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The Salvage Crew

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Listening Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes

They thought this was just another salvage job. They thought wrong.

An AI overseer and a human crew arrive on a distant planet to salvage an ancient UN starship. The overseer is unhappy. The crew, well, they're certainly no A-team. Not even a C-team on the best of days.

And worse? Urmahon Beta, the planet, is at the ass-end of nowhere.
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 9 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Podium Audio
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, narrated by Nathan Fillion

OC is the AI/human overseer of a human salvage crew, sent to Urmahon Beta, to salvage an ancient United Nations spaceship. OC was once human but at one point OC lost most of his humanness when his mind was removed from his body and it's since been housed in a variety of machines...sorry I'm not explaining it well but I don't know how it really works. Being a Buddhist seems to be one of the requirements for this type of being "re
Donna Backshall
When I heard there was a new space travel sci-fi book out and the audio version was narrated by NATHAN-freaking-FILLION, there was no stopping me from getting my hands on it. It literally sounded like the best possible Firefly substitute this nerd could get.

And it was, plus so very much more.

I had never heard of Yudhanjaya Wijeratne before The Salvage Crew, but I'm giving his body of work a good hard look now. This novel was technically intriguing, philosophically exciting, satisfyingly claustro
Sashini Rodrigo
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that while science fiction in film is my bread and butter, I had hardly touched the literary side of the genre. It was much too intimidating, like the Star Wars EU was for me at the very start when I didn’t know Salacious Crumb from Nien Nunb.

But, like Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop — and I think Yudhanjaya’s work might be the crunchiest chip I’ve come across in a long time.

Much like HAL 9000 was the best part of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the AI narrator of the story is wonder
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

4 Stars for Narration by Nathan Fillion
3.5 Stars for Concepts, Characters
3 Stars for Story Progression

I bought the audiobook because Nathan Fillion is the narrator. I believe this may be the first book he has narrated solo. He was great! His narration speed is faster than most and that had me knock down my listening speed to 2x. Great job with character voices and adding emotional nuances.

Print vs Audio:
I do think the audiobook made the story more interesting because the story is a
C.L. Cannon
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read as much Sci-fi as I should, but I am so glad I picked up the Salvage Crew!
The main character is an AI and a special one at that. This AI used to be human! It has kept much of its humor and was fascinating to read about. There are light moments and some more serious ones. The writing style feels a bit like a Joss Whedon script with the way the story uses humor to offset more serious issues and then hits you in the feels too. That is a total compliment.
Peter Cawdron
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poetry in motion

A routine salvage op with a ragtag crew devolves into chaos as marauders attack, only there’s more to this conflict than is readily apparent. Is brute force the answer? Are guns and bombs going to save the day? Or is the poet’s pen mightier than a laser sword? Yudhanjaya brings Buddhist concepts to the fore of science fiction in this thought-provoking story. Pay close attention to the poet’s words :)
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That's a heck of a name.

What lazy ass adds books, but can't be bothered to add the blurb?

I don't usually add books with 0 reviews, but this one sounds interesting.
I will preface this brief review with the fact that the ONLY reason I read this audiobook is because Nathan Fillion narrated it. The narration was very good.

The book started off good for me but eventually sort of unraveled. I'm not usually a hard scifi reader, so I was probably not the right audience here, but the world and science of it isn't what bothered me. My main problem was that it veered off into too many philosophical/poetic/political tangents and the plot got very bogged down. I would
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A review in verse:

broken humans on a broken planet
and a voice in their head
like shards of glass.
survival should be simple
for those carrying the burden of their histories;
for those whose mortal homes
know hunger, thirst, love, and loss.
And yet, the siren songs are louder.
It is silence that is unlocked,
the truth that is salvaged.
The crew — pieces on the Go board,
that flicker and burn,
incandescent in the dusk of change.
we dance into the unknown
temporary companions to anxious yearnings.
it all become
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan Freckleton
I could nitpick, but really I only do that when I have higher expectations going into a new book. At first blush, I thought I was going to get a Murderbot knockoff with this AI/ship story, but thankfully both in tone and substance it was a different story.

Also appreciated is how pew-pew isn't actually the best answer, even if it does tend to be the first resort. That the book is self-aware on this point in a genre crowded with normalization of violence, it's nice to see the violence within the
Unseen Library
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating of 4.5.

Come for the Fillion, stay for the story! In this review, I check out the wildly entertaining audiobook version of The Salvage Crew, written by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and narrated by actor and science fiction icon Nathan Fillion.

In the far future, a small salvage crew is about to embark on the mission of a lifetime. It was supposed to be a simple job: travel to an alien planet and salvage an ancient UN starship. However, from the very start everything goes wrong. The three-man team,
C. S.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audio, fiction
This was an interesting alien planet survival romp, with a surprise twist.

Narrated by Nathan Fillion (who, no surprise, did an excellent job) it has the kind of wry, occasionally zany humor and violence that that might lead you to expect.

Will appeal to fans of The Expanse and Murderbot Diaries.
Nadishka Aloysius
Sci Fi at its best
An amazing amount of hard work, innovation and creative thinking has gone into this - mind blowing. I found the introduction by the author quite illuminating. Apparently he created an IG page for AI poetry (couldn't find it though)
The story is narrated by an opinionated and sometimes snarky AI personality named Amber Rose who has a view on everything and everyone. She grows on you after a while...
And the poetry - what part does poetry play in civilization? You will have to rea
Nov 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was excited for this. between Nathan Fillion and sci-fi that isn't military? Sweet! Sadly there is a lot of poetry. My mind just doesn't really do well with poetry. For me its like someone suddenly dropping into a language you don't speak occasionally... While talking to YOU. Its frustrating. So had to set this aside. ...more
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"First come the smiles, then the lies, then the gunfire."

First come the smiles, then the lies, then ...
...the gunfire.
Their landing is fifty miles off target. The salvage team, two men, one woman and the OC, the one time human and poet, now redigitized into a machine, And the one in charge. Only his second assignment. Salvage, they say, is easy - go in, get the stuff, then get out. Only they hadn't expected that someone else had already been there before them, nor that the
Federico Frontini
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
At first I was a bit disappointed.

I was enjoying my time with this book to be sure but having read my fair share of cheap supermarket science fiction novels I mistakenly assumed The Salvage Crew to be a very good copycat of Murderbot, just with a buddhist ai instead of a tv-series addicted robot. Whatever.
Instead, by the end of the novel a completely different term of comparison comes to mind, and that is Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. That is supposed to be a compliment, mind you. I am s
Nov 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Up front I'll say that I am not the intended audience. I am much more into mystery / thrillers. But I do dabble in the occasional science fiction and time travel series. I liked The Martian, Ready Player One, Bobiverse. So most of the big name, everyone tends to enjoy these time wasters. I liked Castle and Firefly back in the day, so when I saw that Nathan Fillion had narrated a book, I thought it would be perfect. At least for me, it was not. It was enough for me to at least finish the book. Bu ...more
Terry Asla
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping story of first contact mixed with the Devil’s share of military action and characters that are well developed and carefully written

If you liked 2001, Alien, The Mote in God’s Eye and Blade Runner, you’re going to enjoy this book. The author has taken familiar plot elements and created something entirely new by infusing them with Buddhist philosophy and intriguing AI poetry. An artificial intelligence and three misfit crew members face danger, death and alien creatures on what was supp
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to start this book because, well... Nathan (Oh... Hell... YES!) Fillion is the narrator!!! And yeah the delight I felt as the first few chapters rolled out proved that my hunch was on the mark! I was expecting the author to maintain the promise of a great story!
Some of the book reminded me of Dennis E Taylor and his much beloved "Bobiverse" series! In this book, like Bob we have a human intelligence assisted AI called Overseer, he's already had his existential crisis, he's a Bu
Cole Sohn
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started listening it was hard to stop
Judith Hawley
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snarky bosses

Very entertaining mixture of AI and human. I love robot stories, and this one was really different. Story plot kept me reading unsure end.
Some of the characters I wanted to get to know better, but especially, OC. He is the most unusual AI and had a great, snarky attitude. My kind of computer/human.
Narration was very good.

This story is told from the POV of the post-human AI Overseer and was written in similar fashion to "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" which is a series that I very much enjoyed because of the first person POV and the somewhat irreverent humor (although you do get a POC change toward the end of the story). The voice of Nathan Fillion was pretty good here to get the tone of that humor; however, it was a little difficult to catch some of the POV/voice changes. The basic concept h
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an entertaining and enjoyable Sci-Fi survival story! The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne was pretty awesome and the best part is that it is narrated by Nathan Fillion. That alone is worth the price of admission folks! His performance was brilliant and really brought life to this thrilling story.

The story is told from the point of view of an AI Overseer, which Fillion not only brings life, wit and energy to but also sets a fantastic tone and personality to the overall story. I can't ima
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Excellent narration! Nathan Fillion is an absolutely perfect fit for the narrator of this book. This was a sci-fi action/adventure that was filled with exciting moments that kept me interested throughout the entire story.

The first person POV was a great way to tell the story, and I really enjoyed it. This easy salvage mission turns into an absolute nightmare for this crew, and it was hard to pause the story. I had to know what would happen next!

I think this is perfect for any sci-fi fans. Reader
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing story, told to us by a recently created A.I., however in this case, instead of a true A.I., the Author has created a more Humanised version, in which a ‘Capture’ of a living human has been taken, and imprinted onto hardware. Whilst the A.I. retains a large proportion of its humanity (its knowledge/memories and perceptions), it obviously has lost some of that core humanity, the ability to ‘feel’ as such. It is an interesting construct by which to tell a story, but it is an e ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Salvage Crew

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This is hard sci-fi, however it doesn't leave you befuddled with advanced terminology and lingo, not for a lack thereof but thanks to its clear and enjoyable narrative style. This soon became one of my most cherished space sci-fi adventures due to the sheer immersion and easy to comprehend descriptions. It doesn't have you searching up what the narrator means, it's broken down quite well without unnecessary hand
Lauren loves llamas
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I have a thing for snarky AIs, and once I saw this was narrated by Nathan Fillion, of course I requested this audiobook.

“I’m surrounded by idiots.”

Amber Rose – called OC by his crew – is a snarky AI who used to be human. He’s a Buddhist who writes poems in his spare time (absolutely awful poems, by the way) and he’s slowly working his way up the rank o
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so unexpected! It's a brilliant, technologically advanced world, yet still has all the political and business red tape and social dramas of today and yesterday. This story is an exploration of alien intelligence, artificial intelligence, and the experiment of combining the human mind with A.I.

The narrator is a human turned A.I. that is well and concisely explained. It's fascinating! The writing is somehow conversational and poetic--especially in that it contains actual poetry writte
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a Nebula-nominated science fiction author and data scientist from Colombo, Sri Lanka. By day he is a senior researcher with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia, working at the intersection of technology and government policy.

He is the co-founder of Watchdog, a fact-checking organization that sprung up in the wake of the April 2019 bombings in Sri Lanka. He bu

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