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Abaddon's Gate

Expanse, Book 3
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 3
Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
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For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

©2014 Ruth Field (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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"Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments and twisty-turny mysteries" ( Wired.com)

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Lets just forgive everything.

This book ended my enthusiasm in the series. The following while contain SPOILERS. To make the villian (with a weak, juvinile motivation) so beyond evil to only forgive her in the last chapter is too much for me. If she would have died instead Id be fine but no, lets invite her on the Roci and make her a teammember.

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Great, but somewhat lacking.

The weak book of the series.
It feels lacking in contrast to the cacophony of characters and strong personality of the 2nd book.
The story and writing is impeccable, as the series are.

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  • 05-29-18

Too much internal struggle

I love this series, but I’d say book 3 had too much of an internal struggle

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really good

Nice entry to the series. Still enjoying the characters. Enjoying the new characters each book. looking forward to the next instalment.

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loved it<br />

I am so glad that the TV show made me aware of this series, they are both really great and the science parts are really interesting.

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  • T
  • 06-08-15

Another enjoyable romp

Another enjoyable romp from Corey’s “Expanse” series. Our heroes, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante, have new problems – as if the proto-molecule and all it has been creating weren’t enough already! This 3rd novel of the series sometimes lacked the break-neck pace of the earlier books, but there are nice plot developments, new characters to introduce and of course lots of action sequences. Same narrator, Jefferson Mays, as 1st two books – he does a good job.

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  • RJB1
  • 04-17-15

The Expanse Series Continues to Impress.

Any additional comments?

Although, in my opinion, it is not as good as the first two books, Abaddon's Gate is great continuation of the series. The Authors continue to flesh out their universe and developed well thought out characters. I eagerly await the next installment.

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  • Ivan
  • 05-10-17

Ran out of steam

Loved the first two books, but this one just drags on and on with very little actually happening. The overarching story is fine, but the filler is excessive and sometimes embarrassingly poorly written. "He was hoping X would happen, except that he wasn't". Don't think I will continue with this series.

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  • Jason Berry
  • 11-27-16

Good story, but performance clean up needed

The story is fantastic, like the other books great characters. certainly worth a listen or read.

Seems there are a few repeating sections - not sure if this is software related or the recording.

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  • Mr
  • 03-02-15

Could not stop listening .

Loved the story, some overtones of space odyssey with Miller character, but overall excellent and well narrated . I would recommend.

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  • Jack Johns
  • 09-04-19

Excellent book. OK narration

Once again a really great book. The narration is somewhat average though. It's not bad but he has very odd pronunciation of certain words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

A great jump

A great jump into the unkown for the comming books, it sets up the exploration of the galaxy in a brilliant way. preformance is on point as always

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-19

Great job!

The narrator is talented, doing a great job! He has a pleasant voice and creates an enthusiastic feeling into the story.

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  • Dan P.
  • 03-14-19

Great hard sci-fi

A great book in a great series, if you like realistic science fiction, this series is for you.

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  • Gavan Murphy
  • 01-31-19

Great addition to The Expanse series.

excellent book, characters are well developed and have all the flaws that you look for in heroes and villains.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-04-16

Great narration

Even better than the first book the series. Feels like he's hitting his stride. Love where the story is going. A brooding menace on the horizon, much like GoT's White Walkers.
Narrator, Jefferson, has been SLAYING it on these stories.
Have to say his delivery of the Indian UN official, 'Avasarala' has been outstanding.
Brilliant story enhanced by great voice performance.

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  • Kate Louise Webster
  • 07-13-19

A big diversion from book 2

I think my view of this book is coloured by how much I enjoyed book 2. Book 3 still follows Holden and his crew, but adds a few new characters including Clarissa/Melba and Anna. I loved Anna. She is thoughtful and kind, but also badass. Spending time in Clarissa's head wasn't as much fun. She is clearly suffering mentally, which is evoked really well in the writing, but it does seem to go in forever, going over the same ground. The ending however is perfect!

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  • Christine Button
  • 06-23-19

Does not disappoint.

Third book in the series was as exciting as the first. I enjoyed all the action & characters so well developed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-19

amazing story, amazing reading. as usual.

this series never fails to keep me hooked. and the reading is just as great.
thanks to both the author, and the reader of this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Great series but weakest of the trilogy

Although entertaining, this installment had a filler vibe through it. The stakes just didn't seem as high and some of my favorite characters are absent through majority of the story. Still worth listen though.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-27-18

Excellent!

Great Great! book, excellent addition to an already amazing series. Twists and turns make it edge of seat material. Highly recommend reading/listening.

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  • Jack
  • 05-19-18

best in the series so far

Excellent storyline. A significant amount more action than the previous book with a lot faster pace.

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  • Stuart Prince
  • 05-14-18

Loving it

Great narration, still remains fresh and interesting into the 3rd book. will definately get the next one.

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  • Javier
  • 01-14-18

Finished in 2 days

If you could sum up Abaddon's Gate in three words, what would they be?

This was a great continuation of the first 2 books. Overall it was a great book to listen to. I think it's probably the best book so far, but it was a little slow at parts.

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  • Timothy Lehmann
  • 12-05-17

Not as strong as the first two, but still good

Mays' performance is spot on, although the story isn't as compelling as the first two.