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Network Effect by Martha Wells
Narrator: Kevin Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries #5
Published by Recorded Books on May 5, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 12 hours, 48 minutes
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I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.
It calls itself Murderbot, but only when no-one can hear. It’s a private joke. Funny.
It doesn’t care, it tells itself, and its attachment to the humans around it is merely professional obligation.
It tries to never drop the F-bomb.
So, when its human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Drastic action it is, then.
New in the Murderbot Diaries series, we get a full novel!! In Network Effect, Murderbot is still trying to figure out what he should be doing, and what are these …feelings? He also spends too much time in the impossible task of understanding humans. There is hardly any time to binge Sanctuary Moon. All of it is hilarious. My love for Murderbot can not be overstated.
“I’m not your social secretary, Ameena. If you want a better lie, make up one yourself.”
I could play it back to listen in on the whole conversation but I could also punch myself in the head with a sampling drill and I was not going to do that either.
The world-building and character development is stellar. Some way this happens even with the abductions, and battles, and space flights. Even the action can’t stop the excellent development or the humor. The humor is such a refreshing combination of sarcasm and blunt truth.
Somehow, Murderbot’s humans are always getting captured or into trouble. Murderbot finds problems and battles in space, and on a planet. Those corporations are always up to no-good. But he does run into an old not-friend and helps him. Murderbot makes many new not-friend connections and has some new plans for his future. Take me along, please.
I have loved the audio version of this series. Kevin Free is perfect in his comedic timing and emotional timbre for Murderbot and all the other characters. The blank voice for systems or regular SecUnits is perfect, too. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed. I’m sure I will be listening again to this brilliant performance.
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