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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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love this series 5 stars

Great series, Martha keep them coming. The main character is smart, sassy and fast. Oh yes it's a robot!

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Perfect perfect perfect

This story is just as good as the other three. It’s difficult not to review them as a group. Once again Martha Wells produces a story line that is remarkable in it’s ingenuity, it’s excitement, and it’s crispness . Narrator Kevin R. Free actually *becomes* the main character. He no longer reads the books, by the fourth volume he *is* the book. One suggestion from one book reader to another, Mr. Free, please modify your voice a little between the inside thinking of Murderbot to when he speaks aloud and goes back to thinking. Sometimes I can’t tell the edges where speaking intermingles with his thinking. However all of the other characters you perform and all your emphasis on words and situations and emotions are absolutely perfect. Just like Martha Wells’ entire series of the Murderbot Diaries : Perfect. Please give us more adventures Ms. Wells, and have Kevin Free become them for us through his voice acting, projecting your excellent stories directly into our minds.

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My least favorite so far

I thought Rogue Protocol was OK. It was my least favorite installment of The Murderbot Diaries series. What I liked about the first two novellas in the series was the amount of humor and the fact that, despite the Murderbot being designed to kill, after he hacked his systems he was a wiseacre and a hoot to spend time with. There was less humor and overall wackiness in this installment. The story was more of a straight-ahead science fiction action adventure, and I didn't like the story as much as the other two. Also, it seemed that the characters weren't fleshed out as well in this one, with the exception of Miki, a robot. I'm looking forward to the fourth and final chapter in the this series. Hopefully it will end on a high note.

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Love these!

I love the voice/POV of sec unit (and that of the voice performer). Can’t wait for the next installments!

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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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  • 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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  • Mark
  • 09-29-18

a gradual decline

Book 1 was a real find, a great story, short and furious, book two was a small twist but more of the same, book 3 was derivative.

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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.