The Lost Fleet: Dauntless : Lost Fleet

  • by Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Series: Lost Fleet
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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

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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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable, light read

This entire story takes place in space, no planet of the week, but actual space travel. It takes a good writer to keep a story in space and not have to resort to landing on weird planets to make the story interesting.

The hero worship theme gets real tiring after a while and it gets a little preachy, but I enjoyed the story and it kept my attention. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series.

The narrator was pretty good. I did have problems sometimes in knowing if the main character was thinking something in his head or saying it out loud. The main character has conversations in his head while he is talking to others and it is not always clear which he is doing.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Flat and Feeble-minded Characters

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who enjoys being lectured endlessly about military regulations while fantasizing that they are an average minded adult in a universe full of toddlers.


Has The Lost Fleet: Dauntless turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I am a fan of this genre, but this author is the Terry Goodkind of this genre. The universe is completely derivative and the characters are so two dimensional and undeveloped that it is hard for the reader to care what happens to them.


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

Christian Rummel's narration made it possible for me to finish the book. If I had tried to read this as a paperback, I would have donated it about 1/3 of the way through.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

The repetitive internal moralizing of the main character could have been cut down by 80% and been more effective. This would have freed up enormous amounts of space for the development of other characters.


Any additional comments?

Just don't do it.

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- Diomedes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios