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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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    Rauck 07-06-13
    Rauck 07-06-13
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    "Got me into audio science fiction audio books!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to. Normally I just listen to fiction or semi-fiction books, but i bought this on a whim. After listening I was hooked and listened in 1 sitting. I then went and bought all the beyond the frontier series books and wish i would have started with the first lost fleet books. The narrator is one of the best which makes me unable to listen to many audio books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 11-17-12
    Robin 11-17-12
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    "Good story, narration off-putting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the entire series; it would be hard to engage with this book unless you'd read the previous ones. High entertainment value, with interesting characters and politics to keep you brain busy between the gripping battle scenes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination and mystery surrounding the alien races.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance?

    I found Rummel's voice characterizations distasteful. Desjani sounds like a bitchy Stepford Wife more than a battleship captain, and some of the male characters sound like they have chronic sinusitis. The whole thing sounds cartoonish. This is just my reaction; many people obviously like the narration, which is certainly competent. I just don't care for the interpretation. I do want to read the rest of the books, but I think I'll actually read (instead of listen to) them


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not (I'm not a big movie-goer).


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 06-08-11
    Robert 06-08-11

    book & cd chap

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    "Great Start to a Great Series!"

    This is a great adventure and great first book in a new "Blackjack" series. Readers new to this author and character can start right here, you need not read the previous series. Some reviewers have criticized the first half of the book as being long on setup and low on action, I enjoyed it, the politics and personalities of the Alliance, Syndicate, and the Fleet only add interest and suspense to the story. The narration is great, my only criticism is to bring in some regional North American accents as well as British/Irish/Aussie ones.
    The battles in the second half are great as is the puzzle of the aliens. There is also a good wry sense of humor throughout. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-18-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A welcome new series"

    This is book one of a new series BUT you really need to read the Lost Fleet series to take full advantage of this new series story line. Black Jack Geary to given command of First Fleet and is to proceed to alien space to explore. Even before he got to the fleet, stupid orders were given by headquarters that almost cause to military of the Alliance to revolt. I was thinking this is not being realistic but then I thought of the history books I have read and thought oh no this is like some of the crazy things that do happen. The book has some great battle scenes, lots of suspense and backstabbing politics by governments. Overall a good story that lives you wanting more. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the story. He also narrated the Lost Fleet series so the voices carry over and keep the continuity going. Enjoy.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12
    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "not my favorite book in the series"

    This was not my favorite book in the series. It introduced some new plot elements but fell short of establishing interest in them for me. I'll read the next book, more out of interest in the main two characters than the plot---I wish more attention was given to the other characters in the story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 10-20-11
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 10-20-11 Member Since 2017

    I am a sucker for a good story

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    "Impatiently awaiting the next volume"

    Luckily I came to this series later in life (about two months ago in August of 2011), and had a whole whack of books to keep my curiosity sated throughout. But after madly reading through the first 5 (?) books, I am now like many others waiting for the next volume in the series. I enjoy the military scifi genre. They are generally easy reads following a single storyline that always keeps my attention. I consider this series really one book that is cut up into several volumes, and that is okay. It keeps me coming back for more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark H. Ohio, USA 06-26-11
    Mark H. Ohio, USA 06-26-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Nice listen"

    Finally a book that doesn't make technology the devil. A good, easy to listen to book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-04-11
    Michael 07-04-11

    What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.

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    "More Please!"

    This book is almost like a new series in the same series. I have really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to see what happens next.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-16-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2017

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Not the first in the series but a continuation"

    Overall I was a bit disappointed in this book. My first complaint is that it’s listed as the first book in a series (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #1) but it’s really the continuation of another series so while it tried give the listener enough background on the characters I felt it came up a bit short in that respect (what’s up with the whole ancestor thing?). Second was for a sci-fi book the technology felt a bit bland. Where is the item(s) which makes me think “damn I hope I’m alive when they come up with that”? Third is that whole book is a bit slow. There are some action scenes and some high drama items but I felt for a space-military book it was overall a bit slow. All this considered it was a solid three stars then came my biggest pet peeve where the book doesn’t resolve anything at the end. I can’t stand it when I’ve felt like I’ve invested all this time (and money) into a book which is just meant to get me to buy the next one so sadly I had to bump it down to two stars. On the flip side it is well written and the story is interesting and I think would fit in great as part of the series just not on it’s own.

    Christian Rummel does a great job with the narration. He really helps bring the characters to life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-18-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader

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    "A welcome new series"

    This is book one of a new series BUT you really need to read the Lost Fleet series to take full advantage of this new series story line. Black Jack Geary to given command of First Fleet and is to proceed to alien space to explore. Even before he got to the fleet, stupid orders were given by headquarters that almost cause to military of the Alliance to revolt. I was thinking this is not being realistic but then I thought of the history books I have read and thought oh no this is like some of the crazy things that do happen. The book has some great battle scenes, lots of suspense and backstabbing politics by governments. Overall a good story that lives you wanting more. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the story. He also narrated the Lost Fleet series so the voices carry over and keep the continuity going. Enjoy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    4/25/17
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    "Entertaining military sci-fi pulp"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreadnaught the most enjoyable?

    The story of Black jack continues, just like the first novels it is thoroughly entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an innocence reminiscent of E E Doc Smith and other Golden age authors.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell - introduction ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The narrator suits the story perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    read the other novels first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meranda James Bucks
    malvern, uk
    5/26/15
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    "excellent book "

    I love it very easy to listen to it kept me entertainment so thank you to Jack Campbell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Christopher Sunman
    stroud UK
    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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