"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I liked the first book in this series, it was a good sci-fi mystery. Slow, yet not boring. It was decently paced with two interesting enough characters. I was curious about them and wanted to know more. So with that in mind I bought the second book.
I didn't make a mistake. Not even a little bit. Even if I don't finish the rest of the series (more on that later) this is probably one of my all time favorite books that I have listened too. Jefferson Mays brings to life one of the more entertaining characters and makes her seem far more than real. I couldn't wait to get back to her chapters. Avasarala was funny, smart, caring, and someone I wanted to know. I wanted to meet this woman. Every chapter of her's, I listened too with a stupid grin on my face.
I enjoyed the rest of the characters as well. I liked the fact that the female warrior, Bobbie, was not a sexually addled brain dead boob machine. She could handle herself in a fight without being ridiculous. She was also portrayed as very smart and capable.
Prax was probably my least favorite character which is saying something because I enjoyed his chapters very much.
James Holden is a bit too much at times. His character growth throughout the series has felt a bit limited, but for me these books aren't about him but more about what's coming. It's about humans and their unending need to seek out new things with dire consequences. Underselling it a bit, but I am sure if you are reading this type of book you get the drift.
I am giving this book 5 stars because of Avasarala. Her character is truly why you listen to books. Especially when voiced so expertly.
I bought the 3rd and 4th books in this series because of the story, I found it entertaining, scary without being silly, and I wanted to know more about this mystery.
I haven't finished the 3rd one yet. Let's just say, the flaws of the story are starting to show, and there aren't any characters I am even remotely interested in. The first two books do a nice job of making the villain(s) seem far away, yet overwhelmingly present as well and very vague as to who the big bad is. At this point, I can walk away from the series and not feel like I am missing a whole lot and I won't be disappointed overly much although I am curious to see what happens, will just have to see if I can trudge through the 3rd book.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.
I am loving this series & especially the new characters added.
I want more! Avasarala is a unique fascinating character who adds a lot to the series I am hoping to read more of her & of Bobbi too!!!
This was an excellent audio book. I thought it was definitely better than book 1. I didn't want it to end but I am hoping the next book in the series can match this. I love science fiction and would definitely recommend this.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
It was a fun read but nowhere near a s good as the first. And anyone that plans on reading this novel needs to read the first book as this story takes up where the last left off. This book ends in a cliff hanger, so I hope the next one is as good as the first.
Too often the second book in a series is more of a bridge to the third than a good story on its own. That isn't the case with Caliban's War. It was well written even to the point that it could be enjoyed without having listened to or read Leviathan Wakes, though some background would be missed.
The performance by Mays was fantastic as it was in the first book.
I highly recommend these first two books to anyone who enjoys the Sci-Fi genre.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
A little more dialogue and space opera elements than previous installment.
Holden. Great character in the Indian Jones vein, good characterization./
Jefferson Mays does a great job overall....Holden is my favorite
No way too long....
This is a solid series, the second book is pretty much a set up for the third installment. Sometimes it gets a bit mired in politics, but the reader should hang in there...there are necessary plot installments here that will pay off in the third book.
This book is better than the 1st. The character development was in more depth and the characters added had very distinct personalities. The addition of the Under-Secretary and her mouth were a true delight. The tension leading to the unknown was ratched up with this book. Looking forward to Book 3 and what it holds.
Enjoy the adventure
I am happy to add my name to the list of hundreds at Audible who have listened to “Caliban’s War” and rated the book. Easily the best book I have listened to in the past 3 months. The characters are likeable and the action sequences always include a surprise. The book even has a “Yoda – like” character, but this version swears, drinks and mocks others.
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"!
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
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.