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Tiamat's Wrath

The Expanse, Book 8
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 8
Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
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The eighth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series. 

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. 

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father, the emperor, doesn't guess. 

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. 

Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule - and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough....

©2019 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 04-12-19

Big moments as the series nears the end...

After the events of the last book, Babylon's Ashes, the Expanse series was clearly building up to a crescendo and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Tiamat's Wrath is the eighth book of the series, with only one more to follow if James S. A. Corey sticks to the current plan, and it took only a single sentence for the point to be made that this series is nearing the end. To keep things spoiler free I won't say what that sentence was, but know that this book is full of big moments and if you are a fan of the series then you will not be disappointed.

The crew of the Rocinante may be dispersed, but they are all playing their parts to keep humanity alive even if a myriad of other individuals seem hell bent on seeing it turn out otherwise. The story moves along from big moment to big moment and just like spending time with old friends it is over far too quickly. In contrast to the first sentence, which made it clear the series was ending, the last sentence lets you know there are still big things to come. The final book is going to be a doozy and I wish there was more than one book remaining because there is still a lot of story to tell here.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I do have a couple of criticisms. First, the humor that has always been a part of this series now plays a much smaller role, and second, it felt like some of the story was a little bit contrived this time around. Both are minor criticisms and far outweighed by all the good things, so ultimately I find myself just as eager for the next book in the series as always. 

Jefferson Mays narrates the story once again and I will take his excellent portrayal of all these wonderful characters over the TV series any day of the week.

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unfortunate bug in chapter 39

I'm enjoying the heck out of this story and performance, so it threw me when I heard the narrator interrupt their narration at the end of chapter 39 with the word 'four- oh-nine' before 'when they're not jokes'. I feel like I missed two or three critical seconds.

gives me a bit of empathy for the characters when they're 'Missing Time', I suppose.

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Absolutely incredible

I listened to the whole book within 24 hours. Absolutely amazing and right up there with the best sci fi ever written.

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For want of not revealing too much of this wonderful book...

I’ve actively chosen to keep my review what will seem overly simplistic, and moreover in no way fitting for this or any masterpiece, though I feel it a must. That said, I’ve already begun to listen a second time; for those not realizing the fact, keep in mind that this was just released (03.26.2019). That’s how good it is. And that’s how little I want to give away. If you want spoilers, read elsewhere. Thank-you.

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Fantastic

A great penultimate chapter in the story.
It concludes some storylines, continues a few others, and opens up a few more. The authors have done it again.
All the stars...

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Excellent series

Probably my favorite expanse book thus far. It’s been a great journey. Looking forward to more!

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Loving the series, 1 error in narration

This is easily my favorite science fiction series right now. To say that this is the story that I've been waiting for would give me too much credit for having high expectations and good taste in science fiction, and understanding too well its potential. I am surprised and delighted over and over again.

You've got interesting characters that grow and change, a good grounding in real science and philosophy (although the latter might be more appealing if it were more imaginative and less academic--kind of pins one to 20/21th century sensibilities), sociopolitical intrigue (even if this volume lacks Chrisjen Avasarala it's still a good book), extra-dimensional threat, and adventure on a grand scale--spanning more time and space than most other Sci-Fi.

My one and only grip is an editing error; at 14:40:25 the narration skips part of a sentence and seems include "409" in its place. The reading is otherwise excellent.

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  • United States
  • 03-31-19

Christmas came Three Months later

Toward the end of the year, I always look forward to the holidays. Not because family time, good eating, and going broke at buying useless gifts, but James S. A. Corey (pen names for both authors), always publish another novel in the Expanse series usually in December. I wasn't a fan of "Persepolis Rising" for obvious reasons that I won't write about, but "Tiamat's Wrath" redeemed this series by 10 folds.

I couldn't get enough of this book. Each time I fell asleep in the evenings while listing, I needed to go back to see what I'd missed. These authors came back firing with all thrusters and #8 was exactly what I was hoping for. My only complaint is when they thanked George R. R. Martin at the beginning of the book. We all know that Martin doesn't finish anything!

Christmas came three months later and it brought me great joy at reading this book. I'm hoping it won't take Corey(s) too long to finish the Expanse. After finishing up "Tiamat's Wrath", I'm more stoked on how Amazon will continue on with the tv show.

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Way too phylisophical

Easily the worst book of the series.
The author spent the whole book being boringly philosophical, to the point that even the VERY RARE battles had no excitement at all. Just flat and lifeless.
The book just droned on and on about meaningless chatter, like; "Holden held his toothbrush against his teath wondering if he should wiggle it up and down like his elementary teacher had told him, or back and forth in the common way. ..."

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can't wait for the next one

another brilliant installment! this was my favorite thus far, even with the a few challenging plot elements.

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  • Chris I
  • 04-05-19

Yet another outstanding sequel

Having read (listened to) all the previous books in the series I had been eagerly awaiting this next episode. I was not disappointed. Yet again Corey succeeds in upping the ante yet again; expanding the vision of the Expanse universe and delivers a storyline which is full of action and human drama. The story is at once thrilling, moving and funny. How long do I have to wait for the next one.....

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  • Ben
  • 07-23-19

Fantastic Penultimate Novel

A lot of the more negative reviews bemoan how much the series has moved on from its first instalments. On the contrary, I think this is its strength. It would have been boring to have the same crew of the Roci careen from one episodic arc to another like Scooby and the gang. It would've been unbelievable if they were always centre stage and always protected by plot armour. I found it far more interesting to see how the old crew had to adapt to new circumstances, and seeing the newer cast take on increasingly pivotal roles. Tiamat's Wrath had everything, the big space battles with hard sci-fi elements, court intrigue with peril simmering under the surface, weirdness of protomolecule derived tech, and more tantalising exposition on the ring builders, their demise, and the looming threat of the dark gods. Satisfying bad guy deaths, meaningful good guy deaths, plot twists, penny dropping moments, and everything tidily poised at the end for the big finale. By far one of the best Expanse novels.

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  • Valisk_61
  • 05-30-19

Oookayyyy - ish

I think I'm continuing with this series just because of fond memories of what it once was.

The young, fresh characters and the excellent Earth, Mars, Belt dynamic are long gone. For me, the series started to tail off with Cibola Burn and each subsequent story hasn't reached anywhere near the heights of the original trio of books.

Would you rather have Holden isolated and calmly planning his next move from an open prison or tearing around the solar system causing havoc in a stolen Martian gunship?

Having said that, I'll probably buy the next instalment.

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  • Matterbeam
  • 04-30-19

It made getting here worthwhile.

It flips the table on the events of the previous 2 books while following the stories of the 'main cast'. The tone has derinitely shifted to alien-mystery space opera, but the transition is smooth and logical.

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  • D
  • 09-09-19

Brilliant

Jefferson Mays narration is brilliant as ever loved the story another great instalment of the series bring on the next one

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  • Mike
  • 08-09-19

How long til book 9?!!!

Loved it, moved the story in ways I couldn't have even guessed. The disparate crew of the Rosinante in separate storylines face the Empire in probably the list thrilling book yet. Love this series.

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  • Mr
  • 04-04-19

Unsatisfying

This was an odd book for me personally. Well written and brilliantly performed of course, but I found large sections dull. I ended up following characters I really don't care that much about, meanwhile my favorites are consigned to a second tier role.

The action is sparse and left me empty whereas in the past this was a strong point. The book once again leaves us needing more, but I think the story could have moved further on by carving out a lot of the excess fat.

I found most of the book depressing and the Laconians illogical.

Now there will presumably be a long wait for the next installment while I don't feel this one gave me enough of a fix.

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  • A J MCGARRY
  • 10-07-19

surprising conclusion

compelling book as usual, The Expanse develops with every book creating a rich background. This includes the core characters and storyline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-19

Best in the series so far!

Loved it! Characters written really well, story was brilliant, great surprises. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • JJC
  • 08-21-19

Really good latest addition to the series

This Expanse series has been amazingly effective at drawing you in to the whole saga, book after book. If at times I became a little confused about who was who and where we were at a precise point in the story, it actually didn't matter in the end as you remain engrossed in the whole narrative flow and feel compelled to find out what happens next and how the Rocinante crew are going to prevail, or not...

(spoiler alert ! ) I thought the incidental discovery and subsequent deployment of the anti-matter was a bit of a slack plot device, but, whatever, it's just a sci-fi story after all and the drama unfolded thereafter really well. At times it gets a bit overwhelming with detail and description, but I can live with that as part of the overall flow.

I find myself genuinely looking forward to the next book, but am wondering how long Holden and crew can keep going as they're getting pretty old now, despite the advances in human lifespan - and I'm not sure it would be so compelling without the core central heroic characters who we have grown to 'love'. Very well read and recommended!

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  • Peter
  • 03-30-19

Great read, sorry its over. Hope there is a seque

Great read, sorry its over. Hope there is a sequel soon. cannot wait, hopefully before end of year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-19

A fitting end to a superb Expanse series

Congratulations to the authors and narrator for a superbly produced series. Against the backdrop of the human life cycle, everyone in the series ages naturally. The bodies of the dictators and power-grabbers do not know they are dictators and mortal. That's a good aspect. I enjoyed the authors' intelligence, deep understanding of language and character evolution, and will return to this series again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

Missed opportunity.

I love this series, but I felt they could have been more adventurous with this book. The first half opened up with some interesting plot lines with a dark new force threatening humanity, but then they dropped that and got back into the political military soap opera stuff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-19

Back to form

This is a great GREAT continuation of this series. I found the preceding story quite jarring as it was a sort of “resetting of the board.” This instalment returns to the sweeping grand story told through the perspectives of highly realised characters and shifting political and philosophical views of the established universe. There are some very emotional moments and regular twists of fate thrown at the characters by the setting and their interactions with it and each other. I was drawn in early on and remained engaged to the last word. Get this book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-19

moments of pure pleasure and pain

all things change and the series has as well and just like life it's a mixed bag . I could go into blah this and blah that.......but why bother if you read this your already going to get the book.

not everything is there but enough to invest the time for a decent return.. Sava?

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  • Sam
  • 10-03-19

As good as I was expecting it

Though I hate having expectations and being let down but this was a nice surprise and a great setup for the next book. narrator perfect as always, and the sync between amazon ebooks and audio book to read or listen given the circumstance.

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  • Thomas
  • 10-01-19

A good ride

Maybe not the series most insightful but a the story is a good ride.

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  • Nick
  • 08-27-19

Excellent

Follows on from previous excellent books in the series , and is in turn excellent. He built a universe!

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  • Tim
  • 05-28-19

Another fantastic installment

I don't think I've ever read or watched the 8th episode of anything and found it to be still worthy of the originals, but Tiamat's Wrath is easily worthy. The story is well-written, the characters are intelligent and relateable, and the science is wonderfully accurate. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • David T
  • 05-24-19

Solid. But wanted a little more at the end.

I think it was weird to have jumped the timeline the way they did earlier in the series. Had they not have done that it would be a very different plot. But this was decent. Some crazy stuff happens. I feel like one or two more chapters could have wrapped it up a little better. I think I read somewhere that this was the last one, so really think it needs just a tad more. But overall, quite good.
Narrator was ok, good performance. But at first I didn't think his voice was the right fit. I got used to it and thought he did a good job in the end.