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To Be Taught, If Fortunate

A Novella
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In her new novella, Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. 

Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does.

Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.    

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of listeners all over the world. 

©2019 Becky Chambers (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Heartfelt and thoughtful

An interesting look at the early stages of interplanetary human exploration, Becky Chambers brings both humanity and philosophy to science fiction with a wonderfully compassionate style.

This is a thoughtful book that does not include laser battles or Star troopers so if action is your primary requirement this book is not for you. It is however full of clever ideas and intriguing questions.

Patricia Rodriguez IS the voice of Becky Chambers books and does a sublime narration. She captures the depth of the characters wonderfully and brings the unfolding story to life perfectly.

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Loved it

Although short it was reminiscent of Becky's first 2 books which were simply captivating. Can't wait for the next.

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lovely

just wish it was longer!!! but it's was perfectly short too.
I wish there were more Becky chambers and Patrica Rodriguez!
you both amazing.
thank you
looking forward to the next one. your my favourite author and reader.
Rafael x

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  • Bianka Karshikoff
  • 24-01-2020

This is a review by a scientists.....

....so I might be biased, but this is such an unusual and absolutely lovely book. I’ve never read anything like it and I loved every minute of it. Becky Chambers is just brilliant.

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  • Gavin Sheedy
  • 30-07-2020

Provoking in a good way.

Science fiction rooted firmly in what it is to be human, wondering about everything, reaching for the joy of new knowledge while having to deal with our frailties. And other things. Well worth listening to.

The narrator is, as she is in all of these tales, extraordinary.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-2020

boring

way too boring for me. I couldn't connect to the story or the characters at all even if the narrator was amazing. But I think it's a "it's not you it's me" situation. I know people love this book and if you do want to read it I highly recommend the audiobook mostly because the narrator is as good as she is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2020

Brilliant listen

Becky Chambers is a fantastic author. This and the Wayfarer trilogy are brilliant reads. Her characters are well realised and rounded.
Patricia Rodriguez captures her story incredibly well. She is incredibly clear and is consistent the entire way through.
I heartily recommend this listen.

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  • Richard
  • 26-02-2020

it's beautiful

i cannot point to a story that better captures the humility in the heart of the pioneer

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  • S. L.
  • 12-02-2020

A little wishy washy with bad volume jumps

I found this one a little confused and not really going anywhere. Much worse, though, there are numerous places where the dialogue in the recording leaps in volume compared to the normal narration, shouted speech was yelled painfully into my ear. This made it a real struggle to listen through, sadly. I love this author but can't recommend this book.

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  • Sam Goodwin
  • 09-01-2020

Awesome acting. Wonderful voice. Decent story.

The voice acting was the best I've ever heard! Made me feel like a wondering child again. Full of Joy!
The story caught my imagination imencly! One chapter I'm perticular was very lake luster but apart from that awesome book!

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  • Michela
  • 05-01-2020

Four astronauts exploring 4 very different planets

A beautiful novella telling the adventures and misadventures of four human space travellers on a mission so very far away from Earth that they don't expect to be back in time to meet any of their families and friends again. They explore four different planets in a solar system that can host life, and meet very different conditions and unexpected, fascinating inhabitants or lack of them. The story is at times optimistic and light, at other times dark and seemingly hopeless. Love for science and discovery for the sake of it is at the core of it and crucial to the protagonists. Until one day they realise news from earth had stopped arriving at some point, and they must choose how to proceed with their mission, whether to proceed at all. There doesn't seem to be any strong link to the previous novels by this author. The audiobook narrator did a great job, as usual.

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 03-01-2020

What does it mean to fare to the stars?

A wonderful study towards what it means to realistically visit other stars and planets in search of life. What it needs as human capital, and what it needs to be an astronaut not only in knowledge but also in spirit and feelings and internal metaphysical understanding. Excellent work by Ms Chambers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2020

awesome!

loved it! couldn't stop listening once I started the story captures you after the first few paragraphs and you want to answer the same questions the main character is asking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-2019

A beautiful novella, full of humanity

A beautiful novella, full of humanity. Well read. Read the authors other books you won't regret it.