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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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    Dragon&Fox 02-02-15
    Dragon&Fox 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.

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    "Addictive"

    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!!!

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    Thomas 01-18-15
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    "Loved book 2 better than book 1"

    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.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-14-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Good, but not as good as the first"
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    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.

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    Tony 01-09-15
    Tony 01-09-15
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    "Caliban's War is a Great Sequel to Leviathan Wakes"

    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.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    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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    08-01-14
    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.

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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.

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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"!

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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-13-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-13-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 10-20-13
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 10-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "Filling in the details with fascinating characters"

    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!

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