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Publisher's Summary

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, 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.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart 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 civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.

Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times best-selling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate.

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 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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written for TV but good

good story interesting characters. Feels written for TV. Just enough to qualify as good but not great. When action does happen it feels right very tightly written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A good story, badly narrated

The change of narrator really made this a difficult book to get through. I probably wouldn't have stuck with if not for the knowledge that the next book goes returns to the previous narrator.

I wouldn't say that this book's narrator is inherently bad, but he did not seem to understand the characters who he was portraying. For example, Miller is made to sound like a robot, and his narration of Avasarala's lines is beyond awful.

The narration which just involves telling the story is fine, but this book is dialogue heavy, and as such the majority of the narration is quite jarring to listen to.

If you're invested in the series, there's still a good story here, so if you can handle the narration definitely still give it a listen...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not the greatest of the series

The story seems to have somewhat of a stand still in the middle of this book, but otherwise it's an entertaining read!

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Not the best, still a good story

I have quite a bag of mixed feelings about this fourth installment in the expanse saga. Some parts felt like unnecessary and lengthy fillers, and unlike the earlier installment where there always was a sense of larger things at stake with hidden agendas this book centers around one planet and the struggle between factions there. this is on one hand a quite welcome break from saving the galaxy (or at least the system) but also removes the feeling of a complicated game of hidden agendas. The main antagonist is sadly quite flat and another new character does only start to feel like a real person halfway through which is sad given the author usually creating very real and living personas. Having said that, this is still a good book and in particular one come-back of an old friend - sort of - is very welcome. "We need to talk."

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A different gear

Book 4 is somewhat different from the last three in terms of overall story progression, truth is not much happens to advance the main plot. Book 4 gives you a front row seat into just how humanity is dealing with massive expansion and a threat they don't understand. Like the rest of the series it keeps you hooked on the roller coaster ride that is the expanse, but I will be looking to book five for major plot progression.

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Room for improvement

Good book, very entertaining. What let's it down are the few one dimensional characters. There's no grey area or twists.

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  • Steve
  • Kinglake, Australia
  • 03-10-17

S t I l t e d

Narration is too precise and stilted. We are not supposed to even notice the narrators style, but be immersed in the story. Not so with this book.

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Reading disability

The narrator of this book sounds like he has a reading disability. His staccato way of presenting is quite disconcerting. I felt myself holding my breath at times. Although it was just a one off I felt myself rushing to the end just so could end up in mr mays warm voice. Onto the next one!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Read the book since I didn't like the narrator

Good book, first a bit confusing how it connected to the main story. Wished there was more Avarsavala in this book!

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I hate when they change narrator

The narrator has been changed from the previous books, and the new one has a horrible cadence.

The story is not as good as the previous books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mertaal
  • 09-15-15

Narration truly awful.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.

How could the performance have been better?

You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.

Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.

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

They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.

Is this a useful way to analyse a book?

Any additional comments?

Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • 05-23-15

dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!

god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • B.Watson
  • 12-19-15

Good book ruined by terrible narrator.

Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • mr
  • 03-28-16

Terrible narration!

the previous three stories were superbly narrated but I'm just going to have to read the hard copy of the following ones

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • david
  • 11-24-15

Awful narration

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

I tried and tried to listen to this story as i have heard the other books and so wanted to finish them all but i gave up after about 20 mins. The narraters voice sounded synthesized like the text readers you can get. I really wished i had looked at the reviews before buying this.

How could the performance have been better?

get a differant narrator

Could you see Cibola Burn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

yes

Any additional comments?

please redo this book using Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Smudger444
  • 01-27-16

Brilliant Story

This a re narrated version of the original. and thankfully with the original series narrator. very well done. This is a particularly good story in the series because you get a better chance to understand where this story is going..
Just brilliant thank you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 05-24-15

DREADFUL narration but the story makes up fo it.

Changing to a new narrator after three books was a Bad Idea. Changing to a new narrator who is terrible is an Even Worse Idea. His style when reading the descriptive text is halting with emphasis in all the wrong places, I could go on but I's run out of review space. Suffice to say if you see another book narrated by Erik Davies either AVOID or listen carefully to the sample beforehand.

Moving on, the story was well up to the standard for the series and I'ld whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first three books. I sincerely hope that the pending volume 5 will be narrated by the original guy and not Davies. Please, please, please NOT Davies!

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • hobbes
  • 04-09-16

Good story, awful awful narration.

Dear God, but the narrator was terrible. Fist-gnawingly, Hair-tearingly awful. Worse even than John Lee (who makes every story sound like he's auditioning for an amateur Shakespeare production.)
This joker just thinks he's Captain Kirk. Had to listen to it on 1.25x speed just to ameliorate the terrible random pauses in the narration.
Seriously. Just read the book. This will make your ears hurt.
Otherwise a decent story. Typical Expanse novel, full of action and goodies vs baddies.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • P. G. Thorneywork
  • 02-27-16

stilted narration

pity that the American narrator could not pronounce the words correctly. story was great almost ruined by the childish and forced reading in many places - terrible accent attempts too

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy Holland
  • 09-05-15

Great story. terrible narration

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

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Great expansive story much like the earlier books

Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

No. The one bad thing about this book is the stilted and unnatural narration by Erik Davies, especially since all the others in the series are narrated so well by Jefferson Mays.

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

N/A (its part of a series - there is a follow up book already).

Any additional comments?

Why oh Why did they swap narrators for one book in the middle of a series? Jefferson Mays narration was fantastic and Erik Davies is no where near the standard - I guess that's why they chose to go straight back to Mays for the next book.

If you have got to book 4 of The Expanse you're probably committed, so just grit and bear it for one book in the knowledge that his narration won't be forever and we can get back to normal service with the next book.


Shame as it distracts from an otherwise good story.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Gareth
  • 05-31-15

Loved the story, but why change the narrator!

As always these book continue to be an awesome ride filled with characters I love to hear about. Was super happy to hear from Bobby and Avesarila again.

My major disappointment is from the change of the narrator. Accents change, and types of voices, which in the case of Amos change his personality to me.

Apart from that, an awesome listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-04-16

TERRIBLE narration

Oh no! New narrator!
This guy delivered a stilted delivery and inhumanly bizzare inflection worthy of a nineties speech-synthesizer.
Way overcooked accents - British, German - and will male narrators please STOP voicing ALL women characters with this breathy, insipid tone that just belittles the characters and women everywhere.
Gahhhh, been loving the series up to this point, and this performance really took me out of the story. Thank the Lord Jefferson Mays is back for the next one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tias
  • 05-16-17

Jefferson Mays nails another amazing Expanse Novel

I am puzzled by the reviews here. The version I listened to was certainly narrated by Jefferson Mays, just as the previous 3 books (and at least the next book after this one) are. At the very least, as of May of 2017, the version made available here is narrated flawlessly by Jefferson Mays (rather than Erick Davies, who, google tells me, has also done a narration of this book).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • 03-11-17

Great story, didn't enjoy the voice performance

If you have enjoyed the series so far you'll enjoy this book too. New setting, Jim Holden and his crew plus new characters and as a nice surprise some minor characters in previous books are major characters in this one. There is genuine tension and excitement in this story and I lol'd a couple of times. It is science heavy, epecially when talking about biology but that made it more immersive for me.There was one thing I thought let the story down, but only a little and it's too much of a spoiler to name it.
What let it down a lot was the voice performance. The cadence of his reading with a small break in between each word disrupted the flow and really grated on me. Even some dialogue was read the same way. The voices of some of the characters were too similar to my ear and it took context or actual "..he said" for me to know he was talking. I got used to it all but it took me half the book at least.
Overall, still worth a listen if you love the series.

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  • Thomas
  • 03-16-17

Great story shame about the narration

Why Jefferson Mays did not read this book as he has done the rest of the series, I don't know. This new guy leaves so much space between words he sounds like a robot or someone with a learning difficulty. Luckily the story is so good you can ignore it but if you can find it read by someone else, anybody else, get that copy instead.

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  • Charles
  • 09-23-16

More disappointing than finding out you're adopted

The performer is garbage. Story is alright, very middle of arc though. Things happen but they don't really change things. Man this performer is bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-18

not as good as the 1st 3 ending is xiting.

episode was not his best work on story line but ending has inteoduced a new plot line that i believe i will enjoy reading. i may be a little hard though as i did finnish the story within 2 days. so you cannot miss it for context.

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  • Lachlan
  • 05-18-18

Another WOW!

These books make me want there to be an option for more than 5 stars!

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  • Luke Falvey
  • 04-17-18

Mays version is a winner

Jefferson Mays version.

May's nailed it again, the production is very professional and his voices are flawless.

For those that rubbished a previous version, I suggest trying this new one.

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  • Tim
  • 04-04-18

Great series with a fantastic narrator.

This series has me seriously hooked. So inventive and well written, and the narration makes it really great to listen to.