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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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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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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Fabulous as always!

I enjoyed the return to a somewhat familiar setting (Medina Station). The new "bad guys" are so powerful, but our resilient team Roci was still able to run circles around some of them. I can't wait for book eight!

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A good return to form

This story was a much needed reset to recapture the excitement of the first two books. Holden is still the annoying hero that can’t get out of his self imposed hero narrative but so many interesting characters were introduced or had bigger roles that Holden could be ignored. Ends without a pretty little bow and while normally I hate cliff hangers, this time the anticipation of the next installment makes the loose ends exciting.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • matt hall
  • 12-21-17

They just keep getting better

Things are changing, characters are moving on. Events have taken on a new momentum. It's hard to review this without giving things away, but it's safe to say that this is one of the strongest entries in the series.

The expanse novels have always had a way of building to a huge crescendo and then making everything seem like its been a prologue. Persepolis Rising is surprising and thrilling and promises great things for the next book and the end of the series.

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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

0 of 2 people found this review helpful