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  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

  • A Monk and Robot Book, Book 2
  • Written by: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Em Grosland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Tender and healing... I’m prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary.” —Sarah Gailey on book 1: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

"This hopeful listen, full of humor, illuminates a world listeners will yearn to return to." -AudioFile on A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

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's 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

Critic Reviews

A Goodreads Most Anticipated Summer Read!

A Top Ten LibraryReads Selection! 

“[A] lightly drawn but profound meditation on belief, entropy, and the nature of need and want that once again demonstrates Chambers’s prowess as both a storyteller and a thinker. Quiet and contemplative, empathic and warmhearted, this masterful sequel builds on the themes of the first volume to posit a more sustainable, more caring way of life. It’s both truly comforting and endlessly thought-provoking. ” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Thoughtful, with a gentleness that is as encompassing as any action-filled work.” —Library Journal, starred review “[A] hopeful glimpse at what our future might look like.” —Booklist

“As charming and heartwarming as the first.” —Buzzfeed

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  • MLwhitcomb
  • 30-09-22

another cozy read

if you liked the first you will like this one. narrator, who is the same, seemed to be more consistent in this book.

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  • L. Marino
  • 26-09-22

Thought-provoking as ever

A bit more optimistic than humanity sometimes seems to warrant, but for the better half of ourselves, nourishing. Well written and well performed. I feel better and kinder for having listened to this, and as always with Ms Chambers. I have more to think about. Perhaps strangely, the vignette with the fish resounded most strongly with me. After hunting ducks, I felt the same. Set aside the 4 hours and enjoy this rumination; it’s an excellent investment.

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  • Daniel Cascaddan
  • 23-09-22

Quite nice.

At first it seemed a little over-the-top politically correct, and as such, a bit tedious. However, as it settled in, it became hopefully philosophical and made me think of some things that I want to carve a little time out of my lesson plan next week, in order to challenge my students to consider. The importance of purpose. Thank you for another fine story, Becky Chambers. I do love your work. A fine purpose indeed.

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  • Holly
  • 14-09-22

Wholesome

I enjoyed the compelling and optimistic view of a possible far future. Would suggest for a mood lift

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  • Natalie
  • 11-09-22

love and simplicity

Absolutely beautiful story! I want to always be reading about these characters and they're friendship! It is one of the best feeling, easy to listen too, meditative books I've encountered

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  • bnovak89
  • 30-08-22

More!

I don't have any complaints other than that it was too short. I could have enjoyed 10 times more wandering of the same, even if there's no more plot to it.

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  • Jonah Balinky
  • 17-08-22

Dreaming of Panga on Earth

This latest In the Monk and Robot series continues to enthrall and inspire me. I’ve been a fan of Becky Chambers for a few years, when a friend told me I would absolutely love the Wayfarers series. I devoured all of Chambers books in short order. When this new series started I was overwhelmed with my love for everything about it. This is the world I, as an activist, want to create. It gave me, continues to give me hope, as I watch our world slide into the disastrous “almost” end that happened on Panga before the robots left.

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  • Benbarian
  • 04-08-22

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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  • Mason Kuck
  • 02-08-22

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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  • usernamenumber
  • 01-08-22

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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  • CCF
  • 29-09-22

profound and beautiful

Becky Chambers sits us down for tea service and helps us process our place in the world. Another nourishing, funny and big-hearted adventure. I can't wait for the next installment :')

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  • Andrew
  • 18-09-22

Joyous

A wonderful and moving book and simply delightful narration; can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Ayla Sileghem
  • 02-08-22

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
  • 24-07-22

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
  • 16-07-22

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
  • 13-07-22

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-09-22

Will continue reading every book Becky releases!

Becky Chambers has a way with world building and characters that I rarely find anywhere else. Her worlds are always visibly descriptive and I love the way she gets inside her characters heads. Each character sees the world very differently in all of her novels and you get a beautiful view of how they see it, in their own words. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3. This review applies not just for this book, but every book she's ever written. Massive fan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-22

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.