The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet : Wayfarers

  • by Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by Rachel Dulude
  • Series: Wayfarers
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy - exactly what Rosemary wants. It's also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn't part of the plan.
In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary's got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs - an experience that teaches her about love and trust and that having a family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

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Customer Reviews

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Wonderful characters; no real plot

What did you like best about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet? What did you like least?

A great ensemble cast with beautiful dynamics among them. Fun, comforting. But no real plot! Lots of little episodes, but tension never develops except for short, half-chapter intervals.


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- Nick Eubank

Part Firefly, part Mass Effect. All fantastic.

What did you love best about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet?

The author uses alien species to view humanity from an outsider's perspective. Many of the main characters are alien, and I was fascinated with how they had to alter their natural behaviors and instincts to interact with humans. It was also very entertaining to learn how funny and/or odd they thought some of our ways were.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the fact that the story was about the characters and their relationships with each other. Sure, there's plot and world building and all that. But the story's focus is on the crew, and the bonds they share. By the time you finish, you'll feel that bond too, and you'll be sad to see your time with them come to an end.


What does Rachel Dulude bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives each character a unique voice, and uses them to convey emotions with honesty and depth. She also never brings attention to herself. You'll forget that she's even there.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's the journey that matters.


Any additional comments?

Buy this book. It's like the best parts of Firefly and Mass Effect have been put together to create something more than the sum of its parts. Prepare to laugh out loud. Prepare to cry real tears.

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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio