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Babylon's Ashes Audiobook

Babylon's Ashes: Book Six of the Expanse

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A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets.

The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.

As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.

©2016 James S. A. Corey (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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    Max Bristol, United Kingdom 07/02/2017
    Max Bristol, United Kingdom 07/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Make this one last"
    Where does Babylon's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5, along with four other James S A Corey books.
    Above Paul Hoffman, Robert Harris, Frank Herbert, James Clavell, Steven King... you get the idea.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Okay, maybe I was waxing a tad lyrical, after all it's the sixth book in the series. But much like the Rocenante's Epstein drive, this series seems to run on a different sort of gas.

    What is notable in this book is that it concerns a real, human nemesis worthy of Holden - Marco Innaros. He is a fantastic villain; perpetrator of deeds that would make Atilla the Hun cough, yet with a warped moral framework that masterfully justifies everything he does. James SA Corey is a genius at shifting the narrative voice to describe though process, without changing the overall feel and pace of the book.

    This book also has the best space battles out of the series; I would go as far as to say the most exciting ever written. Wait till the rail gun comes out... You'll understand what I mean.


    Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    His voice is now part of my head and I'm going to struggle going to sleep tonight without him.
    Hence the lengthy review.

    Mays has the rare gift of being able to capture the essence of characters with only the slightest changes of intonation. In a book of this scale, subtlety of delivery is key, and I was really awed by his control of the human voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    With Earth in ruins, the only thing standing between humanity and a new dark age, is a Martian frigate, its crew... and a rail gun.


    Any additional comments?

    Good hunting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. S. Wallace-jones 23/12/2016

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    "Great performance"

    I really enjoyed book 6. The plot is expansive and nail biting at times. The book is beautifully read by Jefferson Mays. Thank you for bringing him back again to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    terry 19/12/2016
    terry 19/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Bring on the next one"

    Another great installment of the Expanse series. I've been waiting for it for a while now and enjoyed it thoroughly, but sad it's already over. just going to have to wait again now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 12/12/2016
    Jenny 12/12/2016 Member Since 2014

    Since I discovered Audible I have become addicted. I like my fiction with a twist. I'm a fan of sci-fi and literary fantasy.

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    "Another winner! 5 stars all the way"

    I love and adore this series. Not a committed fan of science fiction I have surprised myself by devouring all the books (Cibola Burns I had to read as opposed to listen to tho'). And this one absolutely delivers. I think what attracts me so much to these novels is character development and evolution and a really thoughtful and original plot, as well as a society which echoes political and socio-economic factions that are all around us, I can relate to these people. They might be fighting in spaceships miles above our heads, but they're waging the same sorts of wars. The intense humanness is what keeps me reading, and the great writing of course.

    Of course, now that I've watched Season 1 of The Expanse their faces are fixed in my head as the tv characters, but mostly that's ok. Jefferson Mays he is the perfect narrator, every nuance, every tiny inflection comes through.

    Brilliant.

    ps Audible - will you finance re-recording Cibola Burns with Jefferson Mays? Nothing against Erik Davies, it's just that his narration is not as suited to the series as JM, it spoils an otherwise brilliant run of books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. NEAL Golborne, UK 09/05/2017
    J. NEAL Golborne, UK 09/05/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Complete change of pace... dead slow ahead."
    What disappointed you about Babylon's Ashes?

    The pacing was slow, predictable and repetitive.
    The villain was just unbelievable. Every time Inaros started going off on one about his righteousness, I just wanted to yell "But you killed billions of people". What's worse, other characters supported him. Even with the differences between the belt and Earth, I refuse to believe that people would support someone who orchestrated genocide. I like my villains to at least be believable.
    Plus the author seemed to completely forget about Amos half way through the book... he just disappeared and the re-appeared towards the end of the story. Very little exploration of Clarissa being on board the Rocinante aside from some thrown in angst that Jim just gets over between heartbeats.
    Bearing in mind how much time the book spends building up the bad guy, the ending was anticlimactic at best.


    What will your next listen be?

    I'm invested in the Expanse series so shall listen to the next one. I just pray it'll be less dull than this dirge.
    Until then, moving on to We Are Legion (We Are Bob) - which so far is excellent.


    Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Mays was on form as always. I have no complaints about his excellent performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Babylon's Ashes?

    Pretty much anything with Inaros would be cut - leaving him as some faceless entity causing terror. The Philip story was tedious and predictible and so would be mostly axed.
    In short, by the time I finished editing this novel it'd be a short story.


    Any additional comments?

    In all honesty, I think you could skip this book entirely and go straight to the next one with little or no continuity issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Axel B. 08/05/2017
    Axel B. 08/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "one of the weaker in the Expanse. but still good"

    loved the book before in the Expanse and this ties some ends nicely. but it's far from the best in the series.

    that said, as books go, it's still a good read/listen

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    Matt 27/04/2017
    Matt 27/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Still as strong as ever"

    Series still going as strong as it ever was. Can't wait for the next one.

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    O.K. 20/04/2017
    O.K. 20/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Too good"

    Excellent book. Full of action and on-the-edge-of-your-seat narration. The author is brilliant. He has been amazing through out. Buy it, read it, feel good

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    TheMattReview 18/04/2017
    TheMattReview 18/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A really good story dragged on far far too long."

    A really good story dragged on far far too long. Needs better editing and less time spent on waffle.

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    Callum 10/04/2017
    Callum 10/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Filler?"

    I really enjoyed the first few books of this series, but recently it seems to be going downhill. This book continues with the 'Free Navy' saga that began in the last book, but it strikes me as a long, and drawn out filler portion of the wider arc. There is very little advancement of the overall plot, and everything covered in this book and the last should really have been condensed to a singular book at most. Also, the 'atrocity' of the attack on Earth from the previous book is massively downplayed, and it comes across as odd that there doesn't seem to be much of an emotional response about it from the characters.

    As a final note, this may be because I have had some time away from the series and have forgotten the nuances of the writers' style; but I hope you like metaphors, because this book puts metaphors in your metaphors, so you can metaphor while you metaphor.

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  • Siert
    13/01/17
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    "Touching"

    These books are incredibly well written. It makes you part of the crew of the roci in a way few writers are able to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erik
    17/12/16
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    "Awesome! Just awesome!"

    James S. A. Corey is back and better than ever. The authors are changing their narrative style a little by telling the story from every relevant angle making this a complex but very exciting story! Everything we love about the expanse and a little more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joao Sousa
    05/05/17
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    "Good conclusion for the Marco plot"

    Good conclusion for the Marco plot and overall good book. does not invest as much in deepening the characters as the previous one and does not touch the global story arc of the proto molecule and gates.

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  • Bert Heymans
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    28/12/16
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    "This time around the story just stalls"
    What disappointed you about Babylon's Ashes?

    There are plot holes and the way characters behave is really weird. Nobody appears to be really angry/hurt/traumatised about the attack on earth. That just doesn't make sense. The story went nowhere this time. It feels like the authors are stalling.


    What was most disappointing about James S. A. Corey’s story?

    I was missing all the ingredients that make The Expanse a great series for me, like a good Holden story (he feels left out this time), great action writing (too sparse) and alien stuff/new worlds/new technologies/mysterie development.

    The space battles where OK, Bobby was OK, the Prax and Vandercaust bits where good, but it fails to save the book for me.


    What didn’t you like about Jefferson Mays’s performance?

    He has a nice and consistent voice to listen to, but he's not my favourite. Some of the Belter slang is weird to listen to, it's supposed to sound foreign but the way Jefferson May pronounces them is weird. I didn't recognise the German or Dutch in it for instance. It must have been really hard to do, reading a boring story with characters speaking a self-invented language half of the time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Babylon's Ashes?

    We got even more Marko this time (the blandest villain character ever), a meek Avasarala (!) and boring details about the struggles of Micio Pa. I would have cut a lot, if not most of it.


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