I tried this book out as part of the Sword and Laser book club and am happy I did! This is not the kind of book that would normally entice me, being more into fantasy or far-future galaxy exploration Sci-Fi. The prologue gets you into the strangeness immediately and introduces the character you spend the rest of the novel trying to understand. When the actual story starts, it uses the classic dual-location philosophy, slowly building the world and introducing stranger and stranger things, finally building to, at least part of, the why and how of the prologue.
There's everything a space opera should have, and it's all written extremely well. I can't wait to dig into the sequel! Anyone with any interest in Sci-Fi should try this out, even if you normally aren't a fan of this style setting.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
I've listened to dozens of different science fiction authors on Audible now and James S. A. Corey is on my top 5 list. Not for depth or particularly thoughtful writing, but for pure shoot-em-up romping fun. "The Expanse" series is excellent so far (I'm two books in). His character development is engaging, the technologies and political concepts are just "near future" enough to resonate very well, and I enjoyed his active, fast-paced writing style. Jefferson Mays delivers a great performance - he does enough to differentiate the characters' voices without sounding cheesy. My only complaint, echoed by Joshua in his review, is the "imagined girl in the character's head as plot device" trope, which got a bit old in the last third of the book. But otherwise this was a great fun medium-weight sci-fi story that had me hooked from start to finish. I blew through it in a week and instantly downloaded the next book in the series. Popcorn sci-fi!
I really liked the universe Corey created. It has huge potential.
Whenever any story has unpredictability, that is what i like best. I never knew what direction the story would go.
Mays was ok, but I wasnt as engrossed as I have been with other narrators.
I am writing this review several months after finishing the book. I have mixed feelings of my memories about it. On one hand I remember many exciting scenes and characters. I loved the universe and the politics of the universe. The more I think back on all the developments in the story , the more I want to say how amazing this book was. However, I remember at the time it felt a little bit like it was a chore to get through the book. Its very possible that I was just overly anticipating the book i was going to listen to next. But that just sticks in the back of my mind somehow. I have the 2nd book of the series in my wishlist now, but i'm extremely torn as to whether or not I want to continue. I probably will
I normally steer clear of futuristic space stories but thanks to reviewer, A. Massey, I chose to listen. Big round of thanks to him because it would have been a shame to have missed this book. James Corey did a fantastic job bringing me into the lives of the various characters. The police officer Miller was a fascinating character to me. Miller was a complicated person that had many character flaws. He falls in love with someone he has never met and chases her across the galaxy. I hope his story line has not ended with this book. The story is not complicated and was very easy to follow.
The only downside to the book was the Jefferson Mays. His voice grated on me and it took alittle away from the story. Do not let that oppinion chase anyone from the book.
I loved it, It is exactly what I was looking for. A true SciFi novel. There is science, space, twists and turns, full set of unique well developed characters, and great writing style. I'll definitely read the next one in the series.
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This story had the right mix of background information, character development, and action. The characters have believable, complex personalities but they are not overdone to the point of being tedious. The action keeps you wanting more all the way through. The science of the book is much more like what we can really expect in future space travel, inertia and relativity still apply.
I really enjoyed listening to Leviathan Awakes, and I am now listening to Caliban's War. I hope there will be more to the Expanse Series.
The characters grew on me subtly and over time. Much like getting to know people over the course of time, I was unaware that I had come to care for them and when I realized that it had happened I recognized how well crafted the story was.
Mr. Mays' is a versatile voice actor how brought distinctive personality to each character and really enhanced the experience overall.
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
Great story, intrigued as to see what happens next because all this does is set up a whole series of sequels which I can't wait to read. I liked the two main charectures found some of the motivations and effects of actions a little overblown. But still rich hard sci-fi space opera, I want more.
This book grabbed me from the first and didn't let go. It was so good I immediately got the next in the series. My only regret was that the third book was not out yet. The characters are engaging and the narrator is excellent.
Entertaining, well written, well narrated.
Perfect sci fi adventure, characters developed and are realistic. not too much war.