Ancillary Sword : The Imperial Radch

  • by Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • Series: The Imperial Radch
  • 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sequel to Ancillary Justice, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor.
With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.


What the Critics Say

"Ancillary Justiceis a gripping read that's well worth a look." (SFX)
"A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the naive but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe." (Publishers Weekly)
"It"s not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance. But when my review copy of Ancillary Justice arrived, that's exactly what it did. In fact, it arrowed upward to reach a pretty high position on my list of best space opera novels ever." (Liz Bourke,


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good, but the shift in pronunciation was jarring.

I enjoyed the book, but the difference in pronunciation between Justice and Sword was jarring. I greatly preferred Justice's versions, as they felt more smooth and understandable.
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- Amazon Customer

An enjoyable story - if one can get past the voice

The narrator's choice of voices for the characters was hard to stomach a lot of the time, with the inflection and pitch making it difficult to understand some of the delivery, and the ear-gratingly high pitched tone she used for most of the characters could be almost painful through the earbuds - but her deliverance of the spirit of the text seemed mostly appropriate. Having listened to the first audiobook, I found it interesting that some character and place names were pronounced significantly differently between books, as well.
The story itself, as in the first book, was excellent and enjoyable, however :-)
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- Terence

Book Details

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