Ancillary Sword : The Imperial Radch

  • by Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • Series: The Imperial Radch
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Justice for all
Breq - the soldier who used to be a spaceship - is serving the emperor she swore to destroy. She's been given her own warship, her own crew, and ordered to the only place in the galaxy she would have agreed to go: to Athoek Station, to protect the family of the lieutenant she murdered in cold blood. Athoek was annexed by the Empire some 600 years ago, and by now everyone is fully 'civilised'. Or should be - but everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is restless, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that their interest is benevolent.


What the Critics Say

"Leckie proves she's no mere flash in the pan with this follow-up to her multiple-award-winning debut space opera, Ancillary Justice" (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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An excellent follow on from Ancillary Justice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have - a new angle on SciFi that is beautifully written and narrated. Not quite as tight a story as the first book, clearly positioning for the third...but it can't come soon enough.

Ms Andoh is a brilliant narrator.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ancillary Justice - and she's still great.

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- KiwiGirl

Ultimately satisfying but slow

This follow-up to Ancillary Justice continues to intrigue as the author expands her unique universe and its inhabitants, but the plot evolves at a glacial pace. That said, the characters are interesting, the social commentary is good and new characters settle well into the story line. Those who like lots of action and techno-wizardry in their SF might wish to look elsewhere, but this book builds on the first novel in a satisfying manner. Although the pace of the story can dawdle at times, I'm still keen to listen to the next instalment in the series when it arrives.

The narration by Adjoa Andoh is very good, with a pleasing variety of voices. I really liked her work in Alastair Reynolds "On the Steel Breeze" and this work is just as good.

Recommended if you like a slow burning SF story with a social conscience.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK