• The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search

  • A Slaver Wars Novel, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (378 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The battle at the galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the Alliance but at a tremendous cost. The Battleship Avenger and her fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what happened to the Avenger has haunted the Federation.

The last two survivors of the Special Five have built a powerful exploration cruiser to go off in search of the lost fleets. They are convinced that the fleets have survived and are trapped in another galaxy. What they find in their search will be a threat to the Federation far greater than the AIs and the Hocklyns had ever been. The fate of thousands of worlds will depend on the Distant Horizon finding those that were lost and stopping this new and dangerous menace.

In former Hocklyn space, the Borzon and the Shari are on the move. Their fleets are seizing large areas to add to their own Slave Empires. Admiral Race Tolsen and Third Fleet are sent to push the Borzon and Shari back to ensure the recently freed worlds don't once more fall into slavery. Unknown to Admiral Tolsen is the fact that he has an important role to play in the survival of the lost fleets, as well as the galaxy.

©2015 Raymond L. Weil (P)2015 Raymond L.Weil

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I just couldn't keep going

Usually I can't wait for the opportunities to listen to my book. This one was always a letdown. "Okay, let's get back to my book! What was I reading? Oh, that. Do I have to?"

Other reviewers have commented on the narration. They are not wrong. Everyone is frantic, not how good bridge crews should act. Wrong inflections all over the place. I have dissed several narrators, but usually you get used to whatever is annoying you and it annoys you less. That didn't happen here, it remained annoying.

My mind wandered a lot while listening, but every time I paid attention, the same things were happening. It was hard to tell if I had missed anything. I don't even care anymore if they find the missing fleet.

A line like "It was obvious he cared about her safety" is a bad line. Those words are a writer's note to himself to develop that relationship and to SHOW us that he cared. The happy reunions between several couples were eye-rolling 13-year-old stuff. Things like that made the writing amateurish.

I almost always listen to the end thinking it is only fair to the author to see how things wind up. I apologize, but I am going to drop this one. I see there's a new Jack Campbell (the REAL Lost Fleet) coming next week, and I will go reread the prior one to refresh myself.

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Not For Me

I picked this up at an Audible sale recently, always looking for new and interesting sci fi series. Unfortunately, I could not get into this first book in a new series (and part of a larger collective). The writing is fairly simplistic, with the usual gender bias so rampant in this genre (men are men but woman are 'girls', girls cry a lot or spend time in front of mirrors making sure they are still trim and fit for when their men return from space). Sadly, this was coupled with an audio narration that only exacerbated uninspired writing - warning signs go up when a captain switches from sounding like William Shatner in full Star Trek glory to an effette British noble. Let's not get into the girly-girl voices.

Story: while Earth puts together a rescue mission to find the Lost Fleet, the individuals in the Lost Fleet themselves find themselves in an uncharted part of space - with a very new and hostile alien threat. The AIs and humans will have to forge an uneasy alliance if they hope to survive this new threat.

This is the type of writing that makes my teeth hurt from grinding them. Most characters say really stupid things just to begin an exposition of the situation. It's so silly because someone in that situation isn't going to state the obvious over and over again just so that someone else can start 'discussing' the plot. Take this example: the woman chosen to lead the rescue mission is a Rear Admiral in her own right and highly skilled. So her father, also an admiral, comes to her to say in concern, "Catherine, this will be a dangerous mission." (Thank you, Admiral obvious!). And then adding in helpful points such as, "you may never return." Because, yes, when a crew volunteers to go on a mission into unknown territory where a whole other fleet has disappeared, it's important to remind someone of these points, last minute, right before they leave, and after HE assigned her the mission. I know it's meant to show paternal love - but ugh.

There is a lot of old fashioned sexism in here - I don't believe the author even realized it, though. The 'girls' are always on the verge of tears when thinking about their missing husbands - I defy you to find one guy mourning his wife in the same way. And the 'girls' tend to get clumped together, always seeming to be attached at the hips. Because, yes, women cluck and cluster like hens whereas men are lone wolves in their determination and resolve.

There were several plot and character issues I just couldn't get past to enjoy the story. The unfortunate narration didn't help matters, either. The narrator has a great voice but the acting skills were painful and accents/dialogue either cliched or derisive.

At heart, this is a story about good people trying to survive in a harsh modern milieu. The characters are likable in their everyman simplicity and I am sure they will appeal to many. For me, I always look for a science fiction that feels like the future - and not like a 2010s version of the future as written by someone who grew up in the 1960s.

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Excellent!

I just finished the entire series and I loved it. The narrator is fantastic and really develop the characters and provides consistent back story that helps readers navigate between the books. .. But not too much.

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entertaining but not thrilling

Would you try another book from Raymond L. Weil and/or Liam Owen?

yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If the review suggested the movie would be packed with space battles I likely would go see the movie. If on the other hand the movie was full of the separated family type scenes, I would pass.

Any additional comments?

Good narrator, good action sequences but otherwise an average Sci-Fy novel.

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Awesome !!!

If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search in three words, what would they be?

This is such an amazing new sequel in the series, full of heart racing moments and a great storyline. Our heroes from the Special Five are getting back together and they will meet some unexpected friends and new enemies as well, in this new galaxy. I absolutely disagree with the reviewers who give negative comments on the narration. Narration is decent and I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book very much. I give it a 5 star rating!!!

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Great action in space !

What did you love best about The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search?

Space sci-fi is my favourite genre and I expected very much from this audiobook since I already own its preqeuals. It is about the last two survivors of the Special Five, who are trapped in another galaxy, and are trying to find the lost fleets... I very much liked the twists and action in this audiobook and the whole story is well written and easy to follow.

I am not a native English speaker so obviously a good narration is very important to me. And this narrator did a great job, his voice is crystal clear and everything he says is easily understandable. I LOVED it!!

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Another Great Series!

Another Great Series by Raymond Weill
Building on a great universe from the first series, this story has great space battles and an engaging storyline. Narration was also fantastic!

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Another great series!

Another great series!
Great continued exciting storyline and narration!
Disagree with nalegative review on narration, he did a great job!

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Worst narration I have heard to date

The narration and production nothing short of horrible. The narrator uses a 'voice' for some of the characters that is essentially whispering. You have to literally turn the audio up to full column to hear the words. Then the next character is far too loud and you have to turn it down. This severe unbalanced production makes you miss important story elements.

The second problem is that the narrator occasionally runs the sentences from two characters together causing you to lose track of who is talking and therefore confusing the listener. This causes you to lose track of what is really going on.

Horrible narration!

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Please use a different narrator. Please.

The wrong inflections are used in the wrong places. I kept thinking I would eventually get used to the narrator but it never happened. The story line is rushed and not very well fleshed out.

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  • Peter
  • 08-26-21

Meh…

I listen to a LOT of sci fi books and without a doubt this was the worst experience.

The story is fine, I’m guessing I should have started with a previous set of books to get more of a connection with characters/etc as there was seemingly no real development in this book, just telling us how special the special 5 are. Often.

I could have forgiven the middle of the road story if it weren’t for the truly frustrating narration…

Who the flip is reading science fiction and hasn’t heard of Gaia?!? Seriously… so many words mispronounced, so many badly emphasised sentences… how has no one listened to this and said, hey buddy, you need to re-record this cause it’s wrong?

Does audible not do QA? Have all those other hundreds of books I’ve listened to just been lucky?

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  • DuneDrifter
  • 03-07-18

Please redo the audio. its terrible.

The audio narration is ok for a quick news storey - but terrible for audiobooks. I might give this another go in the future. But, It'll be book version for me.
Returned the first 3 in the series for a refund.

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  • Dunatis
  • 06-26-17

Read terribly

Would you try another book written by Raymond L. Weil or narrated by Liam Owen?

Please make a note of the name Liam Owen and avoid any book narrated by him.

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

I can not remember anything other than how irritating the narrator was.

Would you be willing to try another one of Liam Owen’s performances?

Never

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

Anger that someone had messed up narration of a book so badly.

Any additional comments?

Is there a way to get a refund for something this bad? Will someone competent re-do this book? I noticed that the rest of the series is read by someone else.

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  • Julien Laurent
  • 02-18-17

The acting spoiled the book

This was hard to listen to. All the voices are the same, the "acting" was not good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-15

Poor narration let's down an average book.

The narrator is annoying as hell. Putting the wrong emphasis in the wrong places, reading the punctuation incorrectly, as well as some really poor character vocals.
I would probably have bought more of these books but can't bear to listen to that guy again.

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  • malana claringbould
  • 06-07-15

Lost fleet brilliant

Would you listen to The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search again? Why?

Yes I would listen again it is a great story and well written book

Who was your favorite character and why?

all the characters were great

What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is one of the best narrators ever his ability to change his voice for several characters is amazing x

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

Lots of moments but when they found each other after being away for 4 years that moved me greatly

Any additional comments?

Brilliant series of books I could listen to so many more I hope there will be more xxx

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