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Cibola Burn Audiobook

Cibola Burn: Book 4 of the Expanse

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Publisher's Summary

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail. And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.

Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times best-selling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate.

Please note: The original recording has now been replaced with a new performance by Jefferson Mays. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording.

©2014 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Mertaal 15/09/2015
    Mertaal 15/09/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration truly awful."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.


    How could the performance have been better?

    You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being. <br/><br/>Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    They're making the Expanse in to a TV series. <br/><br/>Is this a useful way to analyse a book?


    Any additional comments?

    Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 23/05/2015
    Scott 23/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!"

    god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    B.Watson 19/12/2015
    B.Watson 19/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book ruined by terrible narrator."

    Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    mr 28/03/2016
    mr 28/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible narration! "

    the previous three stories were superbly narrated but I'm just going to have to read the hard copy of the following ones

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    david 24/11/2015
    david 24/11/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I tried and tried to listen to this story as i have heard the other books and so wanted to finish them all but i gave up after about 20 mins. The narraters voice sounded synthesized like the text readers you can get. I really wished i had looked at the reviews before buying this.


    How could the performance have been better?

    get a differant narrator


    Could you see Cibola Burn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    please redo this book using Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Holland England 05/09/2015
    Andy Holland England 05/09/2015 Member Since 2013

    A day in bed with a book is never a wasted day!

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    "Great story. terrible narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great expansive story much like the earlier books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    No. The one bad thing about this book is the stilted and unnatural narration by Erik Davies, especially since all the others in the series are narrated so well by Jefferson Mays.


    Do you think Cibola Burn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    N/A (its part of a series - there is a follow up book already).


    Any additional comments?

    Why oh Why did they swap narrators for one book in the middle of a series? Jefferson Mays narration was fantastic and Erik Davies is no where near the standard - I guess that's why they chose to go straight back to Mays for the next book. <br/><br/>If you have got to book 4 of The Expanse you're probably committed, so just grit and bear it for one book in the knowledge that his narration won't be forever and we can get back to normal service with the next book.<br/><br/><br/>Shame as it distracts from an otherwise good story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Banchory, United Kingdom 24/05/2015
    Andrew Banchory, United Kingdom 24/05/2015 Listener Since 2010

    My main interests are military history and science fiction. I'm currently building up my collection of Iain M Banks novels.

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    "DREADFUL narration but the story makes up fo it."

    Changing to a new narrator after three books was a Bad Idea. Changing to a new narrator who is terrible is an Even Worse Idea. His style when reading the descriptive text is halting with emphasis in all the wrong places, I could go on but I's run out of review space. Suffice to say if you see another book narrated by Erik Davies either AVOID or listen carefully to the sample beforehand.

    Moving on, the story was well up to the standard for the series and I'ld whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first three books. I sincerely hope that the pending volume 5 will be narrated by the original guy and not Davies. Please, please, please NOT Davies!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    hobbes 09/04/2016
    hobbes 09/04/2016

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    "Good story, awful awful narration."

    Dear God, but the narrator was terrible. Fist-gnawingly, Hair-tearingly awful. Worse even than John Lee (who makes every story sound like he's auditioning for an amateur Shakespeare production.)
    This joker just thinks he's Captain Kirk. Had to listen to it on 1.25x speed just to ameliorate the terrible random pauses in the narration.
    Seriously. Just read the book. This will make your ears hurt.
    Otherwise a decent story. Typical Expanse novel, full of action and goodies vs baddies.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Collins UK 18/04/2016
    Mark Collins UK 18/04/2016 Member Since 2015

    Marco Blondino

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    "Another good story, spoilt a bit by the narrator"

    Another good installment, enjoyable, if less so than some of the previous. The new narrator unfortunately doesn't capture the characters as well as the previous - and this makes it harder to follow. Overall though this is worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Straga 15/01/2017
    Straga 15/01/2017
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    "Terrible new Narrator. Read the book instead."

    I have been enjoying this series narrated by Jefferson Mays so far but I only managed to get half way though the prologue before deciding to just read the book instead.
    The performance is flat and read in a monotone that lacks normal human speech inflections, such as just plowing on with a sentence in a single breath where you might expect a small pause for a comma or a full stop. I found myself unconsciously correcting the narrator's errors in grammar which would drive me mad if I listened to the entire thing.

    I would advise anybody wishing to continue this series to skip this audiobook and read it instead.
    Luckily Jefferson Mays returns for the next audiobook in the series though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • R.F.Sanders
    09/12/16
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    "Reading disability"

    The narrator of this book sounds like he has a reading disability. His staccato way of presenting is quite disconcerting. I felt myself holding my breath at times. Although it was just a one off I felt myself rushing to the end just so could end up in mr mays warm voice. Onto the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David_lr
    15/08/16
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    "A good story, badly narrated"

    The change of narrator really made this a difficult book to get through. I probably wouldn't have stuck with if not for the knowledge that the next book goes returns to the previous narrator.

    I wouldn't say that this book's narrator is inherently bad, but he did not seem to understand the characters who he was portraying. For example, Miller is made to sound like a robot, and his narration of Avasarala's lines is beyond awful.

    The narration which just involves telling the story is fine, but this book is dialogue heavy, and as such the majority of the narration is quite jarring to listen to.

    If you're invested in the series, there's still a good story here, so if you can handle the narration definitely still give it a listen...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Froisland
    Oslo, Norway
    11/06/16
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    "I hate when they change narrator"

    The narrator has been changed from the previous books, and the new one has a horrible cadence.

    The story is not as good as the previous books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Hudson
    06/05/16
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    "Good story, jarring narrator"

    Don't get me wrong, the narrator is good, but it's a different narrator from the first three books so all the voices and inflections are just off. The story itself is good, but weaker than the previous three overall

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Roger Smith
    26/02/16
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    "written for TV but good"

    good story interesting characters. Feels written for TV. Just enough to qualify as good but not great. When action does happen it feels right very tightly written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/07/17
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    "Room for improvement"

    Good book, very entertaining. What let's it down are the few one dimensional characters. There's no grey area or twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/04/17
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    "Terrible narrator. Do not buy."

    Narrator is so terrible that I'm not even sure how much it influenced my impression of the story.
    Stay away from this audiobook. It's not worth it even for free.
    Read the book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Europe
    24/03/17
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    "OMG don't buy this"

    The narrator is awful he is the worst he reads like a text to speech programme he's terrible skip this and go for nemesis games. The first narrator comes back. This is just terrible and I'm so annoyed at this guys awful voice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Kinglake, Australia
    10/03/17
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    "S t I l t e d"

    Narration is too precise and stilted. We are not supposed to even notice the narrators style, but be immersed in the story. Not so with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.Kock
    09/11/16
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    "Read the book since I didn't like the narrator"

    Good book, first a bit confusing how it connected to the main story. Wished there was more Avarsavala in this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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