by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #4
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
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 is the fourth novella in the Murderbot Diaries and once again I chose to listen to the narrations of Kevin R. Free. Who says the truth isn’t funny?
This is the final novella, but I am beyond excited for Network Effect, releasing in May 2020. It will be a full-length Murderbot story and I hope they’ve secured Free as the narrator!
OK, enough fangirling back to Exit Strategy. Our Murderbot has evidence against the GrayCris Corporation, but Dr. Mensah is in trouble and our SecUnit plans to save her first.
Wow! From growth to unraveling what has happened, Wells provided an intense and entertaining ride. Our SecUnit is discovering friendship, feelings and more. I love his inner dialogue and disgust at himself as he realizes he cares. I laughed when he displayed some rather colorful human expressions and sighed when he experienced the joy of holding someone’s hand.
The geek in me, got my freak on with as he slipped into port systems, maps and overroad everything from trains to front loaders.
Kevin R. Free gave such a stellar performance for this series. He became the SecUnit and characters. He brought an AI to life and showcased the humor, snark and logical thinking Wells brought to our Murderbot. Free and Wells are a good pairing and I hope they continue together.
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I have only read the first one in this series but I totally loved it. I will totally have to continue this series. Great review.
La La in the Library
I have to start these! I think Hoopla has at least the first two. Greg and Heather (I still miss her blog), and now Annemieke keep raving about them. All of us loved the Wayfarer books, so I think I’m guaranteed to love these. ?✨
It’s always bittersweet when it comes to the end of a series but it sounds like you have a short story to look forward to and that you really enjoyed the ending!
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
It’s always fun when you fins a series that makes you fangirl! The SecUnit sounds like an interesting character. I love that he sounds like he’s becoming more “human”. with his inner dialogue, and discovery of friendship, feelings, etc. Great Review Kim 🙂
At first, I wasn’t a fan of these kinds of novellas, but they have since won me over. I love that they give us a little bit of the characters we love to hold us over in between the full length novels!
Yea! I’ve had these on my radar since I read your last review. Looking forward to checking them out sometime soon!
Anne - Books of My Heart
I love this series – so much! I also think Kevin Free is the bomb. I can’t imagine it without him now. Oh for the days when I could just isolate my self and watch The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon (?) Excellent review.
And now I have got my Kindle Fire going – I may well get hold of these audio books:)). Thank you for yet another excellent review, Kimberly.
Melissa (Books and Things)
Oh this looks like a series I need to add to my list. Love new audiobooks right now!
I love this series so much. 🙂
I love finding a book or series that I really like and just want everyone to read. Sounds like you really liked this one.
It’s an author and a series I really need to try one day! Everyone is loving them!
I don’t read a lot of sci fi but you always have me wanting to pick this author up and try it anyways. Glad this was another good one!
This was a cool sounding mini-series and great way to get fans heated up about the full length release. Great review Kim thank you.
II am glad the series ended on a high note for you. I hope the fill length books will give you the series level of excitement.
I still have this one to look forward to. I love Murderbot. 🙂