The Expanse

22 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 57,611 ratings

Leviathan Wakes Publisher's Summary

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. 

Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

©2011 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK
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  • Book 1

    • Leviathan Wakes

    • Book 1 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 678

    Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First book on audible.

    • By Thomas on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Leviathan Wakes

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,052
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537

    The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Addictive start and then a slump in the middle

    • By Elley Murray on 09-28-17

    Regular price: $34.21

    Sale price: $6.95

  • Book 2

    • Caliban's War

    • The Expanse, Book 2
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 21 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438

    For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy. Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great sci-fi at its best

    • By Johan Karlsteen on 09-12-18

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Caliban's War

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 21 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4,313
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,934
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,924

    We are not alone. On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book of Great Series

    • By Michael on 10-06-17

    Regular price: $34.21

  • Book 2.5

    • Gods of Risk

    • An Expanse Novella
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,277
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,125

    As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, 16-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story! Weird narrator..

    • By bryan c. on 03-29-17

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  • Book 3

    • Abaddon's Gate

    • Expanse, Book 3
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 407
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380

    For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lets just forgive everything.

    • By Anders Stensson on 10-02-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Abaddon's Gate

    • The Expanse, Book 3
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 522

    For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best scifi series I've ever "read"!

    • By Jim on 10-30-18

    Regular price: $34.21

  • Book 3.5

    • The Churn: An Expanse Novella

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,319
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Hmm...that was weird

    • By B. First on 01-13-18

    Regular price: $5.68

  • Book 4

    • Cibola Burn

    • The Expanse, Book 4
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,231
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9,460
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,416

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jefferson Mays is back!

    • By Joe R. on 03-30-17

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    • Cibola Burn

    • Book 4 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 391
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389

    The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • written for TV but good

    • By Dr Roger Smith on 02-26-16

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 5

    • Nemesis Games

    • Book 5 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable SciFi, recommendable, with faults

    • By Raphael Huber on 08-06-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Nemesis Games

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,263
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9,448
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,414

    A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent bounce back

    • By Lore on 10-27-15

    Regular price: $34.21

  • Book 5.5

    • The Vital Abyss

    • An Expanse Novella
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903

    Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity. The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays!

    • By Brian on 12-09-15

    Regular price: $5.68

  • Book 6

    • Babylon's Ashes

    • The Expanse, Book 6
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,416
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,763
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,734

    The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • lots of filler

    • By Jesse Stevens II on 12-21-16

    Regular price: $34.21

    • Babylon's Ashes

    • Book Six of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364

    A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This time around the story just stalls

    • By Bert Heymans on 12-28-16

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 6.5

    • Strange Dogs

    • An Expanse Novella
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

    Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien worlds now within reach. But soon the soldiers followed, and under this new order, Cara makes a discovery that will change everything.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Expanse Novella

    • By Rudy Takahana on 12-01-17

    Regular price: $6.82

    • Strange Dogs

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    An action-packed novella from New York Times best-selling science-fiction author James S. A. Corey, set in the world of his Hugo-nominated Expanse series - now a major TV series. Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien worlds now within reach. But soon the soldiers followed - and under this new order, Cara makes a discovery that will change everything.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • riveting

    • By sachendra on 09-02-18

    Regular price: $5.15

  • Book 7

    • Persepolis Rising

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,476
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,978
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beginning of a new story

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 12-17-17

    Regular price: $38.49

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