• Ancillary Sword

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 2
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Series: The Imperial Radch, Book 2
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-07-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (130 ratings)

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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.
©2014 Ann Leckie (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By KiwiGirl on 06-05-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 11-23-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jasper on 07-16-15

Jane Austin in Space Returns

That's how I described the book to my girlfriend. I absolutely love how subtle societal mores of the depicted cultures are described and exploited to give such a sense of depth and breadth to the universe. An utterly unique take on science fiction that does not come across as fluffy in the least.

I love hard science fiction and where necessary it is mentioned here with light speed delays being mixed comfortably with hyper space jumps while the crew are holding tea parties attended by human bodies controlled by artificially intelligent ships.

Exploration of interesting subjects from coping with loss to how an artificial intelligence in control of multiple biological bodies might take care of all of their needs.

If you hadn't guessed, I greatly recommend this series to anyone who finds subtle social situations, unusual cultures and even the melding of human and machine to be of interest.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Graeme from Preston on 06-15-15

A comedy of Manners a galaxy far far away

The beauty of this sf adventure is the concentration on interactions and petty politics. This seems like the best of early novels from Austin or Bronte, but there is no comprimise in the science fiction. Most of the novel sf themes were introduced in the first of this trilogy so it is surprising that this investigation into problems in a star system is so compelling. Fleet Captain Breck does have some secret powers and weapons which gives her just the right edge. I suspect it would be best not to start with this book, but read Ancilliary Justice first because some of the facets of the unuverse critical to this trilogy are best revealed slowly.

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4 out of 5 stars
By A Partington on 08-06-16

Not as good as justice but still good

While this doesn't reach the heights of Ancillary Justice it is still enjoyable. The tension doesn't really ever kick in - but the characters and relationships drive the story instead, and the ending is satisfying.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 07-21-15

Slower-paced than the first one

An enjoyable sequel but it lacks the excitement of the first book.

The story focussed on the social justice side of being a governor and for much of it, I felt there was little tension and not much at stake.

I'm looking forward to the the third installment though.

The voice actor's performance was great.

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