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
Great story but the monotone reading made it difficult. I found a way around the narrator by running the story at 1.5x speed and poof all better.
I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
I thought the story line was good enough, but changing the narrator changed the characters. They were not changed for the better.
I simply love the characters. It's not that easy to find a series that really grabs you and makes you want more and more and more.
I'm an old guy. How am I supposed to remember that?
The reader got criticized. He really is not bad. He does a good job. He has some great voices for the other gender. What he can't do is a deep male voice. It made me laugh out loud the first time he used it and he persists throughout the reading, but otherwise, its really ok.
The story is excellent. The reader is not as bad as others have stated. People do like to complain and have a very low tolerance level, but I found the reader to be decent enough. Now, get me book 5!!!!
The expanse series is great and I have marathoned through the first 3 books I probably just under 3 weeks. Everything about the books has been great. The storey is amazing, but the narrator of the other three books was Jefferson Mays and he did an excellent job. Eric Davies is not a good match for this series; especially since Jefferson narrated the other books. Davies reading style is bland and sometimes extremely off for the scene he is reading. I really feel he is the wrong person for this book.
Wide arc of the story, the character development
I won't buy any book narrated by Erik Davies. If I was Mr. Corey, I'd be angry. Audible should offer refunds for this crap.
So, at first it was really, really hard to listen to this since Jefferson Mays is such a talented voice actor. After a while I got used to the new characterizations and it was better. While Erik Davies is an OK voice actor, compared to Jefferson Mays it was seriously lacking.
The story had some interesting ideas. Now that we are at book for some of it is getting pretty clichéd, but hey, this is SPACE OPERA! That's why I bought the book! Cliché is all part of the experience. :-) The bad guys have to be BAD and the good guys have to be GOOD!
I don't want to get into some of the interesting ideas they presented (spoilers) but overall I enjoyed it once I got over going from an excellent actor to an OK actor.
I really miss Jefferson Mays...
Changing the narrator in the middle of the series has to be one of the most annoying things a producer can do. Especially if your new narrator sounds like a one dimensional robot compared to the original.
It was really disappointing to have to get my brain around completely different and off accents or voices for established characters.... the narrator didn't even try to keep it consistent. Also, the previous performances had a great knack for capturing the jokes in the writing. here... not so much.
Great writing. Great Series. Struggle through if your're reading them. For the love of god I hope they get the other narrator back for the next book.
I mean no offence to whoever did this narration, but you've stepped into a giants shoes and you didn't hang. your narration would be fully adequate somewhere else, I am sure but the first few books of this series has been some of the best narrations I have gone through quite a few on this app.
narrator's rapporteur consists of elementary school British and Australian accents, and slack jawed yokel. That's it. Enjoy struggling through the otherwise decent story.
Keep your mind active.
Erik Davies is not a bad narrator and if I had not just listened to the first three books in the series narrated by Jefferson Mays, I might not have even blinked. But he is different. I kept thinking Mr. Davies was rehearsing for and outback commercial when he was portraying a Belter accent. After the first few hours you get accustomed to the differences but I have no idea why they made this change. It was not smart.
That said, the story is very good and worth the credit. Holden and the crew of the Rosi are again hip deep in the sh**, and fighting against evil and a corporate villain. This time they are trying keep an alien world from coming apart and preventing it from killing everyone on it. Miller is one of my favorite characters from the first book and he continues to make his presence known.
One of the aspects I like the most about this series is that the authors really develop secondary characters and plot lines. Maybe it comes from writing as a team. Bottom line, if you liked the previous books, get this one. After suffering through the first hour or so of the narration, it does not seem as bad. Let’s all hope they bring back Jefferson Mays for the next one.
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