James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
The narration has very little variation in the way of specific voices for the different characters, but is still enjoyable to listen to.
Jim Holden, Naomi Nagata, Amos, and Alex are all that remain of a much larger crew after they've been shot at, betrayed, and blown up. There are several factions who might want to be causing trouble-- Earth, the Martians, the residents of several huge stations, and the (asteroid) Belters. Humans have advanced to the ends of the Solar System, but still have sandbox hissy fits; only this time when they hit a friend, it's with nukes and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Enter an alien virus that everyone mistakes for an attack by someone else. And there's a wonderful detective cop trying to find a missing person. And there are powerful people whom you can't like or trust, but have to work with to save Humanity. At just over 19 hours, this is a great book to satisfy your sci-fi, space battle, detective yearnings.
I love the very plausible distinct ways humans have changed sociologically due to their different environments. And there are even physical changes, such as the Belters who, having spent most of their lives in null-G, are now taller and thinner than original Homo sapiens sapiens, with longer flatter heads. The Belters have also evolved a different Creole (Spanish, some French, German, Russian, and maybe even a tad of Chinese) as the only group who haven't tried to live in artificial gravity, but rather accepted the environment of Space. No one who grew up breathing free air (Earthers) can truly understand the mentality of the others who have to import their air, their water, and much of their other basic materials as well. It creates different cultures and outlooks, which, unfortunately, also creates new racial prejudices and political grievances. This is the very realistic, fully developed, well not quite universe, but Solar System, of the series.
These characters and the alien virus thrown into the racial tension and politics of the System are the basis of the series, and a very good one it turns out.
The four main characters represent four distinct personalities: Holden, the Good, always trying to do the right thing and tell the truth; Naomi, the Reasonable, balancing Good with Right; Alex, the Obedient, solid, honest, dependable, and following orders; and Amos, the Enforcer, a conscience-less sociopath kept reined in by his reliance of the moral compasses of the other three. The side characters are combinations of these essential traits. There is a lot of contemplation of best actions to take, and introspection of right and wrong, but these add depth to the action and fiction.
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Possibly a good story; however, I will never know. I could not get past the first few chapters because of the monotone performance. No joke...I actually fell asleep twice. Thank God I wasn't listening to this in the truck.
Not so much. I will just seek books with a different narrator.
Not at this time
Couldn't say until I hear the entire story, but that will not happen.
I am very surprised at the high rating others have given the narrator.
The male characters all sound the same! In a book with hard boiled detectives, and military men, and people from Mars (who are actually described as having a Texas twang) you would think that a professional narrator wouldn't have much difficulty coming up with a set of voices to differentiate the characters.
But no. He delivers all the lines straight, in his own voice, which sounds like..... your high-school English teacher. Perfectly pleasant, but out of place here! I realize that every Narrator can't be Dick Hill, but come on....
The narrator really took away from my enjoyment of the book. I will buy the rest of the series, but the old fashioned way: Paperback.
I enjoyed it and will pick up the rest of the series while I wait for B. Sanderson and P. Rothfuss to release their next tomes.
Nice to see such a solid piece of writing. I really liked both the characters and the writing. Very professional, very good imagery. I couldn't ask for more in a novel.
Works fairly well as a stand alone, not sure if I will listen to the rest of series. Narrative was good story was ok.
The initial part of the book was a little slow since it jumped around between character; however, after that it picked up and I found the story intriguing and much more energized. very interested to see what the syfy channel does with this as a television series.
I almost stopped listening several times in the first few hours of the book. Grip me it did not.
Yet I am thrilled that I stuck it out, because the book got better, and the series is wonderful.
I am captivated by the characters, the story arc, and the storytelling now that I am deep into the world these authors have created.
Bottom line: if you aren't captured quickly, don't worry. It is worth the wait.
Probably not. I liked it, but it's not one of my all time favourites.
I love his voice. It never bothers me. And it changes pitch perfectly for all the characters - it's subtle, yet effective.
I think a had a few hearty laughs at various points.
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