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Cibola Burn Audiobook

Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

Enter a new frontier.

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave.

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.

And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.

Please note: The original recording has now been replaced with a new performance by Jefferson Mays. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording.

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

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    Joe R. 03-30-17
    Joe R. 03-30-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Jefferson Mays is back!"

    The narration has been re-done by the narrator of the first two books in the series!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    fandel69 03-16-17
    fandel69 03-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Book has been renarrated by Jefferson Mays-Thanks!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Previous narrator made me angry and depressed. Had to switch to reading. New narration by Jefferson Mays made me cry with relief.


    Any additional comments?

    UPDATE 3/30/2017 --- Yesterday I got an update email from Amazon saying that the audio narration has been updated:

    """Dear Audible Listener, We are contacting you because you have reviewed the title “Cibola Burn” by James S. A. Coery. The original recording has now been replaced with a new performance by Jefferson Mays. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording."""

    I downloaded the new narration and rejoiced in the sweet tones and characterizations we have all come to enjoy from Jefferson Mays. I almost cried. Although I am 2/3 of the way through the book, I am happy to listen to the rest via audio now because of this.

    OLD REVIEW CONCERNING PREVIOUS NARRATION:

    This review pertains to (mostly) the audio narration which is the worst audio narration I've listened to for any book in my life. I'm about 30% through this book at this point. The first three books have great audio narration and I was really looking forward to listening to this one. Where and why Amazon/Audible decided to hire this brainless and belligerent narrator is beyond me. Firstly, the narrator obviously hadn't listened to the previous narrator's reads of the previous books to provide any sense of continuity. Secondly, this narrator tries to 'act' the characters and does a really poor job. Unfortunately, he reads this book like it is a dime store Western/Romance novel. All the men have western cowboyish accents and all the women are read as either breathy or breathless voices. It is beyond distracting. And, even worse, this new dumb narrator's acting interpretation of Christian Avasarala is a out of breath woman on the verge of hysterics rather than the appropriate biting cynical political genius with an Indian accent. Those characters he deems not of the cowboy or helpless woman type of voice he gives either a super poor australian accent or some mixture of transylvanian/slavic (seriously sounds like a bad Dracula voice for someone with a middle eastern name). Even more unfortunate is that he has decided to provide an American Indian accent to the ghostly character of Miller. WTH!!!

    So, if you enjoy cheap western novels and want a book of the expanse series read to you in this way, you will have no problem with this book. If you've listened to the narration from the previous books and expect the same 'feel' of narration, skip it for this one. You'll go stark raving mad. There is hope however, for the subsequent novel narration as it reverts back to the first narrator. From wiki: This narrator's name is Erik Davies (you should be fired) and is only for Cibola Burn and the novellas Gods of Risk and The Churn. All the others are the narrator Jefferson Mays.

    Dear Amazon/Audible: If you switch narrators in a series, your quality control (I'm sure you have none) needs to require that the new narrator provide narration continuity. I wish I could get my money back for the audio purchase of this book. Please hire Jefferson Mays to record narration for Cibola Burn, Gods of Risk, and The Churn to replace the TERRIBLE narration of Erik Davies. Erik Davies should only be hired to record narration for awful cheap dime store Western novels. If the authors are reading this and have any pull, ask Amazon/Audible to fix this. You almost lost me as a reader.

    As far as the novel goes, it is a slow starter and more boring and world building type of novel than the first three. So go into it with that in mind. Maybe by the end something cool will happen but I'm not there yet.

    I got pulled into reading/listening to the novels by watching the TV series. Has been totally worth my time until I encountered this exceptionally poor narration.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Frak Marquette, Mi, US 05-17-17
    Dustin Frak Marquette, Mi, US 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mays rocks. Story is sluggish."

    If you enjoy The Expanse keep on listening, though this installment isn't the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    O- 05-28-17
    O- 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Re-narrated by Jefferson Mays!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Signed back up for Audible specifically for this re-release! It was incredibly disappointing that they had to go with a different narrator mid-series for this one book and I'm glad that they took the time to get Mays to re-record this book. It completes my Expanse audiobook collection and I can't wait to listen to it (ended up reading the book on Kindle because the original change of narrators was so jarring)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 05-28-17
    Jeff 05-28-17 Member Since 2008
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    "addictive"

    new books not coming soon enough, write more soon. Love the science and human pathos mixture.

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    Rachel Chastanet Chesapeake, VA 05-27-17
    Rachel Chastanet Chesapeake, VA 05-27-17
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    "Love love love this series"

    I just can't get enough Expanse! Makes me want to prolong driving or walking or even laundry and chores to listen more. This story was just as wonderful and exciting as the earlier ones.

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    Spencer G Fowers 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "another great book in the series..."

    But geez, SHOOT THE BAD GUY ALREADY! Liked the book. Great pacing, but by the end I was pretty tired of everyone letting the obvious bad guys keep getting away with really horrible stuff because they felt bad about killing the bad guy. I get it, it's a hard decision, but when it is "shoot one really bad guy or let 120 people die instead" it shouldn't take so many pages and disasters to come to the obvious conclusion...

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    Amazon Customer 05-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Delivers!"

    Hard read as it was more frustratingly real than the previous. Still worth every moment.
    Author portrays characters and environment brilliantly

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    Brendan 05-13-17
    Brendan 05-13-17
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    "Weakest link in the chain so far"

    A lot of other reviews have mentioned that the voice actor was sub par and I agree. In addition, this book is really fractured. It feels like 3 different books that have been mashed into one and are held together with random happenstance or lucky plot devices. I loved the previous expanse books and this one really let me down. So much so, in fact, that I actually shelved it for several months mid-way. My favorite part was the last chapter... And I hope that the next book really tees off the set up.

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    Katie 05-11-17
    Katie 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "omg, thank you Jefferson Mays!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    So glad this was re-done by Jefferson Mays. Book 4 was easily my most hated of the series because of the narration change... I don't want to say the different narrator was bad, it just was...different... 3 books with one reader, you get used to the voices for each character, the pacing, the diction... it's damn disorienting when you have a new voice for the characters. It was so drastic that it feels like I can't actually judge the content of the book on its own merit. Excited to give this title another look with the voice I associate with the Expanse.


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