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Editorial Reviews

A colossal and staggering take on the future of mankind, James S. A. Corey brings his latest and arguably his best, the new series Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1 in full and unabridged audiobook narrated by the brilliant Jefferson Mays. This series depicts a populated solar system and the demise of Earth’s resources. Planetary unrest is brimming between the colonies, human and alien alike. With the fateful discovery of a deeply-rooted secret, a full-fledged war could be the ultimate ending of it all. This is utterly spellbinding. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Really good stuff

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.

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Excellent beginnings

One of the better sci-fi books I've gone through in a long while. Even though it is the first of a series, it also manages to be self contained enough for satisfaction from this book alone. You should get this if you like sci-fi.

Mays is a fantastic narrator, too. His Belter accents are especially well done. The only criticism I have for him is occasionally it is difficult to tell between some voices.

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great book

a great book once you get into it. it starts slow and is a bit of a mind boggle as to the different factions are yat first untill you get about half way through. other than that it's a great listen

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It was incredible.

Had i been reading it i think I would have got bogged down in the gap between the third and forth act but i am so glad i pushed through. Tme for the next one.

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Perfect blend of darkness and light in space

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.

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Brilliant Read

This is a great book. So much more than I thought watching the TV series. Loved the TV series but a lot more in depth to the story. Now for book 2.

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  • mr
  • 05-01-2016

An excellent audio book

A great story better than the TV show. Well recommended. One of the best SciFi books I have had in a while

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  • Sam
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Science fiction tech plus character development

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.

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complex and intricate

It is in depth and solid, the characters come to life in a totally natural way. Mr Corey has another fan.

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He said

I think the most used word in the book was said.
He said, She said.

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