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A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition

Wayfarers, Book 2
Written by: Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. 

But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. 

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. 

Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2016 Becky Chambers (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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This book has no right to be this good

I truly believe that this is a feat of speculative science fiction of a caliber that has never been seen before. It's a relatively simple story, yet still manages to find complexity in its storytelling, characterization, and structure, and the narration is pitch perfect.

Everybody involved in the production of this book, especially Becky Chambers and Patricia Rodriguez, should be proud of what they've accomplished. Without a doubt the most impactful piece of media I've consumed all year.

If you, like me, were on the fence about reading these books, I can tell you now, you wont regret picking this one up. Absolutely brilliant!

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Story ok, but Booktrack distracting

Enjoyed the book but as with "The Long Way" I think the world building is better than the story. I do really like how generally emotionally mature and intelligent most of the characters are in this.

The book track is... amoungst other things not synced well to the story, so in a quiet moment the music will be very "boss fight" which is odd. It also just generally makes the story harder to listen too.

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wish I could disable music and sound effects

the music and sounds were distracting and often inappropriate for the scene. be better without.

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not bad but

I struggle to finish it the background soundscape is really distracting and annoying. Nearly stopped listening to the Book at all ,because it was to one point just nervrecking.

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Best book I have listened to all year

The story was incredible, the narrator was great... The background 'music' was incredibly annoying. Seriously who thought this was a good idea? I almost stopped listening to it because of the annoying background music. I am glad that I listened to it until the end because the story had me in tears at the end.

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excellent

I'm a fan of quick reviews the book was great material was a solid follow-up to the first looking forward to hearing the others but the narrator was fantastic really appreciated alien voices, can't wait to listen to more books read by her hopefully she does kids audio books

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  • Jaime
  • 2018-10-12

Even better than the first!

I liked this one even better than the first book. The smaller cast of characters let's you get to know everyone a lot better rather than the smaller snippets we got with the first book. Both characters stories are real interesting and in different ways. Also this booktrack edition is FANTASTIC! At first I was all like "Music and sound effects? That sounds freaking annoying!", but the music and effects blend with the narrative almost seamlessly, just like music in a movie. The sound affects are not repetitive or annoying at all and usually just stuff like the sound of crowd of people in the background to lend ambiance. It's NOT gonna be the sound of a hatch opening EVERY freaking time someone opens a hatch ect. I promise.

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  • Dina B
  • 2019-02-15

Enjoyable story but some problems w/ the booktrack

I really enjoyed the story, but ran into some frustrating parts when it came to this audible version. Overall the narrator did a really good job, despite some small mistakes and one grating one. She mispronounced the xe pronouns in this book for some reason, despite pronouncing it correctly throughout the first book. This really, really bothered me for some reason.

I'm not sure how the music and background noises are chosen for these books, and I'm really on the fence about them. Most of the time it's not too noticeable and just adds ambience. Some times, though, it's a little loud and distracting and doesn't quite fit the mood of the moment. The worst was when the characters were in an incredibly, unbelievably quiet public place--a place for a species that doesn't communicate with words--and for some reason there were crowd noises as if they were in a busy marketplace or something. The word quiet was mentioned soo many times in that scene, I truly do not understand how they made that mistake. It really took away from the moment.

Despite those problems, I would still recommend this book. I jreally wish we could adjust the volume of the background track or something, though.

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  • danni
  • 2019-10-08

background music is so annoying

whose idea was that? I can understand wanting to try it but it was a fail.

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  • Bruce
  • 2019-08-08

AI have feelings too

I am going to have to listen to this one again, because I am a bit fuzzy on the plot. However, next time I lose my cell phone or leave my laptop, thanks to this tale I am going to have to worry about how they feel about it.

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  • John
  • 2019-08-06

Great characters!

Becky Chambers continues to demonstrate her story weaving skills with a fresh batch of memorable characters. Looking forward to continuing with this series. Patricia Rodriguez does a great job narrating.
Not a huge fan of the "Booktrack" background audio, though. At times it's quite beneficial to the story, but at other moments it seems forced and awkward.

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  • Anne H Guthrie
  • 2019-07-03

Identity nurturing!

I just love the wayfarer series! So genuine and true about personhood, gender, society and identity. I’m going to try to get my stubborn little nieces to read them! So great! So emotionally grounding!

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  • joris van den Oever
  • 2019-05-10

Just so good and full of feels

the music was never a distraction and usually it would be for me.

The story itself was amazing and the AI perspective on things was very well executed. The end left me wanting more not because the story was unfinished but because I will miss the characters.

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  • Michael S. Labrow
  • 2019-04-21

Better and Better

Character driven story so light on ‘plot’ but it is a nice luxuriant romp through a far off universe filled with delightful people that make me want to be a better friend to the people around me.

Better yet I found it more enjoyable than the first book in the series.

If you are looking for ultra hard sci-fi, or a military centered novel, then by all means look somewhere else. If you are looking to relax with friends that you didn’t know existed then get this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-19

Absolutely Wonderful

while I do miss the adventures of the wayfarer, (the previous book) this title is just as good at presenting science fiction as personal and pleasant.

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  • Natalia Tikhonova
  • 2019-04-09

what is the book about?

You can probably think that this book is about science fiction, which is true but only if you are concidering the story background/world. Because the story isn’t about space travel or some space peripecies, it is about “clones” (clearl reference to slaves) who are real humans for the autor and the exact same thing with the a.i. (owl and lovelace) it tries to be like a human but it just can’t (I’m not talking about the end because nobody likes spoilers). To conclude, this is a well writed book with a good story behind it, the only thing is that there is to much discution about what is a human (a life form for the a.i.) and what is not. Anyway I’ll not recomend this book to a “hard sf” fan but people who are okay with s.f. may like it.


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