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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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    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 12-16-14
    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story!"

    I like the idea of the hero finding himself in a no-win situation and making the best of it. Having to win over others to his side and battling an event that doesn't understand his 100-treat old morality.

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    CactuarLOL 12-12-14
    CactuarLOL 12-12-14

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The guy reading really needs to learn how to pronounce auxiliary!! The entire series of audiobooks not just this one, drives me nuts!


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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 08-24-14
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 08-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Jack Black is the only smart person alive"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless the most enjoyable?

    Good book, good narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simple to listen to as there aren't too many characters to keep track of in an audible story.


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

    This book is kinda frustrating to listen to. If you have any knowledge of warfare then the people of the alliance are just plain stupid. The Single mindedness of the human race is just unbelievable.


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    Greg 05-06-14
    Greg 05-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Lessons in leadership"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the leadership insights from the lead character, unlike the other (though enjoyable sci-fi books) I have listened too before. I like the realism of the characters & the story, looking forward to listen the rest of the series. Not as fast paced as it could be...


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    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Workmanlike in the best way"

    This book represents no stroke of brilliance. It is Master and Commander Go to Outer Space. It draws heavily on the author's real-world experience in the Navy. That makes it feel almost historical and real.

    I compare two categories of science fiction. Some elucidate a brilliant new idea and its consequences. Others, this kind, use a change of context simply to tell a story. Both have their place. Each has different pitfalls for author and listener. This book avoids them quite well.

    I've read two books in the series and they are of equal quality. In both cases, I can see flaws. The author is a Navy-guy, not a literature guy. His prose is grounded. His relationships are, shall we say, not as well reasoned as his space warfare concepts. But the flaws are minor and the pleasures great.

    Each time the protagonist has to figure a way out of some box for his fleet, it's just great. The author goes to great lengths to imagine real solutions to real problems of space warfare. The plotting is good. This is a fun, interesting book. Having read two of the books, I will read the rest.

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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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    "Addiction Warning! This series is habit forming!"

    Don't get this book unless you are willing to burn through the whole series. I think I demolished it in about a week.
    Take one part naval history, one part Battlestar Galactica (minus the whiny civilians), mix with a measure of The Odyssey, and shake with a whole lot of creative energy and excitement.

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    Greg North Alabama 01-29-14
    Greg North Alabama 01-29-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Series Deserves To Be Best-Seller!"
    Where does The Lost Fleet: Dauntless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Glad you asked! I've listened to over 200, and I place this series in my top ten percent. Excellent science fiction is also excellent fiction. This series is a study in the role of the use of force of personality in leadership. Rich in interpersonal situations, fleet combat tactics, decision making, and even puzzles and mysteries, yet easy to follow. Keeps you wanting more.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to and why?

    J. D. Molles' *The Remaining* series. Both follow a strong leader through a series of compellingly interesting situations, across several superb novels, and both are narrated by the best narrator of I have ever heard.


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

    Rummel is absolutely best narrator in the business. Nobody else comes close. He does a variety of BELIEVABLE female voices, a multitude of male voices, and accents, and every character's sound and style is consistent and recognizable across the whole series. His sense of pace and drama breathe life into dialogs that would fly by too quickly, if you were reading them with your eyes. If for no other reason, listen to this series to marvel at the artistry of Rummel's narrating. (I discovered this series by chance, while looking for more Rummel-narrated books, after having listened to *The Remaining.*)


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    Ossie Moore Tulsa, OK USA 12-25-13
    Ossie Moore Tulsa, OK USA 12-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Opening Act to A Promising Series"
    Where does The Lost Fleet: Dauntless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed the story and how it sets the stage for future installments in the series. I find myself looking forward to this series more so than some I have either started or finished. Overall, I think this will be one of my favorite "light reading" or "fun reading" series.


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

    The sacrifice made in the fleet's escape early in the book is sufficiently detailed without being laboriously so and exciting to read.


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

    The reading of the book is quite good. While each character is read in a distinctive way so you know who is who, it is not over-the-top or distracting to the story at hand. I personally tend to find myself having to re-read a page frequently, and listening to the story helps me focus on the story.


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

    I wouldn't say I got choked up at any point in the book. The book is certainly more on the lighter end of the spectrum but you do get a real sense that the main character is struggling with understanding how humanity has lost some of it's humanity. So probably the most moving feeling you get is one of being inspired by his bravery to do the right thing no matter the cost or opposition.


    Any additional comments?

    The book doesn't spend tons of time doing character building, instead, it gets down to business pretty quickly. It has good space based naval battle scenes that differ from many you'll read. The authors background gives him a unique perspective on how battles in space might play out and it turns out to be refreshingly different. A great book if you want a refreshingly fun book to read that doesn't get too deep.

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    Will 12-24-13
    Will 12-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Narrator"

    The overall story of the series is a lot of fun. The writing does occasionally get bogged down, but Campbell's ideas and plot twists more than make up for it
    Christian Rummel provides perfect narration for these books. He provides believable personalities even for the characters who are minimally fleshed out in the writing. His portrayal of Geary is spot-on with my imagination.

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    Amazon Customer PANTEGO, NC, United States 09-11-13
    Amazon Customer PANTEGO, NC, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Always after books that read well in the tractor!

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    "Good Military Space Novel"

    I bought this on a whim and it was a decent story. Didn't seem long enough, you only get the two main battles, but I saw that it is only the first part of an entire saga so that explains it. I like sci-fi novels, but this is the first with a lot more military information in it. I enjoyed the parts about relativity, and how much more realistic this was than many I have read. A lot of the science is plausible, once you get over the "faster-than-light" means of travel.

    I like the main character, but it was a bit annoying how aggravating many of the side characters are. They are either worshiping him, or hating him, constantly. There was enough humor dispersed throughout to get you over it though, mainly on the part of the internal monologue of the main character.

    The story was interesting enough, and left you wanting to buy the rest of the series to find out what happens. I might, eventually, but its not the top of my list. Overall it was a good few hours of listening.

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