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The third thrilling book in the increasingly popular Murderbot Diaries, which began with All Systems Red.

Sci-fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. 

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good. 

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a humanlike android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk. 

Listen to Rogue Protocol and find out why Hugo Award winner Ann Leckie wrote, "I love Murderbot!"

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • wonkyblox
  • 2018-08-08

Funny and imaginative

Once again Martha Wells and Kevin R. Free complement one another.
Murderbot's "humanity" stands out as he observes and protects the "real" humans.
He turns away when he is "going to have an emotion". But yet he seems almost affectionate when speaking about humans he has become attached to and eventually leaves.
I can't wait for the 4th part to this series.


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  • Michael Hicks
  • 2018-10-19

Murderbot Keeps On Keeping On

This third (and penultimate) entry in Martha Wells's The Murderbot Diaries picks up immediately after the prior episode Artificial Condition, setting Murderbot off a new adventure with a new group of humans and bots while continuing its search for evidence against the evil corporation, GrayCris.

Having been binge-listening to The Murderbot Diaries, I have to admit the formulaic structure of these episodes is getting a bit creaky. Both Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol follow the exact same story beats - Murderbot sneaks aboard a ship, encounters and befriends an artificial intelligence aboard ship, then saves the humans. There's not a lot of room for surprise, and the similar length both of these entries share make these events feel very scheduled, the plot operating like clockwork in accordance to a rigorous three act structure. You could almost time the occurrence of both books' events right down the minute.

While the structure of The Murderbot Diaries is by now intimately familiar, Wells does find a few spots to make fresh. The character dynamics and personalities of Rogue Protocol are almost a direct inverse of the prior episode, with Murderbot attempting to hide from the ship's crew before facing its own natural instincts (or perhaps its base SecUnit coding is more accurate) to protect them. We get another view of human-AI interaction, helping to illustrate the diversity among even artificial man-made constructs. Some robots are forced into mortal combat for their owner's entertainment, while others are infantilized and treated more like pets. Actual equality between man and machine, though, is awfully rare and Murderbot at times struggles between its nature as a rogue unit and the expectations placed upon it by humans that view it as nothing more than a standard factory-line killing machine. This societal dimension of the story still has plenty of material left for Wells to explore, and it's been one of the highlights of the series thus far.

Kevin R. Free has settled into narrating duties, having found a comfortable style in the prior entry that he carries over to Rogue Protocol. There's perhaps little point in reinventing the wheel, narration-wise, three books into the series, and whether you dug Free's style or not thus far, you'll know exactly what to expect here. For me, it's a bit too gentle and even keel of a reading and the easy-listening nature of it makes my mind susceptible to wandering.

Rogue Protocol keeps on keeping on as the series builds towards its finale in book #4. Diving into this one right on the heels of its predecessor, though, makes the story feel a bit too repetitive as Wells eschews any narrative risks in order to deliver a safe story built in the exact same mold as book #2. If you've been enjoying this series so far, Rogue Protocol certainly isn't a deal breaker by any means, but it's not exactly fresh and exciting either.

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  • Jeff Koeppen
  • 2018-10-05

My least favorite so far

I thought Rogue Protocol was OK. It was my least favorite installment of The Murderbot Diaries series. What I liked about the first two novellas in the series was the amount of humor and the fact that, despite the Murderbot being designed to kill, after he hacked his systems he was a wiseacre and a hoot to spend time with. There was less humor and overall wackiness in this installment. The story was more of a straight-ahead science fiction action adventure, and I didn't like the story as much as the other two. Also, it seemed that the characters weren't fleshed out as well in this one, with the exception of Miki, a robot. I'm looking forward to the fourth and final chapter in the this series. Hopefully it will end on a high note.

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  • Tru
  • 2018-08-30

This series needs to be longer

It’s just so good. It’s original. It’s silly and ironically moving for a story about a murderbot but that’s the exact point. It’s going to be bitter sweet listening to the last one when it’s out. Martha!! Try to make this a tv mini series! Thanks for a remarkable story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-28

great story. terrible narrator, cost is a scam

liked the story. Hated the narrator who sounds like a geek accountant trying to read the lines for a badass sec unit (murderbot).
The fact that these 3 hour stories cost $6 is a scam. You are forced to either spend your $12 credit on a $6 book which us really one third of a book, or you have to pay the $6 on top of your subscription fees. I assume this is the scam that will now define the future of how audible does business. Made me decide to cancel my audible subscription.

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  • Will Campbell
  • 2018-08-17

too short

Story so short, doesn't feel like it was worth the credit. book lasted me only a couple days.

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  • Ignatz
  • 2018-08-07

More Murderbot, Please!

I loved the further adventures of Buckaroo Murderbot! The story was engaging, the action heart-pounding, and the characters compelling. The narrator was spot-on as well. I am very much looking forward to the next book.

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  • adrianne
  • 2018-11-12

Stunning SF Adventure

This is one of those series I'll listen to/read again and again. A sexless cyborg soldier manages to reprogram itself, and finds itself protecting humans from unknown attackers. It is at turns, sweet as it learns to make friends, funny, when it has to come to terms with its emotions, and deeply satisfying as it struggles to overcome impossible odds. The narrator, Kevin R. Free is perfect for this with a voice that could be either male or female. #RobotUprising #Suspenseful #HappyEnding #Provocative #Underdog #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Evilisa
  • 2018-11-08

These are just fun books.

I really enjoy the sarcasm of a muderbot doing the right thing and hating every minute of it. These are just fun - great for listening in traffic.

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  • Mark W.
  • 2018-11-01

Very good.

I have bought three of the four books in tje series. I just wosh they were longer.