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Ancillary Mercy

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Series: The Imperial Radch, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (457 ratings)

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Summary

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice.

For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years.

In the meantime, a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire that's at war with itself.

Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

©2015 Ann Leckie (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Please don't stop there

I loved this third book in the series, and hope Ann Leckie does not stop there. I am wishing for inspiration to strike and more books in the series. Also Adjoa Andoh's reading of the series has been stellar. I have loved her intimacy and character voices. Many thanks to you both.

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First book was great, second- OK, third- cozy

The first book of the series introduced a number of novel and powerful concepts, such as ancillaries, multi-body AIs, multi-body 'humans', disregard for physical gender. The highly unusual main character and how her nature was revealed gradually made for a great read. I would certainly rate it at 5 stars if I had Ancillary Justice on the Audible.
The following two books of the series make for a cozy read where domestic routines take centre stage and it is hard to take any plot developments seriously. Glimpses of the Radj Space culture provided in the first book are not developed any further, so we are stuck with the endless references to tea drinking. The third book introduces a number of new curious characters and resolves in a more or less satisfying way, making it second best to the first.

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5* Science Fiction

This is standout SF read by a standout narrator -- a pure pleasure throughout the trilogy.

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brilliant in every way

with all three books and especially this last one, i really tried hard to ration myself. The more I read, the less I had to look forward to.
Characters and plot were excellent and the reader was superb. Friends who regard audio books with a certain distaste will never know the force and depth that a reader like Adjoa Andoh brings to the text.

All in all a month or so of absolute pleasure.

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Excellent book, amazing narrator

Narrator had great variations, and did a good job with the sometimes odd songs! Great finish to an excellent series

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Worthy ending of a brilliant trilogy

This third part of the Ancillary trilogy takes matters a significant step forward for the protagonists, especially in the finale, and particularly for the ships, their ancillaries and A.I.s in general. Most characters get their chance to shine and be quite relevant, including the apparently odd ones, despite or even because of their shortcomings and suffering, and events unfold quite unpredictably, but the plot is always balanced by character insights. A great way to close this brilliant trilogy. The narration was captivating and perfect, like with the previous parts.

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Story so well suited to its narrator

And amazing and curious finish to a world that setting that I adore!
it's exactly what the series needed and to say the narrator is suited to the roll does he a disservice.

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I wish there were more!

I've listened to this series at least four times. I love the story, I love the characters and I love the narration.

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One of the most enjoyable

One of the most enjoyable audio book series I have ever come across. Brilliant storyline, truly likable and fascinating characters, plenty of action, mystey, suspense and some really nice twists. The reader also did an incredible job. Better than any I've heard so far.

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Enjoyable story

Continuing in the finely observed style, this book ramps the action back up, but in a satisfying departure in tone from bland action sci fi, the climactic confrontation ends in tears.