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Abaddon's Gate Audiobook

Abaddon's Gate

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For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now.

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to 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 artifact. 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.

©2013 Jams S.A. Corey (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    David Hurwitz 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Sequel!"

    Abaddon's Gate is a worthy addition to the Expanse series and I am pleased to find out there will be another book. The two authors, whose collaboration seems to be seamless, have continued the saga of James Holden and his crew against the backdrop of a deadly conspiracy and a great galactic mystery. The story is exciting and well-plotted. I particularly like the ability of the authors to get beyond mere space opera and conflict to explore the human condition. There is far more character development here than in most Sci-Fi novels and the characters, with all their flaws, move the plot along, often with major missteps, because they are far from perfect. They misinterpret situations, are purposely mislead by others, and through their flaws, don't always do the right thing. This makes for a much more believable than usual story, even though the Sci-Fi concepts are way out there. Moreover, the political wrangling among the various factions rings true in our contentious political era in the United States. This is the best series I have read or listened to in years. My only complaint is that, at times, things seem to move a little slowly, and perhaps the novel could have been a little shorter.

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    Ryan United States 11-11-13
    Ryan United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Fantastic"

    Wonderful Writing, amazing performance.
    Totally captivated.
    A terrific end to the trilogy, Highly Highly recommended even to non-Sci-fi-nuts
    The substance to the story alone makes it worth while.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-06-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Great 3rd Chapter in the Series"
    If you could sum up Abaddon's Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Mind blowing! I mean the reach of the story is incredible, the characters richly drawn and the "bad" guys are complicated. I loved this series and cannot wait for the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Holden. I know other reviewers have trashed him a bit and I understand why. But he is such an idealistic, damm the torpedoes kinda guy...he makes great central character.


    What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

    He did alot of voices very well. Fantastic job, loved his work here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Melba/Clarissa comes to terms with her own psychology but chooses a different path...that I thought was pretty heavy.


    Any additional comments?

    Best series I have read since the Hyperion Cantos...old school sci-fi updated. Great stuff.

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    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-01-13
    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A Good Maybe Wrap-Up"

    I loved the first book in the series and thought that the second one was... not quite as good. The third is a return to form, concentrating more on the alien technology and less on political squabbles.

    The characterizations are a little better this time around too, and though we don't get anyone as deep or interesting as Miller from the first book the, the supporting cast is pretty good this time around.

    Although the story winds up in a semi-coherent fashion, I'm hoping that the authors decide to revisit the "expanse" universe soon.

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    Surf City Swami 09-04-13

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    "Delivers on Every Level"

    This is a rollicking space opera that delivers on every level. There's action, mystery, and just the right touch of awe. Jim Holden is a classic space hero. Reverend Anna is a true moral compass. Clarissa Mao/Melba Ko is a relentless villain with the hope of redemption. The rest of the cast of characters fall neatly into the good, the bad and the ugly, to borrow from another medium. The narration is solid, believable and not at all distracting. All-in-all, a terrific read and satisfying across all 5 stars.

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    Tim United States 01-12-16
    Tim United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Ships for the Mormons"

    The reason why I am so involve with this series is because of the humanity. I'm not too concern about the science fiction of the plot or even the space opera. I have read much better things from other authors with a lot raunchier space sex, but James S. A. Corey uses a different approach. "Abaddon’s Gate" is the third book in the series and my reviews are pretty much the same from the first and second, I like these books.

    So far, this is one of the best sci fi series that I have read. Really makes me wonder why I took so long to listen to these books. I'm still confused with the Mormons and building of space ships, but I guess that I will find out.

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    william spinetti Ipswich, MA, US 05-28-17
    william spinetti Ipswich, MA, US 05-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Generic but decent"

    I am listening to the whole series since I have have read everything twice.
    So decent, nothing amazing in terms of science or ideas.

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    Trillian 05-26-17
    Trillian 05-26-17 Member Since 2015

    I should have said it resembles tea.

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    "Best of the Series So Far"

    This is a great third installment. I can see how this action packed book is going to translate on screen next year. Has some new characters, but they complement the ones we know and love well. Looking forward to continuing this series.

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    SandStorm 05-19-17
    SandStorm 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great!"

    Excellent 3rd novel in The Expanse series! I'm not sure the tv series can hold a candle to this.

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    Zninelives 05-18-17
    Zninelives 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Finally some answers"

    If you have been reading this series you know there are all sorts of questions around the nature of the proto molecule. This book begins to answer those questions.

    There are some new characters that take Bobbi and Avursarula's place. At first I was doubtful as those two were my favorites. I shouldn't have worried though, the authors talent for creating secondary characters shines as he uses a Russian Priest and an unlikely villain to give readers new insight into the Expanse universe.

    Finally, the action sequences are perhaps the most compelling to date in this series. I can't wait to read the next novel.

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