For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now.
The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.
©2013 Jams S.A. Corey (P)2013 Recorded Books
This is a story that keeps you waiting behind every doorway and corner - what happens next? Can't put it down. I had the audible and the kindle on these first three as there were parts I needed to go back and read on the kindle. The 'alien' component of this story is so very alien that more and slower description is sometimes needed, so add kindle.
Wonderful narrator - Jefferson Mays - why on earth he changed the next book, Cibola Burns, to Erik Davies I just don't know. I will only get the kindle on this book. Mr. Davis narrates like "Bobbie...put...her...cup...down...on...the...table" without the slightest inflection but the characters that come in he does well. No, if no Jefferson Mays, no more audible on this series.
LOVE these books. Looking forward to the SyFy TV series.
Wonderful Writing, amazing performance.
A terrific end to the trilogy, Highly Highly recommended even to non-Sci-fi-nuts
The substance to the story alone makes it worth while.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Mind blowing! I mean the reach of the story is incredible, the characters richly drawn and the "bad" guys are complicated. I loved this series and cannot wait for the next book.
I like Holden. I know other reviewers have trashed him a bit and I understand why. But he is such an idealistic, damm the torpedoes kinda guy...he makes great central character.
He did alot of voices very well. Fantastic job, loved his work here.
When Melba/Clarissa comes to terms with her own psychology but chooses a different path...that I thought was pretty heavy.
Best series I have read since the Hyperion Cantos...old school sci-fi updated. Great stuff.
I loved the first book in the series and thought that the second one was... not quite as good. The third is a return to form, concentrating more on the alien technology and less on political squabbles.
The characterizations are a little better this time around too, and though we don't get anyone as deep or interesting as Miller from the first book the, the supporting cast is pretty good this time around.
Although the story winds up in a semi-coherent fashion, I'm hoping that the authors decide to revisit the "expanse" universe soon.
This is a rollicking space opera that delivers on every level. There's action, mystery, and just the right touch of awe. Jim Holden is a classic space hero. Reverend Anna is a true moral compass. Clarissa Mao/Melba Ko is a relentless villain with the hope of redemption. The rest of the cast of characters fall neatly into the good, the bad and the ugly, to borrow from another medium. The narration is solid, believable and not at all distracting. All-in-all, a terrific read and satisfying across all 5 stars.
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The reason why I am so involve with this series is because of the humanity. I'm not too concern about the science fiction of the plot or even the space opera. I have read much better things from other authors with a lot raunchier space sex, but James S. A. Corey uses a different approach. "Abaddon’s Gate" is the third book in the series and my reviews are pretty much the same from the first and second, I like these books.
So far, this is one of the best sci fi series that I have read. Really makes me wonder why I took so long to listen to these books. I'm still confused with the Mormons and building of space ships, but I guess that I will find out.
An excellent entry in the series and a lovely story in its own right. I was initially sad to bid farewell to several pov characters from book two, but the new pov characters quickly fill the void and beyond.
While I still enjoyed this book, I found myself caring less about the perennial characters this time around. Voice acting is superb as always. excited for the future of the series as there are so many ways it could be taken.
Architect, 3D Designer, Krav maga instuctor and fan of science fiction and fantasy.
Nice universe and a pretty good story.
This book feels a bit like the start of a book or a series. It is hard to judge it without finding out where it is going.
The action and the discovery scenes could have used a lot more descriptive language and a bit more suspense.
I very much enjoy the rare sci-fi that is feeling and insightful. Corey understands what makes experience meaningful. The book is well paced and inventive as well as being satisfying in its handling of people.
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