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Record of a Spaceborn Few

Wayfarers, Book 3
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Series: Wayfarers, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Time best seller. 

From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope. 

The incredible new audiobook by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

#SpacebornFew

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"A quietly profound, humane tour de force." (Guardian).

"The best speculative fiction currently being written." (John Connolly)

"An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy." (Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)

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This book is everything!

Becky Chambers is so good at teaching understanding and respect and tolerance in an exciting and super entertaining way. She deals with the questions of accepting those who are different from us by telling deeply humane stories. All three books in the trilogy are bit different from each other, so it’s hard to compare them. They are all deep and amazing in different ways. As usual, I laughed, I cried and I ended up feeling hopeful. This should be a compulsory reading for us to learn about curiosity and acceptance. Narration is perfect!

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best of the series

Chambers have matured while writing this series, and here delivered a low key masterpiece, filled with hope in humanity (despite the rather gloomy circumstances)

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  • James Mason
  • 10-06-18

Not as good as the rest of the series

Maybe I'm rating it so low because of how much I loved the other books in the series, but it felt a bit aimless. The central plot was a bit of a nonevent compared to the amount of time discussing cultural differences, which might have been more engaging if there had been a stronger narrative thread tying it all together. Still worth reading/listening, but not up to the calibre of the rest of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-18

Beautiful

A heartwarming love letter to community spirit. Very progressive. With interesting nuance regarding planned economies vs free markets. And excellent narration.

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  • Sheldon
  • 09-24-18

tedious compared to first two books

I found this book tedious and seemingly lacking a solid story line. I would quite happily have skipped this book. The whole way through I was hoping for something exciting to happen and then it ended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-18

not science fiction, however good social thinking

enjoyed the social and emotional thinking, great if you have children even the grown ups. expected this book to be continuation from the previously 2.

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  • Misspelt
  • 08-11-18

Another disappointment!

The first Wayfarer book was good, the next two just spin-off stories in the same universe. This is a book about 'why am I here', 'who or what is God' etc.. No sci-fi really, no excitement and no real point. The narration was its best point. The more I listened the quicker I had to turn the speed up to just get through it. You can do x1.4 without a problem.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-08-19

Book 3

not as good as the first two books to many main characters for my liking but still a great universe

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  • Bob
  • 05-10-19

Well read Nd entertaining tho' a bit long winded

Patricia Rodriguez does a decent job of performing this book. Especially realistic are her bad tempered children. The book is a collection of of experiences told from the point of view of about ten people.

Sometimes they interact. Most times not. There is no real overarching story and I found the book a little tedious at times if the character was not compelling. A couple of times I skipped forward.

The over exposition of the Wayfarers history and ship structure could have been dispensed with. Having an alien academic write articles for home consumption as a frame got old quick.

I see a few reviews of this and the other linked books mention the slowness or lack of events. If you regard the chapters as diary entries then you can see the structure of the book.

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 03-29-19

Heartfelt, thought provoking, soothing...

As in Tiley lots of pewter, this book tackles quiet few questions sci-fi usually on this. Give her every day life with the flavour of the larger world. To be honest I picked up this book because i wanted to be consoled. And I was. Heartfelt, thought provoking, soothing...

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  • Sarah .A. Revie
  • 03-07-19

A good listen

Not as exciting as the previous two books but it does give you the warm and fuzzies

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  • Blythe B.
  • 02-25-19

I love this narrator!

these books are all so good and the narrator just makes them so real and entertaining. I can't get enough.

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  • Peter Bondy
  • 10-29-18

Unique

Becky Chambers; a singular voice in science fiction bringing a humanity to our future like no one else ever has. Absolutely beautifully written and a story of life affirming beauty.

Patricia Rodriguez; the perfect narrator sets this book alive with absolutely sublime reading.

Not full of space battles and laser beams but rather a more profound and intimate look at life in space amongst aliens and the stars.

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  • Katrina
  • 08-07-18

Oh stars! Love love loved it!

I adore the world Chambers has created. Her characters are so good and relatable to a contemporary reader despite their lives being set far in an imaginary future. The way Chambers introduces new people but still keeps them linked to the ones we’ve read about before is awesome!

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  • Moojj
  • 08-17-19

A refreshing space drama that explores humanity

I really enjoyed reading this book and was pleasantly surprised to discover there are more in the series. This particular book works as a standalone and a great introduction to the series. The book itself looks at humanity far removed from today yet so familiar. Through the eyes of characters (both human and alien) to answer some of life's hardest questions.

I read this book at a transitional stage in my life. Struggling with identity and moving away from a job that I hated (but paid well) to a job that I love (but doesn't pay as well). This book helped me to tackle many of the questions and issues I ask myself daily.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-18

great

great world building, i really had an understanding of the culture and history of the fleet

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  • phoebe
  • 09-11-18

Sweet. better than book 2

Better than book 2. Still not as good as book 1. Really hoping Chambers returns to the wayfarer crew next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-18

Enjoyable

An enjoyable story, even if it lacked a little in action compared with the first two.

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  • Jason
  • 07-27-18

Simply Wonderful

If you like the way (as in her first two books) Becky Chambers explores humanity through what feels like real people, then this book will not disappoint.

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  • John
  • 07-26-18

stunning.. as always

Becky has extended her universe. familer names linked to a great scifi story with an emotional roller coaster which leaves you satisfied. never let this end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-19

not as good as the other 2

a bit slow and not as interesting as the other two. needed more aliens imo

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