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Dreadnaught Audiobook

Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

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Publisher's Summary

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series "Beyond the Frontier" returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the "Lost Fleet" series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet.

Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing. The century-long war between the Alliance and the Syndicate Worlds may be over, but Geary and his newly christened First Fleet have been ordered back into action to investigate the aliens occupying the far side of Syndic space and to determine how much of a threat they represent to the Alliance. And while the Syndic Worlds are no longer united, individually they may be more dangerous than ever before. Geary knows that members of the military high command and the government question his loyalty to the Alliance and fear his staging a coup, so he can’t help but wonder if the newly christened First Fleet is being sent to the far side of space on a suicide mission.

William C. Dietz, the author of the "Legion of the Damned" series, calls Dreadnaught "a rousing adventure", and Elizabeth Moon, the Nebula Award-winning author of the "Vatta's War" series, says it’s “loaded with edge-of-your-seat combat". Read by Christian Rummel, who has narrated The Lost Fleet series to excellent reviews, Dreadnaught promises to be an out-of-this-world experience.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Jack Campbell.

Get Lost! Listen to the rest of the Lost Fleet series.

©2011 John G. Hemry (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Evan 09-18-14
    Evan 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "don't waste your money or your time"

    Boring--no real story and no action and it ended abruptly. No entertainment value. Cheesy voice characterizations and narration.

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    Lnsy 08-25-14
    Lnsy 08-25-14
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    "Good start but no ending - not a standalone"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy the concept this series, and have enjoyed listening to it. I haven't ready any of the other books in the prior series, but I was able to pick this up and didn't feel lost.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    What really bothers me about this book is that there is no resolution of anything by the end of the book. It simply ends, almost mid-sentence. You might as well tack "To Be Continued" onto the end. It's feels annoying like they took a finished story and intentionally broke it up into unfinished pieces - like links in a chain - just to get readers to spend more money buying what is essentially one book.

    Also there are lots of things going on that I feel "Jack" should be quicker to understand - he's obviously a smart guy and yet he seems pretty slow to pick up on what's going on around him.


    What about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    I think Jack Campbell does a good job with his introduction because it's not random fluff to give him an excuse to talk- he actually makes you sit back and think for a second.


    Was Dreadnaught worth the listening time?

    Sure - but you better be ready to buy all the books in the series if you want to actually get any resolution (if even then).


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    Adam C. Brown 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, Excellent narration"
    Where does Dreadnaught rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the best audio books I've listened to so far. Christian Rummel does an amazing job bringing the numerous key characters to life. The story is fairly engrossing as well, though not necessarily as action packed as the original Lost Fleet series. There is some great action, but this series seems to focus more on political intrigue and has significantly more dialogue than Lost Fleet. The Fleet actions are toned way down this time, while the universe building has been expanded and exploration becomes the focus. I haven't read this story in text format, and based on the content, I probably would have dropped it early on. But the stellar narration performance turns what is probably a long, dragging first third of the book into a captivating political drama.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Des Jani is a much more dynamic and interesting character in this series than she was in the last. The final events of the last series seem to have allowed her to relax some more and become a very charming, witty character as opposed to the seeming backdrop character she was in the original series.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian's performance really helps the characters stand out as individuals. While it seemed like the accents he used for some characters didn't fit their names, his ability to vary accent, tone, and inflections really helped bring life to a story that was very heavy on dialogue.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Finally, a chance to kill Ewoks!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 06-12-14
    Alex 06-12-14 Member Since 2015

    Typically I'm "reading" science fiction or thrillers. I enjoy light reads that don't require a lot of investment to get into.

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    "It takes forever..."
    Would you listen to Dreadnaught again? Why?

    No. There isn't a lot of replay value here, to be brutally honest.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Campbell? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm going to get the second book in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last portion of the book is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, while you could argue you need some of the background info, this story takes a while to start to get interesting. The first 3/4 is politicking and groundwork for what I hope is an epic storyline in the next few books.

    I'm getting book 2...but you really have to deal with some slow parts in this one. I could see how people would get lost and give up quickly.

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    Angry Bird 05-31-14
    Angry Bird 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Jack Campbell for the win!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dreadnaught to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version so couldn't say. Usually the written versions are better as you use more of your own imagination, in my opinion. I suppose that will be different from person to person. However, this audio version is great. Ideal for commutes to and from work.


    What other book might you compare Dreadnaught to and why?

    Man, there are so many sci fi space related books out there. Jack's books stand out when it comes to space battles and technology. Just more believable. In space, you can see things coming at you light years away even with technology available today. Battles have many hours or days of build up and manoeuvring before engagements take place. The way Jack explains how lazers are used for communication, "give me a tight beam" just makes sense and would be the logical step we'd take to achieving high speed communication based on technology we already have.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite part is when they reach Midway. Mainly because the fleet meets Co president Ayseenai (spelling?). Which spins off another great serious focussing on syndicate officials Ayseenai and Dracon and their defection against the Syndicate. Can't wait for book 3 in that serious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    oh man.....if there were films made, I'd be so elated. Tag line.? "To the honour of our ancestors" ? I'm not good at tag lines. If there were to be a movie and tag lines needed, I'd rather Campbell make the decision rather then publishers or editors. It is my understanding that the publishers and editors forced Jack to make changes to the tittles of his books, tittles that didn't make sense.....for marketing purposes i assume.


    Any additional comments?

    I pretty much scoop up any Lost Fleet audibles available. One day I will also collect all the paper back versions as well.

    You can really see Campbell's navy experience come through in the fleet engagements. His depiction of spaceship battles in the future are far better representation then in many other sci fi stories.

    I really like the Aliens he's come up with too. Each very unique and very thought out. lol Bear Cows and Spider Wolves......you'll see what I am talking about when you get to book 2.

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    Mike Devon, PA, USA 01-31-14
    Mike Devon, PA, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Start with the Lost Fleet Series, then grab this."

    This picks up right where the Lost Fleet series left off and continues with the same excitement and energy of it's predecessors.

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    Mikey72 Highland Mills, NY USA 01-25-14
    Mikey72 Highland Mills, NY USA 01-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story, Incredible Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreadnaught the most enjoyable?

    This was my first listen of a book in the Black Jack Geary universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I went back and listened to all nine books. I listen to 2-3 audio book a month and Christian Rummel is an INCREDIBLE narrator. He brings each character to life so distinctly that I instantly recognize the voices of even MINOR characters. Very easy to follow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geary is hard not to like.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice characterizations are AWESOME. I don't think it would be anywhere NEAR as good a read, as a listen, Rummel is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad that 8 of books were out already before I connected with the series. The annual wait between books would have frustrated me.

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    M. Blade Simpsonville, SC USA 01-09-14
    M. Blade Simpsonville, SC USA 01-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good series"
    Any additional comments?

    Need to listen to the previous series, which is where this serious take over. Some of the references are lost because I didn't know about the 1st series. "The Lost Fleet"

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    Daniel N. Lionsden 10-28-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Could have done without the Frist Five Hours"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Once you get past the first 5 hours of yada yada yada, it becomes a captivating story. I almost turned it off and started another book.

    The book would be much better if the first 5 hours were condensed to about 1/2 hr.


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    Glen Manly West, Australia 09-23-13
    Glen Manly West, Australia 09-23-13
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    "Great Series"
    Would you listen to Dreadnaught again? Why?

    Yes, I am going to listen to it again. I listened to the lost fleet series and want to go back and relive the Beyond the Frontier extended series


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, performance gives life to the book


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read

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  • David Thomson
    1/13/15
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    "Outstanding!!"

    An excellent listen... Very Well narrated and a gripping story to the end, you just can't help rooting for Geary!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Christopher Sunman
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    8/23/11
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    "A jagged edge"

    Yes this book is the first of a new series. But it is a bloody chunk hacked out of the story arc with no real coherence. No sub plot is resolved- everything is left in the air as if some unseen examiner had said "Time's up please put down your pen."

    While I look forward to reading/hearing the full story if/when it becomes available I cannot see any merit in rushing to acquaint yourself with this morsel in the short term.

    I can forgive Jack Campbell's unrealistic characterisations and dialogue because he tells a very good yarn. I really enjoyed the story arc of the lost fleet series (if sometimes through clenched teeth at the painful way the story was actually told). But here you have the pain with very little of the gain.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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