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Editorial Reviews

A colossal and staggering take on the future of mankind, James S. A. Corey brings his latest and arguably his best, the new series Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1 in full and unabridged audiobook narrated by the brilliant Jefferson Mays. This series depicts a populated solar system and the demise of Earth’s resources. Planetary unrest is brimming between the colonies, human and alien alike. With the fateful discovery of a deeply-rooted secret, a full-fledged war could be the ultimate ending of it all. This is utterly spellbinding. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Far EastHumanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond.

Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

©2011 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro" (George R. R. Martin)
"A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series" ( The Telegraph)
"Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two." ( Financial Times)
"If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces" ( io9)

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First book on audible.

Loved it. Different than The Expanse series in TV, but I liked the crew dynamic in the book more.

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Wow of a story and production.

Second time for this book and will follow all books of the Expanse. I'm so hooked. Thanks guys.

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amazing story

decided to try this after watching the tv series. the book is even better than the tv show. narrator takes a little getting used to, but after a chapter or two you stop hearing him and start hearing the story. will definitely continue on with the series.

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Surpassed Expectations

Well Written. Much more philosophical, introspective and nuanced than the TV series. Still their complimentary.

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Sci-fi that doesn't forget the "Sci" in Sci-fi.

I moved the show on TV. But as usual, the book is more deep story wise, and I really like how the characters are in the books. It is worth a read even if you have seen the show.

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Good sy-fy

saw the serie and thought I give the book a go and they followed each other pretty well.
took a week of listening to get through and it was interesting the whole time.

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liked the show, loved the book.

I started listening to this book because og the tv-show. I was not dissappointed it is a great book, with good characters, drama and sci-fi. It is also well suited for audio consumption, which makes this a great format for it.

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Great story and well told!

I watched the series the Expanse on Netflix and thought it was great and the books are just as amazing. There's a lot more included in the tv show especially with the addition of Chrisjen Avasarala who's not in the book but the story of Miller and Holden is far more deeper in the book and there characters really drive you to wanting to know what happens next. Although I knew the story from the show the book was fantastic, well written, well told and listened to it all in little over a week. Highly recommended! Now I want to continue to read Calibans War!

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exciting

both the performance and the story were excellent. On to the next book in the series...

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A nice and surprising tale

A nice and surprising tale of interplanetary politics and terrorism. The crew is very memorable and sometimes quite funny.

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  • RG
  • 01-24-15

Great Work

Loved this book. Realistic characters, realist setting, excellent story and great performance from the narrator. If you want a real sci-fi story with real people in it then this one is for you. Looking forward to the follow on books.

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  • Mike
  • 01-27-15

A Pleasant Romp Through the Galaxy

Believable characters, spaceship, proto-molecules, space zombies, asteroids, battles in space plus lots more! A great mix and a great start to the Expanse series. Looking forward to Caliban's War.

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  • UchimataMan
  • 11-17-16

Sci-fi meets Game of Thrones engagement!

I started listening to this following on from the Netflix first season. Throughly enjoyable and kept me awake listening instead of going to sleep! I highly recommend this!

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  • Scott
  • 02-26-15

Detailed, rich and excellently paced

If you could sum up Leviathan Wakes in three words, what would they be?

Excellent Space Opera

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leviathan Wakes?

Who needs inertia anyway?

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

All three in this series, all were well restrained and avoided any over the top stupidity. Characters were subtly different and the story was easy to follow and engaging. Still listening at 3AM on a wednesday morning? Oops...didn't want to be up for work on time anyway.....

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt pride for the main characters achievements a few times, sad at others.

Any additional comments?

The story was excellent with multiple sub-plots all adding to an overarching story which leads through the series. Bought and listened to all three that are currently available, back-to-back without a break. As well written as any Iain M Banks novel which i love. More please, money waiting!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-17

brilliant

Absolutely amazing, gripping, extremely entertaining, gritty, funny in parts and believable !!! can't wait to read the next one! if u feel the same, give the tv show the expance a try x

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  • Carrie donoghue
  • 10-26-17

excellent

excellent story, good characters, can't wait to read more. also comparing it to the tv show.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-01-17

Even better than the TV show

I am a fan of the TV show and was curious as to how the book would be different..As usual there is a real serperation between the two mediums but were as the tv has to deal with multiple characters to make to more of an opera, the book centres on Holden and Miller as the driving force of the story. Absolutely absorb me for the duration. Definitely recommend. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Robbert
  • 09-13-17

Fantastic.

One of the best space operas ever to be conceived. A definite must listen if you like space, mystery and a great thought out world.

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  • Charalampos Koundourakis
  • 02-16-17

Loved it

Excellent sci-fi with a great narrator, what more can one ask?

Must have listened to it almost non stop.

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  • Sean
  • 02-19-15

Great escapist sci di

Thrilling story. Just about plausible predictions. Narrator sufficient but could be better. I'd like to see some multiple voice actors in future.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-23-16

Really good stuff

I'm really picky on my sci-fi and there are few authors I'll go back for more on.
Whilst this is more in the hard-sci fi / fantasy meets noir crime thriller in parts, it was the characters that won me over.
Narrator was great. Really really great. Probably a large part of why I liked it so much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-17

Excellent beginnings

One of the better sci-fi books I've gone through in a long while. Even though it is the first of a series, it also manages to be self contained enough for satisfaction from this book alone. You should get this if you like sci-fi.

Mays is a fantastic narrator, too. His Belter accents are especially well done. The only criticism I have for him is occasionally it is difficult to tell between some voices.

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  • Brenton
  • 06-23-17

great book

a great book once you get into it. it starts slow and is a bit of a mind boggle as to the different factions are yat first untill you get about half way through. other than that it's a great listen

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  • Sylvia
  • 06-12-17

It was incredible.

Had i been reading it i think I would have got bogged down in the gap between the third and forth act but i am so glad i pushed through. Tme for the next one.

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  • Dean
  • 06-09-16

Perfect blend of darkness and light in space

The space opera genre for me has never appealed, laden with excessive descriptions of physics and characters beginning and ending with the letter Q and precisely 7 apostrophes. This book changes that for me, it has colour and depth beyond the usual space trope, and a nice splash of humour throughout. Though there's still more than enough technology for the hardcore SF reader. Excellently read too. Highly recommended.

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  • Chocky
  • 05-26-16

Brilliant Read

This is a great book. So much more than I thought watching the TV series. Loved the TV series but a lot more in depth to the story. Now for book 2.

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  • mr
  • 01-05-16

An excellent audio book

A great story better than the TV show. Well recommended. One of the best SciFi books I have had in a while

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  • Sam
  • 02-08-15

Science fiction tech plus character development

I was pleasantly surprised: plausable and entertaining; attention to detail on the science combined with characters with depth.

I occasionally had difficulty with the narrator not distinguishing characters but it was an enjoyable reading overall.

Recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi grounded in science with some imagination thrown in, along with politics and time spent on character development and introspection.

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  • Leigh
  • 01-22-15

complex and intricate

It is in depth and solid, the characters come to life in a totally natural way. Mr Corey has another fan.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-30-16

He said

I think the most used word in the book was said.
He said, She said.

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