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Network Effect

Written by: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today best-selling Murderbot series exploded onto the scene in 2017, and the world has not been the same, since.

Murderbot returns in its highly anticipated, first full-length stand-alone novel, Network Effect.

You know that feeling when you’re at work and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.

Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable AI you’ll listen to this century.

I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90-plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.

©2020 Martha Wells (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Excellent!

I love Kevin R Free as a narator and I wish I could listen to him read about the Murderbot universe forever! This book took me completely by surprise and I am eagerly looking forward to more.

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I hope there are many more books like this!

I'm a huge fan of the series so I have a very high bar for new installments. This one surpassed even my expectations. Like the novellas in the series, it delivered an action-packed space adventure from the point of view of a socially awkward AI. However, it also expounded on themes foreshadowed earlier in the series, like alien remnants and failed colonies. The growth in Murderbot's emotional arc was seamless and profound. I have serious feelings about Murderbot's "relationship" with ART.

Another Murderbot novel cannot come too soon. I am hooked on this series!

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  • pondo
  • 2020-05-06

I Hope You Remain Unmurdered

WOW, What a great ride! I haven't been this engrossed in a story since Red Rising. After listening to it for hours it came to a climax and I said "Man that was a great book", then I looked at my phone and there was still 7 hours left! What a bargain! It had been a long time since I listened to the other Murderbot stories so I wondered if I might have forgotten some important arcs, but that was not the case, this book could be a standalone. There's som fun Col Joe/Skippy type stuff too to make you laugh along the way. I absolutely guarantee this book is worth the credit. click on my name and you will see i give honest reviews good or bad. I did think the narrator did a great (4 star) job, just don't love (5 star) him. To Kevin, for the next novel If you could give ART the voice he deserves, (that I know you're looking for) Then I will gladly give your performance 5 stars. I suggest check how Hard Luck Hank's voice evolved, It is worlds better now than it was in the first couple books.

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  • 2020-05-06

I did not think it could better but it did.

I enjoyed the first 3 books in the series but this one knocks it out of the park. The story is exactly what I want from this series and again Kevin R Free knocks the narration out of the park (I would give him 6 stars). I hope there are more books because Martha Wells has created a rich world with engaging characters that I could read forever. I totally lost track of time while enjoying this novel and was surprised when I finished around 1AM. I just could not put it down. Oh well time for my 2nd, 3rd and 4th listens. If you are a murderbot fan I know you will enjoy this book.

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  • 2020-05-08

More Murderbot!

If you like the Murderbot novellas, you'll probably like the Murderbot novel. I like them all, and I was delighted and not disappointed by the novel. There's more Murderbot, more snarky comments, more humans to be irritated with, but to save anyway. And ART is back. There's lots of action, and lots of stuff going on.

I loved it.

And Kevin R. Free does an absolutely fabulous job of narrating these books.

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  • A Customer
  • 2020-05-07

Brilliant, full-length novel featuring Murderbot, my favorite SecUnit. Recommend to science fiction readers.


I’ve read and enjoyed Martha Wells’ Murderbot novellas on Kindle, and I’m now making time to listen to the stories via Audible. As a Murderbot fan, I’ve always wanted to read a full-length novel, with hopes for a more complex, action-packed storyline to stretch Murderbot’s character and that of his humans/clients. I especially loved this book’s dry humor, sarcasm and pure snark.

Although I ordered both the Kindle and Audible versions of “Network Effect,” I spent most of yesterday listening to the Audible Version. Narrator Kevin R. Free’s stellar voice-acting brought this book to life. Bravo, Mr. Free! I will be listening to “Rogue Protocol” and “Exit Strategy”—both narrated by Kevin R. Free—during the coming weekend.

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  • Irene
  • 2020-05-10

Great follow up

The only downside to this episode was that it came to an end.

I can’t wait until the next book.

Narrator was perfect and story engaging.

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  • Ronny
  • 2020-05-10

Didn’t expect it to be this good.

I loved the shorter murderbot stories, and didn’t really expect a full length story to be able to follow up with a similar level of quality and consistency. It did. With respect to the reader, Kevin R. Free is still perfect for 90% of the book. However, Mr. Free’s ‘adolescent female’ may need some work.

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  • Angela Knight
  • 2020-05-09

The best Murderbot yet!

I’ve been a SF fan a looong time, and I’ve read everything from Heinlein’s YAs back in the 1970s to Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vor series, which I also adore.

I can’t think of the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed a romp. Would make a terrific HBO series.

Free’s narration was, as always, terrific, and the pace never let up. I’ve listened to the rest of the series several times, and I can tell I’ll be re-listening to this one too.

Just one heck of a fabulous book! Well worth the money.

Brava, Ms Wells. You really should get a Nebula or Hugo for this one. I know you have at least one of them now, but it needs a 2.0.

Eagerly awaiting Murderbot’s next adventure.

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  • A.U
  • 2020-05-10

Worth it!

I loved all the Murderbot books and this one did not disappoint me. Murderbot's journey to figure out what it wants continues, and it does just as well in a full-length novel as it did in the novelas, story-wise. Great stuff, with returning characters and new ones, and a structure that never trips over itself even when it gets complicated. I love it.

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  • John Mansell, Wyoming
  • 2020-05-10

Keep listening!

If you have made it this far in the Murderbot Diaries, keep going! Great! More plot twists and new characters. I wish we didn't have to wait on the next book!

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  • Marcel
  • 2020-05-10

Slow start, then getting full steam

Another great episode in the murderbot series. At first i was a bit disappointed about the slow pace but my patience was fully rewarded by the rest of the book.

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