The fast-paced, non-stop action that is James S.A. Corey's stock in trade.
The fight at the beginning.
He does good voices for the characters.
Not as much as the last one.
Here we have a case of "sequel-itis". Don't expect it to be as good as the first one. But then again, few books are as good as "Leviathan Wakes"!
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As with the previous book in the Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes, this sophomore story takes a very hard-edged approach to Space Opera, leaving out the physics-defying tropes and tech of most of the genre. Instead, we have a universe where acceleration and Coriolis matter, where interplanetary communications have hours of lag, and system travel can take months. On the other hand, there is a new alien threat about which ignores all of the above. Thankfully, returning to save the day are a familiar cast of characters, the crew of the Rocinante, who more than ever, have become a small family. Half of the crisis in the story comes from the human-scale drama that unfolds between these characters, and yet I still found myself breathlessly hanging on every word. For the remainder of the story, Corey (pen name of collaborative authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) bounces between four character POV’s for the narrative of an unfolding mystery at Ganymede, "breadbasket of the outer planets”. As the story progresses, the four characters gather into two groups of two, and finally one collective group, but still alternate POVs for each chapter, which leas to many amusing Rashomon Effected retellings of events. Also reliably hilarious is the dialog between friendly characters, which again seems just a little overly-clever between many of the characters. I also wish we could have had a closer look at he alien view of things, but that seems covered in the following story in the series, “Abaddon’s Gate”. As for the title of this story, Caliban’s War, the reader is left to figure out what, exactly, the title means/references- something I still haven’t managed.
Avasarala is a marvelous character. Evey time she shows up, interest level soars.
Mays's characterization of Avasarala is one of the best performances available at Audible. (I've listened to many, and not just SF.) Understated, but powerful.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Book 1 avoiding delving into the politics and context, but Book 2 dives right in. The characters continue to intrigue. I loved Bobbie and Avasarala. Their idiosyncracies and relationships were fascinating and fun. And the ending....will definitely finish out this series!
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.
Well Paced Story
Holden, a little like the apostle peter, act first think later
Secrets from the deep
I enjoy novels with humor.
This is one of my favorite audio books of the audio books I have listened to so far.
I don't think this book has increased my interest in science fiction. I really enjoy science fiction (and other books) when they have interesting, well developed characters. I really liked the characters in this book and felt that I had gotten to know them through the book.
I don't believe I have listened to any of May's other performances, bt I really thought his reading brought the characters to life.
I really enjoyed this book, it had good action and character development and I really look for both plot and character in a book. We are reading this for book club, so I read if before the first book Leviathan Wakes. I plan to go back and read Leviathan Wakes next, and then read the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this pair of authors writing style.
Caliban's War is even better than its predecessor, Leviathan Wakes. The writing and story are more involved and assured. Its nice to see Corey getting better and better as an author.
However... In my mind... Corey has a need to make his works too epic. They become too much like a comic book super hero saving the day against impossible odds stories.
Still very worth listening too. I love this author. Just wish he would tone down the scale a little.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The story is good, definitely above average. If it was me, I'd find a way to delete the character Prax, as he is a whiny generally pitiful character. I loved the foul mouth old woman, but if you don't like rough language, then you might be very offended by her character, and the book might not be for you. Jefferson Mays does a good job narrating the story, and the story on a whole moves along at a decent pace. There really aren't any major plot twists, but that's not necessary for this story. Also, if you've not read the first book, you won't be totally lost in the second. I think you could read the 2nd, before the first, and still enjoy both books. I will be reading or listening to the third book.
Oh, my yes. It is a perfect introduction to the medium of audiobooks.
Just about any moment when the old lady speaks
The precise articulation of dear foul mouth Chrisjen Avasarala.
I would plan to listen to a couple of chapters each night as I drifted off to sleep... and either a cliff hanging chapter would keep me going for just one more 20 minute dose, or my burst of out-loud laughter at Avasarala's potty mouthed truths leave me chuckling for another half hour. (I am an equally profane old codger...)