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Publisher's Summary

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

Short-listed for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. 

The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity.

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy and distance from her troubled past. 

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants. 

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. 

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed. 

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Dawn
  • NEWTON, MS, United States
  • 07-01-18

Very enjoyable

I like both narrations of this book although I think lean a little more towards the original narration. Even with that said it's still a really good lesson. Best with headphones.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Relaxing book with lovable characters

The book was a great listen for my daily commute. Each chapter felt like an episode of an ongoing tv series. It touched on a number of social and moral issues without sounding like the author was pushing her opinion on the listener. I thought the narrator did an extraordinary job voicing the characters. It was easy to tell which character was speaking and she did a good job staying consistent with all the alien dialects/languages. Kizzy's voice made me smile every time.

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Loved the soundtrack

Good story, well narrated, and the soundtrack was a great addition. I will look for more Booktrack titles to listen too.

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Amazing scifi

The best scifi I've read in years, in naturally challenges the reader to question their positions.

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Loved it!

Vivid descriptions of alien worlds in which the quality of sentience is addressed. Great read!

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A Look To The Future

This is a wonderful character based adventure far in the future. The main characters all struggle with life's challenges which as you might expect, never change....no matter what species you might be. We must learn to accept who we are as well as who we live with and work with. We grow and learn what is really important and do not try to change others......but learn to change our view of others so that we can be the best friend or partner that we can be.
The ending is bittersweet, just as life is. The background music was a different experience; and a good one. I cannot wait for the next book of this series.......I hope there is one!!!

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  • Umar
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • 10-13-18

100% Bag of Complete Fun

Many science fictions are about the action, the big story. Major wars or heroes struggle to be a hero or trying to survive on a new planet. This book is about the characters. Sure there's aliens and war and dangers, but that's not what makes this book a really great read. It's all the characters that inhabit the shit, including its captain. I begin to miss the ship's crew as soon as I finished this book and I want more. In other books, I find myself with a favorite, but with this one, I loved them all. I bought this audiobook because I was bored and new volumes of the other series I follow were a long way coming. I'm glad I did. It was a fun ride aboard a ship whose job is to create the wormhole travel ways for other ships to get from one place in the universe to the other and it's marvelous crew. Take a chance with this book, you won't be disappointed.

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Fantastic story and best narration I’ve heard yet!

If you love space sci-fi and comedy, you’ll love this book. The narration was absolutely amazing, what an awesome job!

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Refreshingly Optimistic

I really enjoyed this book. It's thoughtful, refreshingly optimistic, and feel-good without being cheesy or naive. The plot is pretty episodic; it was kind of like listening to a season of Firefly in a very good way.

Most of the time I thought the booktrack narration added the appropriate mood or tension. Occasionally, It made me feel inappropriately anxious or like things were concluding when they weren't.

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The intentional background noise killed it for me.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, and the first two chapters were good enough to ensure that I'll read the rest of it via Kindle. However, I cannot listen to one more minute of the audio version!

The actual narrator is fine - not great, but good. However, the producer apparently felt that since this is a book set on spaceships, there should be spaceship noises in the background. I generally dislike such additions to books - RC Bray's narration of The Martian is the absolute gold standard, in my opinion and it has none of that nonsense - but I can live with it if it's not overdone. Unfortunately, in this case it was both overdone and downright done poorly to boot! Never mind a little music at the start of a chapter. The background noise in this book is *constant* - intentionally! There's a humming noise that I think is meant to sound like a fan. When a character even *thinks* about a rocket launch, there's the muted sounds of a rocket. I'm sure there's other stuff, too - but after skipping to random points in several chapters and realizing that humming is an incessant background, I threw in the towel.

The noises presumably were added to make it feel like you're onboard the ship with the characters. However, at least for me, it actually pulled me out of the story. I was constantly made aware that I was listening to a book, rather than able to simply lose myself in the narration. In the attempt to create that feeling without overwhelming the narrator, they made the background noise really quiet. You'd think that'd be good. In reality, it's so quiet that you're not sure if you're hearing that or if it's something else. I found it very distracting: I'd be listening to the story, notice that I didn't hear the humming anymore, then end up paying attention to that for several seconds before realizing that it was still playing but my mind had tuned it out.

This would, of course, take me out of the story, meaning I'd have to back it up 30 seconds to catch whatever I'd missed and get back into it. (I often listen while walking my dogs. In a Chicago winter, that means taking off a glove, getting my phone out, hitting the back button twice since that took time too, putting the phone back just right so I can hear it in my coat pocket, then pulling the glove back on. All while the other hand is holding the leash with one or two dogs on it and often a big maglite, too, coyotes being a problem here.) After maybe fifteen minutes of *that* nonsense, I was ready to pull my hair out!

The story has definite promise - but unless you like background noise in your audiobooks, I'd get this one on Kindle or even actual paper.

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  • micheline bond
  • 11-07-18

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Music in the background so irritating. I could only listened to 20 mins and gave up.

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  • Ms. Ruth Messenger
  • 10-30-18

Bland bland bland boring

Hands up, I only heard the first four hours. But I just couldn’t listen to more, I was bored. Maybe this just isn’t the book for me - it’s quite pleasant, but in a childish way. The author wants you to like the crew of the ship, to imagine how amazing it would be to fly with them... so consequently they are like children’s cartoon characters. Over idealised and simplistic. The narration definitely adds to this impression, as many alien voices are just the narrator speaking very slowly and annunciating clearly. Like on those apps that teach you languages. I’ve no idea where this was going, but I’d put money on it ending nicely with some kind of meal and new found family hugs. If you like a bit of excitement, danger and complex characters, you need to look elsewhere.

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  • Michael
  • 08-04-18

A better version of a great book

The music and effects add a surprising amount to an already great book. I bought it again for this verion and I don't regret it. That being said, don't model your life on mine.