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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. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

©2014 Ruth Field (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments and twisty-turny mysteries" ( Wired.com)

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Great narration

Even better than the first book the series. Feels like he's hitting his stride. Love where the story is going. A brooding menace on the horizon, much like GoT's White Walkers.
Narrator, Jefferson, has been SLAYING it on these stories.
Have to say his delivery of the Indian UN official, 'Avasarala' has been outstanding.
Brilliant story enhanced by great voice performance.

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Great Read!

LOVED IT! was awesome, would recommend, reading the whole expanse books and also the tv show

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not good

The overarching story is interesting enough but the book is let down by one dimensional characters, woeful dialogue, a paper thin plot and repetitive and superficial narrative techniques. I really struggled to get to the (predictable) finish and can't see myself wasting any more money on the remaining books in the series. The earnestness of the voice performance is irritating... Not for me - even with the supposed realism of the Expanse universe.

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excellent but one important contemporary element m

as a hard sci-fi fan of old I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these books. Corey covers all the elements of good hearts are hard sci-fi projecting social trends and technological trends, and speculating on the nature of aliens. I was however very disappointed that he brushes over the development of birth bound energy by dismissing renewables in favour of fusion. it completely ignores the very complex synergies of decentralized energy production and distribution systems. it kind of marks in down as just been a status quo sci fi space opera brighter.

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A big diversion from book 2

I think my view of this book is coloured by how much I enjoyed book 2. Book 3 still follows Holden and his crew, but adds a few new characters including Clarissa/Melba and Anna. I loved Anna. She is thoughtful and kind, but also badass. Spending time in Clarissa's head wasn't as much fun. She is clearly suffering mentally, which is evoked really well in the writing, but it does seem to go in forever, going over the same ground. The ending however is perfect!

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Does not disappoint.

Third book in the series was as exciting as the first. I enjoyed all the action & characters so well developed.

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amazing story, amazing reading. as usual.

this series never fails to keep me hooked. and the reading is just as great. thanks to both the author, and the reader of this audio book.

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Great series but weakest of the trilogy

Although entertaining, this installment had a filler vibe through it. The stakes just didn't seem as high and some of my favorite characters are absent through majority of the story. Still worth listen though.

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Excellent!

Great Great! book, excellent addition to an already amazing series. Twists and turns make it edge of seat material. Highly recommend reading/listening.

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best in the series so far

Excellent storyline. A significant amount more action than the previous book with a lot faster pace.

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  • James Seviour
  • 28-12-2019

Amazing

After watching season 3 on TV I couldn’t imagine how much was missed from the book, especially my favourite character Bull. What a ride! Now off to watch the next season but I’m more excited to listen to the next book in a the Expanse series.

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  • Mr.Kock
  • 16-07-2019

Great, but somewhat lacking.

The weak book of the series. It feels lacking in contrast to the cacophony of characters and strong personality of the 2nd book. The story and writing is impeccable, as the series are.

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  • Anders Stensson
  • 02-10-2018

Lets just forgive everything.

This book ended my enthusiasm in the series. The following while contain SPOILERS. To make the villian (with a weak, juvinile motivation) so beyond evil to only forgive her in the last chapter is too much for me. If she would have died instead Id be fine but no, lets invite her on the Roci and make her a teammember.

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  • Alex
  • 29-05-2018

Too much internal struggle

I love this series, but I’d say book 3 had too much of an internal struggle

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  • Joel Bradley
  • 18-12-2017

really good

Nice entry to the series. Still enjoying the characters. Enjoying the new characters each book. looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • PunchieCWG
  • 02-12-2017

loved it

I am so glad that the TV show made me aware of this series, they are both really great and the science parts are really interesting.

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  • T
  • 08-06-2015

Another enjoyable romp

Another enjoyable romp from Corey’s “Expanse” series. Our heroes, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante, have new problems – as if the proto-molecule and all it has been creating weren’t enough already! This 3rd novel of the series sometimes lacked the break-neck pace of the earlier books, but there are nice plot developments, new characters to introduce and of course lots of action sequences. Same narrator, Jefferson Mays, as 1st two books – he does a good job.

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  • RJB1
  • 17-04-2015

The Expanse Series Continues to Impress.

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Although, in my opinion, it is not as good as the first two books, Abaddon's Gate is great continuation of the series. The Authors continue to flesh out their universe and developed well thought out characters. I eagerly await the next installment.

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  • Ivan
  • 10-05-2017

Ran out of steam

Loved the first two books, but this one just drags on and on with very little actually happening. The overarching story is fine, but the filler is excessive and sometimes embarrassingly poorly written. "He was hoping X would happen, except that he wasn't". Don't think I will continue with this series.

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  • Jason Berry
  • 27-11-2016

Good story, but performance clean up needed

The story is fantastic, like the other books great characters. certainly worth a listen or read.

Seems there are a few repeating sections - not sure if this is software related or the recording.

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  • Mr
  • 02-03-2015

Could not stop listening .

Loved the story, some overtones of space odyssey with Miller character, but overall excellent and well narrated . I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2020

Missing chapter names

The chapters are missing their names. The chapter numbering is misaligned, "chapter 2" is chapter 1, "chapter 3" is chapter 2...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-2020

Solid entry

There are a few characters you are meant to hate, and you hate them. I seriously had to think about morality, and what humans would do in such a situation as presented, O think the author captures our nature splendidly. It was a little slower and less exciting than the other parts so far.

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  • Rave
  • 27-10-2020

Slow but good

Slower and less action than the last book but don’t let that put you off It’s all building to the next part of the story and this book will make the next make much more sense Bit of a drag to get through but good nonetheless Performance of Jefferson mays is great as always

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  • AudioLemon
  • 26-10-2020

incredibly enjoyable sci-fi romp

The Expanse series perfectly marries near earth hard sci-fi and epic space operas of the 70s. Hedged in th confines of a physical world The Expanse takes its time to let the cosmic scale of the unknown unfold into it's universe. A fantastic book with a fan favourite narrator. well with the time and money. all I can ask for is more!

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  • Wendy
  • 12-10-2020

love this series

I am totally engrossed and will purchase all the books. entertsini g and esdy to visualize. Good narrator.

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