Great scope and it just keep getting bigger. Thought it was just a space zombie story, then... Can not wait to start on next book.
Excellent narrator. Great new fashioned Space Opera, Great characters and wonderfully paced. Strong female characters . flawed and real characters . Thought provoking and thrilling both
I knew nothing about this author or narrator and bought this on a hunch. The payoff was fantastic! Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Holden is a great character.
I really enjoyed this book. Great performance, great story and well produced. I just went and purchased the rest in the series as the first two books were so much fun.
Disclaimer: I consume almost no fiction and have a hard time investing in stories or characters. This is my first or close to first purchase of a fiction audio book and I'm probably something of a geek who gets switched on by "ideas" more so than delving into the human condition and the stuff of "serious" literature etc.
The book presents an interesting world where the human race has started to colonize the solar system resulting in fragmentation, conflict, tensions and intrigues both political and corporate. I found the main characters compelling (started to feel a little bit like Firefly at one point but I'd hesitate to draw any major parallels).
The authors' (apparently 2) writing style plus the excellent narration seem almost tailored to the audio book form. Descriptions of characters and scenes aren't labored (something i always have trouble with when reading more florid or visual prose) leaving your mind to "fill in the gaps" which to me is what makes the written (spoken) word such a powerful and interesting medium - it's a co-creation between you and the author. Leviathan Wakes did it in spades for me, I was easily pulled into this world, my only regret being that I "binge-listened" to parts of it as a result and probably missed some of the subtler plot points. I found the ending quite emotional too.
This is the best, most enjoyable book I've run across in a while. I've been looking for a kick ass space opera ever since "Battlestar Galactica" ended their run in 2009. I've been looking for something with a myriad of flavors like "Firefly" and "Blade Runner." This book has everything that I've been looking for - a solidly paced drama with interesting characters who happen to be in a really cool science fiction setting with the cool story conventions of science fiction, western, and hard boiled detective dramas. The science fiction elements are really well done and give the story a grounded realistic feel. With that said, it's not the science fiction elements that are central to the story. Certainly they set some the narrative parameters, but its the characters that really carry the tale.
Equally excited about an upcoming pilot and television series based on this book.
I'll be starting book 2 in "The Expanse" series this afternoon.
Slightly slow start that quickly turned into solid sci-fi. Narration fit the story well - this one was an easy listen that had me looking forward to my commute time. Definitely continuing with the series.