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Cibola Burn

Book 4 of the Expanse
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 4
Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
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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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They replaced the "bad" narrator with the good one

A lot of the other reviews on here are complaining about the bad narrator, so I'd like to reassure anyone coming across this that they re-recorded the audiobook in 2017 with Jefferson Mays, the narrator of the other audiobooks in the series. So please don't let the other reviews put you off!

(The story itself is OK, kind of filler in some places. The next one in the series is much better.)

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Brilliant Story

This a re narrated version of the original. and thankfully with the original series narrator. very well done. This is a particularly good story in the series because you get a better chance to understand where this story is going..
Just brilliant thank you.

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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.

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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.

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.

Is this a useful way to analyse a book?

Any additional comments?

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

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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.

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  • mr
  • 28-03-16

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

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Best book and story so far

I was really looking forward to reading this one and it didn’t disappoint. A really good development of the worlds and characters. Great audio performance, one of the best of any audio series I have read.

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The usual narrator makes all the difference!

Since my first review, this book has been re-recorded by the original narrator and is far far better for it. I’ve left my original review below but please ignore the comments about the narrator. :-)

*********************Original review below.

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!

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stilted narration

pity that the American narrator could not pronounce the words correctly. story was great almost ruined by the childish and forced reading in many places - terrible accent attempts too

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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.

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  • CybranM
  • 05-10-18

Changed narrator?

I see some people complaining about the narration, they must have updated this audiobook because its the same narrator as the previous ones at the moment.

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  • Mads Olsen
  • 07-06-18

Not the greatest of the series

The story seems to have somewhat of a stand still in the middle of this book, but otherwise it's an entertaining read!

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  • David_lr
  • 15-08-16

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...

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  • Dr Roger Smith
  • 26-02-16

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-20

Not as strong as the first three

Loved the first three books. Cibola Burn however had me losing focus sometimes, and it took a long while to get a grip of who the characters were. Not a bad book by any stretch, but not as captivating.

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  • Honza Bárta
  • 24-03-20

Read only if you absolutely adore the series

If you are looking for a book about exploration and discovery of strange new alien world, you are in for a disappointment. The whole book is about human affairs of ownership claims and justice. There is little to no character progression in the main protagonists, who seemed to be spinning their wheels throughout the book and of the new cast there was only one mildly interesting character.

If you love James Holden and can’t get enough of his courageous and fair nature, you are in for fantastic few hours. Otherwise skip this one. You won’t miss much.

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  • Henri
  • 18-01-20

It reaches out...

As much as I personally am not a fan of Holden, the main character, I have to admit how well he is always written into the books, he is not the chosen one, he doea not have a great destiny.

He's a dude, being played, pushed and pulled.

Otherwise this book keeps the consistently great world building, character development and stellar plot at full sail.

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  • Michael
  • 06-06-19

Another excellent book in the Expanse series

The team aboard the Rocinante are presented with an unusual challenge to mediate between a civilian population and a large energy corporation, and as usual things don't quite go as planned. James Holden and his team are faced with many problems, including dealing with our old friend Miller, an overzealous security chief and a crisis that threatens to destroy an entire planet.

Once again Corey pulls off a great storyline with interesting character development that throws the listener into an emotional rollercoaster. The story has a nice pace and never gets boring. Who is right and who is wrong in a new world? When does colonization end and civilization begin? How far can you reasonably go to protect your interests? Adolphus Murtry might have an opinion about that and I have to say that despite the brutality of some situations, his arguments are hard to fault. He's a wonderful character to have in the book in any case.

The book is very well written and I especially want to highlight the interlude chapters, which in my opinion is some of the best writing from Corey and indeed from any author I've read.

Can't wait to get started on Book 5.

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  • Lars Bergan
  • 28-02-19

Another gripping story

Holden and the crew are faced with new challenges. It does not disappoint! Enjoy season 4!

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  • Johan Karlsteen
  • 03-11-18

I just can't get enough

I saw the first two seasons of The Expanse on Netflix but didn't realise how great the books were. This book continues the story outside of one of the rings and as always you can expect action, drama, love and heroes rising to the occasion.

I'll just continue with book five right now!