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The Relentless Moon

Lady Astronaut, Book 3
Written by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Lady Astronaut, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
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Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.  

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC's goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened.  

Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the governor of Kansas, is considering a run for president. 

©2020 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • catnipRN
  • 2020-07-18

5 stars is not enough!

I have waited for this book since I finished The Fated Sky back in 2018. The author is the narrator, and she is awesome! She has the ability to make you feel like you are there, living the story, experiencing the same emotions. While listening, I laughed, cried, gasped and had anger toward characters to the point that I felt like I was part of story. I look forward to more of her stories, both her own stories and those that she narrates.

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  • Kate
  • 2020-07-17

Awesome

Another great addition to the series. Really well written. I couldn't stop listening. Only sad that now I have to wait for the next one.

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  • Eric
  • 2020-08-10

Good listen

This series is an excellent story-line that I highly recommend. The characters are exciting, and the story has a subtle forceful type of energy that will keep the listener engaged. 😀😀😀😀

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  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2020-07-22

Happenings on the moon during the Mars expedition

This covers what is happening on the moon during the Mars expedition. It does not all go smoothly as you could probably guess. I hope there is a book about what is happening on earth during the same time period.

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  • TERRI
  • 2020-10-16

keep writing

really looking forward to the next book and the lady astronaut series, great characters, keep going

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  • BondsLopez
  • 2020-10-02

I almost stopped listening with each chapter intro

I was looking forward to this listen because I had listened to and enjoyed the other two in the series. The chapter intros, newspaper excerpts, were read with such a loud, brassy voice, that I was tempted to just stop listening. Though I understand the intent to mimic news announcers from the 60's, it was AWFUL. Eventually, I skipped or muted them like a bad commercial. The story was okay. I warmed to the protagonist when her role was revealed later in the story, but the chapters were uneven, like jigsaw pieces jammed into the wrong place or from a different puzzle. I was sorry that the ending was about the Mars Mission returning because I was hoping for another book about that, but maybe, like the Titanic, she'll retrofit a story.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2020-09-30

past and present

While the previous books could be read thinking historically and with the thought we were comfortably past certain prejudices and *isms, reading this with the current events and social unrest, prejudices and *isms was no longer comfortable as these things were obviously not in our past.

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-09-29

Another fantastic book!

Again, great story. It intertwines with the previous book in novel ways. Having other main characters to focus on was unexpected but wonderful. MRK knocks it out of the park with her narration again. Definitely a must listen!

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  • Sheltopia
  • 2020-09-27

Spy intrigue on the moon with strong characters

This is a sci-fi political and spy thriller set on a moonbase in an alternate timeline with lots of grounding in setting and personable characters. It helps to know going in that this book does not follow the beloved protagonist, Elma York, from first two books in the series. And it is not a progression in time. In The Relentless Moon our protagonist is another astronaut, Nicole Wargin, on a parallel timeline to The Fated Sky. As a character Nicole Wargin is extremely competent, but not as charming as Elma York so it took me awhile to warm up to this book even though everything else that I loved about the first two books was here. The completely satisfying ending won me over and "competent" became heroic and endearing. Bonus: There are cat characters in this book. I absolutely love The Lady Astronaut series (including the novelette The Lady Astronaut of Mars). The author is a fantastic performer. Recommended for all: and especially women in science and aspiring young women in science.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-23

Outstanding.

I’d originally been disappointed when I read that this latest novel in the Lady Astronaut series wouldn’t focus on Elma Yorke, the central character so far. How wrong I was. This instalment of the series is a bit different in tone, in some ways feeling a good deal darker, as tensions escalate and characters face life or death consequences. This book a tightly plotted, close quarters espionage thriller on the moon; how can we say know to that? Nicole Wargin is a fascinating and rounded character whose true depths are slowly revealed over the course of the novel, and the story is thrilling, heart-breaking, and exultant in all the right places. A word should be said about the author doing her own narration: it’s amazing. Before listening, I had no idea that Mary Robinette Kowal is also a voice actor, now I’d rank her among my favourite audiobook narrators. She does an incredible job bringing the multinational cast of the book to life, and her performance as Nicole moved me to tears once or twice. I can’t recommend this enough.