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Record of a Spaceborn Few

Wayfarers, Book 3
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Series: Wayfarers, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Time best seller. 

From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope. 

The incredible new audiobook by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

#SpacebornFew

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"A quietly profound, humane tour de force." (Guardian).

"The best speculative fiction currently being written." (John Connolly)

"An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy." (Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)

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Unique

Becky Chambers; a singular voice in science fiction bringing a humanity to our future like no one else ever has. Absolutely beautifully written and a story of life affirming beauty.

Patricia Rodriguez; the perfect narrator sets this book alive with absolutely sublime reading.

Not full of space battles and laser beams but rather a more profound and intimate look at life in space amongst aliens and the stars.

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Oh stars! Love love loved it!

I adore the world Chambers has created. Her characters are so good and relatable to a contemporary reader despite their lives being set far in an imaginary future. The way Chambers introduces new people but still keeps them linked to the ones we’ve read about before is awesome!

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Worth Every Moment

When I first read Record of a Spaceborn Few, I didn’t really ‘get’ it. But now,, after many readings and listening, I think I’m starting to, and I think that’s the point after all, isn’t it, Becky? I’m going to read it again soon, but first I’m returning to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet again. I think there may be still more to gain from it. So many thanks.

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No proper storyline, just a basic story

I’ve listened to other books by the same author and I have really enjoyed them. This is not one. Explores the concept of living in space well but lacks an interesting story to tie the characters together. I struggled to finish it and used the book to put me to sleep.

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A refreshing space drama that explores humanity

I really enjoyed reading this book and was pleasantly surprised to discover there are more in the series. This particular book works as a standalone and a great introduction to the series. The book itself looks at humanity far removed from today yet so familiar. Through the eyes of characters (both human and alien) to answer some of life's hardest questions.

I read this book at a transitional stage in my life. Struggling with identity and moving away from a job that I hated (but paid well) to a job that I love (but doesn't pay as well). This book helped me to tackle many of the questions and issues I ask myself daily.

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great

great world building, i really had an understanding of the culture and history of the fleet

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Sweet. better than book 2

Better than book 2. Still not as good as book 1. Really hoping Chambers returns to the wayfarer crew next.

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Enjoyable

An enjoyable story, even if it lacked a little in action compared with the first two.

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Simply Wonderful

If you like the way (as in her first two books) Becky Chambers explores humanity through what feels like real people, then this book will not disappoint.

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stunning.. as always

Becky has extended her universe. familer names linked to a great scifi story with an emotional roller coaster which leaves you satisfied. never let this end!

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  • 2560431
  • 11-06-2019

This book is everything!

Becky Chambers is so good at teaching understanding and respect and tolerance in an exciting and super entertaining way. She deals with the questions of accepting those who are different from us by telling deeply humane stories. All three books in the trilogy are bit different from each other, so it’s hard to compare them. They are all deep and amazing in different ways. As usual, I laughed, I cried and I ended up feeling hopeful. This should be a compulsory reading for us to learn about curiosity and acceptance. Narration is perfect!

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  • Karl Johan Oeckinger
  • 15-10-2018

best of the series

Chambers have matured while writing this series, and here delivered a low key masterpiece, filled with hope in humanity (despite the rather gloomy circumstances)

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  • James Mason
  • 06-10-2018

Not as good as the rest of the series

Maybe I'm rating it so low because of how much I loved the other books in the series, but it felt a bit aimless. The central plot was a bit of a nonevent compared to the amount of time discussing cultural differences, which might have been more engaging if there had been a stronger narrative thread tying it all together. Still worth reading/listening, but not up to the calibre of the rest of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2018

Beautiful

A heartwarming love letter to community spirit. Very progressive. With interesting nuance regarding planned economies vs free markets. And excellent narration.

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  • Sheldon
  • 24-09-2018

tedious compared to first two books

I found this book tedious and seemingly lacking a solid story line. I would quite happily have skipped this book. The whole way through I was hoping for something exciting to happen and then it ended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2018

not science fiction, however good social thinking

enjoyed the social and emotional thinking, great if you have children even the grown ups. expected this book to be continuation from the previously 2.

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  • Misspelt
  • 11-08-2018

Another disappointment!

The first Wayfarer book was good, the next two just spin-off stories in the same universe. This is a book about 'why am I here', 'who or what is God' etc.. No sci-fi really, no excitement and no real point. The narration was its best point. The more I listened the quicker I had to turn the speed up to just get through it. You can do x1.4 without a problem.

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  • Gravyc
  • 27-06-2020

Not as good as first 2 books

I loved the first two books in this series. Becky Chambers has done a great job creating a universe (literally) full of different species, politics and characters. The first two books were slow, but very interesting reads. Each with a decent climax to satisfy the reader. In a Spaceborn Few, I just never felt like I was being draw in to the universe in the same way. Some bit were interesting and the second half of the book is definitely better than the first. But I felt the ending was rather lacklustre. The good things about Beck Chambers' series is that they are not direct sequels - they all take place in the same universe and reference characters or events from the other books - but they can be read in any order, or even skipped. If you're a fan of the series, this is worth a read. But if this is your first outing into this universe, definitely check out the other books first. They are so much more engaging. Spaceborn Few is fine, but not great. Though this hasn't put me off the franchise - I'm very much looking forward to a 4th book in the series :)

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  • Faye
  • 22-06-2020

A little lacking in story.

The second book of the series has been my stand out favourite by far; the third is a little empty, despite being so crowded.
It really is what the title says; a record of 5 lives and their time on board a single ship in a time span of around 5 years. I was expecting every moment of ever chapter for the characters to meet, for the stories to collide; in essence for the plot to kick off. It never did.
The most exciting story with the most likeable character by far cuts off abruptly, leaving you with four downer characters plodding on alone, meeting only tangentially. Its still very listenable, interesting if you are interested in the minutiae of world-building, but don’t come for action.

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  • Crusader
  • 28-05-2020

A different Becky

Chambers likes to mix it up instead of writing the same story all over again. This time it's set in the Exodus fleet of space ships but really a family drama about humanity.
Still well told if not as action packed as we're used to.
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  • gastrobart
  • 11-02-2020

Record of a space born few

I thought this book was fabulous. nicely crafted, well told story, good character development. ties in well with the previous 2 books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2019

The least favourite of the trilogy

I found it really hard to get invested in the stories of the characters. Definitely not as good as the first two.