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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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    Jason 06-03-10
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    "This is not a novel"

    This is a quarter or a third of a novel at best. I wish I knew if it sleazy editors/publishers or the authors themselves that break up a single story into multiple books (that filled with needless trivia and detail) just to sell more units. This is just plain dishonest.
    If you do decide to listen, make sure that you bank on buying at least 3 of the series in order to get a novel's worth. The story is not bad overall, I just hate being deceived.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Howe 08-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Just a good solid read."

    This book (and the rest in the series) made me think about space battles in a new way. Excellent narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 02-20-09
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 02-20-09 Member Since 2006

    Books are like air: I need them to live.

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    "Fantastic start to a fantastic series"

    I didn't know what to expect but this book was fairly highly rated so I figured "give it a go." I LOVELOVELOVE this series. The story is very interesting, the characters are rich, diverse and unique, the conflict is multilayered and multidirectional. I think 5 stars should be reserved for only truly amazingly great works but 4 stars is not enough. I would prefer to be able to give it 4 1/2 stars. It is that good.

    If you find cat and mouse type conflict fun and interesting these books are for you and this one starts it off with a bang.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
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    "Mediocre"

    I purchased this book on a special 'start a new series' promotion by audible. Other reviews of the recording/book had been positive and so I was looking forward to listening but I have to say I was disappointed. The plot itself isn't bad, but I felt the writing was lacking in detail and was highly repetitive. For example: There are no physical descriptions of the characters. There's an 'ancestor' based religion that is referred to constantly, but you don't even find out it's a religion until half way through the book. There's constant reference to the time lag in battles, and while I agree that the idea is good, I found it annoying to have it referred to every other sentence, as if I couldn't remember the fact. That being said, the book might have been okay had I read it in hard copy, but the narrator compounded the problems with the text. I was particularly annoyed by the use of falsetto voices and fake accents which made serious military characters laughable and detracted from the tension that should have been building during the battle scenes. If I could go back I would have chosen a different book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 10-17-08
    Michael 10-17-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding!"

    I had several disappointing experiences with the last few audiobooks. This one hit the jackpot! Excellent narration and an even better story line. You don't have to be a military or Sci-Fi fan to like this book. Well written and well spoken. If you like Orson Scott Card, you'll also like this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shamgar1 Lubbock, TX USA 10-16-08
    Shamgar1 Lubbock, TX USA 10-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't stop"

    This is the first review I have taken time to write. I was amazed how quickly I listened to this book. I still have half a month to my next credit. The story is very enjoyable. The reader is great. The main character is instantly likable. The methods of space travel and battle are very realistic and refreshingly new. No instant Warp drives. Great Sci-Fi

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 10-02-08
    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 10-02-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Satisfying"

    Slightly 2D characters, but still kept me interested. Feels somewhere in between Star Trek Voyager and the Battle Star Galactica.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Lipe Missouri 09-20-08
    S. Lipe Missouri 09-20-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Series"

    Great series. I quickly went through the first four books and can't wait for the next one to come out in 2009.

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    D. F. Grossett Fort Collins, CO USA 09-16-08
    D. F. Grossett Fort Collins, CO USA 09-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Really Good"

    He is a little light on discription and a little heavy on drawn out space battles but his premise is fantastic. The level of real life physics he brings to the story adds a level of depth lost in a lot of the adventure sci-fi genre. The narrator is amazing as well.

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    Mark VA 09-08-08
    Mark VA 09-08-08 Member Since 2016
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    "good hard sci fi"

    Fascinating to see how the author's experience driving real Navy warships gives him a great point of view for imagining the practical aspects of space combat. He also has interesting thoughts on the potential evolution and adaptation of human nature when faced with a conflict that spans generations. I listened to this book straight through (made a 5 hour drive seem like 10 minutes) and then had to wait a month for more credits.. which I am now about to spend on the next book in the series. You will LOVE this book if you liked those questions in college physics that started with "a train 1 km long is approaching a tunnel 2 km long at 0.99c..."

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  • William
    7/22/09
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    "the lost fleet book 1"

    Don't be fooled by talk of physics, The Lost Fleet; Dauntless book 1 is pure space opera. You've got good guys, bad guys and plenty of battles and things blowing up. And don't forget the love interest (ok you do have to wait to book 2 buts its fairly obvious). The premis of the book is fairly simple - the Alliance fleet was suckered into a trap and badly mauled. All the leaders have been murdered and it up to a hero to save the day. The book is exciting and well paced. The physics of space travel are fairly consistant and true to life from what i remember of the subject. On the negative side, the way the book and author goes on about it can grate at times, after all the author didn't seem to mind making up the faster than light stuff, so why preach? The only other main flaw, to my mind, was that i found it hard to believe that a military force would lose it capability to use tactics. That aside, its well worth a listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    STAINES, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Hard SF Naval combat in space."

    As the author says in his preface, this is a retelling of the classic 'sleeping hero returns in his country's hour of need' Arthurian style story - but, of course, 'In Space'. Captain John Geary finds himself in command of a battered fleet needing to get home the hard way, but helpfully also in possession of fleet combat skills lost to his side by a century of war. He also finds his command weakened by the shining example of his own tactics in his last battle, and his 'outdated ideas' on morality.



    The most unusual thing about this series is the hard scifi treatment of relativistic speeds and distances. Fleets of ships must act like WW2 bomber squadrons - as a lattice of fields of fire. Commands take time to reach the edges of the formation. Ships take time to turn. Arriving ships take time to be seen. etc. It works rather well.



    The narrator is excellent - managing to make all the characters distinctive and instantly recognisable.



    The story's narrative is entirely from Geary's POV, and is well written but maybe lacks the masterful touch - possibly because it is so simply done.



    This is a reasonably short book, made shorter by the fact that it is gripping enough to blast through in no time. Fortunately there are plenty more in the series.



    Recommended.







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  • Amazon Customer
    8/24/11
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    "Best SciFi I've read in years"

    As they used to say a "rip roaring yarn". Superb piece of space opera. No deep philosophical navel gazing in this book, just good old space warfare and petty political backstabbing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Laura Goodman
    12/12/13
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    "A truly stunning read about a space journey home."
    What did you like most about The Lost Fleet?

    In The Lost Fleet: Dauntless, you are introduced to Captain Black Jack Geary and the one hundred year war between the Alliance and the syndicates.

    Still recovering from his stint in survival sleep, he is thrust into command of the Alliance fleet when all higher ranked officers are killed, he is forced to try and save the fleet using long forgotten tactics in an endless journey home.

    Jack Campbell is an excellent author who knows how to keep the suspense going whilst telling a great story that the reader just has to keep reading.

    The way he describes the space battles is a skill that I just envoy as it is so simple but brilliant at the same time.

    Alison Laura Goodman


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

    The way he describes the space battles


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The fact that the characters are human and show it with all of their faults.


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

    No as I enjoyed the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/22/17
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    "Im such a groupie for a fleet"

    I don't know anyone in the military but im fascinated (in a star trek way)with command and rank and ships with fancy regulations. I loved the time travel aspect of the book. just the difference that 100 years can make to persons perspective.
    I just got the next 2 books in the series. I could binge read these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. H. Ford
    Manchester UK
    5/3/17
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    "Excellent adaptation"

    This is one of my favourite series and it has been adapted very well. Recommended for any war in space fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martrix
    4/16/17
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    "A mist for a Sci-fi fan"

    one of the best sci-fi series on audible at this time a series that I have listened to multiple times and would recommend to anyone that's in to space fleet battles and a good cast of caricatures

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Murphy
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    12/16/16
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    "Enjoyable military space opera"

    If you are after military sci-fi with space battles on a huge scale this series is for you. The books focus heavily on the tactics of combat on a solar-system scale, along with the pressures and challenges of command. The author likes to keep one eye on realistic physics, but without being a slave to it, which does keep an element of realism.

    The characters are a little thin, and sometimes the author isn't particularly subtle when painting their motivations, but that doesn't make the book less enjoyable if you're going into it for the military aspect. After the more serious Expanse Series books (which are also absolutely excellent) this is a little lighter and more fun.

    The story is gripping and that is enhanced by an excellent narrator. I've already finished the second in the series (which was just as good) and expect to get to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott N.
    11/26/16
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    "awesome"

    I loved this audiobook It had humour and excitemen. it was wonderfully read
    well done can not wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NickFish
    8/17/16
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    "Can't put it down 2nd time reading the series"

    Sure some of the descriptiveness of the maneuvers is hard to fully grasp. but totally love the fight to become the hero he needs to be. And parallels between the space ship's and current sea ships adds a nice grounding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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