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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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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-07-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Wow, I'm in the Fleet!"
    What did you love best about The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    The flow of the story, it didn't drag and the fleet fights were so real.


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

    When all the high ranking officers got murdered.


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

    I always turn on the movie in my mind with audio books. I do that with the written word too, but I don't have the time to just sit and read anymore.


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

    Home is a long way off.


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    David United States 12-06-11
    David United States 12-06-11
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure. I bought it because I love military sci fi and space opera. This book didn't deliver on either. Campbell gets too lost in fleet tactics, and his hero's emotional response to his 100 year hibernation is strangely flat, one dimensional.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    I don't think so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A male reader trying to


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Had a lot of trouble downloading this on my Kindle. Clearer instructions would be nice (ie

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pnar 11-04-11
    Pnar 11-04-11 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    ok, obviously this series is not a masterpiece of literature. but if thats not what you're looking for you will find a very addictive, exciting audiobook here.
    especially if you're into the battlestar gallactica genre. the only thing i missed were more developed characters, but the story is so well told that at the end i didnt really mind that much.
    i always listen to audiobooks when doing my cardio exercises. with this the lenght of my excercises have increased coz i couldnt stop listening...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa McLean, VA, United States 10-06-11
    Vanessa McLean, VA, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Space Battles"

    Imagine Ender Wiggin with a dash of Capt. Malcom Reynolds, coming back from the stars to take control of the Battlestar Galactica and the entire Colonial fleet. I really enjoyed this book, but I'm sucker for military sci-fi. What I liked about it most was the space battles. They seemed eerily realistic with considerations to time lags between light speeds, true fleet logistics, and communications. I also was pleased to see that he did touch on how soldiers and officers would feel like after fighting a war for over a century. The writer, being a Retired naval officer really captures the essence of how it would be during a battles and command. The reader does a good job with the voices and keeps a good pace.

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    B. Mertz 09-05-11
    B. Mertz 09-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Bring popcorn and soda"

    This is like one of those action flicks that's a little on the corny side so you're almost embarrassed that you like it so much, but can't stop watching anyway. Bring out the popcorn. No, we're not re-writing the scifi genre. Space navies and space marines pitted against impossible odds, being chased across the galaxy. Explosions. Concise, well-written action that keeps the story moving at an irresistible pace. I gave this book five stars because it knows its role and plays it near perfection. Straight-ahead military scifi. Fun, riveting, gets right to the point, and makes for a fun and entertaining read. This book isn't going to make you question the meaning and motivations of humanity. This isn't Asimov. But let me tell you, this is a really fun ride. Enjoy.

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    Ryan United States 08-12-11
    Ryan United States 08-12-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent"

    I'm pretty critical when it comes to audio books but this one is Great.

    I have yet to hear the rest but so far its really really good.

    The transitions from scene to scene are pretty quick.
    "Wait? Where are we?"
    But you get use to it, and can take the authors ques that its a new scene.

    Great story, fairly simple, but wonderfully told.

    I love this authors vision of life & combat in space.

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    finhead 07-14-11
    finhead 07-14-11
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    "straight up military scifi"

    Since I haven't listened to the whole series yet, I can just judge this one book. I suspect I'll really enjoy the rest of the series however.

    I won't say that this is as good as a classic like Heinlein's Starship Troopers (one of my all time favorites) but I really, really enjoy reading scifi written by someone with personal knowledge of military life.

    If you like military scifi, definitely give it a listen.

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    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 06-26-11
    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 06-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Military SF, Good read!"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book via the Audible version - the narration (by Christian Rummel) was good; well paced, well toned and easy to listen to. It is a fairly easy read, developing plot along the lines of managing a large fleet of ships in enemy space. I am looking forward to further books in the series.

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    Jeffrey Shepherd 06-19-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Battles, Bad Dialog (SERIES REVIEW)"

    The Good: The space battles are interesting. The story and its universe showed promise.

    The Bad: The dialog is dumb and really repetitive (this includes internal dialog). It feels like a broken record. It would be an interesting (not fun, interesting) project to count how many times the author repeats the characters feelings about being worshiped. I know its part of the character, but we have to read a paragraph about his feelings about it every 3-4 pages. I love books that explain their character's thoughts and motivations, but explaining the same thought hundreds of times just shows that these characters have no depth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-28-11
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow."

    Its no Enders Game and it isn't going to win a nebula but its a damn good book that keeps you glued to it from beginning to end. I am going to check out the rest of the series.

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