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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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    Randolph 02-01-15
    Randolph 02-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Erik Davies is an intolerable narrator."
    Would you try another book from James S. A. Corey and/or Erik Davies?

    I would never listen to another book narrated by Erik Davies again. If Jefferson Mays re-records this book I would buy it in a heartbeat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cibola Burn?

    About three hours in when I decided that no matter how good the story was, I just couldn't listen to this awful narrator any more.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    He.sounds....like.someone.....doing.a.bad....WilliamShatner..impression. Also, his acccents are terrible (e.g. he gives Chrisjen Avasarala an American accent).


    Do you think Cibola Burn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure. I'll let you know after I read my hard copy.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record this with Jefferson Mays. I don't care how much he charges, he's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Reinbold Salt Lake City, Utah 01-20-15
    Matthew Reinbold Salt Lake City, Utah 01-20-15 Member Since 2013

    Matthew Reinbold

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    "Narrator change."

    Disappointed that narrator was not the same as previous three novels. and what's up with the heavy handed legal warning now tacked onto the end?

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    A. Marker Boise, ID USA 10-16-14
    A. Marker Boise, ID USA 10-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good mental chewing gum but..."

    There are a few too many predictable plot mechanisms that feel contrived. Would I still buy this to hear a continuation of an extended story that I've come to like? Sure. But it feels quite a bit more formulaic than the previous three.

    Performance is pretty good though I tend to prefer Jefferson Mays, the reader from the previous three books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 06-25-14
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 06-25-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Changed Narrator on book 4!"
    Would you try another book from James S. A. Corey and/or Erik Davies?

    I'll still read Corey. I'll listen to Davies if I have to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elvi was fun because she was like a child, all wide-eyed and fascinated by everything.


    What aspect of Erik Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have changed the fact that he was not Jefferson Mays. I hate to judge Davies like this (He's only doing his job), but he got the voice of every character wrong. I've loved these characters for several books now, especially Avasarala (I wanted to scream in all of her scenes). Even after 20 hour of listening, I could not get used to it. Davies wasn't bad, he was just not Mays. It was like when you listen to an audiobook of a series you've always read in print. The way they say everything is just .. off. It's a disjointed feeling.


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

    Yeah.


    Any additional comments?

    The story slumped a little, but what can you expect halfway into a long series. It was still enjoyable. If it weren't for the wrong voices, I would have really liked it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Striker Atlanta, GA 06-24-14
    Striker Atlanta, GA 06-24-14 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "A Good Book, Finally a Better Narration"

    My previous review and all of the reviews for this book were erased when the author finally replaced the narrator with Jefferson Mays (probably because of all of the scathing reviews). Mays has narrated all of the previous books and does a very good job. The narrator for this audiobook when it first came out was absolutely horrible.

    Having said that, I had slightly mixed feelings about this book. Corey's Expanse books really are science fiction masterpieces, however, this book had a few elements that irritated me.

    Holden and the crew are sent to one of the worlds through the newly opened gates. A habitable world is identified by a corporation and plans are made to send a scientific colony expedition. Before the mission can begin, a group of refugees looking to make a better life beat them there and begin their own colonization efforts. Holden is sent as a mediator to negotiate between the newly arrived colonists and the squatters that arrived first (and now want to start exporting their hard-earned resources).
    Holden experiences significant opposition from a narcissistic, dictatorial, and unstable contracted security force chief. Realizing that anyone who could possibly oppose him is literally years away, he essentially takes control of the colony.
    Holden must negotiate between the two parties, try to mitigate a would-be despot, attempt to understand the proto-molecule technology and systems left behind, and manage an outbreak of a microbe that is blinding people.

    Though this was a good book, I found the constant sparring with the security chief bordering on the absurd. Sometimes, Holden's "good guy" morals and attitude get to be a little ridiculous. While the security chief holds people hostage, kills people, and essentially becomes a tyrannical dictator, Holden's response is to talk...
    If a lunatic is holding a gun to a child's head, is lethal force not acceptable when there is no other option? If someone is actively trying to kill you and dozens of other people, do you hold back because you are the "better" person and you want them to get a "fair trial" when you get back home in 2 years? NO!
    I found myself getting frustrated and literally angry with the author for the absurdity of much of this aspect of the book.
    Although his writing is very good and other books in this series are excellent, this one just irked me a little too much than to give the story anything more than 3 stars, though I'm STILL giving a 4 overall...

    Narration was excellent as usual from Mays. Good to have him back over the narrator on the previous release.

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    Derek 06-21-14
    Derek 06-21-14
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    "THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!"

    This is so amazing! I love that they took the time to go back and have Mays record Cibola Burn! His performance is amazing and I immediately purchased the book to hear my favorite narrator. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bluebox Silicon Valley 06-19-14
    bluebox Silicon Valley 06-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth buying again"
    Any additional comments?

    I returned the first time because of the narrator, worth buying again just to listen to Jefferson Mays, and not even my favorite of the series, in fact one of my least, predictable story and characters, but the science of it was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sage Dreith Oakland, Ca United States 04-17-17
    Sage Dreith Oakland, Ca United States 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I want the old narrator back!"

    This guy pronounces tons of words wrong like Eros, anyways the old guy was better.

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    Vincent Jeffries 07-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Prefer the old Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Either Davies narration or the writing flattened out the characters I loved in the Mays-narrated books. I was able to finish this, but won't be listening to any more Davies-narrated Expanse books.


    Would you recommend Cibola Burn to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not. I would recommend the first three Expanse books narrated by Jefferson Mays.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This isn't something I think about. The narrator was good, but nowhere near as good as the conspicuously absent Jefferson Mays.


    Was Cibola Burn worth the listening time?

    Sure. I don't regret it, but enjoyed it much less than the first three expanse novels.


    Any additional comments?

    BRING BACK JEFFERSON MAYS!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chick 04-11-17
    Chick 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "good story"

    didn't like the reader, but still turned out pretty good. looking forward to the rest of series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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