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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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Finally the right performance

Jefferson Mays breathes life into a weaker entry in the series with a wonderful performance.

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Good Story

Entertaining with good character development and interesting concepts of science and human interaction. Characters die, live, and struggle.

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Amazing series

What made the experience of listening to Cibola Burn the most enjoyable?

The narrator

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and plot have depth and the story weaves tightly around them

Any additional comments?

This is a must-read series

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great story and narration.

really liked it. wish there was more reveal to underline mystery. but an enjoyable story and narration.

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Listen again if you listened before

This WAS the worst book in the series. But now
That it has been rerecorded it is SOOO much better.

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Explosive, jaw dropping, edge of your seat action.

Wonderful novel and a great continuation. It did seem as though the narrator was switched part way through. The accents changed and I missed the original narrator.

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Awesome Space Western

I'm going to be honest I hesitated to listen to this one for a while, as I heard the new narrator was seriously lacking. Long story short this book was re-released with Jefferson Mays and I decided to dive right in, and I'm really good I did. The last two books in the series was good, but dragged a bit. In my opinion Cibola Burn is actually a step up from books 2 and 3, the pacing is much better and I enjoyed the new fronter/alien world setting of this novel.

There were a lot of characters as well as story elements in the first three novels that took a back seat in this novel. Cibola Burn is light on political intrigue and heavy on the action, so I can see why some might not enjoy this book as much, for me it was a welcome change.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed Cibola Burn, and this entry reinvigorated my interest in the series. Jefferson Mays was great as always, I'm glad this book was re-released with him as narrator.

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I'm crying.

What did you love best about Cibola Burn?

Jeffery (Jefferson) Mays. Also, James S. A. Corey, of course, but J. Mays bring the characters to life.

Since I listen to audiobooks at work, switching to reading text isn't an option. Thus, the performance is what I love best about Cibola Burn.

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

Jeffery (Jefferson) Mays. Hands down.

I don't think you realize how much agony I was in without the precious and comforting voice of Mays.

Storywise, the science and perspective are fascinating to which the author should receive credit. Often, when composing or consuming a written work, neither the creator nor audience delve too deeply into logistics and details. James S. A. Corey tackles this hurdle with finesse and grace. As a microbiologist, when it comes to space exploration and the journey of studying both microbial and newly found organisms, contamination and observation without interaction can be drastically important. The concept of space exploration is romantic and fascinating, but in practicality potentially tragic and horrifying. There have been a plethora of historical examples; whenever a traveler (i.e. Europeans) or specific biodome arrives, interacts, and integrates with a second biodome (i.e. the new world and natives with smallpox). There are vital issues and obstacles which would occur in real life examples that's reflected in the book. To this eye for detail, thought, and deliberation, one of the most memorable moments is the consistency of logistical, intricate, and minute elements of storytelling and world building.

Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

Comparatively, all of them.

No joke. I downloaded the book in 2016 but only got to it now. The previous narrator, Erik Davies, was a great disappointment after listening to the past four books (all narrated by J. Mays). Every second of listening to Davies' version was agonizing. Their interpretation of the characters, how they sounded, spoke, and acted was a tremendously disparate rendition to the established constructions and portrayals from preceding novels and screen adaptations. He made female characters seem weak and whimsical, whereas Nagata and Avasarala consistently and invariably demonstrate strength, headstrong, and badass capability. Every syllable enunciated in the perspective and voice of Miller was robotic, meek, empty, and... lacking. I cringed at every word.

Mays, contrastingly, is a brilliant actor and narrator. Their voice colors and brings the story to life in a compelling, enticing, and vibrant way that I have never seen done before. I have always been reluctant on audiobooks, but Mays has changed my perspective so quickly I got whiplash.

Anyone else's depiction or presentation would pale in comparison, especially when it comes to Avasarala, Holden, Nagata, Miller, and Amos.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a 20 plus hour book. I can't stay up that long without passing out unintentionally. I will say that I listened to this book at EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY that I could. I'd listen to the novel straight through my 8 hour shift and then on the drive home.

Any additional comments?

Erik Davies isn't necessarily a poor narrator; it's just that Mays has done such an exceptional job, no one else could probably do the Expanse justice.

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WOW!!!

Poor Science Fiction. If the genre were taken as seriously as "Modern Fiction", this book in the series would doubtless qualify as literature by the literary establishment. As a fan of SF it is not hyperbolic to say that this book has everything. I won't spoil it. I will only say that (1) As a story, it is brilliantly original. There is nothing cliche here ( a very rare feat in SF). (2) The book can stand alone even though it is but one part of a multi-book series ( A feat that is only possible in the first book of a series in most cases). (3) The writing. Of all the books in "The Expanse" series up till now, the quality of the writing is first rate. If you are a fan of high quality writing, you won't be disappointed. Writing quality is the main reason very few books in SF are taken seriously. And it is true. Most SF relies way too much on dialogue, which in most cases tends to be bad. The most common complaint about SF,in fact, is that while the ideas are original, the writing relies so much on dialogue that they read like comic books. Not here. It is quite heavy in dialogue; but what sets this book apart is simple. The dialogue is actually good. (3) Regarding the audiobook. Jefferson Mays is just about as good as they get. I had a very hard time finding a good place to bookmark it.

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keeps getting better

Great book in the series. Has a new frontier feel with this book. kept me listening the whole time.