• A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

  • A Monk and Robot Book, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Em Grosland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a story of kindness and love from one of the foremost practitioners of hopeful SF.

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers' new series continues to ask: In a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com

©2022 Becky Chambers (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Soft, insightful and wonderful

But tooooo short!

Becky Chambers is my comfort reading. This one was no exception. But damn it was short.

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A Great Followup to my favorite novella

absolutely blasted through this entry to the series. it is indescribably comforting and fills me with warmth. not sad it's over, glad it happened.
the performance is absolutely perfect and we'll cast, the world is wonderful and idyllic. I want to live in Penga.

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It's more Becky Chambers. If you know, you know.

This book felt a little more aimless then its predacessor, but intricate plotting isn't what one goes to a Becky Chambers book for. Crown Shy gives us a broader tour of the world set up in Wild Built, which remains founded on Chambers' refreshing world-building principle of "what if people were basically, thoughtfully, decent to one another?". As such it's a refreshing stroll culminating in a moment of natural beauty and philosophical bonding between our two protagonists, which left me eager for the next installment.

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Another incredible book

This series has been AMAZING! Solar punk Anarchist utopia in action and I love it.

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Great story, love it! Audio quality is poor

Amazing second book, really thought provoking and deep. Loved seeing the character growth of the individuals and their relationship. However just like the first book the audio quality sucks, there are several times the narrator sounds like different people when it’s only the one person reading it. Not like a change up in the voice for a character

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A gentle wandering

Another visit to a marvelous, gentle world that invigorates my soul and helps me find peace for a bit.

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Incredible sequel.

This was worth the long wait and what I needed. Emmett reprises a phenominal reading of Becky Chambers Tea Monk and Robot Series. Their delivery is so perfect and cinematic.

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Heartwarming and hopeful

This series is sweet and thoughtful and deceptively philosophical. I think I would like to live in a future like this... even understanding that being human will always be mystifying

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Liminal Hopepunk

Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a really good examination of “why do I feel bad when all my needs are met?” set against the backdrop of a world where humans have dodged extinction, pollution has been cleaned up, and robots were set free when they gained sentience.
I really related to Dex’s struggle with becoming successful, but finding themselves hollow. Mosscap the robot is charming and funny, and similarly seeking.
Chambers (and Charlie Jane Anders’) works are a lovely antidote to YApocalypse and antique sci-fi.
It’d be wonderful to see hopepunk replace the uniformly depressing classics used in high school lit.

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Another delightful novel

I love this cozy series that soothes my soul and leaves me with philosophical questions to ponder.

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  • Ayla Sileghem
  • 08-02-22

lovely

A lovely, touching story to listen to during errands. I enjoyed it a lot, it really brightened up my day.

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  • Alan Moon
  • 07-24-22

excellent

when I first saw the subject of this book, and the previous, I was unsure. but so far Becky Chambers has not failed to delight me. It is brilliant, a really lovely story.

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  • Erin McLean
  • 07-16-22

Wonderful as always

Chambers is my favourite author and this is another great example of why. A Prayer for the Crown-shy is a really satisfying read and I am really looking forward to reading the next one in the series

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  • Janelle
  • 07-13-22

Story is great, narration is mostly great

Literally the only issue I have with the entire thing is the way the narrator pronounce "vaguely"-- they pronounce it "vag-ly", and it's extremely jarring.

Other than that, the narrator is great, and so is the story.

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  • 08-04-22

A lot is happening, even if not a lot is going on.

An interesting exploration of what people “need”. If you’ve read any of Becky Chambers other books, expect a similar tone. Less action happens than in The Wayfarer series.

The prose isn’t particularly evocative of imagery but still creates a world and characters that seem complete.