Network Effect

Written by:
Martha Wells
Narrated by:
Kevin R. Free

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2020
12 hours 47 minutes
Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot series exploded onto the scene in 2017, and the world has not been the same, since.

Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel, Network Effect.
You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.
Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.

I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.
When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Drastic action it is, then.
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Sophia R.

Murderbot is back in a full-length novel. Be still my wry, lethal Sec Unit-loving heart! This futuristic space sci-fi series is an easy favorite and I tuned into Kevin Free's sensational narrative of this latest adventure with high anticipation that was met and then some. Network Effect is the fifth in this tightly connected series of space adventure stories that do best in order. In the last book, Murderbot went home to Preservation with Mensa as it's sponsor and found family life a bit stressful with all those weird, confusing human emotions to deal with from those around it so allows itself to be persuaded to go as Security Unit for a family scientific research trip with Mensa's daughter and brother in law along with some other familiar faces as crew. Naturally, it all goes sideways not long in and it's corralling humans, fighting off attackers, encountering interesting surprises, sci-fi mysteries, and doing it in a way that no human can. Network Effect is narrated entirely by Murderbot and I love how this author seems to hit the right balance between not-human and yet a character that the reader/listener can connect with easily when it comes to its personality and actions. The Murderbot world is a colorful and exciting well-designed future setting that easily expands to draw in more details and curiosities. The action is interspersed with humorous and many times thoughtful character development moments though the overall plot builds the suspense toward a riveting climax that I couldn't have paused if the house were on fire. There are some good twists and a bit of a sci-fi mystery that layered with the action scenes. The cast of characters around Murderbot included a few surprises as well that I loved. I've listened to Kevin Free narrate early books in the series and love how he interprets the Murderbot character and voices others both human and not. He catches the right tone and pace so that reflective moments and action scenes are equally engaging. In summary, there was nothing about Network Effect that I didn't love and I was disappointed when the latest story came to an end. Another year to wait for more Murderbot and I can't wait to see what comes of a friend's offer and maybe the appearance of more Three. Those who enjoy sci-fi adventures should definitely pick up this series. My thanks to Recorded Books for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Daren H.

I love all these stories and can't wait for more!please .

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Thomas P.

This mediocre rating is probably on me. I listened in bits and snatches and never really got into the story. I'm going to start from the beginning and try paying attention to the story. I'll report back.

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Max Y.

Space opera. AI buddy movie. Get ready for 2, 3, 4,... And the revolt of the droids.

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Love the sarcastic killer cyborg with a heart…. If you want a great series to read this is it.

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Does not disappoint! Murderbot is back in an all new crazy adventure, trying to keep its humans alive and not have emotions while doing it. This dives deep into Murderbot’s complex personalities and relationships. It both wildly entertaining, emotional, hilarious, and suspenseful as Sec-Unit and crew are in uncharted territories and taking on an incredibly dangerous foe. I love the return of the Preservation crew and new characters with just as much personality as all the people Murderbot has met during its travels. A MUST READ.

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Daniel D.

I love this style... the protagonist paints with shades of savant aspergers dressed up as a murderbot that's some how easy and relatable. honestly, I wish I could read more of the books.

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Bonnie S.

Murderbot could kill you, but it would rather watch media.

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Mackenzie Daigle

Very surprised! A refreshing writing style & character building.

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