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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Wayfarers, Book 1
Série : Wayfarers, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 41 min
4,1 out of 5 stars (11 notations)

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Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's 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 reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life onboard 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 onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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"A joyous, optimistic space opera.... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)." (Tor.com)
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages." (James Smythe, author of The Echo)

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disappointing

All the ingredients are there to make a good story. I found the end result boring, cliché, and as a rule uninteresting. It is however probably a matter of taste. The universe described is interesting and rich, the characters have some originality (less so if you read a lot of SF, but they each have a very specific individuality); it might be a matter of slow pace, of not enough happening in the long hours of reading everything (15 hours!), or linked to reading rythm. my final opinion is "meh!"

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  • P. L. Forrington
  • 28/07/2017

Can't say enough good things about this

Many reviewers have commented that this book seems to be plotless. I disagree. Though yes, it certainly focuses more on the characters and their relationships rather than the traditional plot, it still has a beginning, middle and end and is incredible. I never wanted to press the pause button. The performance was great as well, and I was at first glad to see she reads the next book, a closed and common orbit. I just pray audible gets the rites to sell it in Canada, because I very much want to read it and would rather not read the IBook. I fact I don't think I will.

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  • Ben
  • 04/03/2017

Good little sci-fi book, more about relationships

Good little sci-fi book that deals more with the relationships between people (and species) than with space battles or even space travel. While yes, it all happens in space and is about space travel, it was a really interesting look into how a crew of very mixed characters would get along and make it through challenges together. The narrator for this book was also a major factor of me rating it this high. She did the human voices exactly as I'd imagine them and the alien ones were funny and strange, just like sci-fi should be. One good thing about the book was it made me compare the situations in the plot to the real world I live in, which is what good sci-fi should do. There were a lot of easily-identifiable situations, relationships and choices. But there were also things that, when you read deeper, were great insights into life. Lots of things I could see related to Trump, or to the racial struggles around the world, to politics and economics. All in all a good listen, kept me entertained and even had me thinking at times!

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  • Carry Crets
  • 22/06/2017

loved it

I read this book a while ago and used the audiobook to refresh my mind before digging into the second one. I love it the first read through and I think I now live it even more.

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  • SilasFinch
  • 14/08/2015

Best Sci Fi I have read in Ages

Where does The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is everything I hope for in a sci fi book. Bizarrely I would call this a cross between Firefly, Mass Effect (as noted by the publishers) and Sophie's World. Big questions and speculative science interlaced with great characters and humour. I have read countless sci fi and this ranks in my Top Ten for characterisation and philosophy

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is really hard to decide - the whole novel is structured around getting pretty equal insights into each of the characters and you become attached to each in different ways. If pushed I would say 'Doctor- Chief'

What about Patricia Rodriguez’s performance did you like?

She did an excellent job with all the different acents and candience. Moving easily between sexes, races and species.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing particularly extreme but being along with The Wayfarer was just so much fun. The fate of The Navigator was especially touching.

Any additional comments?

Thank you so much to the people who crowd funded this novel - well worth it. This WON'T appeal to Hard Science fans (Peter Hamilton etc) but a safe fun bet for everyone else.

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  • marcus
  • 08/02/2019

compassionate space drama

This book is great. It's as if the crew of Firefly was multi-species instead of just human and lived in something like the Star Trek universe but populated by aliens as diverse and creatively done as those in Star Wars. The aliens here are portrayed well. Each species is distinct and not just a human analog. The world comparison to the Star Trek universe is only in the broadest most general sense; this book definitely does it's own thing as far as showing new ideas on what a galactic alliance of intelligent species might look like. For starters, humans are not the dominant species, which was interesting and refreshing. The characters are very enjoyable and well developed. I haven't liked a group of characters this much in awhile. The writer really does a good job at bringing out their identities and struggles and the dynamics of the crew that the story follows. Since the focus is more on the characters and their journeys instead of any overall struggle or universe shattering plot some may find the book slow but I found the writing was so fun and there were so many interesting ideas and spending time with this crew was so enjoyable that the lack of a "save the galaxy" story was in no way a loss. I am very much looking forward to the sequel and seeing where the writer takes things next.

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  • JCRW
  • 18/10/2017

An amazing breath of fresh air - sci-fi @ its best

Who should buy this book:
If you like Firefly buy this!
If you like Arthur C Clarke, buy this,
If you like Kim Stanley Robinson buy this.
If you are sick of reading Sci-fi books geared towards 14 year boys who want to read about soldiers in big bad space ships going pew pew pew all the time and flexing their male organs then you will love this.

Who should not buy this book:
If you are a 14 year old boy(or one trapped in the body of a man) that wants to read about space soldiers in big bad ships flexing their male organs while going pew pew pew, then you probably should skip this one and buy Columbus Day instead

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  • Ashwin Kulothungun
  • 11/12/2016

Beautiful!

The first audiobook I never wanted to pause. Non-operatic storytelling, a real universe, excellent narration.

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  • Malcolm Wilson
  • 04/10/2016

Just lovely

The book is excellent, wonderfully modern sci-fi set in an engaging and well-constructed new universe. The characters are memorable and lively.

The performance is also fantastic, and I will absolutely be seeking out more of Patricia Rodriguez's work. Her narration is excellent, and she does a great job making the character voices distinct and recognizable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/12/2019

Heartwarming journey

I tought it was lovely. Keep in mind that it's more of a fantasy world and that the story is mostly about getting to know the crew of the ship. If you can get past this you will find a captivating story with a suprisingly uplifting worldview.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13/09/2019

very enjoyable, many good ideas

It took a little while for me to get into it but then I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not too geeky on the tech but the future the author describes is well thought through and makes good sense. I particularly enjoyed the theme of inter cultural/inter species communication / interaction as well as the way the author looks at us humans and our peculiar ways through the eyes of other species. This book was entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes moving and often thought provoking.

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  • Lars
  • 23/02/2018

An absolute GEM! True perfection!

I'm a die hard sci fi fan. And I'm bored with what science fiction has to offer these days.

That said, I was beyond delighted when I started this wonderful story that does ev-er-y-thing right.
Gosh, I have to restrain myself from not spelling out everything in capital letters.
From the heartfelt, warm, interesting, diverse, real, funny characters, who are no heroes but everyday people, to the stories that always leave you with an emotional beat, that give you something, to the truly unique experience of getting *personal* science fiction that is no off the mill military world.
The aliens are fascinating, the science feels real, and I want to spent as much time with this crew as possible. THANK you for writing the best novel I've come across in many many years, Becky Chambers.

And as if that's not enough, this audiobook is voiced to perfection by Patricia Rodriguez who wraps it all in a warm blanket, who impersonates all the characters with grace and wit and emotional depth.
An absolute and utter joy.

I can only hope that this was the first in a long line of adventures.
Needless to say, I'm on board!

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  • werauchimmer
  • 06/05/2016

Awesome world building

This is a really refreshing story and an awesome world to take place in. Don't expect too much action though. There is also not really a lot happening, but does it take a lot of big events to make a good story?
Though I often don't like female speakers (no sexism, just a personal preference), this one did quite a good job. Some voices could have been a little more distincted.

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  • Wolfgang Tretter
  • 23/10/2018

Mal ein realitätsnaher Blickwinkel...

...wenn man das bei Science Fiction überhaupt erwarten kann ;) Es erinnert tatsächlich stark an Firefly, minus die coole Action. Das ist mir tatsächlich ein wenig zu kurz gekommmen. Dafür insgesamt der “Soap”-Faktor (Herz und Beziehungstrallala) ein wenig zu hoch. Aber das nehme ich gerne in Kauf für die packende Story, die alles in allem ein wenig an der Oberfläche bleibt, aber dennoch mitfiebern lässt. Ich will definitiv mehr von ihr hören! Die Sprecherin war klasse!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 22/10/2018

A pleasantly slow space opera.

The title may introduce the plot, but it is much more than that. This is character-driven not action-packed and pleasant because of that. Along with the new admin Rosemary Harper, who has her own reasons to choose spacer life, we join the multi-species crew of the Wayfarer. And we learn about different species, life, love, friendship, philosophy and politics. It's interesting, funny, serious, everything.. Join the Wayfarer crew.

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  • TeresaMaria
  • 17/09/2018

It's all there

Wonderfully smart, told with a profound knowledge about how motivation and emotion cause each other, and an obvious awareness about the fact, that there is no one truth. For someone who reads (and likes being read to) a lot, this is a glorious find. The depth of the protagonists, the detail of the different worlds, and the pure sympathy for so many facets of consciousness, dished out with ease and a smirk. And all in space. Stars, dive right in, its brilliant!

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  • Dr. Ahl.
  • 12/10/2015

Eher Ansammlung von Geschichtchen als Roman

Was braucht dieses Hörbuch, um für Sie zu einem 4- oder 5-Sterne Hörerlebnis zu werden?

Es fehlt an einer bedeutsamen Rahmenhandlung. Die vorhandene Rahmenhandlung spielt in der Sache praktisch keine Rolle.

Was hat Sie am meisten an Becky Chamberss Geschichte enttäuscht?

Ich hätte einen klassischen Science Fiction Roman erwartet. Zudem wirkt das Ganze so, als wolle die Autorin ihre Hörer zu mehr Toleranz erziehen.

Was hätte der Erzähler des Hörbuchs besser machen können?

S.O.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es handelt sich eher um eine Ansammlung von Kurzgeschicht(ch)en als um einen Roman.

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  • Kahro
  • 21/10/2017

A different space adventure

I loved this book so much. It's so rare to actually meet a future book about regular people with regular jobs (not another space war).

I also loved the characters and the paceing.

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  • L. Volk
  • 07/07/2020

It was a very sweet story

It was a very sweet story, but the performance was the thing that I really really enjoyed. I fell in love with each and every character...even Corbin. This is not an action packed sci-fi story, but rather a story about friendship...which was beautifully written. I am very disappointed that the next book only appears to follow Pepper and Lovelace. I would have hoped for a follow up from this book...but with a little more action this time.

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  • Michael Winkler
  • 10/12/2019

The joy of sci fi

Although the back story is straightforward, this is one of the books where you can dwell in the details Becky Chambers arranges. The sensible and cautious reading style of Ms Rodriques even more adds to the sensible creation of the world. All those relationships between the characters! All that wonderful stuff happening in he books! For example if one of the characters dies, I really craved, I had admit, this tore me. it really was a joy reading that book. And its really hard to convince you, dearest reader, to read that book without spoiling anything. if you're into technical sci fi but a little tired of it, and want to focus more on personal relations (but in a sci fi scenario) - go for it.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04/11/2019

Perfect 10/10

This audiobook is fantastic. The story is wonderful, engaging, a character study and you learn to love each and every one of the characters. A really nice read. But the performance is what makes it. The narrator must be one of the most talented ones I've ever listened to, the way she emotes makes eacb character stand out, not just in voice but in inflection, tension, everything. I highly recommend this read to anyone interested in sci-fi