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Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2 | [James S. A. Corey]

Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.
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James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

©2012 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    David Sharon, CT, United States 06-13-13
    David Sharon, CT, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just superb."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh, my yes. It is a perfect introduction to the medium of audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caliban's War?

    Just about any moment when the old lady speaks


    What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

    The precise articulation of dear foul mouth Chrisjen Avasarala.


    Any additional comments?

    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...)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 05-06-13
    Jeff 05-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Follow Up"

    Ok this was an excellent 2nd book. The first book took me a bit to warm up to but now I like it. Good intrigue in this book and the characters to me are growing and we are finding out more about the alien biologics and it doesnt look good. Narration is done well no negative marks on that from me. If your looking for a good story this certainly qualifies on all points.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Tunbridge Wells 12-16-12
    David Tunbridge Wells 12-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I miss Detective Miller."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 08-27-12
    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Tutivillus

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    "Rich, Fun, Funny and Good"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I.M.Skeptic 08-21-12
    I.M.Skeptic 08-21-12
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    "Excelent sequel to the first novel,"
    Would you listen to Caliban's War again? Why?

    Yes I would and have. The way this series of books is written you have parallel threads from differing viewpoints telling the story. This means that If you have a favorite character you can skip ahead following that character and for the most part retain the sense of the storyline.

    Then you can go over it again with another character etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bobbie the Martian Marine was my favorite.


    What does Jefferson Mays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job of simply reading the story so that you forget who is reading the book and the characters take center stage


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very end when an old character makes an unexpected appearance


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Sophmore Slump"
    If you could sum up Caliban's War in three words, what would they be?

    A little more dialogue and space opera elements than previous installment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holden. Great character in the Indian Jones vein, good characterization./


    Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

    Jefferson Mays does a great job overall....Holden is my favorite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way too long....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 08-01-14
    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Better than the 1st"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 06-29-14
    Connor 06-29-14 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "A Space Opera that Kept Me Up Late at Night"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
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    "Fun, but less amazing than the original."
    What did you love best about Caliban's War?

    The fast-paced, non-stop action that is James S.A. Corey's stock in trade.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caliban's War?

    The fight at the beginning.


    What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

    He does good voices for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not as much as the last one.


    Any additional comments?

    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"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-13-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-13-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Just as good as the first"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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