Fugitive Telemetry: Murderbot Diaries, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The New York Times best-selling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!
Having captured the hearts of audiences across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read"), Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.
No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.
When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people - who knew?).
Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 24 minutes|
|Narrator||Kevin R. Free|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 27, 2021|
|Publisher||Recorded Books, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#4,574 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#52 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#158 in Hard Science Fiction (Books)
#187 in Adventure Science Fiction
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The novella takes place immediately after "Exit Strategy," and even before the (much more interesting) flashbacks of "Network Effect." No significant new information about the characters is revealed. There is, as always, the subtext of exploring the meaning of personhood, and confronting preconceptions and prejudice, but even this seems clunkier and less heartfelt than in the previous books.
Murderbot is one of the most unique sci fi stories out there right now. A human robot construct in a universe that takes many of the elements of today and extends them to a logical new paradigm, Murderbot makes you question the cost of technical advances without corresponding human advance better than any other story I have read.
In this outing, we are following along as Murderbot solves a murder mystery, working alongside a very distrustful Security team. Great story, wouldn't have guessed whodunit in a million years.
My quibbles mainly come from not knowing when this took place. I kept looking for something to explain that in the story. I dug around a little on the net and found an interview where the author explains this fell before the last novel. If that had been a preface in the book, I think I would have been much happier, as my other objection came from how Murder bot seemed to regress as a character. Properly placed in time, that wasn't the case.
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And yes, one shouldn't focus on how long a book is and instead enjoy the superb writing and characterisation .
But, the fact is that this isn't a cheap 'book' and just as I was getting into it, it ended. Boom - finished.
Let's look at the positives. The main character is a fantastic one. Murderbot is basically a space travelling Reacher with more morals (perhaps). Given he is a robot it's incredible how Wells has made him such an engaging 'person' whom you really invest emotional energy into.
Wells writing is finely crafted and superb. This lady really can write, no doubt about it.
However, it's impossible to get away from the truth which, is that Wells short changes her reading public with relatively expensive books which can be read in an hour or so. That's not good enough because the cost is similar to far better known writers putting out proper books. I have no issue with paying for what I read but I am getting hacked off with being sold part of a book.
It is a a nice fun novella to read, it has Murderbot, it has some of our Preservation friends, it has a nice detective plot. I just feel it threads water a bit. That would not be so obvious after Exit Stratagy when the next logical step is how does Murderbot fit in with Preservation. But we already know the answer to that question from Network Effect. Whats more Network Effect is a thrill-fest which opened up the universe so much and spurred on so much growth in Murderbot that going back in time felt frustrating.
There's already an excellent summary of the book in its description, and I'll avoid spoilers. Existing readers know what to expect. Our anxiety-riddled robots character grows once more. Fugitive telemetry continues the story of Murderbots journey. It's developing relationships whilst seeming more human than the humans it struggles to understand. I was worried about the detective storyline; however, it works somehow. We still see action sequences, and the two combine to develop the paradigm of murderbots humanity.
Since I read the first Murderbot story, I've felt Robocop is the inspiration. Both are more machine than a small organic, mostly brain, component. Both appear human and work in a human world. They had their minds wiped repeatedly. Technology controlled them till they overcame, gaining self-determination and freedom. If you remember Robocop, then you're familiar to a large extent with what's happening. The quasi humanity influencing a robotic view of the world, the struggle for identity free from their past. It's very similar and yet different. I loved Robocop when I saw it over 30 years ago, and I love this modern homage.
This feels like a step backwards in its length, a novella, not a novel.
At the same time, it is a step forwards as Murderbot takes the first step on a new journey in its life.
If you enjoyed Murderbot before, you will still love him now. Worth buying for any existing readers.
I re-read the previous 5 constantly.
And as usual, this book delivers.
The SecUnit that cares, a human face to AI, but better than human untainted by corporate greed..
There is a murder to solve, humans to try not to talk to, fights to win, twists and turns and glimpses of what it is to be not human.
Less time to watch media, more time to process away threats and lies.
Glimpses of corporate greed that removed ethics from human future, and machine intelligence that's re-discovering ethics.
Too short of course.
This series always is.
Left wanting more is the outcome.
And one day into starting and finishing this one, and I crave more.
Murderbot, literary crack cocaine, a word fix.