• Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Series: The Imperial Radch, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-14-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (209 ratings)

Regular price: $19.18

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2014
The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour, and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards.
They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now. The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people. The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation.
Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale. But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her.
©2013 Ann Leckie (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring" ( Guardian)
"Signals the arrival of a hard science fiction author who just might fill the gap left by Iain M. Banks. Ancillary Justice is a highly original novel . . . an intelligent slow-burner. Highly recommended" ( Independent on Sunday)
"You will be truly astounded at how Leckie has fully fleshed out a universe and is asking and attempting to answer the difficult questions that many authors never even address in science fiction" ( Buzzfeed)
"Unexpected, compelling and very cool - Ann Leckie nails it. I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed." (John Scalzi, Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts)
"Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit have published in ages" (Paul Graham Raven)
"Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh" (Elizabeth Bear)
"It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance." ( Tor.com)
"Using the format of a SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch." ( Library Journal)
"Leckie's novel cast of characters serves her well-plotted story nicely. This is an altogether promising debut." ( Kirkus)
"Our #1 pick for the year's best science fiction or fantasy book . . . this Iain M. Banks-esque tale was the book that made us most excited about the future of science fiction in 2013." ( io9.com)
"It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of this very young decade." ( Staffer’s Book Review)
"The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year ... be prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards season. (As it should be)." ( Pornokitsch)
"Leckie uses familiar set pieces-an expansionist galaxy-spanning empire, a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice-to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch closely." ( Publisher’s Weekly)
"Leckie's debut gives casual and hardcore sci-fi fans alike a wonderful read." ( RT Book Reviews)
"First rate, rollicking space-opera with plenty of action, intrigue and adventure ... a fabulous debut." ( The Skiffy and Fanty Show)
"A sharply written space opera . . . tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provacative . . . a gripping read that's well worth a look." ( SFX Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tommi Uurtonen on 02-09-16

Large scale Sci-Fi.

Good story improving towards end. Can't wait taking on the next book in the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katie Freund on 01-27-16


The sort of book you are excited to tell everyone you are reading. Complex and thought-provoking without sacrificing engaging plot. Could not stop listening. Narration was impeccable - great character voices and accents throughout. Added a sense of dry humour to the main character that really made her feel more "human". Highly recommended! I'm downloading the next one right now.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 11-16-14

Interestingly feminist SciFi

That headline might do the novel more harm than good but I mean it in a totally inclusive engaged way, I'm male and the book feels written by a woman in command of her view of the future, a future just a dystopian as a million others but there's something really different here, I was believing, the world created is complete and different while being relatable... OK I'm not writing this well, just try it, it's really intelligent.

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17 of 20 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By C. R. Broadhead on 03-19-15

Stick with it

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Found this very confusing and irritating, but then listened again! Something I don't do very often.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 08-12-16

Narration superb

Adjoa's narration of this book did more that bring it to life; it created life. Unbelievable talent. Though the story itself started a little slowly and was heavier than I prefer on audio (I tend to leave that sort of book to paper), the bodies and accents and on point portrayal of JoT drew me along until the end, by which time I'd laughed, cried, and fallen in love with every character.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By A Partington on 08-02-16

Brilliant Book, and a fantastic performance!

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A brilliantly written adventure, with an intriguing premise! Breq is the last remaining part of a ship AI and is a very engaging character. This audiobook really kept me listening and is very suspenseful all the way through. The universe of the novel is well realised and seems plausible. Breq's difficulty with gender pronouns is a brilliant touch, which, while a little confusing at first really makes sense and is treated very consistently. The implied languages, societies, politics, religions and technology all hang together well. The different accents used by the Adjoah Andoh for the various characters were excellent and helped make sense of the social interactions in the story, indeed Adjoah certainly reads the book really well and made Breq a very believable character who engaged my sympathy. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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