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The follow-up to the hugely popular science fiction action-adventure All Systems Red

Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Fabulous sequel

I loved, loved, loved the first instalment, Rogue Protocol and the highly anticipated book two does not disappoint.
Human shy and weary but hooked on the escapism of soap operas, Murderbot reluctantly befriends ART, a research transport ship. Their interactions are quite hilarious and their bonding over episodes of Sanctuary Moon especially so. Murderbot, a once rogue killer does not remember or understand the circumstances that made it kill. ART wants to help, which means Murderbot gets a private security job sans face mask. A Sec Unit pretending to be human helping young, out of their depths, scientists in a diabolical situation. Murderbot is all heart and then - Bam Bam, what moves!
I could not recommend this series enough. Short but packed with goodness. Worth every cent. I bought the kindle deal - book and narration.
Great narration too btw. Young Adult.

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Second in series offers further delights

After listening to the first in the Murderbot series, I was quite prepared to be let down by this sequel. However, it turned out to be every bit as interesting and entertaining as the first. Showing character development in robots has always been something difficult in sci-fi; even Iain M Banks, with his culture series, struggled at times in how to show development in both his drones and AI "minds".
Martha Wells' solution is to have a central robotic character which/who is a "construct", part robot and part human. Where others, in particular Neal Asher, have worked the border between the human and the robotic, Ms Wells has gone the other direction, to the border between the half-robot and the "augmented" human.
The result is a surprising and welcome re-personalisation of robots and AIs in general. We're back into the creepy and yet fascinating world of the HAL 9000.
The writing is backed up by another fine performance by Kevin Free as narrator, whose laconic style suits this science fiction series very well, as it manages to convey both the humour and the cynicism of a central character who is a kind of half-outsider observer of human behaviour.

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amazing story but too short!

I am loving this story! but I was gutted after the first book ended just as I was starting to develop an understanding and connection with the characters. I loved this book even more with that development under wraps and look forward to the rest in the series. As others have stated I really do wish these books were longer or offered as a box set.

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I'm a murderbot stan

murderbot is the most relatable character of any book ever 5/5 performance is also good

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Just on my way through to book 3

finished the first installment of this series and now have finished the second. I'm now on my way to book 3. really enjoyable!

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Great story, but too expensive.

Three-hour novellas should be cheaper than 22-hour novels. I'll gladly buy a compilation at that price, or cheaper individual ones, but I don't intend to buy any more of this series from Audible at this price.

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cute but inconsequential

After the first two, Wells's charmingly novel formulation of an aspi android finding, despite itself, that it has a soft spot for exasperating but endearingly naive humans is starting to need more. The novelty is spent and the plot is too inconsequential to project it into a higher rating.
Plus I'm more than a little peeved at a full credit being pocketed by Jeff for a novella about a fifth of the length of a regular book.
Stiil I'm intrigued enough to try one more.

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Even better than All Systems Red

The Audible narration was FABTASTIC!!! This narrator is perfect for Murderbot!

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Wow, these books have unexpectedly worked their way into my heart. This is my second time reading Artificial Condition. It was my favourite novella on the first read through, and it looks like it will easially hold that title. It just amazes me the complexity of the characters emotions and how subtly they are conveyed to the reader. The story is compelling and it flows well. I feel like I got to know murderbot better in this book. It was my partner's first time reading this book and it was fun to experience it for the first time again through him.

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Beautiful work all around

Martha Wells creates another engaging story around our favourite Murderbot. A character more intriguing and showing more integrity than many.

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So so good.

This was perhaps the best thing my ears have heard in years. I highly recommend this. Hopefully there's a few more on the way.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 15-12-2018

Fun, short, overpriced.

I was sucked into buying the second one because I liked the first one, and it was slightly on sale. But even at $6.99, it was too much money for too few hours. These need to be combined into one, maybe two books. I'm not buying a third one till audible makes them cheaper and neither should anyone else.

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  • R. Maines
  • 23-08-2018

4 stars for story..

One star for value for me money.

Another great Murderbot story, but considering it price it’s way too short. Tor in it’s infinite wisdom appears to have decided to price gouge fans of All Systems Red with the sequels.

I would recommend patience and wait for the inevitable anthology release down the line.

Narration was good.

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  • Chris Keller
  • 29-05-2018

Fun, but too expensive...

Books in series have average of 3 hours... Probably will wait for an omnibus to finish series.

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  • Squidiculous
  • 06-09-2018

Way too short. But I'm hooked.

I'm endlessly salty about the length of the books in this series.

That being my only complaint should be interpreted as a raving recommendation but I honestly can't imagine loving another character enough to put up with this.

Overall 3 stars, 1 for every hour I got to spend in the head of the most loveable murderbot imaginable.

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  • Brian Barry
  • 05-09-2018

Awesome but painfully short.

I love the series but, to echo past reviews, it really should be one or two books.

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  • J. Eisenach
  • 16-05-2018

This series should be one book

Not worth spending multiple credits on this decent books series. The stories are basically short stories and should be combined into 1 book. Upset I wasted credits on these books as they are mediocre compared to many other in the same genre.

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  • Just reading
  • 09-06-2018

Murderbot is awesome!

Another adventure with our quirky and privacyminded hero. Sarcasm and snark galore, along with touching moments of humanity. Highly recommend ed.

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  • Phebe
  • 21-10-2019

Perfect reading

This second in the murderbot series is as delightful as the first. Kevin Free does a perfect reading -- a young voice, with great understanding of the character. I like his transport bot also, ART. I like a nice, short, quick book if it's vivid and interesting with good characters, and this scifi has it all.

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  • The Lance Gifford
  • 12-08-2018

Murderbot’s Inner Life is Oddly Compelling

Here’s the unexpected gift of this series: a determinedly non-human cybernetic construct wrestles with the same existential angst as we humans. The result is, by turns, curious, endearing and chilling. Martha Wells is a treasure I hope to continue to benefit from. Kevin R. Free’s narration is serviceable, if uninspired. Perhaps...just what the character needs.

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  • Brian M.
  • 23-05-2018

Good but short

This was well written but too short. The characters were not really developed and may not be worth the cost.

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  • paul sparks
  • 15-05-2018

More of the murderbot saga

I really enjoy this series of stories but find it hard to call these novels as they are more short stories / novellas and as such should be priced accordingly, I bought the first story on amazon and paid nearly £13 for a very short albeit enjoyable book, this time I purchased the story on Audible (obviously) and I will purchase the other stories in the murderbot diaries in the same manner as it’s more economical, griping aside the stories are well worth a listen 😀

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  • Jacqueline
  • 09-05-2018

Small but perfectly formed

Free to follow its own desires, Murderbot hitches a ride on an AI survey ship ART, and heads out to try to find the truth about its bloody past.
Along the way it forms it’s first friendship , rescues a hapless group of humans from deadly corporate games, acquires some facial hair and demonstrates why you really shouldn’t make it angry!
Funny and touching by turns, without sentimentality.
The reader adds to the depth of the story, beautiful performance.
I hope the series continues.

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  • Edward Clark
  • 09-07-2021

Crying out to be made into a movie franchise

Best science fiction I've read for a long time .looking forward to the next instalment

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  • Martin Grisman
  • 04-01-2021

Great read

Murderbot is quickly becoming a personal favourite when I want short but enjoyable reads :-)

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  • S. Clarke
  • 10-05-2020

Good but short

Really enjoying these, but disappointed you have to use 1 credit for a 3 hour novella, hence 4 stars.

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  • Arzo Arsalan
  • 01-05-2020

better than the first book

Very enjoyable. It's more of a dark comedy than a thriller. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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  • Cyberpunk
  • 30-04-2020

Enjoyable

More Sec unit fun. I found it well presented and enjoyable. For me the story lacked a bit of substance.

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  • AvidReader
  • 31-07-2019

First syllable of each para is missing.

Very offputting from the great story and narration. I would like my credit back please.

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  • Ian
  • 13-06-2019

superb.

An AI rogue Murderbot helping humans retrieve some stolen software and also find out more of its own history. It has help from another unit

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  • D. Marsh
  • 06-07-2018

Good and well narrated, very short though

Not worth a whole credit due to short length. Nice story and from a robot perspective.

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