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Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4 | [James S. A. Corey]

Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Chris CT 07-01-15
    Chris CT 07-01-15
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    "Ruined by the voice"

    You get used to hearing something one way for so long can't just switch in the middle and not expect it to change the entire feeling of the book

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2012

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

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    "Great Entry in the Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cibola Burn to be better than the print version?

    I didn't red the book in print but I have listened to each entry in this series and Chiobla Burn is a solid chapter in the Holden and Proto Molecule tale. It is filled with the action, wise cracks, characters and back story that extends our understanding of this universe. If you liked the other Expanse books you will enjoy this as well. A minor word of caution...several reviewers have noted the change in narrator. I can understand if you listen to the books one after another, it can be disconcerting to hear a new narrator. But, if you are like me and you listen to many audible titles between titles in an individual series you may not even notice. This narrator does a good job and I certainly would not avoid this title due to the narrator. If you have bought into concepts in the Expanse you will enjoy this book


    What other book might you compare Cibola Burn to and why?

    It would be easy to compare to other titles in the series but compared to other Space Opera authors such as Hamilton and Reynolds, I find this series a breadth of fresh air. It doesn't take itself too seriously and harkens back to a Buck Rogers sensibility that makes it fun and entertaining. I enjoy the Void and Revelation Space series, The Expanse Series is different in terms of pacing and action. It still has serious science in it, but presents it as part of needed story lines and plot development. If you like those series I think you will enjoy this series and this entry in The Expanse.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Amos is fun.


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

    I listen to alot of genres in Audible including History, Science and Literature. Sci Fi for me is entertainment, a suspension of disbelief to get me away from my every day life and concerns. This book and the series in general fits the bit. It has elements of drama, characterization and plot development necessary in the over arching story of Holden, his crew and the Proto Molecule.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is fine. I know they returned to the previous narrator in the next book Genesis Games.Chiobla Burn has some important story development here so if you like the series don't avoid listening to it based on the new narrator. Some listeners may not agree with me but this is a solid book worthy of your credit.

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    Scott 06-30-15
    Scott 06-30-15
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    "Narrator ruined the book"

    Microsoft narrator could have done a better job than Davies. I love The Expanse, but I had to read the ebook version of Cibola Burn.

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    J F F 06-27-15
    J F F 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good series"
    Any additional comments?

    Overall, good addition. Poor narration. Nothing I can add on this that is not already noted. Plot line is a little looser than previous books in series. Found myself being overly critical of plot but when I get a couple of good novels produced maybe I will say more. Still thoroughly enjoy the series.

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    Stephanie A. Reese Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 06-27-15
    Stephanie A. Reese Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 06-27-15
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    "narration faceplant."

    The previous narrator, Jefferson Mays, wasn't perfect but he was extremely high quality. I haven't adjusted playback speed in two years but I had to turn it up to 1.5 for this book. There are few authors out there whom I would buy their audiobook without listening to a sample, wild horses couldn't have kept me from purchasing this audiobook but I regret it now. I'm reminded of the narration change in Joe Abercrombie's the Heroes and Best served cold. Going from Steven Pacey to Michael Paige seriously hindered my enjoyment of those books and as hard as it is to imagine this is even more of a hindrance. I may adjust this review if I ever actually finish the entire audiobook.

    Well I did finish the book and I did get used to the narration by the end but it ruined the continuity. I was disappointed by their decision to change readers to say the least.

    As for Corey's story it was right on par with the other books, it is amazing how realistic he makes space appear in my mind. He really forces you to let go of the campy science fiction and the physics of that science fiction from our childhoods.

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    Carrie Downs-Minetree 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series"

    this was another great installment in the series. Corey never fails. I'm not a fan of the narrator though and glad he's not narrating the next book.

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    Brie San Jose, CA USA 06-18-15
    Brie San Jose, CA USA 06-18-15 Member Since 2014

    A lover of all types of fiction that are gothic, cyberpunk, sci-fi, space and/or weird

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    What did you love best about Cibola Burn?

    The continued story in the Expanse is as virtually page turning as the rest. If you like 1-3 you will like Cibola Burn.


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

    Erik Davies's performance in the story is what almost ruins it for me. If you like to read books as well but have listened to Jefferson Mays do the previous books, it may be worth it to read this one and imagine their voices instead.

    Erik has annoying pause between words that fail to even provide good emphasis to words he reads and to be honest, I'd rather he didn't try to do character voices. Everybody, male and female, end up sounding like Mr. Anderson from Beavis and Butthead. On the occasions when he does get them sounding like someone else, the characters race, background and gender usually are screwed up somehow.


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

    Not at all, after Jefferson Mays, Erik was painful to listen to. I had to take it in pieces.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible content, of course, is as good as the author's words but the performance can make or break a book. Erik nearly broke this book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 06-10-15
    Jean 06-10-15

    Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!

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    "Great Series Continues"

    Love each book in Expanse series!!!Plots grab your attention and you care about Holden & his crew.

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    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 06-08-15
    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible performance ruins wonderful story"

    I didn't think it was possible for a performance to impact my enjoyment of an audio book but this reader is so irritating that my mind kept searching for ways to ignore him. I kept having to back up and listen to parts twice because I got lost.

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    Mike 06-05-15
    Mike 06-05-15

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    "New Narrator Destroys this Book"

    Erik Davies takes over the narration for this book in the series, apparently because previous narrator Jefferson Mays had a scheduling conflict. (money?) The change is terrible.

    Davies reads narrator portions in an odd cadence, seeming to be incapable of reading more than five words before he takes a breath. For example, it is like...he thinks that every sentence.... should be... overemphasized.

    Additionally, his character voices and accents are terrible. It isn't just that they are different from Mays' excellent work. Davies just really isn't a good voice actor.

    I don't think I'll be able to put up with 21 hours of this, so I'll be returning this book for a refund and giving up on the series. The first three books make a good trilogy, so I'll just enjoy them in that way.

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