It’s no secret that I love Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries narrated by Kevin R. Free. The stories are a delight to listen to from the mysteries, to Murderbot’s interpretation and interactions with humans and other artificial intelligence. While Fugitive Telemetry takes us back through the timeline, it offered a murder-mystery that kept me guessing.
by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #6
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Genres: Science Fiction
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
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!
Fugitive Telemetry takes place between Exit Strategy and Network Effect. It offers up a murder mystery and rescue. Murderbot discovers a dead body at the Preservation Station and assists station security with the who, what, where and why of the investigation.
The novella is slightly different, from the time jump to the focus on the case. We see Mensah and others from the Preservation Survey but the story centers on Murderbot. The investigation and his interactions with station security are the primary focus. It was fascinating watching their dynamics and Murderbot react to their distrust. Particularly since Murderbot’s relations with humans on the station have strengthened.
While we didn’t gain any new insight, the murder mystery itself was an intriguing one and Wells kept me guessing. When the murderer was revealed, all the pieces clicked, leaving me impressed.
Kevin R. Free is the voice of Murderbot. I could not imagine enjoying these stories in any other format. I am excited that Tor obtained three additional Murderbot Diaries and hope we continue to see them on audio.
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I really need to try this series. Wonderful review.
I enjoyed seeing Murderbot solve a mystery and I agree, Kevin R. Free is great narrating Murderbot Diaries.
I am glad to see you are still enjoying the series. I have the first four books which I received for free from TOR.com. Hope to pick them up soon,
Anne - Books of My Heart
I love these Murderbot stories. I agree that Kevin R Free makes them even better.
I need to catch up! Well, since I have mostly forgotten the events from books 1 and 2, I need a refresher first.
Ah yes you and Sophia Rose love your Muderbots. Thanks for your thoughts Kim
I hope this series keeps going for a long time .!!!!