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Guardian Audiobook
Guardian
Written by: 
Jack Campbell
Narrated by: 
Christian Rummel
Guardian Audiobook

Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

To complicate matters further, Geary also needs to return safely to Alliance space not only with representatives of the Dancers, an alien species, but also with Invincible, a captured warship that could possibly be the most valuable object in human history. Despite the peace treaty that Geary must adhere to at all costs, the Syndicate Worlds regime threatens to make the fleet’s journey back grueling and perilous.

And even if Geary escorts Invincible and the Dancers’ representatives safely unharmed, the Syndics’ attempts to spread dissent and political unrest may have already sown the seeds of the Alliance’s destruction...

©2013 John G. Hemry (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rummel's performance is so entertaining that he makes listeners want to hear how he'll perform the story. He populates the international starfleet military with a multitude of accents. While his female characters tend to sound alike, his men growl and swagger through space with brio." (AudioFile)

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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 05-08-13
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 05-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.

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    "Black Jack's Bringing the Fleet Home, with Friends"

    For going on half a decade, I've looked forward to each entry in first the Lost Fleet and now the Beyond the Frontier series. And every time I've harbored some little dread that this next one will be the one where it just cannot match what came before. That was particularly true when the war with the Syndics came to an end and some of the mystery of the Enigmas was done away with. But then came Invincible, which delivered two new alien races and space combat with truly intimidating adversaries who happened to be really cute, and the First Alliance Fleet and its commander proved up to every challenge.

    Now, starting back at Midway with a standoff with a Syndic flotilla, Admiral Geary must tackle a new sort of fighting, one where is superiority in numbers and firepower are no substitute for sharp wits and decisive action. What's more, the duplicity of the Syndics seems to reach new lows, just as the Alliance's biggest trump card against the crumbling empire seems to be worth far less on the way back than when the fleet left Alliance space. Happily, there are more humorous breaks in the action, largely involving marines, quirky fleet engineers and Dauntless's rather...enterprising senior Master Chief. On the dramatic front, the author continues to delve into the psychological realities of naval crews and marines left to serve seemingly unending tours of duty fighting a war under unimaginable conditions and then faced with the sudden prospect of going home and having to live a "normal" life, or not, as the fleet's requirements dictate. And if tension verging on mutiny in the fleet weren't enough, political maneuvering back home is just as bad as was hinted in Invincible.

    So with two hostile alien races, Syndics that won't realize they've lost, a fleet pushed beyond its limits, and politicians on every side ready to stab him in the back, Geary learns the Dancers will only negotiate after he takes them somewhere you'd least expect. Along the way, the author reinvents a few nautical traditions and throws in any number of technical details and character development that really help bring the Dauntless and those aboard her to life. And the additions to the universe that result as well as the revelation of just why the Dancers have come along with the fleet will make you wish it were May of 2014 already.

    As the ninth book following Geary's adventures and the tenth book in the universe, Guardian remains remarkably fresh and does quite a lot to build a foundation for many new adventures. Forgoing yet another epic space battle after another, the author instead makes our hero confront a number of tactical puzzles involving enemy boarders, doomsday devices, and enemy ships that won't fight. Most surprisingly of all, it even managed to rekindle my interest in Midway enough to seriously look forward to the next Lost Stars novel.

    There are a few editing goofs in the audio production, typically involving ship's names mysteriously changing mid-scene that isn't really a big deal. And though some pronunciations seem to have changed from one book to another, narration remains top notch. This is an easy recommendation, and yet another reason to pick up the series if you haven't already.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 05-18-13
    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Keep them rolling!!!"

    This is want Jack Campbell fans want! The side stories have not held my interest but with Black Jack back I could not stop listening to it. More More More.....please!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Merril 05-17-14
    Merril 05-17-14
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    "another star"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardian to be better than the print version?

    Yes I am sure because of the stunning characterisation by Christian Rummel whose narration is up there with the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guardian?

    that would be a spoiler to the story.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He is a true 'voice actor' and I totally forget that I am just listening to one man telling the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was just as I expected it to be - an excellent, gripping story.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Campbell's character, 'Black Jack' Geary, could give a few Leadership seminars in business and management courses. Throughout the whole series he is the leader we all would like to be !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Seattle, WA, United States 12-09-13
    Brian Seattle, WA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "KEEP THEM COMING! INCREDIBLE READER!!!"
    Where does Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the TOP!. Good Story. One of the BEST READERS!


    What other book might you compare Guardian to and why?

    The other lost fleet stories.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is one of the BEST READERS I have listened to. Great Characterizations!
    Voice Changes, Inflections... It is More like a CAST Reading than a solo reader.
    OUTSTANDING!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep the Series Going and KEEP CHRISTIAN RUMMEL AS READER!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 10-18-13
    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Sci-fi loving history buff who enjoys a good detective story.

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    "Just keeps getting better"
    Where does Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not only is this a great addition to the series but it opens up door for the series continuation. the lost fleet series is the best space epic and if made into a movie it could rival Star Trek or Star Wars. the writing is brilliant with plenty of tech without being geeky and more than enough of the human element to draw you in. This is well worth your time to read/listen. Enjoy.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first series I listen to that was narrated by Christian Rummel but not the last. I have pick several books just because he was the narrator but the lost fleet series is still my favorite by him.


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

    The next great space epic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 08-06-13
    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 08-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Justin Meek

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    "Another great addition to the series!"
    If you could sum up Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    More of what we love! (Ok 5 words).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow reveal of the spider wolves has been great. I appreciate how the series has dribbled out info on all various alien races. We keep getting new info, but the series never bogs down with long explanation and discussions. This is in an action series at its heart.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    General Charbon (spelling ?) is becoming a favorite.


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

    Yes, but I won't give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    My one critique is that I missed the more prevalent presence of the other ship captains under Geary. I would love to see some of them given more screen time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M J Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-29-13
    M J Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Another great book."
    What did you love best about Guardian?

    Even after this many installments the books still seem fresh and engaging. The story and the characters are progressing at a good rate. Campbell does a good job at not being too repetitive, which is amazing when you think about how much time they spend on the same ship.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Rummel is spot on, he gives each character their own voice, inflection and timing. It is very easy to get immersed in his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is definitely some humor in the book, mostly based on who the characters are and how their interactions play out.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 06-17-13
    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 06-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Militairy SF Saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, any one who enjoy's militairy SCI-FI would like this.


    What other book might you compare Guardian to and why?

    The honor series comes to mind. But as militairy SCI-FI it stands on its own with having respect for relatif distances, speed of light, etc.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Christian Rummel always sounds good and proffesional he is one of my favorite performers.


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

    He won the war, will he keep the peace?


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pablo gaitherburg, md, United States 05-20-13
    pablo gaitherburg, md, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2013

    who docent love a good story especially if its about aliens or monsters or Gods.

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    "simple but good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    a very good end to the series. i hope the real humans can have "work to do".


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    good voice and good performance. simple and not over done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it gave a sence of hope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 05-15-13
    Ben 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "That's It?"

    Ok don't assume that the headline reflects anything other than I didn't want this book to end. That and all those reviews saying there is no cliffhanger; did you actually listen to the whole book? There are several huge cliffhangers in this book, and I can't wait to see which way J. G. Hemry takes them. Hint: All the cliffhangers are before you get to the last chapter. Granted this book could stand as the final one if it had to, but there are still huge sections of this story still unwritten. This is a great book, but it comes no where close to closing this story out.

    Christian Rummel did a fantastic job. As some other reviewers have mentioned, he seems to have forgotten a few things here and there, but nothing serious. Couldn't really tell if the minor mistakes were Hemry's doing or Rummel's, but they were so minor it doesn't bear elaborating. When it's all said and done this is a five star book all the way around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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