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Record of a Spaceborn Few

Wayfarers, Book 3
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Summary

The Sunday Time best seller. 

From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope. 

The incredible new audiobook by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

#SpacebornFew

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Critic reviews

"A quietly profound, humane tour de force." (Guardian).

"The best speculative fiction currently being written." (John Connolly)

"An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy." (Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)

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Not as good as the rest of the series

Maybe I'm rating it so low because of how much I loved the other books in the series, but it felt a bit aimless. The central plot was a bit of a nonevent compared to the amount of time discussing cultural differences, which might have been more engaging if there had been a stronger narrative thread tying it all together. Still worth reading/listening, but not up to the calibre of the rest of the series.

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Beautiful

A heartwarming love letter to community spirit. Very progressive. With interesting nuance regarding planned economies vs free markets. And excellent narration.

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tedious compared to first two books

I found this book tedious and seemingly lacking a solid story line. I would quite happily have skipped this book. The whole way through I was hoping for something exciting to happen and then it ended.

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not science fiction, however good social thinking

enjoyed the social and emotional thinking, great if you have children even the grown ups. expected this book to be continuation from the previously 2.

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Another disappointment!

The first Wayfarer book was good, the next two just spin-off stories in the same universe. This is a book about 'why am I here', 'who or what is God' etc.. No sci-fi really, no excitement and no real point. The narration was its best point. The more I listened the quicker I had to turn the speed up to just get through it. You can do x1.4 without a problem.

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Tales of people of the fleet

Unlike the previous two novels of the series , this one feels more like a collection of interconnected stories that follow for some time the lives of a number of spaceborn people living in the fleet. It's quite good, fascinating, varied, a series of different points of view compared to the other novels, but I found it harder to follow, so many characters, and I kept expecting a plot but this is more the record of some people's lives in a period of time than a plot-driven novel. There are events and developments but they don't seem to be central to the story. Still a great novel, and great narration job for the audiobook.

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Sedate, endearing cultural SF

Having enjoyed the rest of the series I wanted to try this book but was a little worried by some of the reviews that said it wasn't SF, or that nothing happened in the plot.
I'll say that they are wrong. It's not action packed, but it is Science Fiction. It fills background on the rest of this series with a fully fleshed out world that relies on a core of SF, and everything that happens derives from that world.
It's slow, but as a core of the story ( no real spoiler) is an ethnographic study of the Exodan fleet, it'sok if that's a little how it feel.
We're understanding the world of the fleet through the daily, evolving lives of its people, and I found it charming and moving in places. A good parable of understanding for our own changing world.

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Still a Very Fucking Good Series

While I still like the first Wayfarers book the most, this one was also super good and I very much enjoyed it. There aren't enough books like this. I hope she will write more.

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Another excellent Exodus novel

I love Becky Chambers, her books are stand alone to what I envisage our life as a species to be like hundreds of years from now.

Thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant novel.

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Excellent listen

This was my favourite book in the trilogy. I was a bit disappointed with #2 since I felt it dragged a bit, but I found the emotional and story arc in this one compelling and interesting. Not as plot-driven as the previous ones (not that they were particularly plot-driven themselves). Excellent narration. It was very comfortable to listen to, which is sometimes lacking in other books.

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best of the series

Chambers have matured while writing this series, and here delivered a low key masterpiece, filled with hope in humanity (despite the rather gloomy circumstances)