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Summary

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really.

Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

Together Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced listeners to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

©2016 Becky Chambers (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Wonderful story wonderfully read!

A great follow on from Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. Not featuring the crew of the Wayfairer this time but related characters in the same universe, and what characters!
Chambers has a way of not only crafting s great and very tangible universe but also making rich characters that grow throughout the books.

The audiobook is magnificently performed by Rodriguez. She gives each character their distinct voices using subtle inflections that just make the character so unique and real to the listener.

I absolutely loved it!

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A Closed and Common Review

What made the experience of listening to A Closed and Common Orbit the most enjoyable?

The themes, characters, and narrative style were all wonderfully drawn together. Becky Chambers continues to create the kind of science fiction I wish I was reading all the time. The tone, depth, and complexities of the worlds and societies she has built, coupled with a crisp, clear breath of optimism and hope make this a perfect read for these dark days.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Sidra.
What I particularly enjoyed was the fact that she discovers her personhood through platonic relationships, through found family, and friendships. So often, in stories of robots or AIs where they are perceived as female it ends with them engaging in a sexual relationship with a - usually male - human. That was not the case here. Sidra develops close familial and platonic bonds with humans and aliens and through their shared experiences and love for one another, she grows. She gets to know her own personhood through her love and friendship, and it is not tied to sex, and perhaps it's my ace side making me biased, but I really thought that was a stroke of genius.

What about Patricia Rodriguez’s performance did you like?

It was a stellar performance (pun intended), though the moments where an online style text conversation is described tended to be a little tedious as the narrator had to read out every single identifying line, every single timestamp, and so on. Other than that, it was great.

Any additional comments?

Ideas like personhood are nothing new to the science fiction genre, and having an AI be the catalyst for such discussions and explorations are fairly common. But where Chambers takes a relatively lesser trod path is that much of the perspective on this is from that very AI, and how she navigates questions like 'am I a person?' Which feels very different to people asking 'is that a person?' in the more abstract. To make this a very personal journey, to put our eyes in that of a computer, does make the reader much more likely to empathise and to connect.

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Lacked real depth.

I really liked the first book. it had a family feel. The crew of the Wayfarer were varied and interesting and I cared about what happened to them. however this book lacked all that made the first book unique. I did enjoy Jane's story but up to a point but knowing Jane was Pepper took any suspense out of the story.

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Absolutely fantastic

I loved this book from beginning to end. The story explores the topic of finding out who you are and how you fit into the world, and does so through two very gripping storylines and some fascinating concepts such as artificial intelligence. I both laughed and cried, listening to this book. The narration is very good.

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Brilliant expansion, not a sequel

I loved that the author did not follow any temptation to continue with her main characters from her first book, instead taken the not taken often enough by other authors. She dose a fantastic job

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Damnit, you made me cry... Again...

Good book. Good reader. Can't wait for book 3, which, as of September, is still being written.

It's gonna be so good...

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A great story beautifully read

This is one of those rare books that contains no good, no fuss, no gore and get it keeps you riveted from start to finish. The aliens are beautifully rendered and the struggles of the AI to come to terms with what it means to be sapient are so well done. I can't wait to listen to whatever comes next.

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Oh I love it!

Just like the first book in the series, a story that starts off as a lighthearted and funny space romp manages to holds up a mirror to current culture and ethics in a way that only the best SciFi and fantasy can.
Sure the science could be tighter and the characters don't quite ring true with their back stories.
But in amongst the cussing and the grease are some well made observations about sentience and finding purpose.
Can't wait for the next one!

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An all round fantastic experience

This series has so far been my favourite audiobook experience ever; both story and performance.

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so good!

just as enjoyable as the first one. the tone remains the same and the universe chambers has built is fantastic. I wish I was there

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Galactic Commons, interesting place

Enjoyed this story even more than the first one. I enjoyed the alternating P.O.V. along with the depth of description and world building. The interactions are well described and the planets and space-ship life are fascinating, even after all the years I have been reading this genre.