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Leviathan Wakes Audiobook

Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Gajdos 02-01-16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Granholm 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-26-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Anonymous 07-08-17
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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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    Jayne M Burdeshaw 07-02-17
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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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    Andreas Zacho 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Jeff Skrypek 04-13-17
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    Very good read. A bit one dimensional at times, but the world building was excellent. Very engaging story.

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    Kevin Newman Toronto, Ontario 02-02-17
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    "Great!"

    Great story. Good hard sci-fi. Compelling characters. Good ending. Really grabs you from the first moment and stays gripping the whole way.

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    "Hard scifi with a human heart"

    One of the most impressive scifi novels I've read in a long while. The fates of a deconstructed action hero figure and an ideal leader hero in a world too complex for his simple ideals intertwine in a story of an alien first encounter viewed through the lens of horror. Surrounding this all is a plausible, complex scifi setting and characters written with an exceptional grasp at the psychology of what drives people and why.

    Very highly recommended!

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    "5 Stars Across the Board"

    Twisting plot lines, well developed & interesting characters, and perfectly measured conflict. This story is exactly what sci-fi is when it's done very, very well.

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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • UchimataMan
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    "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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  • Sean
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    "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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  • Anonymous
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    "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
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    "excellent"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
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    "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
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Fowles
    7/15/17
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    "Solid story, solid characters, all good."

    This is the first decent sci fi book I've listened to in ages and thoroughly enjoyed it start to finish.

    Definitely worth listening to if you enjoyed the TV series.

    One of my favorite things was the way factions of humans have changed/are changing physically and culturally in different places, but this was interwoven into the story without paragraphs of history thrown in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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