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Endurance

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 3
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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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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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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  • 11-10-17

Amazing story!

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

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Amazing series -- limited by lack of audio books

If you have gotten this far into the Legend of the Galactic Heroes series by listening to the audio books, consider yourself warned: there are no audio books for volume 4-8. At least not yet. And this is a huge problem because this series is amazing.

Yes, of course you can still read the book on kindle, etc. However, if you're listening to the audio book version there's probably a good reason for that and reading it on the kindle doesn't really fix the problem of books 4-8 being unavailable.

Considering that the audio book for vol. 3 was released in Nov. 2016, there's no reason (logistically) why the other books shouldn't also be available... but that is not the case. Tim Gerard Reynolds is still narrating. Simon & Schuster Audio is still publishing.

And yet, Legend of the Galactic Heroes ends at volume three.

Please continue this series on audio. It is a fantastic series with engaging characters, interesting subplots, political maneuverings and manipulations, etc. etc. This is a gem of a story and it is worth continuing.

SIDE NOTE: Yes, this series is available as an anime. It's not the easiest to find and was done in the 80s, but the anime did a decent job following the plot of the books. If you don't mind reading subtitles, I suggest you check it out.

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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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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.

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Where is volume 4?

It has been three years since the last release and I'm not sure if I should move to read it on my kindle or wait for volume 4 release that no one knows when it's going to see the light.

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Loved It

Amazing book. Keeps the series going strong. Listened to this one almost entirely in one sitting

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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.