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Ancillary Mercy

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Series: The Imperial Radch, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice.

For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years.

In the meantime, a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire that's at war with itself.

Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

©2015 Ann Leckie (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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I love this series

I have now listened to this series four times. The writing and the themes are excellent. There's something for everyone. I also love Adios Andohs narration. She really brings the book alive.

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incredible creation, brilliant performance

this series is outstanding. the story carries you along with such compelling subtlety you do not want to stop. the readers performance is si atmospheric and rich in style and complexity you feel each character and situation.

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Worthy conclusion to the series

I enjoyed this book, it's character driven and continues to centre around a small system rather than grand space opera style. People who prefer mighty space fleet battles and galaxy spanning stories will likely struggle. But if you liked the second book in the series you'll like this one also. The narration was great although there was great emphasis on various national accents to distinguish voices. It worked though.

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Another great story!

This was a well written story, exploring interesting ideas, with well developed characters, set in a wonderful universe.

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Lovely resolution

I have loved this series so much! This is a great book but not quite my favourite, not sure why. The narration was great, these characters are going to be in my auditory memory for the rest of my life! Thanks so much for making such a great experience.

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Fantastic narration of great book

I am in love with Adjoa’s skillful use of accents and tone to bring the many and varied characters to life in the course of this trilogy. Bravo!!!

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I love this series

On my third listen of the series and finding myself once again looking at antique tea sets on the internet afterwards. It’s a well told story that has change my perception of the genre.

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better than part 2

better than part 2. a gripping ending that keeps you glued to you device. it wants more words..


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Brilliant narrator. Best I've heard. Solid book.

Loved the narration of all 3 novels. Added a while extra layer. Solid book, with flashes of brilliance.

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Words cannot describe

How much I love this book. Top quality sci-fi at its finest that had me at the edge of my seat. Power and privilege, grief and revenge wound up in identity and agency make this compelling and gut wrenching.

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  • Mr. S. Wallace-jones
  • 03-11-2015

Please don't stop there

I loved this third book in the series, and hope Ann Leckie does not stop there. I am wishing for inspiration to strike and more books in the series. Also Adjoa Andoh's reading of the series has been stellar. I have loved her intimacy and character voices. Many thanks to you both.

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  • Kate
  • 28-01-2017

First book was great, second- OK, third- cozy

The first book of the series introduced a number of novel and powerful concepts, such as ancillaries, multi-body AIs, multi-body 'humans', disregard for physical gender. The highly unusual main character and how her nature was revealed gradually made for a great read. I would certainly rate it at 5 stars if I had Ancillary Justice on the Audible.
The following two books of the series make for a cozy read where domestic routines take centre stage and it is hard to take any plot developments seriously. Glimpses of the Radj Space culture provided in the first book are not developed any further, so we are stuck with the endless references to tea drinking. The third book introduces a number of new curious characters and resolves in a more or less satisfying way, making it second best to the first.

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  • Debbie Slater
  • 08-03-2016

5* Science Fiction

This is standout SF read by a standout narrator -- a pure pleasure throughout the trilogy.

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  • Dworkin
  • 29-02-2016

brilliant in every way

with all three books and especially this last one, i really tried hard to ration myself. The more I read, the less I had to look forward to.
Characters and plot were excellent and the reader was superb. Friends who regard audio books with a certain distaste will never know the force and depth that a reader like Adjoa Andoh brings to the text.

All in all a month or so of absolute pleasure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2019

Excellent book, amazing narrator

Narrator had great variations, and did a good job with the sometimes odd songs! Great finish to an excellent series

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  • Michela
  • 19-01-2019

Worthy ending of a brilliant trilogy

This third part of the Ancillary trilogy takes matters a significant step forward for the protagonists, especially in the finale, and particularly for the ships, their ancillaries and A.I.s in general. Most characters get their chance to shine and be quite relevant, including the apparently odd ones, despite or even because of their shortcomings and suffering, and events unfold quite unpredictably, but the plot is always balanced by character insights. A great way to close this brilliant trilogy. The narration was captivating and perfect, like with the previous parts.

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  • Vicki
  • 07-01-2019

Story so well suited to its narrator

And amazing and curious finish to a world that setting that I adore!
it's exactly what the series needed and to say the narrator is suited to the roll does he a disservice.

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  • Katherine
  • 10-12-2018

I wish there were more!

I've listened to this series at least four times. I love the story, I love the characters and I love the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2018

One of the most enjoyable

One of the most enjoyable audio book series I have ever come across. Brilliant storyline, truly likable and fascinating characters, plenty of action, mystey, suspense and some really nice twists. The reader also did an incredible job. Better than any I've heard so far.

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  • C. Campbell
  • 03-09-2018

Enjoyable story

Continuing in the finely observed style, this book ramps the action back up, but in a satisfying departure in tone from bland action sci fi, the climactic confrontation ends in tears.