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The Churn: An Expanse Novella Audiobook

The Churn: An Expanse Novella

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author James S. A. Corey...

Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, and the upcoming Cibola Burn, The Churn deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.

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

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    RYLAND 12-28-15
    RYLAND 12-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Best Expanse Story"

    This is a crime noir novella focused on a piece of backstory to Amos Burton from the main Expanse novels. While having read at least the first Expanse novel would enhance a reading of this novella, it is not necessary. The novella stands well on its own as a whole, fully-fleshed story. Much better than the other Expanse novella I read, Gods of Risk, which edged more on mere filler for me. I loved the way that, true to noir values, every character in The Churn is morally grey and broken. The idea of the Churn, while also speaking to themes that recur throughout the Expanse series, makes the events of the novella resonate with importance. Enough that, I gave this a second listening the day after I finished. The way these nobodies try to survive their harsh world made for a dark and twisted rough-and-tumble towards the inevitable ending, leaving me with a smirk. Good show.

    And I have to say, despite popular opinion against the narrator of Book 4, I prefer Erik Davies' narration over Jefferson Mays.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Decatur, AL, United States 02-12-16
    Philip Decatur, AL, United States 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad I could speed up the audio!"

    While in every other respect, the performance was great, the narrator spoke a bit too slowly for my tastes. Great storyline. Amos is a very interesting character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hypatia and the Fox-Dragon Planet Earth 04-12-15
    Hypatia and the Fox-Dragon Planet Earth 04-12-15 Member Since 2017

    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.

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    "Very clever!"

    Ah ha! I see what the writers did here. This was a great interlude in The Expanse. Vivid back story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandre 05-14-17
    Alexandre 05-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "change of narrator is brutal. "

    should a have kept the same guy. all the voice are different and us quite jarring.

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    B. Hendrix Dallas, TX, USA 04-24-17
    B. Hendrix Dallas, TX, USA 04-24-17
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    "Great backdrop story, terrible narrator"

    Seriously, this narrator makes the book almost awful. If I didn't already love Amos, I would not of been able to get through this novella. I love the back story for Amos, but I couldn't stand how he and the other characters were read. just terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Weitzel 03-23-17
    J. Weitzel 03-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow, but interesting"

    This book will only be interesting to those familiar with the expanse series. Slow, but informative in a psychological level for the main character "Timothy".

    I have to note that the narration was robotic at best. Erick Davies sounds like if you mated Will Shatner a Siri. I was able to make it through this short story but he made Cibola Burn unreadable and had to return it.

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    Lillian D. 03-16-17
    Lillian D. 03-16-17
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    "Good Overall"

    Absolutely love the story! But I don't care for when male narrators try doing female voices.

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    Shaun Grose 02-08-17
    Shaun Grose 02-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Background Story Nearly Ruined by Narration"

    Erik Davies continues his shoddy, stodgy narration of anything Expanse. The story is great, and adds a lot of depth to beloved characters from the series. but it's so hard to sit through Erik Davies' stilted way of speaking. Thankfully Jefferson Mays returns in The Vital Abyss, one of the other Expanse novellas. Hachette, please, if you can't book Jefferson Mays, don't use Davies again, I can't even with him....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 11-24-16
    Paul 11-24-16
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    "Unexpected ending"

    Having read through all the regular series this seemed completely unrelated until the end when everything fell into place and finally made sense

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tosbanzai 11-21-16
    tosbanzai 11-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amos..."

    Yep. He's still quite the badass. Call him Tim, Timmy, or Amos. Just don't call him Mr. Burton ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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