Far EastHumanity 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
"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro" (George R. R. Martin)
"A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series" (The Telegraph)
"Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two." (Financial Times)
"If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces" (io9)
I'm really picky on my sci-fi and there are few authors I'll go back for more on.
Whilst this is more in the hard-sci fi / fantasy meets noir crime thriller in parts, it was the characters that won me over.
Narrator was great. Really really great. Probably a large part of why I liked it so much.
The space opera genre for me has never appealed, laden with excessive descriptions of physics and characters beginning and ending with the letter Q and precisely 7 apostrophes. This book changes that for me, it has colour and depth beyond the usual space trope, and a nice splash of humour throughout. Though there's still more than enough technology for the hardcore SF reader. Excellently read too. Highly recommended.
I was pleasantly surprised: plausable and entertaining; attention to detail on the science combined with characters with depth.
I occasionally had difficulty with the narrator not distinguishing characters but it was an enjoyable reading overall.
Recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi grounded in science with some imagination thrown in, along with politics and time spent on character development and introspection.
S.A. Corey uses the bare minimum of words to portray his characters and progress his plot. Nothing is wasted. My only criticism is that it comes off a bit American, but this might be due to the accent of the reader, which grew on me as the story progressed.
"First book on audible."
Loved it. Different than The Expanse series in TV, but I liked the crew dynamic in the book more.
Great story. Good hard sci-fi. Compelling characters. Good ending. Really grabs you from the first moment and stays gripping the whole way.
"Disinterested, sleep-inducing narrator"
I'm sure this book is great, but the narrator is doing such an uninspired job of it that it is hard to stay awake, let alone follow what is being read.
Get a decent narrator and I'll give this book another shot.
"Hard scifi with a human heart"
One of the most impressive scifi novels I've read in a long while. The fates of a deconstructed action hero figure and an ideal leader hero in a world too complex for his simple ideals intertwine in a story of an alien first encounter viewed through the lens of horror. Surrounding this all is a plausible, complex scifi setting and characters written with an exceptional grasp at the psychology of what drives people and why.
Very highly recommended!
"5 Stars Across the Board"
Twisting plot lines, well developed & interesting characters, and perfectly measured conflict. This story is exactly what sci-fi is when it's done very, very well.
"Exciting start of a series"
Leviathan wakes is a SciFi novel with elements of a detective story. Great read/listen. It was exciting till the end and the end is just right to lead you to want to read the next part immediately.
"Formulaic and clunky"
Make it more like Peter F Hamilton. I did not care about the characters and it did not grip me.
It did have a clever take on advanced bio tech, but not worth slogging through entire book for. And I really grew to hate hearing about Pachinko machines.
And the narrator was horrible, hated listening to his voice.The guy who does the Peter F Hamilton books.
No, I hope not.
It was a novel trying to be a great space opera I guess. The author needs to learn from Peter F Hamilton. The story needs to feel real, to be alive, I guess you need to create an alternative world the reader can get lost in. It needs something truly sc-fi not cobbled together from 21 century earth ideas, but something truly born of the future, from its seeds in the past. I thought the Belters etc were shallow and uninteresting, I found the rivalry between Earth and those living in the Asteroid belts and Mars unconvincing, boring and pointless. I got what the author was getting at, but it was not a fun entertaining story, at least for me, and I have been reading sc-fi fi for 35 years, and love Asimov, Heinlein etc...
It sort of read like those boring military stories.
"A Pleasant Romp Through the Galaxy"
Believable characters, spaceship, proto-molecules, space zombies, asteroids, battles in space plus lots more! A great mix and a great start to the Expanse series. Looking forward to Caliban's War.
Loved this book. Realistic characters, realist setting, excellent story and great performance from the narrator. If you want a real sci-fi story with real people in it then this one is for you. Looking forward to the follow on books.
"Detailed, rich and excellently paced"
Excellent Space Opera
Who needs inertia anyway?
All three in this series, all were well restrained and avoided any over the top stupidity. Characters were subtly different and the story was easy to follow and engaging. Still listening at 3AM on a wednesday morning? Oops...didn't want to be up for work on time anyway.....
I felt pride for the main characters achievements a few times, sad at others.
The story was excellent with multiple sub-plots all adding to an overarching story which leads through the series. Bought and listened to all three that are currently available, back-to-back without a break. As well written as any Iain M Banks novel which i love. More please, money waiting!
"Great escapist sci di"
Thrilling story. Just about plausible predictions. Narrator sufficient but could be better. I'd like to see some multiple voice actors in future.
Excellent sci-fi with a great narrator, what more can one ask?
Must have listened to it almost non stop.
"Awesome sci fi adventure"
An incredibly well written, well paced and believable story with memorable characters that you really care about. Highly recommend this book to anyone and every one. i was genuinely gutted when I finished it. how will I get through work now
"Sci-fi meets Game of Thrones engagement!"
I started listening to this following on from the Netflix first season. Throughly enjoyable and kept me awake listening instead of going to sleep! I highly recommend this!
"Could not stop listening."
Compelling book and excellent narrator. I'm excited to start listening to the next book. I hope it's just as exciting.
"Written like it was stage directions"
The book was written as if to be picked up by a lazy screenwriter and copy and pasted into a script. The story has mismatched components, inaccuracies though is interesting. The voice acting is drier than an oven baked Ritz cracker and lacks any pleasing distinctions between characters making it harder to follow the rather corny story.
I love sci-fi and I hate the fact at the minute the field is strewn with such poor examples of the craft. I see that the Sy-Fi channel are making this book into a series. It might be interesting then, but to listen to it is not too good.
Peter Kenny, the narrator of Iain Banks books would have been an ideal choice. Ari Fliakos would also have been another good option, both are versatile actors with a good measured voice and good range of characters.
Disappointment, I had high hopes for this story.
This book scores slightly higher in my estimation than the Atlantis Gene which I thought was shockingly bad.
I was introduced to this, like many other people, by the TV series 'The Expanse' and as fantastic as the TV series is, the book is better.
The narration, however, was... adequate. Maybe because previous audio books I've recently listened were so transformative, this one seemed so comparably average. The pausing at the end of dialogue and the relative lack of intonation did not do the story justice, however it is still worth the experience.
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