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Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series.

A novella set in the hard-scrabble world of James S. A. Corey's NYT-best-selling Expanse series, The Churn takes the best-selling sci-fi series to the dark world of organized crime, drugs, secrets, and murder that shaped the Rocinante's mechanic, Amos. Now a Prime Original series.

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

On a future Earth beset by overpopulation, pollution, and poverty, people do what they must to survive. The Churn follows a crime boss named Burton as his organization is threatened by a new private security force tasked with cleaning up the city. When the police start cracking down, Burton and his footsoldiers - loyal lieutenant Erich, former prostitute Lydia, and young enforcer Timmy - become increasingly desperate to find a way out.

The Expanse

  • Leviathan Wakes
  • Caliban's War
  • Abaddon's Gate
  • Cibola Burn
  • Nemesis Games
  • Babylon's Ashes
  • Persepolis Rising
  • Tiamat's Wrath
  • Leviathan Falls
  • Memory's Legion 

The Expanse Short Fiction

  • Drive
  • The Butcher of Anderson Station
  • Gods of Risk
  • The Churn
  • The Vital Abyss
  • Strange Dogs
  • Auberon
  • Memory's Legion
©2014 James S.A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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What listeners say about The Churn: An Expanse Novella

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Hmm...that was weird

This narration is TERRIBLE. It sounds like Windows 95 text to speech voice synthesis. This guy Eric Davies has no sense of science fiction, and more importantly of the central character. His read was way off the mark and had zero continuity with the rest of the Expanse. As such, the end of the story lost all of its potential impact and contribution to to the story. This is a disservice to the fans. I won't buy another book if Davies is the narrator. Jefferson Mays is the bomb and should be the only narrator of the series.

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PLEASE no more Erik Davies!

If you could sum up The Churn: An Expanse Novella in three words, what would they be?

LOVE the EXPANSE

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Churn: An Expanse Novella?

Well, unfortunately... the narrator is NOT good.

What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

He is the most Stilted, Juvenile sounding reader I've come across in all of the Audible books I've listened to.

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

again, Love the Expanse, do not love Erik Davies

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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.

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Good novella, bad reader

The Novella very much feels like a part of The Expanse. Interesting story, notable characters and grey morals.

Voice acting was just bad. Davies also read the Gods of Risk novella and The Churn had the same problems with weird emphasis and pacing, although it wasn't as bad as The Churn.

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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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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....

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Amos Origin Story

This short book is a wonderful introduction to Amos and his back story. A must read for any fan of Amos!

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Nice Background, Slightly Confusing

This was a bit long for the amount of story it includes. It is a cool back story for the characters, but the length of time it takes for them to get to the point makes it difficult to remember what is happening.

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Almost unable to get through it. Not worth it

Story was mediocre at best. Narration was awful. It was as though he had never read the book and had no idea how the sentences were structured. It was really quite distracting from a story that lacked any of the great qualities of the other books in the series.

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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.

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