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Cibola Burn Audiobook

Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

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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

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    J. Kellogg 12-22-14
    J. Kellogg 12-22-14
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    "Bring back the narrator of the previous books!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cibola Burn to be better than the print version?

    Why in the heck did they change the narrator for the last book in the series. It's making it almost impossible for me to listen to this book. The first narrator was so good!


    Any additional comments?

    Why in the heck did they change the narrator for the last book in the series. It's making it almost impossible for me to listen to this book. The first narrator was so good!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 07-11-14
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 07-11-14 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Odd mix of very original & increasingly formulaic"

    I really enjoy the Expanse series, and this book is, while not brilliant, still fun. The short version is that it has more of what I liked: more of the same winning characters, hard(ish) science fiction, and sudden twists and turns in a propulsive plot. At the same time, the seams are starting to show a bit.

    A clear theme through the series has been that people are worse to each other than any aliens can be, and while that bleakness was interesting over a couple of books, it is starting to feel a little forced. In Cibola Burn yet another Earth company aided by yet more sociopaths (seriously, these Earth companies need better HR practices!) makes everything terrible until the inevitable plot twists make things REALLY terrible. The plot is thrilling, but the motivations explaining why the bad characters are so bad is so thin that it seems almost insulting when they try, especially when contrasted with the unalterable moral compass of the main characters: the Only Good Guys in the Universe.

    The authors described their previous two books as writing a science fiction version of a ghost story and a political thriller. This seems like their attempt at a novel about colonialism, and they aren't afraid to hit you over the head with this, many, many times (characters compare themselves to Cortez, etc). The problem is that the authors have little to say about the topic, so it all rings a bit hollow.

    Also, as EVERY other reviewer writes, the narrator changed in this book. After 50+ hours with the original narrator, this was glaring, but it seemed more normal with time. The new narrator is not fantastic, but far from bad. Any problem fell away as the book continued.

    So, if you have listened to the series so far, I think this is worth it (if you can deal with the change in narration). I just hope future books will recapture the magic that made the series so great.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    K. Piper Atlanta, GA 05-03-16
    K. Piper Atlanta, GA 05-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible narrator! "

    the narrator sounded like a robot. thank goodness the previous narrator is back for the next on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan 04-04-16
    Stefan 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I can not believe this is not Text-to-Speech!"

    Least favourite expanse story so far!
    Narrator could pass for Text-to-Speech software any day and I don't know how I made to the end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-30-16
    Robert 03-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Thank God it's over!"

    Thank God it's over! Feel like we all got cheated. The change of narrators from Jefferson Mays to Erik Davies was jarring. I wanted to stop several times, but how can I skip book 4 of 5 in a great series? The narration was bad enough that I could not tell if the author had just gone off the rails or if it was narration. Looking forward to the next book with Jefferson Mays.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 01-04-16
    Christopher 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "DON'T LISTEN TO THIS BOOK."
    What disappointed you about Cibola Burn?

    The Production killed it. I don't put the blame on Erik Davies. Someone selected him to follow up Jefferson Mays. Someone told him the performance he was giving was acceptable. It isn't. As a result I don't know if the story is as bad as I perceive.

    My first reaction, 5 minutes in, was to demand my money/credit back. I pushed through listening to it.It has taken me longer to listen to this, & has been less enjoyable, than to transcribe it to a text to speech system. I hoped that Davies would find a performance, or that the Producers would have guided him. It doesn't happen.

    My belief is; he must have been owed a favor, someone cut some corners for self gain, or everyone was doing something else why this was made. They certainly didn't listen while it was happening, and not likely after. If they did, then they seem to have not listened to the previous books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story comes across as a publishers demand to get another book out. It lacks the breadth and scope of the first 3 novels. There is an attempt at building breadth through the locations, but it ends up feeling confined and redundant when you read/hear about something only to have it retold from a different perspective.

    It gets up and goes right back to bed.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this was ghost written under the direction of the Publisher and Corey had little to no part in it at all. The Titanic had some lifeboats, Cibola's are cobbled plastic bubbles as an afterthought.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    I gave the performance 1 star because they don't have 0 or negative numbers.

    Erik Davies is out of his depth here, he may be out of his depth reading an IRS 1040 form. The text to speech system in my car has more vibrancy and inflection than this reading. It is clear he didn't listen to the performances by Jefferson Mays or did and ignored them for his own interpretation. Characters have accents unrelated to those in the previous books. I don't remember Havelock being British.

    The characters sound slow and dimwitted. His Staccato delivery made me imagine he was fed the words on a prompter using "Hooked on Phonics(esque)" flash cards, (1: Hole, 2:Den, 3: Are, 4: You, 5: Oh, 6: Cay). I'm sorry to see he is the reader on some of the accompanying novellas. I don't think I will ever listen to one of his performances again.


    What character would you cut from Cibola Burn?

    The performance is so bad, they all seem terrible. Even cutting through the performance, these don't seem to be the same crew from the first 3 novels. Every character is a cardboard cut out from generic Sci-Fi. The main characters flattened out, their abilities muted, and connection to the reader/listener was cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Fire the producers. I won't listen to another of Erik Davies readings as a result, and can't recommend this book as an Audible choice to anyone. It has made me question the writing skills of James S.A. Corey, & certainly his oversight. It is a sad chapter to what is a fantastic series of books. This is a shameful, awful, disappointing, presentation. Listeners should feel abused by the producers. Corey should be livid and demand a new recording & Audible customers should be reimbursed and given a free copy of the new recording. Corey, his agent, & publisher clearly have no control or don't care about his work's image. Perhaps they are too busy focusing on the Expanse T.V. series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg DESTIN, FL, United States 12-18-14
    Greg DESTIN, FL, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful Change of Narrator"
    Would you try another book from James S. A. Corey and/or Erik Davies?

    Definitely, I love the novels of The Expanse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Amos. He's my favorite character in all of the books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator caused me to quit listening and buy the Kindle version. I've become quite fond of the narrator over the first three books in the series. This book brought a new narrator who is as untalented as these books are good. The narrator is just awful. So much so that it ruins the characters and takes me out of the story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Clemens 01-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible, awful, unlistenable narration!"
    What disappointed you about Cibola Burn?

    I "burned" through the first three books in this series. Didn't realize that the narration had changed with book 4. I tried to listen to the new guy, I really did. But I simply can't do it. I'll have to read it the old fashioned way instead.


    What was most disappointing about James S. A. Corey’s story?

    Love the series, and expect to like this story. Just couldn't make it past the first couple of chapters due to the poor narration.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    I'm sure Erik is a nice guy, but I'm pretty sure he seriously should not be narrating books. His delivery is terrible: slow, awkward, and monotone. Virtually no unique voicing between characters - they all sound the same. And his slow, computer-voice-like "narration" voice that delivers 90% of the text is actually frustrating to listen to! I'd rather have Siri read this book to me!


    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ross USA 04-27-16
    Ross USA 04-27-16 Member Since 2015

    ROKY

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    "Like listening to a distracted Vulcan read a scientific report"

    Have listened to book 1 thru 3 and love the series and suspect I would love this book however the narrators clipped and antiseptic delivery destroys the book dead ... I made it to chapter 5 and gave up

    Have just stares book 5 and an back to being entertained

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Creswell Madison, WI United States 09-09-14
    Philip Creswell Madison, WI United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Sociology PhD student trying to figure out another way to engage in fiction.

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    "A Stumble"
    What did you like best about Cibola Burn? What did you like least?

    In terms of The Expanse books, Cibola Burn feels like a stumble. It was pretty enjoyable at moments, but it felt a lot less like an independent story and more like the prequel to an interesting book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Huh, why didn't you just make this Act I of the next book, then?


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    Partially I think the production was problematic, but I think that Davies' "narrator voice" is about as irritating as any "narrator voice" I've ever heard. His voice is unnatural, and his voicing of characters didn't hat-tip the earlier books in the series at all, which was a stupid move on the part of the producers IMO.

    Anyway, not only were the voices wrong, but most of them were pretty badly performed. Not sure why the change, but I was not convinced that it was a good move.


    Did Cibola Burn inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to adjust the speed on a book for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one, here's hoping it's a return to form.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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