Audio: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells @marthawells1 @kevinrfree ‏@recordedbooks @tordotcom

Posted October 14, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

Audio:  Exit Strategy by Martha Wells @marthawells1 @kevinrfree ‏@recordedbooks @tordotcomExit Strategy by Martha Wells
Narrator: Kevin Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries #4
Published by Recorded Books on October 2, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 3 hours, 46 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?

Exit Strategy  continued in the tradition of the rest of the  Murderbot Diaries series having me laughing in the first few moment.  The truth can be funny, especially when stated in such a blunt, factual way.  Murderbot is still trying to figure out humans.  His own observations and experiences plus the episodes of Sanctuary Moon provide diverse fodder for his impressions.

He is headed back to Dr. Mensah with information to help her. Naturally, she is in danger. Of course, both Murderbot and some of her team go in to save her in spite of the danger to themselves.  I continue to love the stream of consciousness from Murderbot on what is happening. I still enjoy the technology aspects.

I mentioned, in a previous review,  how I thought his plans reminded me of the A-Team style of complete confidence but I am pretty sure he got the modus operandi from his entertainment media.  It’s so outrageous; it’s unexpected. Murderbot’s tactical skills and experience as a SECUnit plus a little help from his friends, manages to just work in the direst of circumstances.

I highly recommend this entire series for its fun action, technology and precious look at human behavior. 5 stars all the way!

Twenty-seven minutes was plenty of time for me to do something stupid.



I finally have this complete series on audio. I pre-ordered this one and listened to it the day it arrived, finishing it on release day.   I happily listened at my usual 1.25 speed.  The delivery of Murderbot’s thoughts was well accomplished to provide the humor I loved so much. I’m sure I’ll be re-listening to Kevin Free’s amazing performance again.

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About Kevin Free

Kevin R. Free has appeared on national television in commercials and on NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. New York audiences have seen Mr. Free Off-Broadway, creating the role of Memphis in From My Hometown both for Amas Musical Theatre and at the Gramercy Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Audelco Award. He was also seen Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in Taking A Chance On Love, and as Bubber Brown in The New Federal Theatre’s acclaimed The Conjure Man Dies. He has been featured in concerts with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and with the education department of Symphony Space.

Mr. Free has performed regionally in many places, including his home state of North Carolina at Charlotte Repertory Theatre (Belize in Angels in America, Paul in Six Degrees of Separation) and at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ariel in The Tempest). Other favorite roles in the musical theatre include Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys From Syracuse at CENTERSTAGE, Nemur in Chasing Nicolette at Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia,Milton in Avenue X at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Gift Guy in Adventures In Love at the Ordway in St. Paul, MN, and Flick in Violet at Stage One in Wichita, KS and at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, for which he was nominated for a Barrymore Award.

About Martha Wells

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by in 2017 and 2018. She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering’s Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Award ballots, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Mech: Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft.

She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Kobold Guide to Magic.

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  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
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Posted October 14, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

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