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The 5th Gender

(A Tinkered Stars Mystery)
Narrated by: Michael Lesley
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Summary

A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship. 

Alien 

Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals. 

Detective Hastion is finally flirting back! 

Murder 

Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi - a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.

Tristol knows this because he is galoi. 

Romance

Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case...together. 

Delicate sensibilities? 

Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color...and lots of emotively sexy tentacle hair. 

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted romantic cozy mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.

©2019 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2019 Gail Carriger LLC

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I want so much more

I listened to this audiobook in one sitting because I just couldn't stop. The story is so unusual and hauntingly beautiful. It's funny, poignant, intriguing and just plain marvelous. The mix of sci-fi and romance hit all my buttons. It introduced a new directors and a fascinating culture that I'm desperate to learn more about. Please please please write more Gail!
Michael Lesley continues to be one of my all time favourite narrators. He manages to be hilarious, sexy and play on all my emotions. Just so perfect!

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  • 03-10-19

Beautiful

I originally resisted starting this book because it was set in space. That was a mistake.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the tale, and whilst the San Andreas books remain my favourites (of GL Carriger) I look forward to hearing more about a special purple alien.

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Loved it. Please write more!

Gail never fails to produce loveable fully rounded characters. This story is beautifully written.

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Alien romance

This was fun! Relax and enjoy a gay romance in space. Who doesn’t love strokeable aliens with flexible gender.

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This book tried really hard, but for me it just failed. The relationship developed to really serious out of nowhere, so you missed the delicious development which is my favourite bit of a story. Also, it was obviously trying to challenge gender roles and society, but it just didn’t do it very well. It was a bit meandering and lost, and was as if the author had planned a load of concepts in note form on paper, then tried to shove it together in a story ..but it wasn’t ready to be published yet.

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Great story and excellent narration

I purchased this audiobook, primarily because I love Michael Lesley's narration, however I can't wait for more in the tinkered stars universe. i need more lavender alien please! Highly recommend.

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Beautiful story, wonderful (and hot) characters

Fascinating characters in an enthralling story. Ms Carriger always manages to weave realistic characters, a good plot and great sex scenes into a mesmerising pattern. I hope she writes a follow up soon.
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Seriously amazing!

I’m not usually a huge Sci-Fi fan, I like the concept I just often find the stories to be kind of....formulaic?
This was so not that kind of Sci-Fi. Funny, clever & mega original. 100% my favourite work of Science Fiction & possibly my favourite work of Queer fiction!
I love this kind of 2LGBTQIA fiction where the whole spectrum (and more!) is represented & I absolutely ADORE the exploration of what gender & sexuality might mean in a populated universe. The alien culture is fascinating and brilliantly fleshed out as a concept and honestly the only way I could have loved this more is if a) there had been a few more female spectrum characters and if b) the book had been three times as long 😊

Please write more in this universe! Maybe the next one can focus on the lovely adjudicator boss?

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loved it more than I expected

Content warnings: Lots of stuff about pregnancy, voluntary and involuntary, Medical negligence, exile, suicide,
Will admit I was dubious that a writer I love for steampunk could do Sci fi but should have more faith this book is fantastic

Really cute gay romance, lots of conversation and sweetness and navigating complications. And quite a lot of sex.

I would love more in this universe

Fantastic voice actor for the audio (which is especially important for books with sexy times in my opinion!)

So many relatable feelings, it just gets very heavy and sad sometimes but the story is very good.

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Lovely, just lovely

This is a beautiful story.

I don't know what to say other than I want these guys to be my friend.

I love the hair,

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  • Euge
  • 16-10-19

Michael Lesley + lavender alien = CUDDLELICIOUSNESS!!

This story was simply ADORABLE!! 😱😱

Wait! It’s Tris, our lavender, wriggly-haired alíen that’s ADORABLE! ❤️❤️❤️ He is beyond precious and so full of love!

I’ll warn you that this is a very insta-love story with “baby” and “honey” endearments from the get-go. I always have a problem with that, but Tris made me look the other way and not mind so much when his hunky, brown and bearded detective called him baby.

Tris is from a mysterious and xenophobic race of beings. Detective Hastion is human. Both live on a space station. Both are very into the other, but neither has a clue about how they feel until a runaway cat and a murder bring them together.

The mystery was interesting because of the otherness of the culture Carriger created for the galoi (Tris’ race).

The relationship was interesting because of the alien/human match-up, and the fact that Hastion’s brown shade was gloriously beautiful to the galoi.

This was a total fluff piece, murder aside. This was also totally hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥!! Can you say prehensile hair? Can you say self-lubricating member? ❤️❤️

I do hope Carriger creates more stories in this universe!

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  • Claudia Poly
  • 06-09-19

one of the best books I've read/ listened lately

I fell head over hills in love by Tris and his exuberance and sunny disposition from page one!!!
He's a delightful character and absolutely LOVABLE!!!!!
Drey is the perfect person for Tris and they're awesome together!
wonderful world building, addictive plot and storyline!
Awesome Narration performance!
a HIGE 5*

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  • Rachelle
  • 28-08-19

Wonderful!!

I wasn’t sure what to expect and fell in love with this story. It made me laugh and made my heart hurt. Tristol was excellent and so alien, but still conveyed a relevant message in his elegant way. I would happily read more in the world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-09-19

I got bored

I love to hear Michael Lesley. He brought the story to life. But the story lacked in some ways. It was too predictable in spots. It became one big eye roll.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-09-19

Listened then immediately relistened

I never thought I would like a space story but it turned out I loved this book. The pretty purple (sorry lavender) alien helped alot and a gay romance and an narrator who made the book come truly alive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

Fantastic

Excellent story with great writing and narration. Very funny and sweet, and interesting with the alien aspects.

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  • Megan Ratchford
  • 11-09-19

More from this universe please!

Wonderful creation, characters, and story. Of course Michael Lesley is marvelous as always. I hope from more from this universe from G.L. Carriger, so please, please, please?

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  • S. Godfrey
  • 11-09-19

Silly and Salient

A beautiful story exploring otherness, acceptance and the importance of connection, wrapped up in silliness and hot alien sex.

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  • groa
  • 11-09-19

I want more!

A funny and beautiful story. Well written and well narrated. Hope the next one will come out soon. I loved it !!!

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  • MariaCrafts
  • 11-09-19

Wonderful, as always

I am never disappointed by a Gail/G.L. Carriger book and The 5th Gender is no exception. Funny and sexy and sincere. The narrator is absolutely perfect. Can’t wait for more in the series.

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