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The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.

The Expanse

  • Leviathan Wakes
  • Caliban's War
  • Abaddon's Gate
  • Cibola Burn
  • Nemesis Games
  • Babylon's Ashes
  • Persepolis Rising

©2017 James S. A. Corey (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Beginning of a new story

Persepolis Rising is James S A Corey's 7th full length installment in the Expanse universe. At the end of Book 6, a splinter group of the Martain navy defected to Laconia with a sample of the protomolecule. 30 years later, with the Sol system getting back on its feet and a fledging world spanning commerce enterprise beginning to take off, Laconia returns to impose itself as the ruler of all humanity. Jim and crew are still around and get caught up in the initial conquest of Medina station. Relative to the technological might of Laconia, the rest of human is clearly outclassed. Think Star Wars episode 4.

The sci-fi elements are in line with the Expanse universe. Laconia displays some unique adaptations of protomolecule tech with strange, self healing spaceships and powerful weapons with advanced tactical gear. Also reintroduced is the mysterious vanquisher of the original alien tech creators. The main characters have aged well, but this set (assuming a trilogy for the complete story arc to finish) must be the finale for James Holdren and crew. Corey also does a tiny bit of housecleaning with send-offs for a few long time characters.

Jefferson Mays continues to perform admirably with another excellent narration. The pace is easy going with good character distinction.

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Big leap in space and time.

What made the experience of listening to Persepolis Rising the most enjoyable?

Jefferson Mays as always performs this book with precision and grace. His character voice variances are clear and his dialogue diction is superb. The familiar characters are well written and remain true to their personas from the past books.

If you’ve listened to books by James S. A. Corey before, how does this one compare?

Whoa, so there's a 30+ year time lapse since the last book Babylon's Ashes. Which throws the reader off a bit at the start. The Authors do their best to quickly catch you up that it's been a few decades of frontier missions for the crew and introduce you to the governmental factions that have evolved since the last book but it's still an odd transition. It was necessary to advance the story and allow the new villain the time to develop fearsome new tech based on the protomolecule. Once you ease past that initial time lapse shock it's business as usual for the rough and tumble crew of the now very old and no longer state of the art Rocinante.

What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

All of it. He's fantastic.

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

I blew through this book. It had enough to keep you listening and I really enjoy the universe, characters, and story so it was enough to keep me hooked.

Any additional comments?

It's a set up book that lines up a big finale.

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Interesting, but I’m left unsatisfied.

I enjoyed this book and I enjoy all of the Expanse books, but I feel that the part of the book I enjoy the most is the world building of the creators of the proto-molecule. What happened to them, what is this race that killed them off and why did they do it? What other kinds of technologies did these proto-aliens leave behind? These are the sort of questions that make me excited to read these books and I feel like the authors are more interested in showing what the human race would do if they were to stumble across these amazing technologies. So, although that is an interesting direction to take the series in, I’m left unfulfilled after reading this book. I’ve been hoping that they will bring in some bridge to connect humanity with the proto-race the way that the Miller thing was, but it just hasn’t happened again. Here’s to hoping the next book won’t be pretty much completely politically driven, like this one and the last one were.

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  • Tim
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  • 12-29-17

Little More Pep

The seventh book in the Expanse series is not the books that I felt in love with. I found that Persepolis Rising to be too dramatic and slow for my ears to listen. I was hoping for a little more pep in the newest addition, but just like the sixth book, it felt very underwhelming. In Persepolis Rising, there were no heroes or heroine's climactic arc in the story. Everything pointed to the bad, worst, and evil. I enjoyed the first five novels in the series, but book #6 and #7 are total downers. I'm hoping that James S. A. Corey is not making us walk the plank in the final upcoming two books to complete the series.

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Wow!

Wow! What a story. Didn’t see this one coming. A real plot twist here for sure. James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are some of the best characters the genre of Sci-Fi has ever given rise to. The moral compass displayed by the characters in these books is like a breath of fresh air considering the current moral backdrop against that which we’re currently living under. These two guys weave a hell of a tale. There was only one point in the story which had a predictable outcome. Although the situation wasn’t. Can’t say enough good things about my new favorite series. Won’t say anything about the plot line as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Yeah made a fanboy outta me.

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Not the Expanse I fell in love with..

I just feel like Corey put 30 years worth of stories in the Trash. I loved the heroes in the Expanse and the Rosenate. Less than 10% of the book is on the ship.. It felt like Disney and Star Wars heartache....

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  • Robert
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 01-24-18

Really Disappointing

This book takes place 30 years after Babylon's Ashes. Jumping forward can be a device that can envigorate a literary world. This book does a huge disservice to the characters we've grown to love. Ending with such an ambiguous thud, we are really unsure where our heroes are left in the end. It does not build a world where there is more to look forward to visiting.

I really would have been much happier to hear about the 30 years of adventures we missed.

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 01-03-18

Climb into your crash couch and get ready!

To my dismay Persepolis Rising starts a full thirty years after the end of the previous book and I found myself instantly unhappy that the writing duo known as James S. A. Corey had decided it was time for the crew of the Rocinante to be getting old. All of a sudden my favorite characters were spending time complaining about the aches and pains associated with aging instead of kicking ass and taking names. Luckily the authors also put forth an intriguing story line that makes it easy to set aside those concerns. When everything goes to hell, Holden and company prove that despite their age, they aren't done just yet.

With thirty years gone by the seeds planted at the end of the last book have had ample time to grow and the new Belter controlled Transport Union has become a political powerhouse. The Earth-Mars Coalition may still have the military might but the Transport Union controls access to all the colony worlds and a new balance of power has been reached. However, this new peace is a fragile thing and when the missing faction of the Martian Congressional Republic Navy finally re-emerges old habits begin to resurface. Of course the crew of the Rocinante is right in the middle of the action and more than willing to do what it takes to set things right, no matter the cost.

By the time this one was over I was completely grabbed by the new story line and I continue to find the Expanse series as compelling as ever. So if you are a fan of the series then climb into your crash couch, hit the juice, and give this one a listen. Jefferson Mays is back at the mic and on top of his game once again so this is a good thing for sure.

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Nothing in the first 10 hours is interesting or really matters at all... becoming a theme for the series

Series has two major issues and they’re probably connected. Firstly the TV show “The Expanse” based on this series is better than the books. That isn’t to say either is bad they’re both good really good I just enjoy the show more. (Granted I probably wouldn’t feel that way if I hadn’t read the first few books, but that’s a whole different topic). The show took the best parts of the books and executed the ideas in new and better ways while sticking to a majority of the source material at the same time. Basically that leads to problem number 2.

2. TOO MUCH PADDING... this series seems like it’s been floundering for the last three books. It seems like the author has an endgame and hints at it towards the beginning to hook you in and then never
addresses it in the story again. This world has been built, there isn’t world building to be done at this point especially when you aren’t introducing new characters (this series needs a new big bad more than the MCU needs one at least those movies have an antagonist). Keep the action, military, banter, sci-if tech, biology, drop the Star Wars Prequels sitting around and talking entire time crap.

All that being said this book does finally get somewhat interesting and exciting ABOUT 10 HOURS IN. Get the cliff notes don’t waste your money.

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the expanse

When is the next one coming? Amazing! Now its time to meet the maker. The lag between books is almost unbearable.

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  • Epitome22
  • 12-07-17

Fantastic entry to the series

A great addition to a wonderful series, there's a time skip which will worry those of us who have read the previous books. Don't be worried, nothing major is hand waved away between the point of the last book ending and this ones beginning, all will be revealed in a compelling manner.

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  • Gyuri
  • 04-12-18

Kinda disappointing

It was disappointing specially after the genius previous books. It was quite extensively boring at some points, looong descriptions about things that's been described 10 times before. Like reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" for the first 40+ pages. Story structure very similar to Nemesis Games and Babylon's Ashes, shit storm in the 1st presumably the satisfying results in the second. No issues with that, but that "godmode" ship, jeez, it's like imagination ran out or something. I really thought i'll have a firefly like crew I can love and read about their journey, but, of course, every "journey" need to be about saving something exponentially larger every time. I'm sorry about that, and waiting for Tiamat's Wrath.

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  • Ryan F.
  • 02-20-18

Wtf?!?!

Wow... Just wow. The next instalments are going to be very interesting. Can't wait.

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  • Jon Harrison
  • 01-24-18

Top class sci-fi

Really good addition to the series. Avesarala underused a little again in my opinion. Loved the ex-force Easter eggs.

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  • Claire
  • 01-23-18

Cliffhanger??

Well, shit! Please god tell me there’s more coming, you can’t just leave me like this...

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  • jonb@armslength.co.uk
  • 01-19-18

Another awesome entry in this exceptional series

Great, moving the whole Expanse narrative to the next level. These guys really know how to turn the screw.

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  • Mr. S. Rafferty
  • 01-13-18

Great

The book starts slowly, introducing the new reality years on from the last book and builds into another clever, intertwined and action packed story.

can't wait for the next instalment!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

Persepolis Rising

Amazing that Space operas can still thrill. I love James Corey’s imaginative future tale and he’s banging the episodes out with no drop in quality. The narrator is first class come on James you’ve got 6 months.

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  • Andy E
  • 01-04-18

Good, but a bit slow

A bit slower than the other books, but a bit more character driven. Wish there was more on the protomolecule. Roll on the next book!

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  • Kierun
  • 01-02-18

Best avoided even if you are a fan…

Would you try another book written by James S. A. Corey or narrated by Jefferson Mays?

All previous books of the The Expanse are a good read and should be read.

What will your next listen be?

Not applicable.

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

Jefferson Mays's performances is great, as usual.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Space North Korea invades exporting socialism (be happy or die!) with laws of physics breaking ships. The best thing out heroes can do is escape and wait for some deus ex machina to fix it.



Yes, it is that bad. Which is a real shame as the rest of The Expanse is awesome and I am a great fan. This book on the other hand, is best skipped. Wait for books 8 and 9 as the Rebellion fights against the Empire.

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  • Chris
  • 01-05-18

I love it

excellent. just as good as the previous books, and left me wanting more. heartily recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-17

Great reading

Jefferson Mays brings the characters to life. This whole series is brilliant and this most recent doesn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for the next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

Not the best in the series

This is a departure from the rest of the series. Time has jumped and the story feels like it’s more of a set up for future events than a stand alone. Unlike the previous two books which did the same task of set up for the subsequent storyline this book doesn’t have as satisfying a conclusion to this part in my opinion. Jefferson is the master at this series. It is really jolting when it’s not him narrating the expanse. I enjoyed this novel more as a fan of the expanse than a typical reader although I think it explores some extremely valuable reflections on the nature of man and the way great evil is justified in the guise of the greater good

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