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Provenance

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018.

Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018.

Shortlisted for the BSFA Awards 2018.

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with a thrilling new story of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. 

Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

The Imperial Radch trilogy begins with Ancillary Justice, continues in Ancillary Sword and concludes with Ancillary Mercy

Also available now: Provenance is a stunning standalone adventure set in the same world as Ancillary Justice.

©2017 Ann Leckie (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Excellent." (Book Smugglers)

"Gripping...richly detailed and rewarding." (SciFiNow)

"A fitting addition to the Ancillary world." (NPR)

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Gripping story well told.

I like the universe Ann has created and the characters she has invented. They come to life through Adjoa’s brilliant narration. I find Ingray is a little too drippy particularly toward the end.

Another book or two about the conclave would be nice. And I want to know what a preska looks like.

Heard the series so far and will definitely continue when Ann writes the next one.

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Slow paced but interesting

Set in the same universe as the Ancillary Justice books, this story is a change of pace. It's more of a political / mystery story. The characters are interesting and many turn out to be more than they seem as the story progressed. I wasn't enthralled but I was entertained and I certainly have no regrets buying this book.
If you loved Ancillary Justice trilogy you'll probably like this book.

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loved it. intricate plot

lived it, like all books from this author. very intricate plot. interesting to hear a story set in the ancillary world but from such a different viewpoint (things that were so important are now mere afterthoughts)

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Great author great narrator

Can’t wait for more from this duo. Ann Leckie writes is such a different unique way which has me excited for more.

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Great story annoying narrator

I loved everything about the plot and story of this book - totally caught up in it the whole time. The quality of the book helped me deal with the annoying narrator - lots of regional accents did help distinguish the various characters, but they made no sense. Why would siblings have divergent accents? Why would people from the same city not speak the same? Some accents were so over the top that they almost sounded like racist stereotypes.

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hard to follow

Very hard to follow the story and language
the use of unconventional pro nouns for people confuses things

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  • brian
  • 25-01-2019

lacks some exposition, needs close attention.

SciFi setting but reads like a period drama, lots of various important people and titles to remember, not a bad story but not for everybody and definitely requires close attention or a cheat sheet.

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  • Dennis
  • 24-11-2017

A bit of a letdown after Ancillary series

Same universe, many of the same elements as the Breq stories but an annoying whiny lead character and a faintly silly storyline. None of the interesting collective AI aspects.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-10-2017

Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

Provenance is set in the same universe as Ann Leckie's Radch novels. Like them it is thought provoking without being "heavy". The story is well paced & the narration by Adjoa Andoh is perfect.

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  • Julian Bowdidge
  • 12-12-2017

Interesting, but complicated.

I loved the authors first trilogy. But this follow up doesn't quite have the same zip and vim I'm afraid.

The narration is as fantastic as ever, but the lead character wonders around like Nancy Drew in space figuring out the nafarous plans of the evil dibbly bongs from the planet gobble drool who are working for the master race of thingybob who are mates with the higs bosons who went on holiday with the Joneses from galactic central just last week and then some one dies. And our plucky heroine saves the day and rescues the day for something, or someone. And a bowl... I think

Lots of characters and all a touch contrived.

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  • matt hall
  • 22-11-2017

Good, but not as good as the ancillary series

It's good to be back in the world of the radch, and the characters are just as compelling. Leckie's knack for language is also in evidence but somehow this may doesn't grab me as much as the ancillary series. This is good its just not as good...

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  • Dean
  • 14-10-2017

A complex, nuanced vision.

The author's subtle humour is delivered by this accomplished narrator with a deadpan style and a twinkle in her voice.
Initially, I worried the various different pronouns were likely to get tiresome, but it never happened, the story took over and I spent more time listening to the dialogue for the humour. You do have to listen for it, it is never signalled.
While it will be described by some as politically correct and even a feminist novel, these labels are irrelevant to what is a sci-fi novel of political intrigue and a range of characters displaying a great deal of panache.

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  • Synaptyx
  • 22-03-2020

Why, though?

I was excited to listen to this book after finishing the Ancilliary series. Wow, what a let down. It just isn't up to the standard and level of Ancilliary at all. I felt that it could have been a short story, or at most, a novella. It just draaaaaaaaaaags.

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  • Michela
  • 23-11-2019

Mysterious identities and a murder mystery

The plot revolves around a series of characters, most of whom manage to hide their identity and add to the intrigue in a number of different ways. Political power and riches on this planet are connected to official vestiges, and crimes of forgery or larceny of them abound, and it's hard to discern the truth from the lie. The main character is herself quite interesting and resourceful, and manages to discover quite a few schemes and to reveal unsuspected connections, as well as solve the murder of an important representative, and save quite a few lives, exploiting the deceptive identities of some of her new allies. Quite full of fascinating characters and surprising plot twists. In the background, to remind us that this is set in the same universe as the Ancillary trilogy, the frightening request of the weird AIs to be considered citizens is looming on the upcoming council meetings,far away from this planet.

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  • Robert Wheatley
  • 29-08-2019

Very, very dull

This book just annoyed me. A very thin story. I’m not sure I’d class it as sci-fi either.

Don’t waste your time or money.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2018

Absolutely delightful!

Having listened to Adjoa Andoh read the Ancillary trilogy my expectations for Provenance were very high. I wasn't disappointed. It was thoroughly enjoyable and totally engrossing. I just hope there will be more to come from Ann Leckie and that Adjoa Andoh gets to read them to us! I've listened to quite a bit of sci-fi on Audible and so far for me no other audio book experience has come close to being as good as this and the Ancillary trilogy!

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  • Toller
  • 06-06-2018

Excellent performance.

This is an interesting and entertaining story by Ann Leckie, with good characters and an intriguing plot - but what makes it special is the superb reading by Adjoa Andoh, who does a superb job. A great, great listen.