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Summary

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Best of the series so far

The expanse just gets better and better. This book really progresses the overall story and ups the scale considerably. it's fantastic.

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  • E
  • Wood Green, United Kingdom
  • 17-09-18

Still an astonishing series.<br />

Easily the best produced SF series I have listened to on here and in my opinion the best written so far.I am still in love with so many characters here

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Best reading ever

I've devoured the entire series. Amazing storytelling, engaging characters, beautifully written and all wrapped up in simply brilliant narration. I felt like I should stand up and clap at the end of this one it was just such an incredible performance.

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Jefferson has become the idea VA for this series

When I started out listening to The Expanse I wasn't sold on Jefferson Mays performance, but he has became the ideal VA for this role. His performance is great and suits the characters well.
The story is great as well.

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started well but got bogged down in conversation.

can't properly write a review on this one without giving away too many spoilers other than if you liked the previous books then you'll probably like this one. . Not for those uninitiated in the Evpanse universe though. .

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awesome<br />

love this series! another good book
i can recommend this series to any scifi fans

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not the strongest but still a must.

not the strongest book in the series but still a must read/listen. Mays delivery is outstanding as usual.

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  • Siert
  • 13-01-17

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.

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  • Bert Heymans
  • 28-12-16

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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  • Erik
  • 17-12-16

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.

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  • CoolHand
  • 03-08-18

Rocinante jousting against the human condition

this is what scifi is meant for: to tell better stories expose the human condition and offer a glimmer of hope that perhaps we can achieve a future. both science and tech are lights that expose where we stand as a civilisation and as what as a collective our choices could be.
while this book follows closely in the footpath of the series it is perfect as a sequel to nemsis games but outshines it as a thought provoking examination of our understanding the terror of freedom.
if you are looking for gripping stuff then read book 1 and 2 for pure joy of scifi by authors who have come to know their characters and understand the full impact of the tech books 3 and 4. this book, 6th is the jewel of the series but cannot be separated from 5. so perhaps 5 and 6 are a super book.
the great thing here is the consistency of Jonathan Mays as the narrator. his performance and the production again set the high water mark.

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  • Joel Bradley
  • 26-02-18

A good continuation

A good continuation of the story. A lot of potential in the universe still unexplored.

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  • Matej Gagyi
  • 30-01-18

This is the best sci-fi of the era, period

Having orbital mechanics playing major role in the story is not just an added bonus. This book is filled with actual real physics... and a bit more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-17

Anti-climactic end

Amazing characters, but the ending wasn't that good. It was too abrupt and ambiguous I think.

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  • Vielen
  • 12-09-17

Not one of the best ones in the series.

I was exited to listen to this book, because the previous book left one quit the cliffhanger. I enjoyed the book, but some character chapters just were not interesting. A lot of the new character perspectives were welcomed though.

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  • David_lr
  • 18-07-17

Maybe the best yet in the series

An excellent continuation of the Expanse story. The only downside is that now I have to wait for the next one.

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  • Joao Sousa
  • 05-05-17

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.