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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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    Balderclev 08-10-08
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    "Great Entertainment"

    One of those books you can't stop listening to. Very entertaining with no boring parts. I've listened to all 4 and hope there is a 5th soon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-08-08 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like Star Trek you'll love this series"

    This is a very captivating, fast moving, on the edge of the seat audio book I have listened too in a long time. If it was a book it would be one of those type that you could not put down until finished. And when you do finish it you can't wait for the next one to come out. Excellent book and a good narration!

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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 06-17-08
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 06-17-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "Dauntless: The Lost Fleet, Book 1"

    Great sci-fi, can't wait for book 2.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Ebeling Manteca, CA United States 05-22-08
    Janice Ebeling Manteca, CA United States 05-22-08 Member Since 2016

    artist writer

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    "Not Bad, but lackluster"

    Campbell keeps to the most realistic depiction of speed vs. relative distance in space. Unfortunately, that realism by its nature slows down the action as the characters must wait hours for ships to get close enough to engage. Campbell's portrayal of the technology is fascinating and well thought out, more so than the character development. The characters were flat, and Geary was such a recluse that he failed to engage in any relationship close enough to bring interest. The main problem was Campbell's unwillingness to leave the bridge of the Dauntless, and the "almost first person" point of view. Though the book was written in third person, Campbell never left Geary's side, and the character's reluctance to engage with anyone else made it a somewhat boring perspective. Main case in point - we watched one ship sacrifice itself to give the fleet enough time to escape, all from the point of view of Geary's bridge. With the half an hour delay, the scene played out like a TV show playing on the other side of a crowded room with the sound turned off. If Campbell had instead portrayed the scene from on board the doomed ship, the action would have been riveting. Likewise, if Campbell had brought us aboard the ships of Geary's rivals so we could hear their complaining and plotting, that would also have made it more interesting. There was nothing that I particularly disliked about the book, but it didn't interest me enough to want to read the next in the series.

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    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-28-14
    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasant surprise!"

    I've been a fan of CJ Cherryh for 50 years, but somehow missed Jack Campbell. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this book despite the wobbly underlying premise (space navy hero retrieved from long lost cold sleep awakens and saves the day for the good guys) and was delighted to find a well-written space navy battle fleet story with convincing science, believable characters and a compelling narrative. I recommend the book to any Cherryh fans reading this review. I've now downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to finding the time to listen to them.

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    Tyler 09-09-13
    Tyler 09-09-13
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    "Best space combat Sci-fi I've read in a long time"
    If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Dauntless in three words, what would they be?

    part of greatness


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    It's not just one moment, but a whole series of moments a long the same track. It's how much things have changed during Geary's 100 year sleep, and it's because of the war that's raged on during that whole time. Almost everything Geary was familiar with from technology, procedures, protocols, strategies, tactics, beliefs, and even the rules of war have changed. So with all of those things that Geary considered standard practice being forgotten or changed and command of the fleet suddenly dropped on him while deep in enemy territory, he has to figure out how to lead the lost fleet home in more ways than one.

    Seeing all of that play out throughout the entire series is my most memorable moment.


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

    Jack Campbell created this amazing story with a lot of characters and conflicts, but Christian Rummel brings that story and its characters to life. Christian Rummel has this great way of injecting and emphasizing emotions in the narrative and the characters in any situation. It draws you in and makes you really feel what Jack Campbell wrote.I was also very impressed at how consistent Christian Rummel was at voicing all the characters throughout the entire series, especially given how many characters there were and how varied he made their voices.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good military Sci-fi series, then this is a fantastic one to pick up. I just finished The Lost Fleet series last week, and loved every moment of it. Christian Rummel's narrative performance does an AMAZING job at making everything and everyone in Jack Campbell's story come to life. Definite thumbs up on this series!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. A LA, CA 08-04-13
    J. A LA, CA 08-04-13

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    "Riveting story but redundant"
    What did you love best about The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    The storyline is riveting. The narration is stellar !!!!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, almost.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer is constantly talking about the characters praying to their ancestors and thanking the living stars. I know it's science fiction, but this is disturbing and will prevent me from purchasing any additional books from this author, permanently. I find it repulsive enough that American society has rejected the Bible and Christ, thinking (just like the scribes and Pharisees did) that man is smarter than he really is. I know that a lot of science fiction is non-religious or has alternative beliefs, but this series is blasphemy. If you worship your ancestors (they are dead people) and thank the living ??? stars (they are rocks), then I pity you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 07-22-13
    Benjamin 07-22-13 Member Since 2016

    Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.

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    "Entertaining without character depth"

    It reminded me a lot of the game AI War. A small fleet on the edge of destruction trying desperately to stay ahead of a much larger enemy. The technology was interesting, as was the organization of the ships and a lot of the problems they faced.
    However, all the characters except the main were so obviously incompetent. Most the secondary characters felt very two dimensional. That may be something that improves as the series goes on, and I do intend to keep reading, but at least for this book I'd like little more depth of character.
    Overall, I would recommend this to people looking for a quick read who enjoy shows such as Battlestar Galactica.

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    K 10-25-10
    K 10-25-10
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    "Worst Audible book ever!!"

    A personal fault of mine that I have to listen to the entire book, even one this tiresome.
    Its juvenile moralizing/philosophizing/religulous tone is teeth grating. After a couple hours this book was almost humorous, except for how bad it was.
    Since Audible deems that every book is worth at least one star I was forced to give it that. Which does not go to explain how it garnered the positive reviews it did.
    Hands down the worst book I have every listened to.
    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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    JH 05-18-10
    JH 05-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great space conflict."

    I am an avid reader and listener to SciFi novels and this is one of the best Space Navy series around. It is very much a hard scifi novel and, while avoiding excess scientific theories, Campbell maintains an extremely consistent universe. As a member of the US Navy the methods and actions of the Navy and Marine personnel hit very close to home. The story is engrossing and characters well developed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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