5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
i liked the first series, but i'm loving this one. too many questions and too many discoveries. Jack Camplbell did an awesome job with this book, and it looks like the next one and this whole series will be amazing.
I'll start off by saying that this is the first book I've read from author Jack Campbell. After a couple of recommendations in the Audible reviews that this is a good entry point for the Lost Fleet series I decided to give it a go. Not having read the previous books I can only say those recommendations were given in error. While I could pick up on the general story, there was a lot of reference to what I perceived to be the previous set of books. It does not ruin the story but the reader loses the depth of the whole story.
This leads to my main complaint and that is that this book seems like other books in the middle of a long series: nothing seems to happen. Admiral "Black Jack" Geary is given a mission to explore "Alien" space and perform reconnaissance. Ok sounds good, except Black Jack spends most of his time dealing with military administrative constraints, such as lack of funds for repairs, etc. and then complaining about it. This is military minutiae to the extreme! Even after the adventure gets underway he gets involved in what I can only describe as a human resources nightmare. In my opinion, this just isn't stuff I want to read about. To be fair, towards the end of the book we do get some decent space battles, but it just wasn't enough to rescue the book.
I'm sure that Jack Campbell would not have the publishing career he has if he were not a good writer. For long time readers of the series, the plot may have built up to this tension between Black Jack and the "Government" but it was just too much office politics for this reviewer. I may go back to very beginning of the series and suggest new readers do the same. Overall I can't recommend this book except to perhaps long time readers who are invested in the series.
It wasn't the best, to say the least. Narrator Christian Rummel has good pacing, and enunciation, but his voices are just distracting, especially the female voices. They end up sounding like effeminate men, almost to the point of being comical. I wish more narrators would take the path of narrator Christopher Graybill and employ just enough inflection that the listener understands that a female is talking, but still using their normal voice.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book. I'd read some negative reviews but wanted to know what happened next. The internal politics was similar in construct to previous books (and I have liked it, so no change there). The Enigma race and the investigations of it were slow, and clearly will go into another book or few, and the addition (spoiler alert) ........... of an additional sentient species throws a bit of a curve at you, and that's a good thing.
FANTASTIC. There's not much else to say. In my opinion this is the best book of the entire series to date. I cannot wait for the next. I love how the author blends in an alien society and makes us think about how human society interacts with each other versus how aliens might. The concept of water filled ships was just plain awesome. The interactions between the characters has been depened here more than I thought possible. Yes, I'm rambling now but I encourage everyone to read this book. It really is one of his best.
Found this a good continuation of the Lost Fleet series... but it seemed as though the narrator ignored the last half of the book. On listening, when I got to the final section, I assumed that it would then jump to the next part of the audio book... but it just stopped! If this was a paper back book, I would be looking to see who had stolen the last sections of the book.
I assume that the next novel in the series will address the problem, but it makes it rather unsatisfactory to leave the story hanging in mid air.
I was disappointed to find how limited a story this audio book was.
Ho hum - let us see what the next novel brings.
This tedious book took forever to move forward. Long, tiresome dialogue to convey useless information in the story. It may be a book in a series, but there was little payoff for all the potential story lines set up in this one. I'm not even curious about how any of the other stories turn out. Listening to this has stolen hours from my life that will never return.
This is more a note to myself to remember not to bother with any more in this series.
This book was boring and endless...
Start this series at the beginning. Do NOT read this book first. If you do, you will hate the first 5.5 hour Part 1, in which the past is discussed, at length, incompletely and boringly, forever. Finally, in Part 2, some action and adventure occur that livens things up a bit. The Audible review did not make the point that starting at the beginning in book 1 of this Series is critical to the enjoyment of the story.
I'd give it 3.5 stars. The story of the lost fleet continues as the fleet heads to investigate the aliens. Overall the story is pretty interesting, but it has a few flaws. The narrator seems a little whiny to me at times, especially with the female voices. Also some plot elements that come as a surprise to the main characters were obvious if you thought about them at all. It's almost like the author came up with ideas while writing the book that he didn't bother to weave into the story earlier.
***** spoiler *****
For example, anyone that read the lost fleet series knows that the aliens can blow up the hypergates, but the humans have a safe guard that will destroy them safely, avoiding the destruction of an entire star system. The main character doesn't even think about the aliens destroying the gates anyway to make travel more difficult until he is on the far side of human space and someone else points it out to him. As soon as they discovered that the aliens could do it in the previous books I was immediately wondering why the aliens didn't destroy them anyway, yet no one in the fleet had apparently even considered the possibility in the several months before this... There are two other examples I can think of where I was way ahead of the characters in comprehending what was going on, though there are many more of them and they have a lot more time on their hands.