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. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.
James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail. And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.
Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times best-selling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate.
©2014 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2014 Hachette Audio
As always these book continue to be an awesome ride filled with characters I love to hear about. Was super happy to hear from Bobby and Avesarila again.
My major disappointment is from the change of the narrator. Accents change, and types of voices, which in the case of Amos change his personality to me.
Apart from that, an awesome listen.
Oh no! New narrator!
This guy delivered a stilted delivery and inhumanly bizzare inflection worthy of a nineties speech-synthesizer.
Way overcooked accents - British, German - and will male narrators please STOP voicing ALL women characters with this breathy, insipid tone that just belittles the characters and women everywhere.
Gahhhh, been loving the series up to this point, and this performance really took me out of the story. Thank the Lord Jefferson Mays is back for the next one.
Why Jefferson Mays did not read this book as he has done the rest of the series, I don't know. This new guy leaves so much space between words he sounds like a robot or someone with a learning difficulty. Luckily the story is so good you can ignore it but if you can find it read by someone else, anybody else, get that copy instead.
If you have enjoyed the series so far you'll enjoy this book too. New setting, Jim Holden and his crew plus new characters and as a nice surprise some minor characters in previous books are major characters in this one. There is genuine tension and excitement in this story and I lol'd a couple of times. It is science heavy, epecially when talking about biology but that made it more immersive for me.There was one thing I thought let the story down, but only a little and it's too much of a spoiler to name it.
What let it down a lot was the voice performance. The cadence of his reading with a small break in between each word disrupted the flow and really grated on me. Even some dialogue was read the same way. The voices of some of the characters were too similar to my ear and it took context or actual "..he said" for me to know he was talking. I got used to it all but it took me half the book at least.
Overall, still worth a listen if you love the series.
The narrator was a real letdown for me and made it difficult to listen to the story and enjoy it. A good book but consider reading this one instead, I couldn't stand the narrator.
Sorry Erik, you couldn't match the narration of the other books in this series. It was very disappointing to have a new narrator, not least because the reading was mostly stilted and unnatural and character voice choices were off. I only managed to get through this by continually telling myself what an amazing story and series this is. If it wasn't for that, I would have sought a refund before the end of the first chapter.
This was a good read. A change in narrator was not the best decision but I got to like the guy pretty quickly anyway. The book bogged down slightly in places but still a good story. This seemed to tie off the 'Miller' thread but I suppose we'll see.
The performer is garbage. Story is alright, very middle of arc though. Things happen but they don't really change things. Man this performer is bad.
The narrator of this book sounds like he has a reading disability. His staccato way of presenting is quite disconcerting. I felt myself holding my breath at times. Although it was just a one off I felt myself rushing to the end just so could end up in mr mays warm voice. Onto the next one!
"A good story, badly narrated"
The change of narrator really made this a difficult book to get through. I probably wouldn't have stuck with if not for the knowledge that the next book goes returns to the previous narrator.
I wouldn't say that this book's narrator is inherently bad, but he did not seem to understand the characters who he was portraying. For example, Miller is made to sound like a robot, and his narration of Avasarala's lines is beyond awful.
The narration which just involves telling the story is fine, but this book is dialogue heavy, and as such the majority of the narration is quite jarring to listen to.
If you're invested in the series, there's still a good story here, so if you can handle the narration definitely still give it a listen...
"I hate when they change narrator"
The narrator has been changed from the previous books, and the new one has a horrible cadence.
The story is not as good as the previous books.
"Good story, jarring narrator"
Don't get me wrong, the narrator is good, but it's a different narrator from the first three books so all the voices and inflections are just off. The story itself is good, but weaker than the previous three overall
"written for TV but good"
good story interesting characters. Feels written for TV. Just enough to qualify as good but not great. When action does happen it feels right very tightly written.
"OMG don't buy this"
The narrator is awful he is the worst he reads like a text to speech programme he's terrible skip this and go for nemesis games. The first narrator comes back. This is just terrible and I'm so annoyed at this guys awful voice
"S t I l t e d"
Narration is too precise and stilted. We are not supposed to even notice the narrators style, but be immersed in the story. Not so with this book.
"Read the book since I didn't like the narrator"
Good book, first a bit confusing how it connected to the main story. Wished there was more Avarsavala in this book!
"Enjoyed this even more than the last one"
Another great piece of Sci-Fi with all ingredients to make it superb. I actually enjoyed this one more than the last one and can't wait for the next one. While it is feeling a bit strange to hear your familiar characters with a different voice, I like the new narrator and grew accustomed to him. Havlok was a bit off (yes, Havlok is back), I thought. The accents were really great though. Looking forward to the next book.
"Good book ruined by terrible narrator."
Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.
"Narration truly awful."
So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.
You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.
Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.
They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.
Is this a useful way to analyse a book?
Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.
"dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!"
god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.
"Terrible narration! "
the previous three stories were superbly narrated but I'm just going to have to read the hard copy of the following ones
I tried and tried to listen to this story as i have heard the other books and so wanted to finish them all but i gave up after about 20 mins. The narraters voice sounded synthesized like the text readers you can get. I really wished i had looked at the reviews before buying this.
get a differant narrator
please redo this book using Jefferson Mays as the narrator.
"Great story. terrible narration"
Great expansive story much like the earlier books
No. The one bad thing about this book is the stilted and unnatural narration by Erik Davies, especially since all the others in the series are narrated so well by Jefferson Mays.
N/A (its part of a series - there is a follow up book already).
Why oh Why did they swap narrators for one book in the middle of a series? Jefferson Mays narration was fantastic and Erik Davies is no where near the standard - I guess that's why they chose to go straight back to Mays for the next book.
If you have got to book 4 of The Expanse you're probably committed, so just grit and bear it for one book in the knowledge that his narration won't be forever and we can get back to normal service with the next book.
Shame as it distracts from an otherwise good story.
"DREADFUL narration but the story makes up fo it."
Changing to a new narrator after three books was a Bad Idea. Changing to a new narrator who is terrible is an Even Worse Idea. His style when reading the descriptive text is halting with emphasis in all the wrong places, I could go on but I's run out of review space. Suffice to say if you see another book narrated by Erik Davies either AVOID or listen carefully to the sample beforehand.
Moving on, the story was well up to the standard for the series and I'ld whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first three books. I sincerely hope that the pending volume 5 will be narrated by the original guy and not Davies. Please, please, please NOT Davies!
"Good story, awful awful narration."
Dear God, but the narrator was terrible. Fist-gnawingly, Hair-tearingly awful. Worse even than John Lee (who makes every story sound like he's auditioning for an amateur Shakespeare production.)
This joker just thinks he's Captain Kirk. Had to listen to it on 1.25x speed just to ameliorate the terrible random pauses in the narration.
Seriously. Just read the book. This will make your ears hurt.
Otherwise a decent story. Typical Expanse novel, full of action and goodies vs baddies.
"Another good story, spoilt a bit by the narrator"
Another good installment, enjoyable, if less so than some of the previous. The new narrator unfortunately doesn't capture the characters as well as the previous - and this makes it harder to follow. Overall though this is worth a listen.
"Terrible new Narrator. Read the book instead."
I have been enjoying this series narrated by Jefferson Mays so far but I only managed to get half way though the prologue before deciding to just read the book instead.
The performance is flat and read in a monotone that lacks normal human speech inflections, such as just plowing on with a sentence in a single breath where you might expect a small pause for a comma or a full stop. I found myself unconsciously correcting the narrator's errors in grammar which would drive me mad if I listened to the entire thing.
I would advise anybody wishing to continue this series to skip this audiobook and read it instead.
Luckily Jefferson Mays returns for the next audiobook in the series though.
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