With excellent narration melded to a fantastic, unique, and multi-layered storyline, this was one of my favorite reads in a long time. Real characters that adapt and grow within the narrative, just enough technology to keep eyebrows level, and an emotional throughline that engages from the beginning and builds on the preceding book, these guys know how to tell a story, and Jefferson Mays knows how to narrate it.
You will NOT be disappointed spending a credit on this excellent sci-fi experience. Easily one of the best sci-fi I've listened to or read all year.
It's no secret, James Holden was always the runner-up in my mind, and he remains such in Caliban's war. The new main characters are fantastic. I listen again just to hear Avasarala again. Three more books of goodness. If you finised Leviathan Awakes, and you're looking at this sequel, go for it. You'll love this one too.
This is a great continuation to "The Expanse" series. One thing that really strikes me is how culturally rich this series is. You get "traditional" cultures and "new" cultures with Corey bringing them to life brilliantly!
You also get a delightful punch in the face by mysteries this book will not answer, which is a brilliant setup to whatever comes next. It just makes me kinda wish I could download the third book right now.
The science is hard and well written, which is great for those of you who like numbers behind your fiction, but it's not in your face or dumbed down. It is simply the reality of the series, the day-to-day of life in our Solar System.
Favorite characters return in new suits and situations, many of them develop in unexpected ways. New characters arrive and you'll love/hate them; you'll even recognize them and probably wish some of them were in our world now.
Then the book ends...looking back in time, 47 minutes.
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.
This was a fun adventure with the 'ol crew & some neat new members.
like in the first book, the overarching problem isn't resolved, or really addresses much & gives way to the sequel... which I will begin shortly.
Still a solid entry by Corey. Great narration and pacing by narrator. Characters still lack depth and pacing of novel leans more towards action than introspection. Biggest complaint is that character motivation seems weak, especially for Holden.
These guys do science fiction right! An utterly believable universe. A scientific mystery met with political and military oppositions. Clever and character driven dialogue kept me listening on end for days just for the exposition of well crafted words.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
James S.A. Corey is a writing team to watch. Listening to this gives me the same feeling I got in the 1970s reading the early works of Larry Niven. This is now my second Corey Expanse novel and I am liking what I hear. Corey, like the early Niven, keeps getting better. The characters are great and plausible and interesting. His character building is top flight and, importantly, he competently imparts a sense of wonder all the while.
Jefferson Mays continues his journeyman effort. He also continues to improve as this series goes on. I still root for him to inject a bit more emotion into his rendering. The characters provide plenty of material to launch a bit of melodrama, which would really elevate these books into the stratosphere.