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Record of a Spaceborn Few

Wayfarers, Book 3
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Series: Wayfarers, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
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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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Record of a space born few

I thought this book was fabulous. nicely crafted, well told story, good character development. ties in well with the previous 2 books

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The least favourite of the trilogy

I found it really hard to get invested in the stories of the characters. Definitely not as good as the first two.

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a bit complicated to listen

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Immersive and warm-hearted experience of a communi

Sure, this is not like the earlier Wayfarers books; this is a departure of tone and pace, but perhaps more fully this embraces the reader with the “Becky Chambers spirit” - a thrilling mix of loving warmth and adventure. Don’t be put off by “difference”; if you enjoyed the warmth of the earlier books, you won’t be disappointed by this one.

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Book 3

not as good as the first two books to many main characters for my liking but still a great universe

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  • 11-06-19

This book is everything!

Becky Chambers is so good at teaching understanding and respect and tolerance in an exciting and super entertaining way. She deals with the questions of accepting those who are different from us by telling deeply humane stories. All three books in the trilogy are bit different from each other, so it’s hard to compare them. They are all deep and amazing in different ways. As usual, I laughed, I cried and I ended up feeling hopeful. This should be a compulsory reading for us to learn about curiosity and acceptance. Narration is perfect!

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  • Karl Johan Oeckinger
  • 15-10-18

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)