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
Again the authors are to be commended for their continuing efforts in spinning onward into the "Expanse" universe and immersing the reader deeper into the current characters as well as the newest ones used in support of the overall plot and the main characters.
However having said that, the one-star rating for the performance is exactly that, one-star. The narrator was simply to put in a single word - horrible. I am reasonably sure that this narrator would be quite excellent at narrating a technical type of book where there are no characters and no plot, just information to be conveyed. But as far as a sci-fi story goes, NO! I almost couldn't make it through the book for the singular staccato manner in which the narrator worked all too hard to enunciate each individual word in a sentence with no feeling for the actual story being narrated. He gave no life to the characters and read the story line by line without feeling in a flat mono-toned manner in which is was almost to hard to stay awake to listen. I was completely disappointed in the way this book as performed, but the story is essential to the saga as previously presented in books 1 and 2 of this series. So I endured the performance so I could move onto the next part of the story. I will eventually listen to this book again, because I know there were things I missed the first time through, simply because listening to this narrator was actually frustrating for me in the extreme.
This part of the saga begins slowly with a build-up which some readers may find a bit slow, but as the plot unfolds, some of the mysteries are resolved and the action really begins to take off and you become more and more involved with what is occurring with the characters, even with the poor performance.
Love the story, but the narration performance by Erik is robotic and lacks emotion. The performance by the narrator sounds as if the book was processed through a 1980s voice processor.
Random accents with no regard for characters background is really distracting. I really don't like it when. long series switch narrators like this.
Erik Davies is the problem I don't know if I can finish this book due to his performance. It is always hard to accept a new voice but I tend to get used to it after a time, with his performance it is not happening for me. This is a shame and I will try to read the rest of the series.
So the producers could not wait until Jefferson Mays was available, because it is all about the money. So the audible listener got stuck listening to Erik Davies screw this narration up, mis-pronouncing words like Cumin to sound like Cummin'. Amos would call this a cluster and start serving out some karma.
I will be returning this Audio book to Audible. A travesty. Don't buy! Read the kindle version or something.
Not using Davies as narrator!!!
Have no idea, will be returning it after 1 chapter and buying it in print.
The series is wonderful, the amateurish narration is a crime. I was enchanted by the first 3 and especially by Jefferson May's narration. His Avasarala makes me smile just thinking of her. In fact I had to read V3 (wasn't on Audible soon enough for me) and his creative read remained as my internal voice.
The narration is WORSE than the robo voice of auto reading. Affect-less, no sense of inflection or meaning. Did he even READ the book before narrating. Simply awful.
Really, Audible, truly poor choice to switch voices in mid stream. RE-DO IT w/Mays!!!
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.
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.
I have gone through three others so i feel need to listen and continue, i haven't finished book yet but wanted to let others know the narration is bad.
not sure if i am finding story boring or the narrator is just ruining it. Other comments say it is great when they just switched to reading it.
Im sorry but this guy needs a new job, he is hurting the book. cant do accents, cant do female voices, cant do emotion....making it a tough listen for a series i have really enjoyed. I will finish this but if he narrates another one..i wont buy it.
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