A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition

Wayfarers, Book 2
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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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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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 beautiful and deeply felt story full of joy, sadness and imagination

In “The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet”, I felt as if the author might’ve still been finding her feet, but I couldn’t get enough of the rich setting she was weaving.

With this story, though, she elevated that setting to its full potential, telling a rich and interwoven narrative that builds up two unique and excellent protagonists and sets them up as mirrors for each other.

The plot - like a few of its key characters - is much more than the sum of its parts, and the ending does not disappoint.

I can’t recommend this enough: it’s one of the best science-fiction books I’ve read in years, and I’m hoping there’s a lot more by this author (and the wonderful narrator) on Audible, because if so, I am about to spend a bunch of credits grabbing them all.

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story and naration was great, he music distracted

while the music enhanced the story in some places it was far more often distracting. It was nicely composed but often tonaly inapripriate.

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background music is so annoying

whose idea was that? I can understand wanting to try it but it was a fail.

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AI have feelings too

I am going to have to listen to this one again, because I am a bit fuzzy on the plot. However, next time I lose my cell phone or leave my laptop, thanks to this tale I am going to have to worry about how they feel about it.

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Great characters!

Becky Chambers continues to demonstrate her story weaving skills with a fresh batch of memorable characters. Looking forward to continuing with this series. Patricia Rodriguez does a great job narrating.
Not a huge fan of the "Booktrack" background audio, though. At times it's quite beneficial to the story, but at other moments it seems forced and awkward.

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Identity nurturing!

I just love the wayfarer series! So genuine and true about personhood, gender, society and identity. I’m going to try to get my stubborn little nieces to read them! So great! So emotionally grounding!

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Just so good and full of feels

the music was never a distraction and usually it would be for me.

The story itself was amazing and the AI perspective on things was very well executed. The end left me wanting more not because the story was unfinished but because I will miss the characters.

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Better and Better

Character driven story so light on ‘plot’ but it is a nice luxuriant romp through a far off universe filled with delightful people that make me want to be a better friend to the people around me.

Better yet I found it more enjoyable than the first book in the series.

If you are looking for ultra hard sci-fi, or a military centered novel, then by all means look somewhere else. If you are looking to relax with friends that you didn’t know existed then get this book.

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  • 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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  • Jo
  • 04-11-19

Different than the first, but on par in terms of quality!!!

A smaller cast than the first, and it incorporates a time jump into the story but the same wonderful journey. I loved every second!!

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  • Rafael
  • 11-05-18

Amazing.

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