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Leviathan Wakes

Book 1 of the Expanse
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
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Editorial Reviews

A colossal and staggering take on the future of mankind, James S. A. Corey brings his latest and arguably his best, Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1 as a full and unabridged audiobook, narrated by the brilliant Jefferson Mays. This series depicts a populated solar system and the demise of Earth’s resources. Planetary unrest is brimming between the colonies, human and alien alike. With the fateful discovery of a deeply-rooted secret, a full-fledged war could be the ultimate ending of it all. This is utterly spellbinding. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. 

Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

©2011 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro" (George R. R. Martin)
"A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series" ( The Telegraph)
"Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two." ( Financial Times)
"If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces" ( io9)

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First book on audible.

Loved it. Different than The Expanse series in TV, but I liked the crew dynamic in the book more.

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Wow of a story and production.

Second time for this book and will follow all books of the Expanse. I'm so hooked. Thanks guys.

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a great look at humanitys future plus aliens

A great look at the social and economic issues that humanity will have to deal with as we venture into our local star system.

honestly wondering why the author felt the need to include the alien oogyboogie but at least it's interesting in its own right.

would have loved to seen this type of nearish future story without added improbabilities but please don't let this stop you from listening to this.

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Good read

Really enjoyed the world building. Miller was MVP, looking forward to seeing where the story goes after that final scene

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Good first book

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A Very good first book in The Expanse series.

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One day I'll be nostalgic about this story

A little slow to start with, a lot of action and not enough character chemistry for my taste. However, once it picked up it reminded me of Firefly, and the rest was smooth sailing.

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Glims to the future of space

i love a science fiction that pay so many attention to details.

i have never imagined politics in space like. now i have seen it. well, listened it.

i really like how the news are presented in the book. different people/faction will report different point of view of the news and thus it feels very real life.

i have never seen clash of ideas between characters. it is quite thought provoking when the two main characters come together and discuss an action. Both have solid, but drastically different point of views. it was hard for me to decide who is right or wrong.

the book feels like a detective story. keep digging through layers of facts to expose the real truth.

one of the character, Miller, has a really good character arch. don't want to say too much here, but i did not know it is so interesting to see a character spiraling down.

Highly recommend this book.

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departs significantly from the narrative of the TV show, which both surprised and delighted me. I'm curious about where it will go next

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Simply the best.

Great narration, good voices and love this story. can't wait to hear the rest of the books.

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White

The story is great – you already know that.

And the narration is great too, except when Jefferson Mays says "white" he actually says the "H".
Which every time makes me think about Stewie in Family Guy. :D

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-17

brilliant

Absolutely amazing, gripping, extremely entertaining, gritty, funny in parts and believable !!! can't wait to read the next one! if u feel the same, give the tv show the expance a try x

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  • RG
  • 01-24-15

Great Work

Loved this book. Realistic characters, realist setting, excellent story and great performance from the narrator. If you want a real sci-fi story with real people in it then this one is for you. Looking forward to the follow on books.

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  • Stuart
  • 10-01-17

Even better than the TV show

I am a fan of the TV show and was curious as to how the book would be different..As usual there is a real serperation between the two mediums but were as the tv has to deal with multiple characters to make to more of an opera, the book centres on Holden and Miller as the driving force of the story. Absolutely absorb me for the duration. Definitely recommend. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Charalampos Koundourakis
  • 02-16-17

Loved it

Excellent sci-fi with a great narrator, what more can one ask?

Must have listened to it almost non stop.

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  • Scott
  • 02-26-15

Detailed, rich and excellently paced

If you could sum up Leviathan Wakes in three words, what would they be?

Excellent Space Opera

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leviathan Wakes?

Who needs inertia anyway?

Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All three in this series, all were well restrained and avoided any over the top stupidity. Characters were subtly different and the story was easy to follow and engaging. Still listening at 3AM on a wednesday morning? Oops...didn't want to be up for work on time anyway.....

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt pride for the main characters achievements a few times, sad at others.

Any additional comments?

The story was excellent with multiple sub-plots all adding to an overarching story which leads through the series. Bought and listened to all three that are currently available, back-to-back without a break. As well written as any Iain M Banks novel which i love. More please, money waiting!

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  • Mike
  • 01-27-15

A Pleasant Romp Through the Galaxy

Believable characters, spaceship, proto-molecules, space zombies, asteroids, battles in space plus lots more! A great mix and a great start to the Expanse series. Looking forward to Caliban's War.

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  • UchimataMan
  • 11-17-16

Sci-fi meets Game of Thrones engagement!

I started listening to this following on from the Netflix first season. Throughly enjoyable and kept me awake listening instead of going to sleep! I highly recommend this!

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  • P. Macklin
  • 11-09-18

Slow

I Found the story very slow to pick up. The storyteller has no expression, his voice is extremely dull

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  • Carrie donoghue
  • 10-26-17

excellent

excellent story, good characters, can't wait to read more. also comparing it to the tv show.

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  • Robbert
  • 09-13-17

Fantastic.

One of the best space operas ever to be conceived. A definite must listen if you like space, mystery and a great thought out world.

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  • Kai
  • 09-28-17

Excellent beginnings

One of the better sci-fi books I've gone through in a long while. Even though it is the first of a series, it also manages to be self contained enough for satisfaction from this book alone. You should get this if you like sci-fi.

Mays is a fantastic narrator, too. His Belter accents are especially well done. The only criticism I have for him is occasionally it is difficult to tell between some voices.

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  • Sylvia
  • 06-12-17

It was incredible.

Had i been reading it i think I would have got bogged down in the gap between the third and forth act but i am so glad i pushed through. Tme for the next one.

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  • Dean
  • 06-09-16

Perfect blend of darkness and light in space

The space opera genre for me has never appealed, laden with excessive descriptions of physics and characters beginning and ending with the letter Q and precisely 7 apostrophes. This book changes that for me, it has colour and depth beyond the usual space trope, and a nice splash of humour throughout. Though there's still more than enough technology for the hardcore SF reader. Excellently read too. Highly recommended.

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  • Chocky
  • 05-26-16

Brilliant Read

This is a great book. So much more than I thought watching the TV series. Loved the TV series but a lot more in depth to the story. Now for book 2.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-23-16

Really good stuff

I'm really picky on my sci-fi and there are few authors I'll go back for more on.
Whilst this is more in the hard-sci fi / fantasy meets noir crime thriller in parts, it was the characters that won me over.
Narrator was great. Really really great. Probably a large part of why I liked it so much.

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  • mr
  • 01-05-16

An excellent audio book

A great story better than the TV show. Well recommended. One of the best SciFi books I have had in a while

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  • Brenton
  • 06-23-17

great book

a great book once you get into it. it starts slow and is a bit of a mind boggle as to the different factions are yat first untill you get about half way through. other than that it's a great listen

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  • Sam
  • 02-08-15

Science fiction tech plus character development

I was pleasantly surprised: plausable and entertaining; attention to detail on the science combined with characters with depth.

I occasionally had difficulty with the narrator not distinguishing characters but it was an enjoyable reading overall.

Recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi grounded in science with some imagination thrown in, along with politics and time spent on character development and introspection.

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  • Leigh
  • 01-22-15

complex and intricate

It is in depth and solid, the characters come to life in a totally natural way. Mr Corey has another fan.

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  • Stuart Richardson
  • 09-06-19

Great retelling of a great series

Delivery was good, but could have done with some different voices. A really good example of that is the Dirk Maggs Alien series.