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The third thrilling book in the increasingly popular Murderbot Diaries, which began with All Systems Red.

Sci-fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. 

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good. 

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a humanlike android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk. 

Listen to Rogue Protocol and find out why Hugo Award winner Ann Leckie wrote, "I love Murderbot!"

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Funny and imaginative

Once again Martha Wells and Kevin R. Free complement one another.
Murderbot's "humanity" stands out as he observes and protects the "real" humans.
He turns away when he is "going to have an emotion". But yet he seems almost affectionate when speaking about humans he has become attached to and eventually leaves.
I can't wait for the 4th part to this series.


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More Murderbot, Please!

I loved the further adventures of Buckaroo Murderbot! The story was engaging, the action heart-pounding, and the characters compelling. The narrator was spot-on as well. I am very much looking forward to the next book.

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Impatiently waiting for book 4!!!

The story is so good. And so well crafted. You can't help but get sucked in and care. Murderbot is right. (I'd explain that, but it might be a spoiler.)

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Short listen, good.

Great book. The three prior books could be combined to reduce the purchase of three books. Separating them all together is just not worth it. Overall, I love reading about an AI that is self aware with a good humor attached. Not to mention all the good characters.

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Fast

Great performance and great plot and characters. Short format makes tight writing an imperative. Yet, character development isn't sacrificed. It helps to listen to all the books in order. The Murderbot books are like the icing between the layers of much longer books by Neil Stephenson or Peter F. Hamilton. I'm looking forward to the next installment.!

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Great narrator

Wished it was longer! The narrator is very charming even though he's playing a murderbot as his character

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  • Casstle
  • Marietta, GA United States
  • 09-04-18

Excellent book, Gendered reader odd

Would love to have a more gender neutral sounding reader or both a male and female option since the main character is non gendered. Excellent performance though and A+ book!

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I love Murderbot!

Once again, Murderbot is trying to find answers this time to help Dr. Mensah, if he can. But, his plans to lay low and escape notice while doing so, ends the moment that human lives are endangered...
As the title indicates this is part 3 and it's part of an overall story ARC which will culminate in a final book... and I for one can hardly wait! In this and the last story Artificial Condition, our SecUnit (Murderbot) met a very special bot each different, and each having a very profound impact on Murderbot as he ponders "the sentient condition". Turning this kinda into coming of age story...
Kevin R Free gives a great performance as my favorite A.I.
So go ahead and add these 3 novellas to your library before the 4th book, Exit Strategy comes out!

PS. Good news. Book4 is scheduled for released in October, 2018!

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This series needs to be longer

It’s just so good. It’s original. It’s silly and ironically moving for a story about a murderbot but that’s the exact point. It’s going to be bitter sweet listening to the last one when it’s out. Martha!! Try to make this a tv mini series! Thanks for a remarkable story.

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Reader... so... slow

Normally, I listen to audiobooks at x1.10. This reader, however, keeps getting slower. Maybe that's because the MurderBot books are so short. But that's not an argument against them: they're good. Just reset your expectations, adjust your settings, and enjoy the ride. (Still, Audible should really package books #1-3 into a single credit....)

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  • adele
  • 08-10-18

More more more

I love murderbot... My biggest grype is its just too short. So long Renn, till October

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 09-17-18

Another Fantastic Murderbot Adventure!

This was another fun instalment of Martha Wells The Murderbot Diaries novella series.

I'm a big fan of Well's capitalist future gone awry sci-fi world and of her memorable and fantastic lead character, the security unit, Murderbot! Our favourite grumpy, socially anxious, security bot is the story's only POV character and that really works as Murderbot is a truly unique character with an engaging voice. Well's gets to inject a ton of humour into the story via Murderbot's wry observations on the things and people it encounters.

Wells's has an engaging writing style which makes these tiny novellas seem even shorter as I was addicted to this one enough that I finished it in one sitting!

The story in this third instalment just picked up where it left off at the end of the last novella. Murderbot was on the go again still seeking information about why people tried to kill its humans in the first novella. This resulted in us getting to meet a new team of humans and two new types of bots! It was not Murderbot's most exciting adventure but it had its moments and was enjoyable enough.

I missed ART in this instalment but we got a fantastic replacement in the form of Mickey. Mickey was totally different from Art but just as much a star secondary character.

Roll on book 4!

Audio Note: Kevin.R.Free did a decent job with the audio without being anything outstanding.

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  • Smudger444
  • 08-16-18

Too Short

The Story line is good. And its nice to have a Heroic robot. But all of these books are too short. This makes to very expensive listening. i think All these books or individual stories in this series could have made one really good best seller, and these stories would have gelled together so much better.

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  • SG
  • 09-20-18

when I'd the next one due?

Enjoyed this book and the series. Interesting thinking about the nature of humanity mixed in with good action scenes and wry humour.