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A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition

Wayfarers, Book 2
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. 

But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. 

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. 

Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2016 Becky Chambers (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Even better than the first!

I liked this one even better than the first book. The smaller cast of characters let's you get to know everyone a lot better rather than the smaller snippets we got with the first book. Both characters stories are real interesting and in different ways. Also this booktrack edition is FANTASTIC! At first I was all like "Music and sound effects? That sounds freaking annoying!", but the music and effects blend with the narrative almost seamlessly, just like music in a movie. The sound affects are not repetitive or annoying at all and usually just stuff like the sound of crowd of people in the background to lend ambiance. It's NOT gonna be the sound of a hatch opening EVERY freaking time someone opens a hatch ect. I promise.

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Background sound distracting

Usually love audio productions, but this one was distracting to me and I may like the book better in print. Love Becky Chambers. Book is better than most but not as fun as the first.

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Enjoyable story but some problems w/ the booktrack

I really enjoyed the story, but ran into some frustrating parts when it came to this audible version. Overall the narrator did a really good job, despite some small mistakes and one grating one. She mispronounced the xe pronouns in this book for some reason, despite pronouncing it correctly throughout the first book. This really, really bothered me for some reason.

I'm not sure how the music and background noises are chosen for these books, and I'm really on the fence about them. Most of the time it's not too noticeable and just adds ambience. Some times, though, it's a little loud and distracting and doesn't quite fit the mood of the moment. The worst was when the characters were in an incredibly, unbelievably quiet public place--a place for a species that doesn't communicate with words--and for some reason there were crowd noises as if they were in a busy marketplace or something. The word quiet was mentioned soo many times in that scene, I truly do not understand how they made that mistake. It really took away from the moment.

Despite those problems, I would still recommend this book. I jreally wish we could adjust the volume of the background track or something, though.

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A miserable disappointment. Incredibly annoying.

I was expecting another lighthearted space romp with Krizie, and Jinks, vand and Rosemary, and the rest. Instead, I got 13 plus hours of a 4-chapter-at-most story of Pepper's early life, Sidra's coming of age, and the rescue of Owl. The musical soundtrack made me want to return the book. The childish writing, along with the childrens'-book-awful narration, made me want to scream. Save your money. Becky Chambers failed us with this book. I need to listen to a couple of Heinlein books to "get the taste of this crap out of my mouth".

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Humans, Inter-Species and AI Relations: Dramatic Without Melodrama

Evolution of individuals, human and AI. Inter species relations, yet immensely humane, touching without melodrama. Intergalactic space, yet immediate, relatable. Unfolding, dramatic, yet without contrived plot devices. Wonderful narration, and enjoyed Boocktracks background, too.

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another great hit!

while some of the characters were present in the first book, most of these characters are new. the depth and clarity given each are true delights. the world/universe is the same as the first book, but here we are shown an entirely diffent aspect, again truly imaginitive, yet actually using real science as a framework to create upon.
you do not need to read them in order, so dont let that slow you down, but i heartily reccommend the audio version over the written. thus is one of a new genre where productuon quality actually enhances the story... the sound effects, background music and voiced characters lend much to the story.
another point, this is listed as YA fiction, but the author is not afraid to cover difficult or dark topics (slavery, racism, speciesism, gender and orientation, to name a few) as a parent, i would not hesitate to let my child hear or read this, but i would expect some explanations might be needed for the younger set. as an adult, i thought an excellent read and seriously thought provoking. im afraid many adults are frightened off by the YA label, and they need not be in this case.
in short, Yes! read it now!

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skip the version with music!

great sorry and narration but the musical accompaniment was distracting, didn't sinc with what was happening in the stor me stop listening.

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So so good

I didn’t expect a story with so little “plot” to be so gripping - but it was so compelling and so interesting all the way through! I loved following Sidra and Pepper as they grow and change and find themselves... and the author did such a great job imagining what personality development might be like for an AI.

Science fiction at its best: heart, brain, imagination.

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  • voodoo cupcake
  • 02-05-19

love it! so peacefull and exciting

just so good, the narrator has a lovely voice and i love the background noise and music, i feel so peaceful. i want it to last forever

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  • Rafael
  • 11-05-18

Amazing.

Becky and Patricia are wonderful story tellers. Even better than the first. Thank you Becky.