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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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Excellent book

I listened to it on audible and it's all I listened to whenever I got in my car.

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Missing Miller

Great story, Miller will be missed he was a favorite. Bobby will be coming back that's good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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30% too long with unbelievable plot twist powering the last half of the book . . . 😱

As always half the book is great. The other half is ponderous and predicated on unbelievable character actions that power the entire second half of the book.
And immense narrative padding! A main character is critically injured and we are treated to five paragraphs of his inner musings about how his skin feels and how the color tones have shifted as he considers some fascinatingly odd fact about the planet that he really hadn't thought of before . . . aaaahhhhhh!!!!!!
Makes me want to scream . . . (I actually do scream and talk to the authors as if they could hear my rants . . . )
I suppose you'll have to listen to this since it is a part of the series . . . Sorry . . . . . 😱

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5 stars is great (I rarely give this rating).
4 stars is good (given only to interesting and well-written books).
3 stars is OK (the usual listen I encounter on Audible).
2 stars is poor (and not worth the credit or the listen).
1 star is awful (and to be diss'ed and shunned and spread as thus through out the Audible Universe)!
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Dissapointing 4th installment

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoy the series, but would rather have listened to a synopsis and moved on to the next book than spend the time to listen to this one in its entirety.

Would you ever listen to anything by James S. A. Corey again?

Yes, the previous books in this series have been well thought out and entertaining.

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

Yes. His performance was excellent as before. It was the source material that was the problem.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless significant changes were made to the story.

Any additional comments?

Corey uses all the "cowboys in space" tropes that I love so well, and usually they hook me, but this time around the actions of the characters bordered on nonsensical at almost every turn. Characters in these novels have a propensity towards violence, but it was taken to an extreme in this book and the story suffered for me as a result. I don't want to spoil anything for other people, but there were several other elements introduced to ratchet up the tension which just didn't appeal to me. The character development was by far the most interesting part of the book, but it just couldn't wash away the paper-thin villain and the inconsistent behavior of the staple characters. I'm still going to listen to the next one, but if I could go back in time, I would tell myself to skip this one and read a synopsis instead.

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Definitely enjoyable like the others!

Was a welcomed volume looking forward to the next volume in the series and where it takes the crew.

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Annoyingly Predictable

It started with great potential but fizzled quickly. Though it often feels like even the author doesn't know what will happen next you can see setup after setup in the story.

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Great read!

Updated voice from Jefferson Mays does an incredible job. Overall story is as great as you would expect from the series.

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Excited to start the next one!

back at it again! I'm glad they've kept the same narrator - he's pretty great. The story was a lot of fun.

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Another good read

This latest edition of the expanse series took a little bit of time to enliven, but once it got going, it was great. Would recommend any day!! can't wait to start reading the next one.

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more action please.

work as much action as previous books but still the must listen in the series.