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Cibola Burn Audiobook

Cibola Burn: Book 4 of the Expanse

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Publisher's Summary

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, 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.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart 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 civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.

Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times best-selling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate.

©2014 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    David_lr 08-15-16
    David_lr 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A good story, badly narrated"

    The change of narrator really made this a difficult book to get through. I probably wouldn't have stuck with if not for the knowledge that the next book goes returns to the previous narrator.

    I wouldn't say that this book's narrator is inherently bad, but he did not seem to understand the characters who he was portraying. For example, Miller is made to sound like a robot, and his narration of Avasarala's lines is beyond awful.

    The narration which just involves telling the story is fine, but this book is dialogue heavy, and as such the majority of the narration is quite jarring to listen to.

    If you're invested in the series, there's still a good story here, so if you can handle the narration definitely still give it a listen...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 06-11-16
    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 06-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I hate when they change narrator"

    The narrator has been changed from the previous books, and the new one has a horrible cadence.

    The story is not as good as the previous books.

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    Richard Hudson 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, jarring narrator"

    Don't get me wrong, the narrator is good, but it's a different narrator from the first three books so all the voices and inflections are just off. The story itself is good, but weaker than the previous three overall

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    Dr Roger Smith 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "written for TV but good"

    good story interesting characters. Feels written for TV. Just enough to qualify as good but not great. When action does happen it feels right very tightly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Issy Australia 05-30-15
    Issy Australia 05-30-15

    Audio Book addict and lover of sci-fi. I keep falling for series and and the excruciating wait for the next book. Beware.

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    "Enjoyed this even more than the last one"

    Another great piece of Sci-Fi with all ingredients to make it superb. I actually enjoyed this one more than the last one and can't wait for the next one. While it is feeling a bit strange to hear your familiar characters with a different voice, I like the new narrator and grew accustomed to him. Havlok was a bit off (yes, Havlok is back), I thought. The accents were really great though. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Scott
    5/23/15
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    "dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!"

    god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Mertaal
    9/15/15
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    "Narration truly awful."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.


    How could the performance have been better?

    You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.

    Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.

    Is this a useful way to analyse a book?


    Any additional comments?

    Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • B.Watson
    12/19/15
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    "Good book ruined by terrible narrator."

    Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Holland
    England
    9/5/15
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    "Great story. terrible narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great expansive story much like the earlier books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    No. The one bad thing about this book is the stilted and unnatural narration by Erik Davies, especially since all the others in the series are narrated so well by Jefferson Mays.


    Do you think Cibola Burn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    N/A (its part of a series - there is a follow up book already).


    Any additional comments?

    Why oh Why did they swap narrators for one book in the middle of a series? Jefferson Mays narration was fantastic and Erik Davies is no where near the standard - I guess that's why they chose to go straight back to Mays for the next book.

    If you have got to book 4 of The Expanse you're probably committed, so just grit and bear it for one book in the knowledge that his narration won't be forever and we can get back to normal service with the next book.


    Shame as it distracts from an otherwise good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
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    5/24/15
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    "DREADFUL narration but the story makes up fo it."

    Changing to a new narrator after three books was a Bad Idea. Changing to a new narrator who is terrible is an Even Worse Idea. His style when reading the descriptive text is halting with emphasis in all the wrong places, I could go on but I's run out of review space. Suffice to say if you see another book narrated by Erik Davies either AVOID or listen carefully to the sample beforehand.

    Moving on, the story was well up to the standard for the series and I'ld whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first three books. I sincerely hope that the pending volume 5 will be narrated by the original guy and not Davies. Please, please, please NOT Davies!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • david
    11/24/15
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    "Awful narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I tried and tried to listen to this story as i have heard the other books and so wanted to finish them all but i gave up after about 20 mins. The narraters voice sounded synthesized like the text readers you can get. I really wished i had looked at the reviews before buying this.


    How could the performance have been better?

    get a differant narrator


    Could you see Cibola Burn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    please redo this book using Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • john
    5/1/16
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    "Try at X1.25 speed"

    Entertains as per previous books in series.
    Dear god don't change narrator mid way thro series.
    Try listening st 1.25 speed( 1.5?required to much concentration) help the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Collins
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    4/18/16
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    "Another good story, spoilt a bit by the narrator"

    Another good installment, enjoyable, if less so than some of the previous. The new narrator unfortunately doesn't capture the characters as well as the previous - and this makes it harder to follow. Overall though this is worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • hobbes
    London
    4/9/16
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    "Good story, awful awful narration."

    Dear God, but the narrator was terrible. Fist-gnawingly, Hair-tearingly awful. Worse even than John Lee (who makes every story sound like he's auditioning for an amateur Shakespeare production.)
    This joker just thinks he's Captain Kirk. Had to listen to it on 1.25x speed just to ameliorate the terrible random pauses in the narration.
    Seriously. Just read the book. This will make your ears hurt.
    Otherwise a decent story. Typical Expanse novel, full of action and goodies vs baddies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    3/28/16
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    "Terrible narration! "

    the previous three stories were superbly narrated but I'm just going to have to read the hard copy of the following ones

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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