Yes. If the author is going to write about ships that can accelerate at 5 g, that's great. But when he badly and consistently confuses acceleration and speed, that destroys his credibility. And without spoiling, the ending is just absurd if you know a little planetary astronomy. A little time with a college physics book and a freshman astronomy book is needed if this author is going to continue to write in this universe.
For example, a ship that can accelerate at 5g (50 m/s^2) can cover 1.2 AU in 1 day, so at that point flip the ship around and in 2 days you've covered 2.4 AU, which is the distance from the asteroid belt from the sun. At maximum speed, the energy released when hitting something the mass of a nickel would be about a kiloton of TNT, or about 1/20 the energy of the Hiroshima bomb.
Even if the author didn't have these problems, the story just wasn't compelling. This is the only audio book I've listened to that was just overall boring.
OK, not great.
No, too many problems, and I never cared about any of the characters.
I've been listening to a lot of Neal Stephenson's books, which are absolutely brilliant and ready by top-tier actors. That's a tough act to follow, but even accounting for that there's just nothing to recommend this book.
The main character didn't just run around acting silly in a very bad situation. He thought. He wasn't perfect, but he thought. He added a crew that you grew to like.
When he decides he has to share the information he has with the rest of the solar system.
Jim Holden is the main character. If you don't like him you won't like the book.
No extremes. Just good solid story telling with a great performance to boot
The narrator has the ability to separate his narration from the characters. He has a sense of timing and import. He does not over act. He does not make me aware of him. I can instantly tell the different characters apart and they don't all sound the same. Twenty year olds sound twenty and forty year olds sound forty.
Yes! One of the best epic SF books I have read in a long time.
Dune + Firefly = Leviathan Wakes
The Narration: Jefferson Mays was a good fit for this book. He was the perfect fit for Holden. I don’t think I can imagine another voice for him after hearing this performance. One little niggling thing: the title was off by a single letter – Leviathan Awakes instead of the correct Leviathan Wakes and I heard it at the start of each downloaded section, so it stuck with me. I am guessing the narrator was handed the typo and Audible/publisher either didn’t catch it or didn’t think it worth the money to record it correctly.
It made me blather on to anyone who would listen to me. I lent my papercopy out to friends and made my spouse listen to the audio.
Holden and crew mine ice on the rings of Saturn and transport it to the Belt. During one of their runs, they find a derelict ship, with a secret, that puts them smack in the middle of a political conundrum. Meanwhile, down and out Detective Miller has been hired by rich parents to find their daughter Julie. Still having a few wits about him and haunted by the image of Julie he tracks her to the derelict ship Holden & crew found.And then it got real. Yeah. the book starts with this sweeping, fantastic colonized solar system with interesting people and complicated politics. But then the fates throw in something unforeseen and it just takes this book to the next level. This was one of my favorite books of the year and it is because of what happens in the second half of the book.i also enjoyed the few nods to other science fiction greats, like a few lines about fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune and a reference to voices in the whirlwind (Walter Jon Williams). Not only that, but sometimes the dynamics and the back and forth dialogue between Holden and his crew were reminiscent of Firefly. While none of these things were so prominent to make me say, ‘oh, try this because it is just like…..’, there were these little hat tips or chin nods to other works and I loved that. Now I wonder if I missed some…. Perhaps this will turn into an annual read.If I have any criticism with this book, it is that there were few female characters. Julie and Naomi (from Holden’s crew) appear more than 2-5 times but are still secondary characters. There are a handful of other ladies that make brief appearances (by turns they are competent and /or ruthless).Now that I got that out of the way, I can continue to gush about this book. I read a lot of epic fantasy because I love the detailed character development, the depth of world building, and the intricate plots. So take those three elements and squish them together with a space opera and you get the magnificence that is Leviathan Wakes. Yeah, it’s that damn good.
I don't know. I haven't read the print version.
It's similar to anything by Alistair Reynolds because of the general feeling of humanities smallness in a great and dangerous universe.
It's just generally a good story.
I chose this book because I like plausible sci-fi set in our solar system and had run out of Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke. On one level it disappointed me as it doesn't have the epic grandeur of those novelists. There are no journeys across the landscapes of planets and moons; instead, the novel is set almost entirely on grungy cargo vessels and in the corridors of seedy space stations. This wasn't really what I was looking for, but the novel is undeniably successful at doing what it's setting out to do: that is, create a blue collar sci-fi thriller in which the heroes live in the gritty underbelly of mankind's future.
The writing is solid if unexceptional and the story, though ultimately quite silly, is unpredictable and well-orchestrated. The narrator is equally competent, although I wish he could have distinguished the two protagonists better - they kept blurring together in my mind.
It's so hard to find a really good Space Opera. This is one. A really cracking good one. No, it's not absolutely perfect, but it's close. Good characters with human flaws. Good challenge. Good action.
Also a stellar performance for an American audience.
If, like me, you are looking for Space Operas that aren't boring slogs, try this one.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
No I am going to be busy reading the next books in this great series.
It's a combination of old style Sci-Fi, detective story and modern writing. It feels new yet familiar.
I have not but he does a solid job here. He is not over wrought which is good considering there is a lot of action in this story.
Not really, the story builds and keeps you interested from start to finish.
I highly recommend any fan of traditional Sci-Fi to listen to this book. It's great, I highly recommend it.
Hey, I'm book nerd and a landscaper with a little Country boy thrown in on the side!!
Never read the print
Amess was he has several key WTF's that take the entire story line to the next level. I've been through this audio book 4 times every time I am still chuckling aloud when he has them.
When Miller realizes that he was speaking to "that Fred" was a so perfectly worked. Miller's reaction was well written and he dialogue between characters followed very well.
It got me a little i'll be honest Miller was a pure work of genius the character was so real and life like you could relate and that sorta makes you feel something.
I have been through this Book a number of times and it simply is a excellent book. The character interaction is never dull or boring always crisp and precise.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
The juxtaposition of Miller, the washed up cop, with Jim, the impulsive officer-turned Captain creates an engaging tension throughout this book of grand proportions. A war that could involve the entire solar system, a plague that could wipe out humanity...I was very glad I wasn't "seeing" this book as the descriptions were vivid enough in print to suit my taste. The detail is just right: a focus on the characters and the challenge in front of them and not a lot of politics or background to bog it down.
No, why is it that so many scifi writers think that we want to hear about sex jokes and have the F word dropped 50 times every couple of minutes. I really don't mind some language but there is a point where it just starts distracting from the story, this book hit that point and keep going like a runaway train wreck.
Not if this is the standard quality of work that he does.
He was rather monotone, I felt like I was listening to my 8th grade math teacher that always spoke in the same boring voice no mater what happened.
Disappointment, refer to my first comment.
I just couldn't get into the book, to much language, the story line was mediocre, the action was okay. There was one thing I liked about it, he did give the ships and space combat a realistic feel.
For those of us that care, There wasn't a sex scene, admittedly I only made it through he first few hours of the book.