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Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.  

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC's goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened.  

Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the governor of Kansas, is considering a run for president. 

©2020 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Wish there was more!

You do such a great story and narrative! I was so surprised when I realised that the author was also the narrator! I think it’s a great boost to the enjoyment of listening. As the author the narrator knows all the inflections. Well done!

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Another great read

I love the way Kowal writes and her narration is excellent too, I even like the way she reads the male characters because she does it in a way that isn’t a put on voice, yet you forget it’s a woman’s voice some how.

The characters real very real and I love the focus on strong women. Kowal somehow gives them deep flaws without making them look weak, which is so much more common for female characters.

I hope this series has several more books to come.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2020

Outstanding.

I’d originally been disappointed when I read that this latest novel in the Lady Astronaut series wouldn’t focus on Elma Yorke, the central character so far. How wrong I was.

This instalment of the series is a bit different in tone, in some ways feeling a good deal darker, as tensions escalate and characters face life or death consequences. This book a tightly plotted, close quarters espionage thriller on the moon; how can we say know to that?

Nicole Wargin is a fascinating and rounded character whose true depths are slowly revealed over the course of the novel, and the story is thrilling, heart-breaking, and exultant in all the right places.

A word should be said about the author doing her own narration: it’s amazing. Before listening, I had no idea that Mary Robinette Kowal is also a voice actor, now I’d rank her among my favourite audiobook narrators. She does an incredible job bringing the multinational cast of the book to life, and her performance as Nicole moved me to tears once or twice.

I can’t recommend this enough.

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  • catnipRN
  • 18-07-2020

5 stars is not enough!

I have waited for this book since I finished The Fated Sky back in 2018. The author is the narrator, and she is awesome! She has the ability to make you feel like you are there, living the story, experiencing the same emotions. While listening, I laughed, cried, gasped and had anger toward characters to the point that I felt like I was part of story. I look forward to more of her stories, both her own stories and those that she narrates.

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  • Eric
  • 10-08-2020

Good listen

This series is an excellent story-line that I highly recommend. The characters are exciting, and the story has a subtle forceful type of energy that will keep the listener engaged. 😀😀😀😀

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  • Kate
  • 17-07-2020

Awesome

Another great addition to the series. Really well written. I couldn't stop listening. Only sad that now I have to wait for the next one.

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  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 22-07-2020

Happenings on the moon during the Mars expedition

This covers what is happening on the moon during the Mars expedition. It does not all go smoothly as you could probably guess. I hope there is a book about what is happening on earth during the same time period.

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  • Gary Roelli
  • 26-10-2020

Great continuation of the Lady Astronaut series

This is a great series very well performed by the author. It's an alternative history version of the exploration of space that was caused by the arrival of a meteor that will eventually kill all humans on earth. Very enjoyable characters among them Elma York and Nicole Wargin. This book "The Restless Moon" set in the early 1960's details the problems of going to space at a time when many on earth think they should concentrate efforts on earth alone. Nicole Wargin uses her experience as a spy during World War 2 to stop "Earth First" efforts to turn away from space. There's great tragedy and deceit. I hope very much the story continues in a 4th novel.

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  • Cheryl
  • 30-09-2020

past and present

While the previous books could be read thinking historically and with the thought we were comfortably past certain prejudices and *isms, reading this with the current events and social unrest, prejudices and *isms was no longer comfortable as these things were obviously not in our past.

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  • Kyle H
  • 09-06-2021

This time we follow Nicole.

It took me a few chapters, but I found myself enjoying this adventure just the same as the last two!

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  • Dr Rick
  • 29-05-2021

Hampered by a Plot Hole and Length

I read the first book in the "Lady Astronaut" series, which I liked a lot. Some reviewers said that the second book didn't add much to the plotline. So, I decided to go straight to the third book in the series.

I liked the characters and the over-arching plot. The story moved slower than I would have liked, and I think I would have preferred the Reader's Digest Condensed Book version. A little less could have been more.

The author, Mary Robinette Kowal, was also the narrator, and her narration was incredible! I suspect that hearing her read it may have made the book itself better than it was.

When it comes to the science, Kowal has a chapter after the epilogue where she goes into what she and her team did for accuracy. That part is truly remarkable. I enjoyed that chapter, and I think the attention to this detail strengthened the book.

The least accurate part of the story, and to me, the glaring "plot hole" was her choice to make the terrorists motivated by their supposedly Christian faith. She does paint these terrorists as a fringe group, and several of her main characters are people of faith who are not portrayed unrealistically. However, her choice of causing the terrorists to be motivated by out-of-context Old Testament passages indicates that neither Kowal nor anyone on her team really understands what motivates people when it comes to Christian faith — even fringe groups. I have a doctorate and experience in a related field, so this is not an uninformed opinion.

For the book as a whole, this "plot hole" is secondary — it is like making a glaring mistake in the science. However, I am very concerned about our current popular culture's tendency to marginalize Christians and Jews by painting them in negative ways. I'm afraid that "The Restless Moon" unintentionally furthers that agenda a bit.

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  • Brad S.
  • 23-05-2021

Loved this!!!

Best of the three written so far, and I enjoyed the first two. I hope that the author is willing to stick with this thing. I can imagine so many great angles to pursue in future books. How does the world handle those who can't leave? How does money, race, gender, age, and disability enter in? Will space exploration be motivated and guided by the principals of Democracy? Or will we descend into some awful dystopian future where "those that can't" get left behind? Couldn't much of what we learn in settling the Moon and Mars provide lessons for surviving a no longer habitable earth? I'd love to revisit these worlds one or two hundred years later, and see how much humanity has learned. See how we did it, and what are we struggling with now? What allows us to move beyond the solar system? Is there life on Mars? (and what about the poo?).
Thanks so much for The Lady Astronauts... More please! :)

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  • CitizenV
  • 01-04-2021

one of the best series I've ever read

I cannot express how happy I am to have started this series on a whim.

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  • John Birch
  • 26-03-2021

Bowled over by a cannot stop listening book

The first two books in the Lady Astronaut were good - I enjoyed them, like many other books. But this - the third in the series - was a very pleasant surprise because it is amazing.

A Sci-fi/Alternative history/Whodunnit/Spy novel this story crosses genres and has you desperately not wanting to stop listening all the way through.

And so well narrated - by the author.

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

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  • Michela
  • 07-02-2021

Tragedy strikes on the Moon colony

This third book in the Lady Astronauts series is told from the point of view of Nicole, astronaut, pilot, wife of politician Kenneth, and with quite a few other talents as well as challenges. "Earth first" terrorists strike both on Earth and, further on in the novel, also on the Lunar colony where Nicole has been sent to try to prevent terrorists, supposedly hidden among the crew or the members of the colony, from succeeding in their plans. Quite a few tragedies strike both on Earth and on the Moon, diseases, accidents and terrorist attacks injure or kill quite a few people, including important characters. All through this, even as communication with Earth is interrupted, Nicole and her colleagues / friends manage to work all the problems they are faced with, including inner struggles with self-esteem, diseases, injuries, discrimination, righteous anger and grief. It is both heartbreaking and heartening, and incredibly poignant, as, among other things, a contagious disease starts spreading in the colony, although the book was written when Covid19 did not exist yet. Readers also get occasional glimpses on the progress of the Mars expedition, and the epilogue seems to close that story too, though hopefully more details will be told in future stories. Great performance by the narrator of the audiobook, who is the author herself.

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  • Jenny Stenberg
  • 11-12-2020

Mary Robinette Kowal doesn't disappoint

No Elma? True but yet this is so good, suspenseful, funny and the audio version of a page turner. I really enjoy Robinette Kowal as a narrator too. She really does a great job bringing the story to life.

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  • Scarlet Wilson
  • 30-09-2020

Favourite

This was my favourite of the series. Loved the setting on both moon and earth, liked the tension and pacing too. The slightly alternate timeline setting is just so interesting.

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 20-08-2020

A great listen

Mary Robinette Kowal brings another Lady Astronaut novel to the table, although THE Lady Astronaut only has a vignette in the epilogue. it's a clever, thoughtful and beautifully written story that only has one minus point: a fairly weak ending. Otherwise, it is a gripping page turner that will keep you entertained throughout.

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  • Inga Auðbjörg Straumland
  • 12-08-2020

A captivating insight into space

Mary Robinette's carefulness in how she portrays space, technology and facts lifts this sci-fi novel into space! Similarly, the way that she portrays personal struggles and social factors like race and gender lakes the story intriguing and exciting. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-2020

Brilliant book - Superb Narration!!

This is utterly, utterly engrossing.

There are so many themes included in this wonderful continuation of the 'Lady Astronaut' series. Switching first person narrative is also a difficult thing to pull off but the author has succeeded admirably by creating new fully rounded characters to add to those of the first two books.

I have the kindle version too because sometimes I like to read on a bit faster but the audible version is far superior because of the extremely skilled narration.

It is also fascinating to see the parallels with this imagined history and the current climate change emergency.

Finally there should also be an extra star for the length of this novel, 17+ hours of immersion into the author's world is amazing value. Thankyou so much for continuing the series.

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