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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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    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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    Phillip 09-28-13
    Phillip 09-28-13
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    "Better than Book 1"

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.

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    Amazon Customer MC GRAW, NY, United States 09-27-13
    Amazon Customer MC GRAW, NY, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the Story and Action balance"
    If you could sum up Caliban's War in three words, what would they be?

    Well Paced Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holden, a little like the apostle peter, act first think later


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Secrets from the deep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cristiana 09-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy novels with humor.

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    "I really enjoyed this book"
    Where does Caliban's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audio books of the audio books I have listened to so far.


    What other book might you compare Caliban's War to and why?

    I don't think this book has increased my interest in science fiction. I really enjoy science fiction (and other books) when they have interesting, well developed characters. I really liked the characters in this book and felt that I had gotten to know them through the book.


    Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have listened to any of May's other performances, bt I really thought his reading brought the characters to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, it had good action and character development and I really look for both plot and character in a book. We are reading this for book club, so I read if before the first book Leviathan Wakes. I plan to go back and read Leviathan Wakes next, and then read the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this pair of authors writing style.

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    george United States 06-30-13
    george United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "I'll be reading/listening to the 3rd one."

    The story is good, definitely above average. If it was me, I'd find a way to delete the character Prax, as he is a whiny generally pitiful character. I loved the foul mouth old woman, but if you don't like rough language, then you might be very offended by her character, and the book might not be for you. Jefferson Mays does a good job narrating the story, and the story on a whole moves along at a decent pace. There really aren't any major plot twists, but that's not necessary for this story. Also, if you've not read the first book, you won't be totally lost in the second. I think you could read the 2nd, before the first, and still enjoy both books. I will be reading or listening to the third book.

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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 06-03-13
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 06-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Great Story But Felt Like FIller"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrative follows two slowly developing events – a chase to recover the kidnapped child of a Belter botanist and the political posturing of a potty mouthed, grandmotherly UN ambassador who feels her own brand of old-lady wisdom is the only thing holding civilization together. She joins with revenge-seeking marine and eventually finds her way to Holden and his crew, who have teamed up with the botanist on a mission of mercy, where all discover they have a common enemy and a common purpose. Great action sequences follow with happy endings all around. Unlike Leviathan Wakes, which followed similar narratives but felt at every moment of the story, like those narratives paled against larger and far more significant (and alien) problems in the universe, Abaddon’s Gate seems to put those larger, more significant problems in a holding pattern while mankind embarks upon a series of illogical and nonsensical actions that tosses all three factions: Earthers, Martians, and Belters into a pointless war that none can truly win and in the grand scheme of things doesn’t matter anyway. As a result, the novel felt a lot like filler, where nothing of any real importance in the context of the larger story seemed to happen. Despite my problems with the overall story, Abaddon’s Gate is superbly executed with tight, well written action sequences, a level of characterization you don’t often see in space opera, and enough action to move the novel along at a brisk pace. As a stand-alone volume this novel is rather good and certainly enjoyable. In the context of the larger series, this feels like it will be one of the weaker entries.

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    Andy Grayson, GA, United States 05-01-13
    Andy Grayson, GA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The first was great. This one is twice as good!"
    What did you love best about Caliban's War?

    Great characters. The pace stayed quick the whole time. The real "feel" of the space environments was great. One of the new character's, "Chrisjen Avasarala" was fantastic! People in other reviews referred to her as a foul mouthed grandmother, but that sells her way short. She's a sharp as a tack politician who's actually fun to "watch" in action. Her character had me laughing constantly with her abrasive sarcasm. The dynamics of the crew aboard the Rocinante was fleshed out some more which was nice. I thought I'd really miss Miller in this book after his death in #1, but I really didn't. I think Chrisjen Avasarala filled the void he left and exceeded it by far.


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

    One? Can't do it. Several: Holden flying the Razorback to the battleship. Bobby throwing a fit in the middle of the officials' meeting. Bobby saying, "b-bye" right before firing her Gatling gun. Every scene with Chrisjen Avasarala.


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

    Chrisjen Avasarala - of course. Mays did a fantastic job portraying her.


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

    Oh yes. Far too long to do that of course, but I'd have loved to.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so good, I wish it'd been even longer. I will by the next one THE DAY it goes on sale here at Audible. The authors have A LOT of ground to cover and questions to answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 02-10-13
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Even Better Than First Book (Leviathan Wakes)"

    It's becoming increasingly rare to find science fiction that makes the science a real character in the story. It's even more rare when writers put the time and effort into getting the science right. Add to that some of the creepiest and most intriguing aliens to come along in many years and you have the makings of really good science fiction. What makes it not just good but great is the writing, which is smart and funny with an excellent sense of pacing and expert story telling. This second volume in "The Expanse" series is even better than the first, and I can't wait for book 3.

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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Instantly Engaging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutley. Great follow-up to Laviathan Wakes. If you like Firefly, then you'll enjoy the Expanse books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Avasarala because I want a Grandma like that! Not that my Nana isn't great, but Avasarala's pretty cool.


    Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just Laviathan Wakes. It was a nice continuation of the series.


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    David Port Charlotte, FL, United States 01-28-13
    David Port Charlotte, FL, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Gritty Space Opera"

    These are the main reasons I like this book.

    1. The characters are distinct, as well as their motivations, and the actions they take are consistent with the characterizations. In particular, James Holden grows into more than the idealist we saw in the first book.

    2. Although this is a story with a lot of politics and a lot of room for gray areas, I still think there are choices between right and wrong that characters must make. I like that. I find that moral relativism is less satisfying; that is one reason I am sometimes disappointed with A Song of Fire and Ice, even though Martin is a better writer.

    3. I've never been a big fan of cyberpunk. It's nice to read about a future not dominated by people with massive hardware augmentations.

    Like the first book, this one is concerned with the ramifications of the protomolecule, and hints at big things to come in future volumes. I hope the payoff in the later books will be worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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