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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - If there's ever a space war, the Lost Fleet series could well be the military's manual. Author Jack Campbell, a former Navy officer, infuses the first book, Dauntless with the kind of details that make "Black Jack" Geary's futuristic exploits seem as if they're ripped from today's headlines. Narrator Christian Rummel gives this blood-and-guts adventure just the hard edge it needs. —Steve

Publisher's Summary

The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century, and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who has emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief.

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains how the legend of King Arthur, the Greek historian Xenophon, and other writings influenced the Lost Fleet series.

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

©2006 by John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell; (P) 2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best novel of its type that I've read." (David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)

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    Diomedes 05-09-14
    Diomedes 05-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Flat and Feeble-minded Characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys being lectured endlessly about military regulations while fantasizing that they are an average minded adult in a universe full of toddlers.


    Has The Lost Fleet: Dauntless turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I am a fan of this genre, but this author is the Terry Goodkind of this genre. The universe is completely derivative and the characters are so two dimensional and undeveloped that it is hard for the reader to care what happens to them.


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

    Christian Rummel's narration made it possible for me to finish the book. If I had tried to read this as a paperback, I would have donated it about 1/3 of the way through.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    The repetitive internal moralizing of the main character could have been cut down by 80% and been more effective. This would have freed up enormous amounts of space for the development of other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't do it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "A rollicking good ride"

    This is a boys own adventure. It’s good fun and well written with a good narrator. It is no great literature but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I bought the rest of the series based on the first listen. I hope they are just as good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence United States 03-31-13
    Lawrence United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011

    lgaretto

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    "I'm Hooked..."

    I'm always leary about starting a new book that's a part of the a series. You have to go back to the beginning to understand some of the complexities of what's going on and that means that you don't read the book that's most current and about which people are talking. Well, I'm glad I started this series because the first book in it (Dauntless) has been great. One of the messages of this story is that just because something is old, that doesn't make it bad. In the case of this book, only John (Blackjack) Geary has the ability to see that his society has, to some degree, taken on the dispicable attributes of the enemy they have been fighting for 100 years. It appears that no one else can see this because they have a vision of the past that is distorted by myth and legend. Geary as a character shows his humanity and his abhorrence of the inaccurate legend that has come to reprepresent him. The book is about leadership that is ethical and humane as much as it is about cool and seemingly well-research science. A great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 03-16-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2016

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "Am I glad I bought this!!!"

    I bought this "first of a series" on sale and wow, am I glad I did. I am a voracious reader and this was one of the best sci-fi reads I've enjoyed in a long time. A large cast of believable characters with problems to solve and creative solutions to them. Good good-guys and not-so-good good-guys.
    I enjoyed this so much I've bought several more in the series. If you like programs like Star Trek, you'll really love these books.

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    Dennis 03-11-13
    Dennis 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT!!!"

    What can I say with a story so action pacted. Super Narration,Super Story!! It is very rare to find a saga that stays with you long after you finished listening to it. If you are trying to deside what book to listen to, this is a MUST! All the books are great,every last one. I have over 700 books in my collection, and this saga is in the top 5!!! You must listen to all of them. You Won't be sorry!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Knowles 03-05-13
    L. Knowles 03-05-13

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    "Boring story with flat narration"

    I love a good war story, even a good fight in space, but this book is just dull. The storyline is flat, just a plain old good guys running from bad guys story. I kept waiting for more - a backstory, a twist, but it never came. And the main character is nearly one dimensional.
    The narration is really poor. Female voices are high pitched and with a terrible sort of faux-British accent. It made them unaccessible and hard to differentiate.
    Sadly, this is just not a good book - not worth the credit at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara British Columbia, Canada 12-19-12
    Sara British Columbia, Canada 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Along for the entire ride"

    After listening to Elizabeth Moon's Vatta War, I really wanted to listen to something similar but didn't know where to start. The premise of the Lost Fleet series intrigued me; discovering a lost hero and his reaction to the new-found fame. It turned out Fearless was even more interesting since it wasn't just a book about Black Jack Geary, but also included military life, space battles and the complex Alliance culture.

    However, be warned, this book isn't packed with action, but is instead the first leg of a long voyage in the same vein as Odysseus. The first installment of a bumpy ride. But don't jump off before we get to our final destination, otherwise you'll miss the drama, betrayal, and best of all, sneaky space warfare John Geary style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09
    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Ranks up there with Star Wars!"

    This is perhaps the best Sci-Fi story since Star Wars. I downloaded the first book "Dauntless" and before I was finished with it, I had the next two on my Ipod. I then downloaded the 4th book the day it was released, and am now counting the days until the 5th book is released, "Relentless" . There is not another Science Fiction book I would rather read or would rather suggest to another listener. If you have a credit, USE IT; if you don't, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Eivind New York, New York 12-30-10
    Eivind New York, New York 12-30-10 Listener Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Duty, honor and oh so much pride"

    This is, without a doubt, one of my least favorite science fiction books. I am sorry, I feel bad saying it, but I honestly feel that this might in fact be ???the??? worst SF book the lot. Now, I???ve read a lot of bad books. I???ve even enjoyed a lot of bad books, but this really just rubbed me the wrong way. Tedious and predicable internal monologue; I could have been fine with it in some cartoonish way, but the seriousness with which this is presented gals me. The main character seems to be the only sane character in the galaxy. Sure, this is justified somewhat by the fact that the rest of the human race has spent the last hundred years fighting in a never ending war. But honestly, it still just doesn???t cut it. The sheer, and I shudder to even use the expression, cheesiness of not only the hero worship, but also the stupidity of others does not engender Black Jack Geary to me in the least.

    This is another of those novels where instead of making the main character likeable though faults and obstacles and his overcoming these, the author has instead elected to make everyone else as inedible as possible. It is too simple, too cheap and much too little.

    That the concept, the idea itself, behind the novel is decent in itself, even good, does not change these facts. The book is just poorly executed, poorly written and unfortunately also poorly read.

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    AudioAddict 10-15-13
    AudioAddict 10-15-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "A hero with a sexy voice!"

    STORY - (Space Travel SciFi) This is Book 1 of the Lost Fleet series. Alliance Fleet Captain Geary is a legendary hero who was believed dead but has been rescued from a 100-year hibernation in a rescue pod. Immediately he is thrown into commanding a fleet in the midst of war with the enemy Syndics (also humans), and at the same time he must learn technical capabilities of his new fleet and try to gain the respect of officers who feel his long absence has made him unfit for command. This book is basically setting the stage for the series, and it has some exciting spaceship battle engagements. Since the author has a Naval background, he writes a lot of detail about fleet formations and military tactics, which is very interesting but not hard to understand.

    Geary is smart, likeable and (conveniently) talks to himself, so it's easy to follow his thoughts. The book ends at a nice stopping point, but there is a lot still ahead in this series. There are no alien creatures or mysterious occurrences in this story, but I'm expecting some in future episodes.

    PERFORMANCE - Christian Rummel has the perfect voice for this type of book -- powerful, masculine (and did I say sexy?) He does a great job.

    OVERALL - Recommended, especially if you enjoy military strategy and battle tactics.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "good space opera"

    a great space opera / military story. easy to follow with a small number of indepth characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Saltdean, United Kingdom
    8/2/11
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    "The Lost Fleet: Dauntless"

    Sadly I found this audio book very predictable and unoriginal. I am a big fan of Alastair Reynolds style of mind blowing techno and wild character settings, and thought this may be similar... but this book is just like out takes of old Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek. I could not even finish it!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    6/21/12
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    "Should be in the children's section"

    Great book, if you're a 12 year old boy.

    Self gratifying 2 dimensional tedium.

    I think that about sums it up.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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