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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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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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story, jarring narrator

Don't get me wrong, the narrator is good, but it's a different narrator from the first three books so all the voices and inflections are just off. The story itself is good, but weaker than the previous three overall

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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.

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Terrible narrator. Do not buy.

Narrator is so terrible that I'm not even sure how much it influenced my impression of the story.
Stay away from this audiobook. It's not worth it even for free.
Read the book instead.

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OMG don't buy this

The narrator is awful he is the worst he reads like a text to speech programme he's terrible skip this and go for nemesis games. The first narrator comes back. This is just terrible and I'm so annoyed at this guys awful voice

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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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  • 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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>Is this a useful way to analyse a book?

Any additional comments?

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

22 of 23 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.

36 of 39 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 26 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 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 01-11-17

Disappointed

Loved the series up to this point, and maybe this was as good as the previous books, however this book (as with other series) changed the narrator from the previous and the next two books. This is jarring and takes away from the series in my opinion. Found myself "listening" but not paying attention to the book fully simply to get through and move on to the next.

The style of the narrator is so artificial in comparison to the previous books that I found it taxing.

I do wish that this didn't happen to a series of books, and was something that they avoided at all costs.

5 of 5 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 10 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 15 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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/><br/>Shame as it distracts from an otherwise good story.

8 of 9 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 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Straga
  • 01-15-17

Terrible new Narrator. Read the book instead.

I have been enjoying this series narrated by Jefferson Mays so far but I only managed to get half way though the prologue before deciding to just read the book instead.
The performance is flat and read in a monotone that lacks normal human speech inflections, such as just plowing on with a sentence in a single breath where you might expect a small pause for a comma or a full stop. I found myself unconsciously correcting the narrator's errors in grammar which would drive me mad if I listened to the entire thing.

I would advise anybody wishing to continue this series to skip this audiobook and read it instead.
Luckily Jefferson Mays returns for the next audiobook in the series though.

5 of 6 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).

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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.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-21-17

A low point in the series so far.

Not altogether bad but it drags in comparison to the previous three. Elvie is a boring character and is given far too much time. This narrator takes some getting used to but improves as the book goes on.

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  • Steven
  • 04-12-17

Terrible voice acting

The voice acting in this one book in the series is incredibly distracting. I would recommend reading the paperback version if you can or reading a plot synopsis and skipping to the next book.

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  • Mat
  • 02-17-17

The narrator

The narrator was a real letdown for me and made it difficult to listen to the story and enjoy it. A good book but consider reading this one instead, I couldn't stand the narrator.

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  • kris
  • 02-12-17

Loved it!

It takes a little to get into it, but will have you on the edge of your seat!