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Publisher's Summary

It's the master tactician of the ruthless Galactic Empire versus the Free Planets Alliance in Japan's greatest space opera epic!

In the 36th century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who, with renewed determination, seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and to fulfill the oath he made with a dear departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief when Julian returns from his first combat mission than he is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for this opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military's secret weapon appears right at the gates of Iserlohn. The battle begins! Who will endure?

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I simply loved it.

Somehow, this book is just as entertaining as anime series. I especially liked the moments which weren't included in the anime. Like Yang being irritated by having coffee instead of tea.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Pedro
  • New York
  • 11-10-17

Amazing story!

Where is the next book in the series???
I need more Legend of the galactic heroes in my life!!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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where is this conclusion?

very good story. great narration. but after 3 audiobooks, no finale. will audible bring the next chapters? or will we be orphans?

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Where the hell is volume 4!

It's been almost 3 years! Just shut up and take my money you dummy publisher!

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Another excellent continuation of the series

The author's writing skills are still very much at a tier 1 level in that he continues to take care in providing interesting situations to a large number of characters, including those who play minor roles, as was the case with Yang's academy friend's loss of life and that of his friend's betrothed in her follow-on role as an anti-war organizer. Also, the dichotomy of Yang's general anti-war views and then his determination when pressed to defeat the enemy with large losses in life is not lost on me. It is this type of drama and bemusement that makes for interesting story telling and Yoshiki Tanaka does it quite well. Couple that with Tim Gerard Reynolds superb narrating performance and it made for another hard-to-put-down listening pleasure.

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Endurance for all

Much like the first two volumes, this installment sports is very appropriate title - this time around Yang and Reinhard literally have to endure through plot and schemes. In a way they take a back seat to the plot, especially Reinhard who is now focusing more on government.

It's kind of what you'd expect of people trying to keep the status quo and resisting the massive changes set forth in the first two volumes, so in a sense this is realistic and shows deeper issues in each side, especially how the halls of power operate in the Alliance and Fezzan.

The clear downside is that all the plodding and scheming is kind of a slow burn. Some things come full circle in this volume but others carry over to later volumes. That and the considerable lack of action and battles throughout most of the volume can be a bit frustrating. For that reason I would say there's some demand of endurance from the reader as well and this is not as enjoyable of a read.

Things do heat up towards the end with another Iserlohn battle and a fairly enjoyable conclusion with hints of things to come. I would love to jump in to the next volume on this conclusion alone but sadly, at the time of this writing, none of the latter volumes are available in audio form, so you might have to continue this one in print.

Please bring us the sequels read by Tim Gerard Reynolds!

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More like a book two: continued than a book three.

As a the third audiobook of the "Legend of Galactic Heroes" series, "Endurance" is an example of a scenario where one could accidently listen to it before the second book and not even notice until near the book's completion. The tone, story's focus on political corruption, and characters positions don't really change from where they were in the second book. New events happen, some of them interesting, but the entire thing feels more like a prolonging of book two than a third story.

This dragging out of book two themes isn't helped by the continuation of the incredibly slow pace that has also carried over. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a very talented narrator and he continues his good work here, but there is only so much he can do before the a achingly slow story arcs start testing a listener's focus. This story also ends somewhat inconclusively without really wrapping up any loose ends, character arcs or even changing the setting much and leaving the impression that another entry into the series lies just around the corner.

This audiobook is recommended to listeners who enjoyed the second "Legend of Galactic Heroes" audiobook and want a more-of-the-same experience.  This audiobook is almost interchangeable  with book two, but listening to book one first is still necessary to understand it.