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A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees.

The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

©2015 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." (io9.com on Leviathan Wakes)

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Enjoyable SciFi, recommendable, with faults

If you are into the expanse franchise this is still worth to listen to or read. It's great to be on the Roci with the crew and I really enjoyed it.

However this and the following book (Babylons Ashes) have really one big problem in their story.
--- VERY SMALL SPOILER - basically none at all ---

Something terrible happens, some bad guys do it, and even though it is very very terrible they still have the support from most of the fraction of humanity they belong to. Given the gravity of what happened it is not credible at all that they would have that support. Or not without at least a generation of brainwashing and isolation from facts. But that didn't happen.

It's really quite bad that the story kinda relies on the people being fine with that bad thing, so very often in that story I just got annoyed because of this. It's just not credible without assuming the that all the normal people are being extremely stupid, bad or downright sociopaths. And stories that rely on people, a whole fraction of humanity even, being stupid or bad really aren't well thought out.

Nevertheless: Enjoyable.

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solar system war: crew on vacation

another masterpiece of hard sf in near future setting with our crew and chracters growing from narative ache types to complete persons. clearly this is an interlude story preparing us for the next increments of this series and tying up loose character ends. Again an exceptional performance from the narrator.

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Rich, dense story-telling, beautifully executed

This, and the others in the series, is really near the top of my listening list from the last 20 years. It is so engaging and well-paced. Yes, there are a couple of really annoying characters, but I suppose life is like that and there are many nuanced and enjoyable characters to balance them out. I don't look forward to getting to the end of the books.

I would like to put in a good word for the narrator, Jefferson Mays. He does a wonderful job with the different characters, both male and female. His Avasarala is actually better than the book version: his Avasarala is a lady who knows how to speak properly and does not indulge in euphemisms. She says "arse", not "ass".

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Perfect.

Enjoyed it as much as first three books of the series.
Can't wait to continue it.
Definitely recommend.

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  • Steve
  • Kinglake, Australia
  • 03-10-17

Good again

After the poor narration of the last book, this one was excellent and the story line was top class, leaving us hanging and waiting for the next instalment .

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Thank god we our narrator back!

10/10 best audiobook I have come across. Thanks for this.
Hopefully someone explains the blunder of the last narrator.

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Yay!

I had to skip the previous book due to the narrator being unbearable. So good to have Jefferson mays back with the Roci. I've grown to be a part of the crew and can't wait to get flying again.

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  • Mr. S. Wallace-jones
  • 06-10-15

Stunning next episode

As usual a great plot and wonderful characters. Great to learn more about the back story of our core team and in such an unusual way. Thank you for bringing back Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

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  • S. Morris
  • 07-25-15

Space Opera At Its best!

Wow! what can I say! Just finished reading James S.A Corey's fifth
instalment of his Expanse series of books and I believe this is his best
book yet. Now, that's a pretty weighty statement in light of his first three
books. Granted, his fourth part of this series wasn't quite up to his
incredible ability to tell a ripping yarn but on balance Corey sets a very
high bar and so for those who have read his other books in this series I think
my assertion that this could well be the best to date is an indicator of the
quality and fantastic story-writing skills that is Nemesis Games.

Although this is Corey's fifth book in his Expanse series, it is by no means
the last. There is just so much scope for further books that Corey has an ever expanding canvas from which to work with. As with his previous parts to this series, we are left with a tantalizing and somewhat unexpected cliff-hanger that has left me chomping at the bit for the next book. I was fortunate enough to have picked up on Corey's work late enough to have all first five parts of this series available and so no waiting time for the next one. Now, though I'll have to wait quite a while.

Corey brings together all the characters from previous stories such as the Martian marine Roberta Draper, the cranky under secretary Avrasarila and even Clarissa Mau and weaves them into this story and pulls them all together in a very satisfying way like an old friends reunion but is integral to the unfolding plot. Nemesis Games also expands some of the core characters back stories and provides interesting insights into their lives before joining up with Holden.

This book also sees a welcome return to the job of narration by Jefferson Mays with his smooth and flowing style that is flawless and competent in its delivery.

Nemesis Games is up there with the very best of any authors work in the genre I've read and Corey has raised the bar yet again with this absorbing and riveting read.

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  • matt hall
  • 04-07-16

best of the series

hallelujah, welcome back Jefferson Mays! great performance, gripping plot, and a welcome shift in pattern to previous instalments.

can't wait for the next one!

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  • James Clover
  • 06-09-15

Great sci-fi adventure!

Real page turning action, more depth into favorite characters and epic story progression. Great work from the reader too, like watching the best blockbuster in your head!

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  • Daniel Raneland
  • 09-21-18

Excellent

I kept finding excuses to listen just a bit longer. Great book and great narration!

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  • Greg
  • 06-30-18

love jt

Excellant book love the series. well worth a read. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • S. J. ATTWOOD
  • 06-07-18

The Expanse expands the characters. ..

The characters have their own stories told whilst the main story ploughs on relentlessly.
More Avasarala, more Bobbie, more everything!

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  • Matthew Halliday
  • 05-31-18

Laced with intrigue and excitement

An excellent narrator brings to life story which finally gives each crew member of the Rocinante their own separate but interwined arc allowing for a lot of character development but the stakes are as high as ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-18

Brilliant!

As thought experiments go, the Expanse series ranks up there with Einstein’s dreams of relativity. I’m completely hooked!

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  • Nathan
  • 05-13-18

Awesome Awesome AWESOME!

This series i absolutely adore. Well written well read, the story flows well and the characters are great.

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  • steve
  • 01-24-17

Fantastic

A great chapter in the Expanse saga. Mays is great again. Thank you for sticking to the science and writing great characters.
Loved it.
Couldn't stop listening.
A must for sci-fi fans.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-23-16

Such a good series

Have been devouring these stories.
It's all about the characters. Though not a huge fan of the central protagonist, and sometimes the villains can be a little cardboard-cutout, most of the supporting cast are so much fun ride along with. particularly this novel, where we get to know much more about the crew of Rosanante (I know I'm not spelling that right but I have no idea how to spell it)
Narrator has just brought this whole series to life.
Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Katy
  • 12-17-15

im hooked now

very creative use of prevoous characters. bringing them full circle. psychopath murderers included. very creative sci fi political picture of earth. i want book 6!

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  • Craig
  • 09-07-18

What a ride!

Thrilling journey through the solar system. Starting the book thought I was about to venture out further amongst the stars. Only to be on the edge of my seat listening to an exciting thrill ride. Loved it.

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  • Tim
  • 07-18-18

A fantastic sci-fi

This series just keeps getting better. I loved seeing the story from the other main characters perspectives for the first time. I can't wait to get onto the last book!

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  • Stuart Prince
  • 07-15-18

Another entertaining listen for Expansers

A backstory book to flesh out the Crew of the Rosey, prrsumably so you'll be devastated if they die in the next book...

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  • Craig Lougheed
  • 07-10-18

Excellent

Another interesting book in an awesome series, going to download the next one now, good stuff

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  • Simon Boundy
  • 03-08-18

Seems like a backward step

This story feels like one of those episodes in sitcoms where all the characters reminisce about their pasts and have a newfound appreciation for each other.

The last book was set on an alien planet which was super intriguing; and ended with all the colony ships heading out to explore all the new alien worlds. Such a wealth of possibilities!

But this story is focussed on the events immediately afterwards on earth. Seems like a bit of a filler to pad the series out but I guess I’ll find out when I read the next book.

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  • steve
  • 11-11-17

Awesome Amos

Amos Burton is one of the most interesting characters you'll hear. His dialogue, as read by Jefferson Mays is quality listening!

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  • Sam
  • 07-18-16

Yesss! The narrator from book 4 is gone :)

I struggggled through book 4 when they used a ms dos speech program to read the book with the strangest inflection I've ever heard (who talks like that really, and how did the production get approved?) anyway the original narrator is back in this book and its glorious, looking forward to book 6!

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