Black Jack Gary because the writer told so good what he was thinking. It was epic to follow his chooses against everyone's believes. I liked to see inside this leaders head.
Christian Rummel was good choice for this book. He took nicely Garys role in every situation.
All council meetings with the captains.
I like the idea of the hero finding himself in a no-win situation and making the best of it. Having to win over others to his side and battling an event that doesn't understand his 100-treat old morality.
The guy reading really needs to learn how to pronounce auxiliary!! The entire series of audiobooks not just this one, drives me nuts!
Good book, good narration
Simple to listen to as there aren't too many characters to keep track of in an audible story.
This book is kinda frustrating to listen to. If you have any knowledge of warfare then the people of the alliance are just plain stupid. The Single mindedness of the human race is just unbelievable.
I first found this series listed on one of Audible's BOGO sales - the cover art and the brief synopsis was enough for me to impulsively purchase the first three books. I was expecting a sweeping space opera with a military setting, standard scifi action and distinctive characters. I didn't get all that I wanted, but I'm not exactly disappointed.
- Christian Rummel does a fantastic reading. I don't think I'd like Captain Geary half as much as I do if he was presented with a different voice. Many different (Earth) accents are used when different characters are speaking, and I think it makes dialogue that would otherwise be tedious easier to follow and differentiate between characters.
- The "complicated" military maneuvers are written in such a way that they're easy to understand and follow. Rarely do I find myself without a clear mental vision of the battle formations and layouts, and I know nothing about warfare tactics outside of video games.
- The various ship names are incredible.
The Not-So-Good but Maybe Won't Bother You:
- Judging by the covers, I thought that there would be some up close and personal battles. So far, the entire book could be told in 3 rooms: the bridge, the captain's quarters, and a conference room. I love life on a space ship type stories, but Captain Geary doesn't get out much, and we're stuck within his POV.
- I have no idea what any of these people look like, what the ships look like, or what any of the external systems and planets look like. There is something to be said about leaving space for the reader to fill in their own details, but I feel that the author should have left a few more bullet points for my imagination to branch from. I have no idea if the interior of Dauntless is a shiny, clinical ship or a rust bucket. I don't know if Captain Geary is marching around in his dress blues, Starfleet-looking uniforms or body armor like all the covers suggest. I can kind of imagine what people look like and how old they are based on Rummel's accents and inflections, but that's completely all to his credit as a reader and not in the book itself.
- Many reviews point out the fact that none of the supporting characters seem very bright. They are not exaggerating or being nitpicky, anyone who isn't John Geary is kind of a derp. Part of why I love space operas and sagas is the huge cast of characters that I'll gradually get to know, and no one other than Captain Geary seems to have any kind of depth or room for growth.
- John Geary doesn't think he should be Fleet Commander. Did you get that? If not, don't worry, because you'll be reminded in the next two minutes. And again in another five. Never have I ever been so beat near-to-death by a concept. I understand that his doubts are a large part of his character, but I found myself rolling my eyes every time Geary had an introspective moment about how he wasn't the hero everyone thought he was. My eye rollin' muscles are jacked now.
To sum up, I liked the story, but not the characters. I'm going to continue on with the series in hopes that it's a slow burn. Even if I never bond with the cast, I'm now invested in the plot enough to remain both interested and entertained.
I really enjoyed the leadership insights from the lead character, unlike the other (though enjoyable sci-fi books) I have listened too before. I like the realism of the characters & the story, looking forward to listen the rest of the series. Not as fast paced as it could be...
This book represents no stroke of brilliance. It is Master and Commander Go to Outer Space. It draws heavily on the author's real-world experience in the Navy. That makes it feel almost historical and real.
I compare two categories of science fiction. Some elucidate a brilliant new idea and its consequences. Others, this kind, use a change of context simply to tell a story. Both have their place. Each has different pitfalls for author and listener. This book avoids them quite well.
I've read two books in the series and they are of equal quality. In both cases, I can see flaws. The author is a Navy-guy, not a literature guy. His prose is grounded. His relationships are, shall we say, not as well reasoned as his space warfare concepts. But the flaws are minor and the pleasures great.
Each time the protagonist has to figure a way out of some box for his fleet, it's just great. The author goes to great lengths to imagine real solutions to real problems of space warfare. The plotting is good. This is a fun, interesting book. Having read two of the books, I will read the rest.
Don't get this book unless you are willing to burn through the whole series. I think I demolished it in about a week.
Take one part naval history, one part Battlestar Galactica (minus the whiny civilians), mix with a measure of The Odyssey, and shake with a whole lot of creative energy and excitement.
Glad you asked! I've listened to over 200, and I place this series in my top ten percent. Excellent science fiction is also excellent fiction. This series is a study in the role of the use of force of personality in leadership. Rich in interpersonal situations, fleet combat tactics, decision making, and even puzzles and mysteries, yet easy to follow. Keeps you wanting more.
J. D. Molles' *The Remaining* series. Both follow a strong leader through a series of compellingly interesting situations, across several superb novels, and both are narrated by the best narrator of I have ever heard.
Rummel is absolutely best narrator in the business. Nobody else comes close. He does a variety of BELIEVABLE female voices, a multitude of male voices, and accents, and every character's sound and style is consistent and recognizable across the whole series. His sense of pace and drama breathe life into dialogs that would fly by too quickly, if you were reading them with your eyes. If for no other reason, listen to this series to marvel at the artistry of Rummel's narrating. (I discovered this series by chance, while looking for more Rummel-narrated books, after having listened to *The Remaining.*)
I really enjoyed the story and how it sets the stage for future installments in the series. I find myself looking forward to this series more so than some I have either started or finished. Overall, I think this will be one of my favorite "light reading" or "fun reading" series.
The sacrifice made in the fleet's escape early in the book is sufficiently detailed without being laboriously so and exciting to read.
The reading of the book is quite good. While each character is read in a distinctive way so you know who is who, it is not over-the-top or distracting to the story at hand. I personally tend to find myself having to re-read a page frequently, and listening to the story helps me focus on the story.
I wouldn't say I got choked up at any point in the book. The book is certainly more on the lighter end of the spectrum but you do get a real sense that the main character is struggling with understanding how humanity has lost some of it's humanity. So probably the most moving feeling you get is one of being inspired by his bravery to do the right thing no matter the cost or opposition.
The book doesn't spend tons of time doing character building, instead, it gets down to business pretty quickly. It has good space based naval battle scenes that differ from many you'll read. The authors background gives him a unique perspective on how battles in space might play out and it turns out to be refreshingly different. A great book if you want a refreshingly fun book to read that doesn't get too deep.