Summary

In the 36th century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance.
This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.
After a coup d'etat erupts in the Free Planets Alliance, military strategist Yang Wen-li is ordered to use his tactical wizardry to put down the rebellion, but the ringleader holding the capital is someone he once trusted deeply. Meanwhile, in the Empire, Reinhard will soon face a new trial, as in the wake of the emperor's death he stands amid an intensifying power struggle among the aristocracy. The unbeatable magician and the unstoppable genius: The decisions these heroes make will send shock waves across the galaxy.
©2016 Viz Media (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By FP on 19-06-18

A study in causes and effects of Ambition

Very aptly named seconds part of the series. While Dawn set the stage and major characters, Ambition details the even more meteoric rise of Reinhard and Yang as central figures in Empire and FPA while facing civil war and rebellion.

Dawn felt somewhat impersonal and antiseptic focusing solely on high level of tactics, politics and philosophy, I think this outing is more visceral and personal on the effects of war and violence down to the individual level. In my opinion this makes the writing more engaging and well rounded. It drives the point that you can get caught up with your ego or cross fire of egos even when you have the best of intentions.

You also get to learn a bit more about Phezzan and get a glimpse of the maneuvering going on behind the scenes. Being familiar the overarching story, no doubt that will take a few books to fully to take full shape.

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3 out of 5 stars
By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 20-11-17

An incredibly slow pace with great narration.

As a the second audiobook of the "Legend of Galactic Heroes" series, "Ambition" is a title that is the perfect one word summary for it's content. There are some story arcs worth a listen here as the main characters Yang and Reinhard continue their roles as tacticians for opposing factions while struggling with far more poisonous political opponents on their own sides. This maneuvering around the traps of political corruption is actually the dominant focus of this story. There are still tactics and space warfare, but instead of focusing on the main characters' unlikely careers, the story now focuses on their surviving their own respective governments.

While Tim Gerard Reynolds still continues  a fantastic performance as the audiobook 's narrator, the slower pacing of this audiobook's plot is hard to ignore. There are more ruminations about human psychological and philosophical flaws that widen and water down development of the events within this story than in the first book.  This ends up requiring more patience from it's listeners than the first volume of this audiobook series which was already at a pace set to "slow, but pleasantly steady".

This audiobook is recommended to extremely patient listeners who enjoy overblown political drama more than most. The story is translated from Japanese so there are some different writing choices here and the villains are more obvious in their motives than in most political drama scenarioes, but this in combination of the narrator's skill makes the audio experience stand out in tone dispite it's crawling pace.

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