Exit Strategy

Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries, Book 4
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red

Murderbot wasn't programmed to care. So its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right? 

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. 

But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books
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Please ma'am, may i have moar Murderbot?

i suppose all good things must come to an end, and this concluded brilliantly, but it just whet my appetite for more. Murderbot has grown into a sassy, sarcastic, funny 'accidental' hero.

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New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

Murderbot is the BEST and my new favorite character in any book, or series! READ this series it is AWESOME! While I am sad there won't be any more books, (I mean who isn't when they reach the end of a great series?) honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. The ending is perfect the way it is. There's always rereading if I need my new favorite fictitious character to keep me company.
The performance is fantastic as well, I feel like the reader gives even more voice and perspective to Murderbot than I could have supplied in my own mind. I don't give a full five star review often but I would give this series 6 if I could. Excuse now me while I go re-read the entire series again, right now, because it's THAT GOOD!

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Ahhh Murderbot I love you. I wish it wasn't over!

It was a good conclusion to the series. I wish there was more! The narrator was great too.

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Love this series

Murderbot Diaries are hilarious and seriously one of the best series I've listened too. The performance was great and I can't wait to hear more from the Narrator. As for Martha Wells story, I loved it. She does a great job to create a story around the perfect reluctant antihero. I would recommend this for short road trips or just hanging around.

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Martha Wells + Murderbot + Kevin Free= original, funny & fantastic

Martha Wells hasn’t written a book I have not loved, & until last year, I didnt know her name. That’s criminal. What a mind & what range! Love this series.

And Kevin Free has the perfect tone & delivery for Murderbot/ Sec Unit Riin. What could easily be ruined, depending on a narrator’s delivery style is perfect in his hands.

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Hmmm

So this feels more like a summery of the first three stories then an addition to them. The first three books were fun, entertaining, suspenseful. I felt engaged the entire time. This was more like remember when/rehashing of the first three books etc. Maybe Wells is trying to give the short book series and end by recapping everything and bringing all the characters back together?
I found myself drifting off . Bored maybe.
The narrator is first rate and enjoyable. Really brings to life each character.
In a nut shell .. this just wasn't that great. Sorry, I really wanted it to be.

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More Murderbot! More! More!

Loved this conclusion and I look forward to more stories about my favorite rogue sec unit.

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Everything all wrapped up with a nice bow!

This book delivers a high octane murderbot classic, with just the right amount of feeling to wrap up such a great series.

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Murderbot Fan!

Let me add my voice to the myriad of Murderbot fans. I loved the story of this misanthropic AI who, finally on his own, struggled with eremitic desires vs a need to help/care for humans…a terrific metaphor for the struggle to contain and understand needs and drives at cross purposes in our lives, while using various crutches to escape the stress, just as he did with his entertainment downloads. Martha Wells’ superb writing, painted him in brilliant strokes of sardonic cleverness, wry humor, cynicism and the like, making it impossible to not like Murderbot. And, Kevin R. Free, kudos to you…what a perfect voice for Murderbot. Perfect! My only criticism is this: 4 credits was too expensive

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Seems like a repeat

Enjoyed the first “book” in this series but by the end just felt like I was listening to the same story over and over. All “books” are very short and could easily be contained in 1 or 2 publications. Other Audible books provide a lot more value for the use of a credit and there isn’t really anything that interesting or compelling in the Murderbot universe.

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 07-07-20

If only it was not so small each installment...

...to snatch my credits. But hell, I’d do it all again. It’s worth it. Good work.

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  • S. Clarke
  • 05-11-20

Enjoying these books more and more

The 4 stars is simply for audible value for money, 3 something hours is not much for a credit.
I love the story and the narrator is excellent. he brings Murderbot to life so perfectly. I'm really really looking forward to book 5 now, which is a full novel.

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  • Fran
  • 01-03-20

original well written sci fi

The last in the series, great narration, plot is well paced. Story is enjoyable with likeable characters and the plot keeps you hooked. it's just too short!

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  • paul sparks
  • 12-04-18

Good to the very end

I am torn by these stories because although highly entertaining and enjoyable I feel the publishers should have released the Murderbot Diaries as one book and not dragged it out making it very expensive for what is basically a single novel, I had to use 4 Audible credits to purchase what is an average length audiobook, that being said the story itself was great and I hope the author writes more stories set in this universe

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  • R. Desai
  • 11-14-18

good ending

Story was great as expected, though as usual it was too short a story for the price, given he length and cost i'd really expect to be charged the same for all 4 as a bundle. If you do like murderbot I suspect you'll get it anyway. Narration was ok, nothing bad however nothing spectacular. I prefer more expression and depth of feeling in performance, I could have fallen asleep to the relaxed mellow performance.

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  • Conor
  • 10-16-18

want more!

feels like its the last one really hope not. there is a whole universe to explore.

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  • D. Marsh
  • 10-13-18

An ok Ending

A nice story coming to a reasonable ending. it was well and consideratly narrated too.
just the short length of each book being an issue.

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  • Dr
  • 03-28-19

Fantastic story, but steep price-tag.

The story in these novellas is great - action packed with believable characters, especially the protagonist.
HOWEVER, each novella has to be read sequentially and the only stand- alone story is the 1st of the 4 book series. The fact that each 3.5hr installment costs the same as a full length audio book therefore is hard to understand in any terms other than gratuitous price-gouging of readers/ listeners on the author's and/or publisher's part.

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  • emmoff
  • 03-04-19

3 hours and 46 minutes of delicious goodness

“When I got back to HaveRatton station, a bunch of humans were trying to kill me. Considering how much I’d been thinking of killing a bunch of humans, it was only fair.”
Murderbot rocks. These novellas are worth every cent. It is quite amazing how an aesexual cyborg with a disdain of humans can be so relatable.
A joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-18

As always - very cute

Murderbot is possibly the cutest protagonist I've ever read about - the writing is as always fabulous and relatable.

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  • dinky
  • 03-26-20

Amazing!

One of my favourite books. More Murderbot! Would be great to see this series continue.