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Record of a Spaceborn Few

Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)
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Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science-fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure.

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life - and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything.

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent Science Fiction

Her first two made me happy. I enjoyed them a lot. This one, however, is kind of brilliant. Becky Chambers is a very wise and insightful person, and I am definitely buying a copy of this one for my oldest avid reader. Heinlein had a huge influence on the formation of my personality, at that age, and I am hoping that Chambers will have a huge influence on hers.

This is an excellent example of what I love most about science fiction. It is an opportunity to examine aspects of ourselves and our civilizations in abstract, and somewhat objectively, inasmuch as that is ever possible. How might culture be influenced by changes in our understanding of the physical universe? This is especially valuable as our civilization is in sharp decline, the result of four decades war against public education puts us on the brink of wiping out this institution and letting the new "robber barons" reign supreme again.

This story is uplifting and enlightening, and I highly recommend it. It is what we can be, if people choose to be informed and stop behaving in a purely selfish manner. Stop loosing at the "prisoner's dilemma" and read this book. ;-)

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The Title Says It All

As with The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet the title tells you exactly what the story is about. It isn't some big space adventure but the story of a few spaceborn peoples lives at a certain point in time. As always Becky Chambers delivers a character driven and enjoyable to read novel. I think it could have benefited from a bigger plot as it was interesting to hear the perspectives it all felt a little directionless and left me wanting something or someone to hope for/root for. as with many people I am wondering why we were made to fall in love the crew of the Wayfairer and then given 2 sequels in which they do not appear. You struck gold with those characters use them! Give the people what they want! For the record Pepper, Blue and OWL are awesome too. Anyway great job on this one. I just had my hopes set on seeing the loveable characters of the first 2 books again.

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Melodrama among the exodus

Becky Chambers' Record of a Spaceborn Few is her 3rd installment (and perhaps the final) in her wayfarers series. This story picks up immediately after the 1st book with no connection to book 2. Various human characters and their lives are portrayed that provide a flavor of the descendants of the exodus fleet that left Earth centuries earlier, along with some background on their current lives and how generations in space have changed them. There's good and bad people, but everyone is mostly surviving.

There's little of alien races, save for one species that has a quite different social and child rearing conventions. Much time is spent describing adaptations humanity has made and endured through generations living in space. Through an archivist, we learn much of the history, while a young man who doesn't fit in finds no peace and teenagers will always be teenagers.

The narration is well done with decent character distinction and good pacing.

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Very pleasant story about death and life.

Becky Chambers returns to fill her literal world a bit more. Focused on the exodent fleet. Several random individuals going about their lives and seeking meaning. The death of one brings many of their stories into contact and for 2 it is a catalyst for meaning.

As with the other books in this series, it’s a slow pleasant story focusing on normal people going about their days. This one more so, as most are not out of their elements.

Very fulfilling story in the genre of Traffic.

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so good, so different

I think what I love about this book is that the author uses character development and multiple POV to give the reader a more detailed view of the universe and future society she has created. I fell in love with the characters from the first book, and miss them quite a bit, but I also have a deep curiosity about this Exodan society that has been sated for now. I look forward to more stories.

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another outstanding read

like a warm blanket and the cold side of the pillow...Becky chambers delivers smoother fantastic performances. the narrator also excels, filling the book with life. don't miss this one.

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A seriously wasted opportunity.

I think Becky Chambers is an extremely talented writer, and I loved her first book so much I couldn't wait for the second. Unfortunately, I also think she took an opportunity to write a great series and wasted it in an attempt to show how clever she is.

As good as that first book was, the second book was just not as interesting to read. While the beginning was engaging and dramatic, the second half devolved into an exercise in patience as readers were treated to the mundane antics of characters that felt flat, passionless, and underdeveloped. In short, it was a bore, like witnessing the inner thoughts of an appliance. Yeah, it can mimic thought, but are it's thoughts worth knowing?

This third effort -- well let's just say this one felt weirdly experimental as it jumped from one plot thread to another -- had no real hook to keep a reader engaged. Just when the action would get going, the reader experienced whiplash as they were suddenly jerked into another POV fragment. And while the scraps of writing were lovely, the author was so busy creating her scattershot plot structure, that she completely failed to entertain her readers. The entire effort felt like a gimmick gone wrong.

I quickly found myself drifting off to better books, with better plots, and more fleshed out characters, and I never looked back.

End result? I'm done with this series. If only Chambers had trusted the storyline of the first book -- the one that I, and a lot of other readers enjoyed so much -- this could have been a series to savor.

Instead she wanted to impress us. (Perhaps she let the success of that first book go to her head?)

What a bummer.


NOT RECOMMENDED: To anyone who love the first book in the series.


Note: Rachel Dulude did a fine job with narration, given what she had to work with.

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Ties together beautifully!

Although the beginning felt a little disjointed with so many POV characters, the book tied everything together so beautifully by the end and left my heart full. Best of the trilogy!

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Slices of life in space

I absolutely loved this book. It was different in tone than the two that came before it, definitely a thing of its own, and that took me a bit of getting used to. But I fell in love with this world and its characters, and just felt all the warm fuzzies of these people and their life in space. This whole series has become my comfort reads.

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A Meandering Storyline that satisfies

This title opens up with a society shattering explosion but its important to note that Record of a Spaceborn Few is not a book centered around action. This is a book centered around heart and soul and the slices of life found in a spaceborn society.

It is wholesome and poignant and fulfilling and while the storyline never seems to really take off, you'll find yourself enjoying every minute with these characters as they deal with grief, love, and growing up.