Narrator: Christian Rummel
Series: The Lost Fleet #1
Published by Audible Studios on 2008
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
Genres: Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction
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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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©2006 by John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell; (P) 2008 Audible, Inc.
After my last experience listening to Christian Rummel performance in The Remaining, I started to hunt for more of his work, unbeknownst to me he has been busy in his narrating career for Audible.com, with approaching 200 titles. So I thought I should be able to find another interesting title that I just might like. And there it was staring me in the face an audiobook that I forgot was in my wish list for quite some time. Even though The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is a bit outside my normal go to genres, I couldn’t overlook the 3500 people before me that really enjoyed it, and I have been known to really get a kick out of the stereotypical lost in space adventure, if you didn’t know I am a Star Wars and Star Trek geek.
Boy am I glad I have found another series to listen to, I have to keep my options open, because I never know what my mood will dictate what I choose to listen to. I must not have been listening very closely because I felt just as confused as Captain Geary did, at least for the first couple of hours, as he was in a type of cryo-survival escape pod for a century and everything was new to him. A new Alliance with views and practices that seemed strange and totally out of sorts with what seemed to him yesterday’s mindset. And I was just trying to figure out why everything had changed because there was a battle and then everything was different. Could you imagine waking up and finding out that you were considered a war mythological God, where you could do no wrong, and even if you did everyone said that is the way “Black Jack” would do it, when their talking about you. I really enjoyed the focus that Jack Campbell placed on the enormity of space and how long it took to traverse and the distortion that traveling at sub-light speeds created; it could take light-minutes or light-hours before you could see the out come of a battle that already ended. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless was a true military science fiction nerds wet dream, full of action with intricate battles, plus the added and unexpected human struggle to do the right thing. I have already purchased the next audiobook in the series and as soon as my mood dictated, will be listening to some time in the near future.
Being that this audiobook was produced in 2008, and having a very recent experience listening to Rummel, I could tell how far he has come as an audiobook narrator. He was more soft spoken than I expected, not a bad thing at all, and as Captain John “Black Jack” Geary became more confident his tone changes and I could tell with out having to be told. Rummel’s character differentiation was not nearly as solid as more recent titles and I am glad that he has evolved so far in a relatively short period of time. Now my list of go to narrators is getting too long, oh well, that will not keep me from seeking out more from Christian Rummel.
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