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.
Very dissapointing. I will not read another of Campbell's books. The characters were two diminsional and the story, while totally predictable, dragged on and on with very little actually happening. Dreadnaught could be condensed down to a short story with no loss of content.
Having listened to the other books, I should have come to expect it, but Jack Campbell raises the incomplete book to another level with this one. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the book was engaging enough to keep my interest. It is not action thriller though, and for a book that is portrayed as a alien encounter book, the aliens were a surprisingly low part of the book. The book also did not further that relationship between the two much. One could miss reading this book in the series, and one would really not miss much.
Its greatest fault though has to be the ending. I can appreciate that John Hemry / Campbell wants to start another gravy train series of books or science fiction soap opera, but how about completing at least one thread before rapidly completely the book. I won't give anything away, but it would appear he had a number of pages to fill put in just enough star systems, and then erected a threat in the final one. At this point, after purchasing the Lost Fleet series, I am contemplating letting the train go on without me.
Need I say more? Ok how's this? Fantastic, thrilling, edge of your seat writing, and a great start to a new series. Anyone that has read or listened to Jack Campbell's (aka John G Hemry) The Lost Fleet series knows, that this is a writer that knows how to tell a space story. Hemry doesn't disappoint with Dreadnaught. Personally I list it as his best to date (Invincible surpasses it but it wasn't written when I first read Dreadnaught). I don't usually enjoy forwards in a book, but Hemry does this one himself. That too was impressive. Dreadnaught is an exciting read and really made it difficult for me to put down. I think this is one for every library.
Christian Rummel comes back for the new series and does a superb job bringing old characters into a new series. Rummel is to be commended for his vocal performace with this piece. A great performance of a great book!
I think my opinion from the very first book in the Lost Fleet series still holds true. The military aspects of the series are very cool - tactics, protocol, military life in general. It's good enough for me to give it four stars. I'd actually rate it more like 3.5 but half-stars aren't really optional.
I don't mean it as a slam on the author or the narrator but in my opinion the characters are still rather two-dimensional and lack depth which is why I don't rate it higher. While I've gotten used to Christian Rummel's narration, I don't think his style really lends itself to the books.
Aside from those criticisms, the series is still enjoyable for me and this new book is on par with the rest of the series. I wouldn't recommend it to non-military SF fans though. Casual SF fans would probably find the space-naval battles overly technical and dull compared to other types of SF but I enjoy the change of pace myself.
I couldn't wait for this story to be over. It was slow and was 90% talking, 5% lets run away from these aliens, and 5% more made up simple politics.
It had been a while since I finished the lost fleet series, where at least the plot engaged. The same stilted dialog, the same love triangle, the same political machinations, the same self-righteous pomposity. Why did I buy this? Wish I hadn't. Buyer beware.