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The Vital Abyss Audiobook

The Vital Abyss: An Expanse Novella

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author James S. A. Corey...

Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.

The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

And then the man from Mars came along....

Set in the hardscrabble solar system of the Expanse, The Vital Abyss deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed series.

The Expanse (soon to be a major Syfy Channel television series)

Leviathan Wakes

Caliban's War

Abaddon's Gate

Cibola Burn

Nemesis Games

Coming Soon

Babylon's Ashes

The Expanse Short Fiction

The Butcher of Anderson Station

Gods of Risk

The Churn

Drive

©2015 James S.A. Corey (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 12-09-15
    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 12-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays!"

    I could listen to Jefferson Mays read these authors' writing anytime. I wish he would re-record the other stories that Erik Davies narrated.
    The Story itself is a good expanse side story with a little different background on the protomolecule.

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    David 01-18-16
    David 01-18-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A bit of background detail for the Expanse series"

    This novella (or maybe really more of a novelette) is one of several that the authors of the Expanse series have written, fleshing out the minor characters and events that were mostly off-screen in the main novels.

    The Vital Abyss is a sort of a prequel to the series, filling in some backstory. In the opening, we are introduced to the main character, who as a first person narrator describes being imprisoned in some station somewhere by Martians. We don't immediately know why he and his fellow scientists are imprisoned, but when their jailers begin asking questions and looking for someone with the scientific know-how to answer some mysterious question, our protagonist begins scheming his way out, no matter what the cost. So does everyone else, and this is when the clues that have been dropped begin to fit together.

    The narrator interleaves his current situation with his upbringing, and how he became the amoral sociopath he is today.

    It's an interesting story, though really only for the Aha! moment when you realize where this fits into the Expanse timeline. But I can't say it was above average, as it didn't tell us anything new about the universe and the protagonist is not the sort of person whose fate you're likely to care about. Still, anyone who's already a fan of the Expanse series should enjoy this.

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    Gregory 12-20-15
    Gregory 12-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    Do not respond to punishment, apprehension, stress, or disapproval. They seem to be able to inhibit their antisocial impulses most of the time, not because of conscience, but because it suits their purpose at the time. This short story about the researchers who unleash the Protomolecule. What could they have been thinking? How could they show so little regard for others? The Josef Mengele’s of the future. The story is ok. It is good background information but it lacks the characters who fight against evil and make the Expanse stories so good.

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    Ben 11-25-15
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    "These guys just get better and better."

    A compelling story, sympathetic and realistic characters, fascinating and technically savvy science.

    They have created a realistic and simultaneously fantastic world.

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    GEORGE Grand Blanc, Michigan 08-16-16
    GEORGE Grand Blanc, Michigan 08-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "short, compelling, smart"

    Surprisingly tense psychological thriller set behind the events of the first Expanse novel. Grim and well paced despite very little action.

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    Joe Round Rock, TX, United States 07-11-16
    Joe Round Rock, TX, United States 07-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The least of the stories so far"

    Of all of the major novels and the three novellas in The Expanse series, this is the one I enjoyed the least. It was a ton of background with precious little relevance to the rest of the overarching plot of the series.

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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    It was interesting to see the behind the scenes action from the viewpoint of the scientists working on the proto-mollecule and what happened to them after they were shut down. If you're enjoying all the Expanse books, you'll like this too.

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    I Am Ernie Ajax 06-30-16
    I Am Ernie Ajax 06-30-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great hold over for the next full novel"

    Jefferson mays does an excellent job at narrating the novel. This is a great little novella to provide some additional details on what happens between events.

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    shalonsmith 06-04-16
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    "it's just too good."

    I like it better then any other books in the expanse series. even if it is just a side story.

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    Amazon Customer United States 04-05-16
    Amazon Customer United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2011

    Project Manager; Gamer; Team Leader; avid Science Fiction & Urban Fantasy reader.

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    "The team cracks the proto molecule or...."

    Another amazing installment of of the expanse universe. And this one's read by Jefferson Mays.

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