• Ancillary Mercy

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,369 ratings)

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By: Ann Leckie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
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The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice.

For a moment things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

In the Ancillary world:

1. Ancillary Justice
2. Ancillary Sword
3. Ancillary Mercy

©2015 Ann Leckie (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Excellent performance augments excellent conclusion of series

This intelligent, well-conceived performance brings to the forefront nuances within the relationships between the large cast of characters that are drawn together onto the stage for this final book in the trilogy. Having read much of this in print parallel to listening to this performance, I felt the performer's understanding of the irony and withheld information dancing around so many of these exchanges deepened my interest in (and understanding of) the evolution in these characters that brings this series from the lively action of the first book through to the dramatic changes that become possible by the end. There are those who have mentioned preferring the first book because of the action and genre play, but in my opinion the much more challenging and impressive work Leckie has accomplished is best recognized in this third book.

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Boring

Honestly, the first book was great, the second half as good, and this... Was just so boring. Hardly any adventures, just dry space station politicking. Lame.

Reader was wonderful.

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A complex, engrossing story with drama

This story was much faster moving than the second novel in the trilogy , with a number of very interesting plot twists and a great deal of further character development . those who are interested in the philosophical speculation of the series, about how artificial intelligences will relate to others , will be intrigued by not only the story but the way that it resolves .

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Exceptionally creative and engaging

I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books in this series - but especially this one because of the way it addresses all of the various aspects of the story set up in the first 2, and gives us so many good insights about our own universe and human interactions via the remarkably well constructed setting and the characters we've gotten so attached to.

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Great story and performance by Ms. Andoh. Listen!

The author brings insight from numerous disciplines though I was most intrigued by what I learned about ancient Roman society included, perhaps, to highlight the immutability of human nature: nice is not always the same ad good. The core of the work is well written, very character-driven, very satisfying and an extraordinarily good read or listen.

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Really great

Excellent story, gripping. The narration was first rate, the choice differentiation precise and the choices made very good. Highly recommended.

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Even AIs deserve some respect

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie completes the Imperial Radch trilogy. While the Lord of the Radch is still dealing with her 'faces of Eve' syndrome that is tearing the imperium apart, Breq with her title of fleet captain continues her exploration of Athoek station. The Lord of the Radch clone hostile to Breq arrives to deal with things, including Breq. At the same time, a diplomat from the Presger arrives for a bit of humor, but her presence adds tension as Breq is pushing for AIs to be recognized as 'humans' which would impact the terms of the treaty with the Presger.

While there's much intrigue and mystery, the main focus is on the exploration of free will and agency among the elements of AI involvement in managing Radch society. The Radch pronoun confusion is subdued due to the location of the main plot. The Presger translator (a sort of diplomat) seems to be inserted for comic relief, but also serves to highlight idiosyncrasies in cultural norms that become largely inscrutable to outsiders. The cloning of the Lord of Radch into conflicting viewpoints for managing an interstellar empire is left unresolved.

The narration is reasonable with good character distinction; however, several accents are a bit extreme and can become annoying.

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The World of Tea

Lacklustre story and mediocre conclusion reminiscent of lukewarm tea served from a chipped, second-hand tea set.

If only Leckie spent as much time thinking about plot as she did about drinking tea.

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A great book 1 gone awry

If only book 1 had been a jumping off point and not a downhill slide. The first four 4 chapters is only the author telling you everything that happened in the first two books in minute detail. None of the ideas introduced in Justice survive to book 3. It was so forgettable I found myself not remembering the story as it happened. The only redeeming quality is the narrator whom I could listen to for days even if it's as listless a story as this.

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So boring

Lots of psychoanalysis and medicating discomfort. Lots of people barely in control of their emotions. Lots of tea, tea sets, and dishes. A brief mention of an AI singularity being unleashed. Skip this book if you like space opera where something happens.

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