Enter a new frontier.
An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave.
The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.
Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.
James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.
And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.
©2014 James S.A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Why did you guys switch readers mid stream? 3 books with the same narrator, don't change that in the 4th! Not sure why this decision was made, but I'm returning this and will buy it in paperback to read.
This is in no reflection to the series, which is fantastic. I'm not sure if the New narrator is as bad as we are saying, but not having it stay with Jefferson Mays is so derailing, you lose emotional investment in the whole thing. It's like switching actors, you stop caring for the new guy, because that isn't what you fell in love with. I hope whoever made this decision, fixes this and has it retold by Jefferson Mays.
Jefferson Mays narration would have made this a 4 or 5 star rating for me.
Great story, great continuation of the series. Really enjoyed Bobbie's character.
Damn it all. Seriously? Erik Davies instead of Jefferson Mays? Why? Why would they choose to ruin such a great book by recasting the narrator? I ended up quitting the audiobook and am now just going to read the novel. I suggest you do the same.
If you've invested the time in the first three books, you may as well read this too. The story was very formulaic and becoming predictable. Not horrible, but I believe the authors are trying to stretch a series that was never meant to go this long.
This series of books has filled the void left by Firefly/Serenity. Towards the end I was getting really irritated by Mal,.. I mean Holden. Also, Jane,... er,.. Amos, has become a bit two dimensional in this latest book. Even though I did like the book overall, it felt like Ty & Daniel phoned this one in.
OK,.. everyone HATES Erik Davies and it is a bit silly. Before you haul out the pitch forks, hear me out. I also really enjoyed Jefferson Mays' voices for our favorite characters. And, yes, this is very different. I found myself redoing dialog in my head as Jefferson Mays would have done it. Erik Davies is a pretty good voice actor. It's unfair to say this audiobook is "un-listenable" I would listen to works by Erik Davies, but, I truly hope Jefferson Mays returns for the 5th book.
I guess,.. once you've invested time in a series, you want to see it through. But the characters don't to have the spark or chemistry found in the previous books. I liked the "interludes" They are different and I was intrigued by them.
About this whole narrator debacle: Anyone here remember when they switched narrators for the 4th book in G.R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series? They were smart enough to bring back Roy Dotrice for the 5th book. I hope Hachette is smart enough to bring back Jefferson Mays for the 5th book of the Expanse series. If there is a scheduling conflict,.. I'm willing to wait.
No. I've been listening for 3 hours now and I simply cannot accept the incorrect cadence and characterization. The first 3 books in the series and narrator were excellent. This absolutely hurts. I'm not sure that I'm going to bother to finish, and I'm seriously put off on any remaining books in the series.
I have loved everything put out by James S.A. Corey so far and look forward to reading more.
I only got started but the first few chapters were great.
No. Erik Davies' narration in Cibola Burn is flat. He's got one male and one female voice. Once there are more than two people in a scene, the narration becomes confusing.
Great start to the story. Going to buy the ebook and restart the story after work tonight.
I've loved all the novels and novellas in The Expanse. I really like the narration by Jefferson Mays in the first three books. If a version with Mays reading comes out, I'll buy it.
The story, so far, has been great, but the narration is a far cry from the superb performance by the series' former narrator Jefferson Mays. Erik Davies may be an okay narrator, but his style seems better suited to a Ken Burns WWII documentary than a science fiction novel. To be honest, when I started the book, I momentarily thought it was being read by a computer voice assistant like Apple's SIRI. Erik methodically articulates his words in a somewhat unnatural manner. He also adds a bit of staccato to the last syllable of each word and then takes a looooong pause after each sentence.
I think my biggest problem with his reading style is that he speaks too slowly. I found that playing the book at 1.25x speed helps to alleviate this and, surprisingly, makes his speech more natural sounding.
I don't want to be too hard on this guy, but I have listened to a lot of audio-books read by several different narrators, and Erik Davies' reading style has been very difficult for me to get used to.
Only how much I missed the way the characters were interpreted by Jefferson Mays. Davies' character voices and accents seem generic and interchangeable. Those who've listened to the earlier novels will miss how Mays gave each character a unique and consistent voice through the first three novels. (I'm talking about actual voice here, not literary. I don't want to knock the authors in any way. Their writing is in top form with this book.)
No. I just can't get used to his speaking style.
Just disappointment that the producers of this audio-book series felt it wasn't necessary to keep the narrative tone consistent with Jefferson Mays.
I highly recommend you get this one in print and read it the traditional way. If you listened to the first three novels, you'll likely have a hard time adjusting to the new narrator. I might actually return the audio-book and pick up a hard-copy to finish the the story with.
Narrator is slow, pauses every 3 words, sounds flat and half asleep - I've heard computer voice synthesizers do a better job of reading text.
I'm going to read a print version
What the other reviewers say is definitely true. I was counting down the days until Cibola Burn was released, only to have it ruined by Davies. I had to relisten to many of the action sequences because his narration was just so awful, it was hard to follow.
I for one will never buy another book narrated by Erik Davies, but please, don't discount the book soley for that reason. I still enjoyed the book, mainly because I deeply enjoy the series.
I understand that narrators sometimes have to change. But the narration here was so bad it's hard to integrate the book with the others. The speech rhythms felt like the narrator was out of breath. And so many of the characters became different people than the ones Jefferson Mays brought to life, with Avasarala coming out by far the worst.
I get uncomfortable criticizing a person's performance so brutally, but . . . this was the worst narration of any audiobook I've ever purchased. They should have seen early on that this wasn't going to work and switched to someone else. Anyone else. I will not purchase another audiobook in this series as long as they use Erik Davies.
Epic getting Epic-er
Lifeless and listless. Maybe I got spoiled by Jefferson Mays' wonderful performance, but Mr. Davies' narration doesn't come close. Many of the characters sound the same; either they are southern (US) American, vaguely British, or blandly neutral. Mr. Davies definitely did not give the characters the life that Mr. Mays did. I laughed out loud the first time Avesarala appeared and she just sounded like an old woman, not the whip sharp politico that she was voiced previously. I really hope that Audible will have Mr. Mays back for future installments of this series. I really wish that Audible would re-record this novel with Mr. Mays, and I wonder why the decision was made to switch horses mid-race.
There is definitely some good banter between the Rocinante crew as usual, but unfortunately, the narration made these witticisms fall flat more often than not.
Bring back Jefferson Mays!!!
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