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Exit Strategy

Written by: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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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?

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books

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entertaining but not on a deep

I enjoyed it enough to buy the next part each time but it has a superficial quality. I got them to keep me occupied at work. I don't think I would have bought them all if I only had them to focus on.
How akward a security bot/cyborg feels around humans tinges everything but I never really feel close to the characters.

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A must-read series!

Each installment (including this one), I read in a single sitting. So addictive and entertaining!

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  • Jaime
  • 2018-10-02

New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

Murderbot is the BEST and my new favorite character in any book, or series! READ this series it is AWESOME! While I am sad there won't be any more books, (I mean who isn't when they reach the end of a great series?) honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. The ending is perfect the way it is. There's always rereading if I need my new favorite fictitious character to keep me company.
The performance is fantastic as well, I feel like the reader gives even more voice and perspective to Murderbot than I could have supplied in my own mind. I don't give a full five star review often but I would give this series 6 if I could. Excuse now me while I go re-read the entire series again, right now, because it's THAT GOOD!

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  • Fitzwibble
  • 2018-10-03

Please ma'am, may i have moar Murderbot?

i suppose all good things must come to an end, and this concluded brilliantly, but it just whet my appetite for more. Murderbot has grown into a sassy, sarcastic, funny 'accidental' hero.

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  • Melissa
  • 2018-10-02

Ahhh Murderbot I love you. I wish it wasn't over!

It was a good conclusion to the series. I wish there was more! The narrator was great too.

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  • Christian
  • 2018-10-02

Love this series

Murderbot Diaries are hilarious and seriously one of the best series I've listened too. The performance was great and I can't wait to hear more from the Narrator. As for Martha Wells story, I loved it. She does a great job to create a story around the perfect reluctant antihero. I would recommend this for short road trips or just hanging around.

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 2018-10-07

Martha Wells + Murderbot + Kevin Free= original, funny & fantastic

Martha Wells hasn’t written a book I have not loved, & until last year, I didnt know her name. That’s criminal. What a mind & what range! Love this series.

And Kevin Free has the perfect tone & delivery for Murderbot/ Sec Unit Riin. What could easily be ruined, depending on a narrator’s delivery style is perfect in his hands.

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  • Ignatz
  • 2018-10-03

More Murderbot! More! More!

Loved this conclusion and I look forward to more stories about my favorite rogue sec unit.

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  • Regulus ag Sun
  • 2018-10-02

Everything all wrapped up with a nice bow!

This book delivers a high octane murderbot classic, with just the right amount of feeling to wrap up such a great series.

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  • MsHarmony
  • 2019-05-16

Murderbot Fan!

Let me add my voice to the myriad of Murderbot fans. I loved the story of this misanthropic AI who, finally on his own, struggled with eremitic desires vs a need to help/care for humans…a terrific metaphor for the struggle to contain and understand needs and drives at cross purposes in our lives, while using various crutches to escape the stress, just as he did with his entertainment downloads. Martha Wells’ superb writing, painted him in brilliant strokes of sardonic cleverness, wry humor, cynicism and the like, making it impossible to not like Murderbot. And, Kevin R. Free, kudos to you…what a perfect voice for Murderbot. Perfect! My only criticism is this: 4 credits was too expensive

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  • Michael Hicks
  • 2018-10-26

It's a good story, even if the tone is a bit dry.

Having already reviewed the previous three installments of Martha Wells's The Muderbot Diaries, I'm not sure I have much left to say about this series. In fact, there's a line toward the end of Exit Strategy that sums it up my general thoughts to this series of audiobooks as a whole pretty well (although since I listened to this in audiobook I'll have to paraphrase the sentiment): "It's a good story, even if the tone is a bit dry."

The dryness in tone largely stems from narrator Kevin R. Free, who does a serviceable job here but who, also, over the course of four books has yet to impress me performance-wise. The character of Muderbot strikes me as having more in the way of feelings and expressions, even as an artificial intelligence, than Free's interpretation allows. Free slips into some fairly monotone deliveries, which absolutely kill my attention. It's hard to pay much attention to a story when a narrator cannot engage you, and unfortunately I found myself mentally checking out and wandering away from Exit Strategy frequently.

Story-wise, Exit Strategy is simple, even for a novella. Wells brings back the cast of human characters from book #1 as Murderbot's investigation into the evil corporation GrayCris comes full circle and he returns to deliver evidence of this company's conspiracy to Dr. Mensah. Easy right?

Well, there's a few wrinkles here and there, but as with the prior episodes in this series it's mostly pretty straight-forward. Wells continues to provide some interesting doses of Murderbot's introspection and its interaction with other artificial intelligences and bots proves just as intriguing as its relationships with humans.

Murderbot continues to be a fascinating character in its own right, and even in this fourth novella Wells still finds new facets of this rogue SecUnit's personality and motivations. As far as antisocial killing machines who are addicted to intergalactic soap operas, Murderbot is a surprisingly charming character and with a full-length novel due out in 2020 I'm happy to know neither Wells nor Tor are finished with its story just yet.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2018-10-10

Another great Murderbot adventure

Murderbot has successfully escaped the environs of its latest run-in with GrayCris Corporation, with proof of GrayCris' criminal activity. If it can get back to Preservation space and reach Dr. Mensah, its...owner? guardian? friend?, GrayCris can, possibly, be stopped from getting more colonists and scientific expeditions killed in their pursuit of corporate profit.

Unfortunately, GrayCris has kidnapped Dr. Mensah and is demanding an enormous ransom, apparently in hopes of also luring Murderbot in. GrayCris thinks Murderbot still has the evidence in its possession. Murderbot is smarter than that, but Dr. Mensah is still at enormous risk. The sensible thing for a rogue SecUnit that was never programmed to care about anyone is to forget about Mensah, head out beyond the corporate rim, and let the people it has sent the information to act on it.

Murderbot so wishes it were sensible.

It's another wild adventure, as Murderbot keeps getting better at not getting spotted as a SecUnit, struggles with dealing with human emotions, and faces the even more unpleasant challenge of its own emotions and just why exactly it is risking its life to save people it has been trying to get further away from.

Once again, Murderbot is a lot of fun. Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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