The Lost Fleet: Courageous Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Alliance has been fighting a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John “Black Jack” Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe…
After a series of deadly engagements, the Alliance fleet is severely damaged and its arsenal is running low. Forced to halt in the Baldur Star System to raid the Syndic mines for raw materials, Geary is anxious to get moving again. But what should the fleet’s next move be? The Syndics are starting to catch on to Geary’s tactics, and as the Alliance ships jump from system to system, it’s getting harder to keep one step ahead.
What’s more, Geary has started to piece fragments of intelligence together into a highly disturbing picture: The Syndics have been keeping the existence of another potential player in the war a secret―and this unknown power may have the means to annihilate the human race…
“Jack Campbell has written the most believable space battles I‘ve ever seen anywhere.” -David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 43 minutes|
|Narrator||Jack Campbell, Christian Rummel|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 20, 2008|
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#13,976 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#260 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#352 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#498 in Adventure Science Fiction
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Then there is the melodrama. My god, the amount of emoting and agonizing and arguing these people do. And everything seems incredibly artificial. The sheer lack of professionalism in a supposed military force, the backbiting and arguing, it seems like a bunch of teenagers running this fleet. And it gets really tiring to hear Geary and Rione blabbing about their terror of him becoming “Black Jack Geary.” And the tolerance for open mutiny and insubordination is ridiculous.
Finally, there is the genius paradox - the difficulty of an author who is not a genius writing about a character who is. Geary doesn’t seem particularly intelligent, and it’s best not to try to visualize the space battles and just acknowledge “okay, this is a battle he’s supposed to win brilliantly, this is one where he’ll take a lot of losses,” etc. it all feels wooden and ends up feeling like a slog.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
Normally I would consider a book like this to be boring, but the people in this book are indeed like the people in our lives today. Some are good, some are self centered and some are bad. But in a good book, there are always characters who rise above the norm and save the day.
I can't stop reading the books in this series.
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Can geary get the fleet home? and can he live up to the legend he's become in the meantime?
all these books run for three hundred pages. and whilst not being great literature are quite decent prose and characterisation wise.
For the first hundred pages this looked like having mid book in series syndrome, in that not much happens and things continue much as before.
However the remaining two hundred pages were really rather entertaining, as the space battles carry on in earnest, and the alliance fleet really struggle to survive. this was entertaining and engrossing reading, and the book ends on a cliffhanger that was really quite rousing and makes me desperate to know what will happen next.
I'll be back for more. the aliens promised on the back of the book are only hinted at late on. Doubtless we'll see more of them in future volumes
This starship captain fleet leader has got to be british
No way th e yanks have got the gonads
We are english ,scottish ,welsh ,irish
We can do what we set out to do
We are human the greatest species in the universe 👿
Story is simple but well written, yes it's predictable but in the same way a Bond book is. Good addictive story telling.
These books and Mr Campbell have one great failing in my eyes, and that's the constant repetition of certain stock phrases and descriptions. These can be overcome for the most part with just a little gentle cursing and swearing while skipping to the next paragraph, but by the time i got to third book it had all just got too much and i very nearly abandoned the entire series. Instead after a week away from being told again and again about the sodding lights in hyperspace and what people thought they represented, i picked these books up again and ploughed on.
Three more books in and i'm glad i persisted, because the story does continue to develop nicely, and i have thoroughly enjoyed them.. . And it might be my imagination but it does seem like the repetition of those stock phrases is getting a bit less, a tiny, tiny bit less.