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Tiamat's Wrath

The Expanse, Book 8
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 8
Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
5 out of 5 stars (331 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. 

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father, the emperor, doesn't guess. 

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. 

Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule - and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough....

©2019 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Great read, sorry its over. Hope there is a seque

Great read, sorry its over. Hope there is a sequel soon. cannot wait, hopefully before end of year.

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Missed opportunity.

I love this series, but I felt they could have been more adventurous with this book. The first half opened up with some interesting plot lines with a dark new force threatening humanity, but then they dropped that and got back into the political military soap opera stuff.

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Back to form

This is a great GREAT continuation of this series. I found the preceding story quite jarring as it was a sort of “resetting of the board.” This instalment returns to the sweeping grand story told through the perspectives of highly realised characters and shifting political and philosophical views of the established universe. There are some very emotional moments and regular twists of fate thrown at the characters by the setting and their interactions with it and each other. I was drawn in early on and remained engaged to the last word. Get this book!!!

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A fitting end to a superb Expanse series

Congratulations to the authors and narrator for a superbly produced series. Against the backdrop of the human life cycle, everyone in the series ages naturally. The bodies of the dictators and power-grabbers do not know they are dictators and mortal. That's a good aspect. I enjoyed the authors' intelligence, deep understanding of language and character evolution, and will return to this series again and again.

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  • Tim
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 28-05-2019

Another fantastic installment

I don't think I've ever read or watched the 8th episode of anything and found it to be still worthy of the originals, but Tiamat's Wrath is easily worthy. The story is well-written, the characters are intelligent and relateable, and the science is wonderfully accurate. Can't wait for the next one.

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Solid. But wanted a little more at the end.

I think it was weird to have jumped the timeline the way they did earlier in the series. Had they not have done that it would be a very different plot. But this was decent. Some crazy stuff happens. I feel like one or two more chapters could have wrapped it up a little better. I think I read somewhere that this was the last one, so really think it needs just a tad more. But overall, quite good.
Narrator was ok, good performance. But at first I didn't think his voice was the right fit. I got used to it and thought he did a good job in the end.

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Consistently surprised by how good these books are

Damn. It was just so damn solid. From the start till the end, the characters, the ever changing story and the narration is great as well!

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  • Rick
  • Perth, Australia
  • 03-05-2019

Loved it!

I've enjoyed the series so far, but as I got this book I was wondering how long this story can stay interesting. The answer is at least one more book. This was great, the characters continue to grow and change, not everything works out so you're always wondering, the narrator is awesome as usual, you always know who is talking even when it's not stated. I just liked everything about this book.

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Fantastic story, expertly produced.

Loved this series from the first book and this one is more of that quality.

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  • Dr
  • 27-04-2019

Fantastic Continuation to Expanse

I loved the rest, and this made me love them all more. Nailed the characters, plot, pace, surprise all in one. Magnificent!

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  • Lore
  • 12-04-2019

Big moments as the series nears the end...

After the events of the last book, Babylon's Ashes, the Expanse series was clearly building up to a crescendo and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Tiamat's Wrath is the eighth book of the series, with only one more to follow if James S. A. Corey sticks to the current plan, and it took only a single sentence for the point to be made that this series is nearing the end. To keep things spoiler free I won't say what that sentence was, but know that this book is full of big moments and if you are a fan of the series then you will not be disappointed.

The crew of the Rocinante may be dispersed, but they are all playing their parts to keep humanity alive even if a myriad of other individuals seem hell bent on seeing it turn out otherwise. The story moves along from big moment to big moment and just like spending time with old friends it is over far too quickly. In contrast to the first sentence, which made it clear the series was ending, the last sentence lets you know there are still big things to come. The final book is going to be a doozy and I wish there was more than one book remaining because there is still a lot of story to tell here.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I do have a couple of criticisms. First, the humor that has always been a part of this series now plays a much smaller role, and second, it felt like some of the story was a little bit contrived this time around. Both are minor criticisms and far outweighed by all the good things, so ultimately I find myself just as eager for the next book in the series as always. 

Jefferson Mays narrates the story once again and I will take his excellent portrayal of all these wonderful characters over the TV series any day of the week.

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  • A. Treiber
  • 28-03-2019

unfortunate bug in chapter 39

I'm enjoying the heck out of this story and performance, so it threw me when I heard the narrator interrupt their narration at the end of chapter 39 with the word 'four- oh-nine' before 'when they're not jokes'. I feel like I missed two or three critical seconds.

gives me a bit of empathy for the characters when they're 'Missing Time', I suppose.

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  • Ben Rosen
  • 27-03-2019

Absolutely incredible

I listened to the whole book within 24 hours. Absolutely amazing and right up there with the best sci fi ever written.

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  • wjb
  • 26-03-2019

For want of not revealing too much of this wonderful book...

I’ve actively chosen to keep my review what will seem overly simplistic, and moreover in no way fitting for this or any masterpiece, though I feel it a must. That said, I’ve already begun to listen a second time; for those not realizing the fact, keep in mind that this was just released (03.26.2019). That’s how good it is. And that’s how little I want to give away. If you want spoilers, read elsewhere. Thank-you.

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  • Robyn Cotter
  • 04-07-2019

Not what I hoped for...

I've been chomping at the bit for this latest installment in the series. A) the first sentence stabbed me in the heart. B) the constant theme of 'we are getting old' was tiresome. Other than those, I'm a huge fan and have been since the beginning.

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  • Concerned Consumer
  • 18-06-2019

Fantastic

A great penultimate chapter in the story.
It concludes some storylines, continues a few others, and opens up a few more. The authors have done it again.
All the stars...

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  • Mark A. Dodson
  • 14-06-2019

keeps getting better

action packed and hella interesting. great book with a great ending. love you Bobby Draper

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  • A. Saldivar
  • 08-06-2019

Not much really happens

It's about twice as long as it needs to be. It's also overly descriptive. It's the weakest of the series so far.

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  • Clay Esterling
  • 07-06-2019

Excellent series

Probably my favorite expanse book thus far. It’s been a great journey. Looking forward to more!

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  • Nils
  • 06-06-2019

Captivating and a great continuation of the story

Book 8 could be an abysmal failure, the story is long, the folks are older, the twist with Lakonia and the things that will destroy everyone a long reach. Instead this is a captivating continuation of a developing story, enjoyed it thoroughly.

Mays narrates excellently as usual. The audio editing/capturing is weird several times, with noise level or voice attitude changes that resemble a possible rush to get this audio version done. Didn't take away from me enjoying the book.

Recommended for anyone on The Expanse

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  • Chris I
  • 05-04-2019

Yet another outstanding sequel

Having read (listened to) all the previous books in the series I had been eagerly awaiting this next episode. I was not disappointed. Yet again Corey succeeds in upping the ante yet again; expanding the vision of the Expanse universe and delivers a storyline which is full of action and human drama. The story is at once thrilling, moving and funny. How long do I have to wait for the next one.....

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  • Valisk_61
  • 30-05-2019

Oookayyyy - ish

I think I'm continuing with this series just because of fond memories of what it once was.

The young, fresh characters and the excellent Earth, Mars, Belt dynamic are long gone. For me, the series started to tail off with Cibola Burn and each subsequent story hasn't reached anywhere near the heights of the original trio of books.

Would you rather have Holden isolated and calmly planning his next move from an open prison or tearing around the solar system causing havoc in a stolen Martian gunship?

Having said that, I'll probably buy the next instalment.

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  • Matterbeam
  • 30-04-2019

It made getting here worthwhile.

It flips the table on the events of the previous 2 books while following the stories of the 'main cast'. The tone has derinitely shifted to alien-mystery space opera, but the transition is smooth and logical.

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  • Mr
  • 04-04-2019

Unsatisfying

This was an odd book for me personally. Well written and brilliantly performed of course, but I found large sections dull. I ended up following characters I really don't care that much about, meanwhile my favorites are consigned to a second tier role.

The action is sparse and left me empty whereas in the past this was a strong point. The book once again leaves us needing more, but I think the story could have moved further on by carving out a lot of the excess fat.

I found most of the book depressing and the Laconians illogical.

Now there will presumably be a long wait for the next installment while I don't feel this one gave me enough of a fix.

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  • Gyuri
  • 18-07-2019

I miss the simpler times with the crew I've loved

why do i need to have minimum bs here, if it is optional when it's empty?

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  • Phytio
  • 07-07-2019

Building up to the finale!

This book felt like it took a little while to come, but it was definitely worth it. A number of great moments and a generally excellent story line mean it is more than just building up to the next book. Someone else has said read Strange Dogs before you read this (thank you), you should.

One thing that annoyed me is the lack of integration between the Kindle book and the Audible book, but this is more to do with Amazon than the book itself. Be prepared to find your position each time if you switch between a Kindle and Audible.

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  • MEJP
  • 26-06-2019

a story worth listening to.

I can't wait for the next story to begin. ! great voice acting as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-2019

Ended up great!

I love this series, and I must admit that it took me perhaps 75% of the book to truly understand where the plot was going. In the end another triumph, a great continuation of one of my fave series. I recommend for fans !

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  • Andrew Miller Photography
  • 07-06-2019

amazing

amazing story line, plot line, depth of series. loved it. great reading also by the

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  • Mr W.
  • 05-06-2019

Loved it

Can't get enough of these books, the characters and world building is very good, hints of George RR