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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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happy listener

the story continues, with the same high quality writing and performance. now I must wait for the next one!

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A fast-moving delight

I love the Murderbot, and this was a great story. It flew by and left me (as always) wanting more. I love the bot's dry humor, and that comes through perfectly in the audio version - Kevin R. Free is the ideal narrator for these stories. Can't wait for the next one!

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More fun with reluctant SecUnit Murderbot

Murderbot is still in pursuit of evidence against GrayCris, because awkward questions are being asked about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. Murderbot really needs those questions to go away, permanently.

So it's off to the site of a failed terraforming project GrayCris was involved in, where very strange things happened and may still be happening. Quietly antisocial Murderbot would prefer just to stay in its storage unit all the way there, watching its downloaded media, get the job done promptly on arrival, and leave.

That's not how it works out. Instead, Murderbot finds itself protecting Dr. Dawn Abenna, her "pet bot," Micky, and the rest of her team. Abenna's team already has hired human security consultants, but Murderbot doesn't think anyone should rely on human security consultants rather than SecUnits, and, well, beyond that its reasons may not be entirely clear to itself. There is the problem of keeping Micky quiet about its presence and activities, but it knows there are different solutions to that problem...

Murderbot continues to be a complete delight. Recommended.

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The best so far!

I love the Murderbot series. Each entry in the series has replaced the other as my favorite book/audio of the year in all genres. The length is perfect to tell the story, develop the character and NOT pack in a lot of backstory filler that kills my interest in most series books. Kevin R. Free's interpretation as narrator is masterful. I can't get over how much I like his delivery of Murderbot' ironic self commentary, humor and insecurities and CARING. I've listened to the audio of the entire series back to back about 5 times and with each listening I get more from the story and the narration. Five stars for Martha Wells and five stars for Kevin R. Free.

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Another great Murderbot book

I’m not a big fan of the narrator, but these Murderbot stories are great. This is no exception.

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  • Elle Emm
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Good story but feels unfinished

Ending seemed a little abrupt - crashed into a deadline perhaps? I love the stories, but there was better character development in the first two novellas.

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Favorite so far!

Rogue Protocol
The Murderbot Diaries, Book 3
By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
This book takes our murderbot on a very dangerous job when it should have been a simple case but thankfully she is no ordinary bot, it is a kick-butt not that may look human but pass for augmented human. No one would suspect a murderbot! She was certainly right for this job. She also meets another bot...possibly another friend for it? That would be exciting!
Wonderful narration! Although they have a male voice, when I first read the first book, not the Audible book, I picture not more as female -ish. Oh well....

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Another entertaining entry into the series...

Another well-executed Murderbot adventure to add to the Diaries, and another great reading from Kevin Free. At least the 4th is coming fairly soon, and then a novel in the future.

I was quite glad to learn that Wells intends to write a novel-length Murderbot story. I really hope she can maintain the pacing and the tone in a full novel-length story. ​THAT is part of what makes these so damned good--the brisk pacing, and the fact they are so tight, with no extraneous bloat... unlike the 40+ hour sci-fi/fantasy books I see and just avoid like plague because... BLOAT. I have much better things to read using my listening time than mind numbing bloated detail and cookie-cutter characters without originality. Murderbot novellas are tight and clean and brilliant. And as someone who is anti-social and anxiety ridden, I so get Murderbot.... These three novellas are the best things I've read this year.

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Another fun story

Another fun story in the “Murder Bot” series. Quirky, fun , but also thought provoking, “what does it mean to be human?”

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

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