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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 (22 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Div
  • 2019-04-06

better than the first

I enjoyed the characters of Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, but found the story setup to be fairly derivative and the plot device of the climax to hinge so much on a hard to believe aspect of fictional technology that it broke my suspension of disbelief. This second book in the series (really a spinoff rather than a continuation of the same plot) is much better. It’s an even more in depth character study that isn’t compromised by ham fisted deus ex machina (although the “god in the machine” is a central point of the story). Truly enjoyable and thought provoking.

The narration is excellent but the background soundtrack continues to detract substantially from the overall performance; it would be far preferable to have a version available without it.

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  • Cayl
  • 2019-03-22

Read this book

This book is amazing!!! I love the exploration of AI. It's really so fabulous. I highly recommend it.

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  • Rachael
  • 2019-03-14

What a wonderful journey.

This s is one of the best sci-fi books I've read in a very long time and I'm sure will become one of the classics. There are interesting politics around race and gender, seen through the veil of interspecies interactions. The series would be a great way to discuss some of these things with some younger readers.

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  • hi and hello
  • 2019-02-16

Background sound distracting

Usually love audio productions, but this one was distracting to me and I may like the book better in print. Love Becky Chambers. Book is better than most but not as fun as the first.

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  • Pachypanchax
  • 2019-02-13

A miserable disappointment. Incredibly annoying.

I was expecting another lighthearted space romp with Krizie, and Jinks, vand and Rosemary, and the rest. Instead, I got 13 plus hours of a 4-chapter-at-most story of Pepper's early life, Sidra's coming of age, and the rescue of Owl. The musical soundtrack made me want to return the book. The childish writing, along with the childrens'-book-awful narration, made me want to scream. Save your money. Becky Chambers failed us with this book. I need to listen to a couple of Heinlein books to "get the taste of this crap out of my mouth".