Ancillary Justice (Unabridged)
by Ann Leckie
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On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose - to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.
The person who read this book, has the most annoying voice imaginable,with a drawn-out whine like at the end of most sentences. The reader ruined the book for me. The author is very inventive, and the plot is creative, but the reader was just terrible, and her strange reading style distracted from the story throughout.
Please don't buy this!
I listen to 2-3 audiobooks a week, while I drive a truck. This is the absolute worst narrator I've encountered yet. The sample doesn't do justice to how bad and unintuitive her performance is. I love the book, so please buy the book instead.
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Skip this audio performance - it is unlistenable. The story itself is excellent, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. This narration is bizarre. The narrator breaks the entire novel into six-to-eight word ejaculations of robotic speech, inserting punctuation-like pauses where they do not exist in the actual book. This strange affectation along with the odd and inappropriate upward inflection combined with excessively drawn out final syllables are so distracting that it becomes difficult to follow the story. For example: “I went into the forward cabiiiiiiiin?……to see if she was therrrrre?…..waiting for me.” It’s like having a book read to you by Siri. But worse. I will grant that this may be a nod to the slightly inhuman nature of the protagonist, but it’s so overdone and so relentlessly disjointed that it seeps into the voices of other characters and destroys the narrative quality of the story.