was disappointed by the space physics encountered. For example, the ships underwent turbulence when "decelerating." In space, all motion is relative. With no medium to move through, a spaceship should behave the same way when accelerating in any direction. It makes no sense to assign consequences to opposing the direction of acceleration to the direction of motion.
It's a good, simple military adventure story.
This book explores the stupidity of human beings both individually and in groups. The main character struggles to keep his charges from dying due to pure stupidity and stubborness in the face of politicians who oppose him.
It would better if the author did not have the protagonist over analyzing his every thought and having other characters confirming his thoughts. No more statements like " It is as if he /she /or Geary." Those statements need to be deleted for any future books.More characterization and world-building- All of characters are flat and dull characters even the protagonist. I thought his great-nephew was going to been used to develop rich characterization and relationship, but I guess not. -The planets were not described in great detail. The author described the people of planet as good without expanding on the cultures, customs, history, and climate. Less video-conferencing and more action- It felt like there was a lot of video-conferencing for the majority of the story. There was only small pockets of action.The ending- It did not concluded smoothly. I did not feel like we accomplished anything ,the story ended abruptly.Stop the repetitiveness - The author was trying to drive the point of the protagonist's reluctance,which got really irritating, when it was in every paragraph. WE GET IT.Better, technical names for the space ships' weapons instead "Grape Shot " and "Hell Lances." What do they do and what do they look like ? Grape shot sounds like toddlers throwing grapes each other.Remove the cliches- -Alliance is an overused name for the intergalactic human military. -The hero who always wins without a high casualty rate.-The reluctant hero who always second-guesses himself
I might listen to the second book to see if it gets better.
I thought Christian Rummel's performance was alright. Just when he said Geary in almost every sentence made me cringe a little, but it is not his fault, he did not write it.
I actually like the premise of the story, but I do not like the execution. It was easy to follow unlike To Honor You Call Us.
I wish I could say yes. I really wanted to like this as there were parts of the premise that attracted me to this series. While the space battles were wonderfully written, there was little character development, particularly in the supporting characters. They had zero intelligence, which is hard to believe if in command of a space ship. The main character, at times, came off as whiny, however, there was enough there to feel his frustration.
Because of the excellent space battles yes.
The performances throughout, were very solid. Thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
no, and that's the sad part. You want it to be there....but no.
Seemed that too many of the important details(supporting characters) were rushed over and made to be "just there". If there were any more details to get invested in them, this would be really fun.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is a boys own adventure. It’s good fun and well written with a good narrator. It is no great literature but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I bought the rest of the series based on the first listen. I hope they are just as good.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I bought this "first of a series" on sale and wow, am I glad I did. I am a voracious reader and this was one of the best sci-fi reads I've enjoyed in a long time. A large cast of believable characters with problems to solve and creative solutions to them. Good good-guys and not-so-good good-guys.
I enjoyed this so much I've bought several more in the series. If you like programs like Star Trek, you'll really love these books.