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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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Great

Enjoyed this on going series. I don’t think all the numbers etc are needed to get the idea of storyline. That I find boring, but overall a good book.

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DNF first half was a boring clusterf*ck

Characters were interesting, the world was interesting but nothing was happening and there was little to no connection evident between the MANY different narratives. It was just so slow and unengaging. Massive disappointment compared to the first two books. There was a good book in there somewhere but it probably needed some tough editing.

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Essential

One of the best science fiction novels ive ever read. Narratiom is faultless. Highly recommended

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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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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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  • 02-07-2020

Interesting character study, not a great story

The book follows several characters as they develop and live their lives and as a character study, it is indeed interesting. However, there is no plot or narrative tension. There is no conflict or question that needs resolving. The characters are not very relatable and the one who is, is only there for a few chapters. It feels endless and not in a good way, because you keep expecting something to actually happen and it...doesn't.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • May Lill Sande
  • 11-05-2021

Whoever named the chapters is pure evil.

The chapters are named in the audible navigation after the character it focuses on, so there are many chapters with the same names. Really bad. Story and narration is awesome.

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  • rebecca t.
  • 30-04-2021

Addictive

I can't recommend these highly enough... book three and honestly I'm so immersed in this world I can't imagine how it isn't real!!! The philosophical mien of the text is beautiful and gives you pause for thought so often. And the reader... well she is spectacular. Every character from all three books has a distinct voice and mannerisms... it really is like being a kid being read to again in the most joyful way.

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  • Tatiana / @TCLinrow
  • 25-04-2021

Magnificent!

STOP MAKING ME CRY BECKY CHAMBERS!
I promised myself before I started this books that I wouldn't get attached to anyone or anything, like I did in the first two books because I knew exactly how it would end for me... but that failed within the first couple of chapters because I was super invested in all of them.
I adored this story; it gave me hope, made me feel at home, broke my heart and put it back together again.
Highly recommend!

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  • Mark Chitty
  • 22-04-2021

Enjoyable character-focused sci-fi

Another stand-alone book set in Becky Chambers' Wayfarers universe, where her focus is on the characters and storytelling rather than action and adventure. I enjoy these very much for the change of pace compared to other SF I consume, and always find myself being drawn in by the stories she tells. Definitely not a style that will suit everyone, but the easy way they flow ticks my boxes.

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  • Sandor
  • 28-03-2021

Perfect if you want to fall asleep

Perfect for falling asleep. Contrary to the storylines of the previous books in this series this one is dead boring. Literally nothing exciting happens, it’s just a mundane description of everyday life in this particular sci-fi universe. I did enjoy it only as means to fall solid asleep.

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  • Andre Pau
  • 04-03-2021

The space journey of the last humans

Always a good listen with Patricia Rodriguez ... slowed a little 3/4 way through but an enjoyable journey..moving on to her next in the series ..hope its just as good if not better than all Becky Chamber's previous listens .

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