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Summary

In her new novella, Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. 

Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does.

Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.    

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of listeners all over the world. 

©2019 Becky Chambers (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Beautiful and Reflective

I wouldn't have wanted to finish the year with any other book. The narration was perfectly suited to the story, which in itself is a tale that feels close to home and so far away all at once. Its depictions of the complexities of life are told in a way that feels as easy as breathing, the visuals stitching together behind my eyes.

It was a deeply introspective journey listening to this audiobook and I'm sure I will revisit it again over the years.

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it's beautiful

i cannot point to a story that better captures the humility in the heart of the pioneer

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Great

n this instalment Ariadne and her crewmates have left Earth to explore the solar system, and while they are collecting data and research and sending it back, it appears that back on Earth there have been dramatic changes.

I loved the brilliant writing of Becky Chambers, where you really feel for all the characters. I also found the mental health representation in this to be so moving, it felt like it had come straight out of my own experiences.

As with all Becky Chambers books, the relationships between the characters is so beautiful and pure that it feels like this was a memoir and not a fiction piece.

Looking forward to getting my hands on the next instalment.

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phenomenal

the audio quality of the narration was wonderful and I thoroughly finished this wanting more. I'd highly recommend it for any inquisitive minds!

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Provoking in a good way.

Science fiction rooted firmly in what it is to be human, wondering about everything, reaching for the joy of new knowledge while having to deal with our frailties. And other things. Well worth listening to.

The narrator is, as she is in all of these tales, extraordinary.

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boring

way too boring for me. I couldn't connect to the story or the characters at all even if the narrator was amazing. But I think it's a "it's not you it's me" situation. I know people love this book and if you do want to read it I highly recommend the audiobook mostly because the narrator is as good as she is.

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Brilliant listen

Becky Chambers is a fantastic author. This and the Wayfarer trilogy are brilliant reads. Her characters are well realised and rounded.
Patricia Rodriguez captures her story incredibly well. She is incredibly clear and is consistent the entire way through.
I heartily recommend this listen.

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A little wishy washy with bad volume jumps

I found this one a little confused and not really going anywhere. Much worse, though, there are numerous places where the dialogue in the recording leaps in volume compared to the normal narration, shouted speech was yelled painfully into my ear. This made it a real struggle to listen through, sadly. I love this author but can't recommend this book.

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Awesome acting. Wonderful voice. Decent story.

The voice acting was the best I've ever heard! Made me feel like a wondering child again. Full of Joy!
The story caught my imagination imencly! One chapter I'm perticular was very lake luster but apart from that awesome book!

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Four astronauts exploring 4 very different planets

A beautiful novella telling the adventures and misadventures of four human space travellers on a mission so very far away from Earth that they don't expect to be back in time to meet any of their families and friends again. They explore four different planets in a solar system that can host life, and meet very different conditions and unexpected, fascinating inhabitants or lack of them. The story is at times optimistic and light, at other times dark and seemingly hopeless. Love for science and discovery for the sake of it is at the core of it and crucial to the protagonists. Until one day they realise news from earth had stopped arriving at some point, and they must choose how to proceed with their mission, whether to proceed at all. There doesn't seem to be any strong link to the previous novels by this author. The audiobook narrator did a great job, as usual.

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  • Bianka Karshikoff
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This is a review by a scientists.....

....so I might be biased, but this is such an unusual and absolutely lovely book. I’ve never read anything like it and I loved every minute of it. Becky Chambers is just brilliant.