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The Wanderers Audiobook

The Wanderers

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2017 - Space is huge right now. Well, it's always huge, but it's like really big at the moment. While The Wanderers is being billed as a cross between The Martian and Station Eleven, it is really unlike any other space odyssey. It follows three astronauts and their families during a 17-month-long Mars voyage simulation. But as the astronauts become engulfed in the complexities of their expedition, the line between reality and simulation starts to blur. Meg Howrey uses this uncertainty to drive a delicious psychological tension into and between her diverse and intricate characters, and narrator Mozhan Marno exacerbates that tension with a composed, refined, and eerily calm tone of voice. The Wanderers then ends up exploring the boundaries of familial obligation and personal relationships as much as it does those of the final frontier. And the performance lands with precision, delivering a uniquely awe-inspiring glimpse of humanity at a distance and way up close.—Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them - and their families - changed forever.

In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves.

In four years aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they're the crew for the historic voyage by spending 17 months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space's team of "Obbers", Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters - and each other.

Astonishingly imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, The Wanderers explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.

Library Journal, A Big Fiction pick for March 2017.

©2017 Meg Howrey (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Howrey's exquisite novel demonstrates that the final frontier may not be space after all." (J. Ryan Stradal)

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    "Think drama more than science fiction"

    I bought this book because I really enjoyed The Martian and Station Eleven, but this book is more of a drama than sci-fi. Slow moving book more about the dysfunctions of the unlikeable characters than a mission to Mars. Plodded along until it's unsatisfactory ending. Narration was very good and most likely the only reason I finished the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fiston 04-13-17
    Fiston 04-13-17
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    "Astronauts are people too"

    From the perspective of us average folk astronauts seem like people that are as near perfect in every respect as we can imagine. This story shows us that side and all their other very human other selves. All the same great and petty torments. All the complex interwoven narratives are compelling, sweet, neurotic, intelligent and many times blind as are all of ours (mine at least). I had to slog through a few passages but they were short and few, I started it three times and I am very happy I finally finished it. I very definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 03-24-17
    Nicole 03-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! I read the tag line that this book was a combination of 'The Martian,' and 'Station 11.' Both of these are books I absolutely loved and have listened to multiple times.

    I finished this book in about 3 days. I had very obsessive dreams about this book and highly anticipated a good ending. What a huge let down. I'm sure it was meant to be profound and thought evoking, but it was just enormously frustrating.

    In short, I'm returning this book and getting my credit back.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James 03-22-17
    James 03-22-17
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    This book was horrible. No plot - just a whole lot of rambling characterizations. Could not listen to it. It was free and I still want a refund

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "If I could've returned it, I would've."

    I've never been so bored with an audible purchase & I was so relieved when it was over.

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    fred greensboro nc 08-08-17
    fred greensboro nc 08-08-17 Member Since 2005
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    "The interesting complicated lives of astronauts"

    Well worth your time to hear how these families cope when family members go to space. Interesting how their lives get more complicated as you get closer to launch.

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    Kristen McQuinn 07-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Literary fiction for space, only not in space."

    I loved this story. I believe I'll pick up a physical copy of it for my own library since I only listened to the audio version.

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 07-21-17
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 07-21-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Know what You Are Getting-Poignant And Deep"

    If you are looking for a replica of The Martian or Station Eleven, that is not this book. Instead, this book is an exploration of the humans involved in a Martian space simulation, whether by being the selected astronaut or one of the family members waiting while the 17 month Mars simulation progresses. Whether from the past or present, these people and their stories, their frailties and strengths, their hopes and worries for themselves, earth and humankind; they will touch your soul. I think if you know that going in you'll enjoy your travels through this beautiful, beautiful book.

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    R. Allen 06-29-17
    R. Allen 06-29-17
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    "Yawn...."
    Would you try another book from Meg Howrey and/or Mozhan Marno?

    I don't think so


    What could Meg Howrey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was too boring. About 1-1/2 hours in and I felt like banging my head against the wall just to make something happen, then I just stopped listening.


    What three words best describe Mozhan Marno’s voice?

    I liked her voice just fine, but the book was just not interesting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It may have, but if a book can't get me early, I will never see the redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is a cross between Station Eleven and The Martian, then I will pass on Station Eleven, because I loved The Martian.

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    "A brilliant story that traverses space & humanity"

    A look into the complex physical and emotional struggle that a long space voyage could cause. The beautifully nuanced characters are easy to know yet complex. A bit of mystery, drama and adventure mixed into a human story. The performance and text compliment each other perfectly.

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