Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £26.09

Buy Now for £26.09

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient pattern of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity - and of the Rocinante - unexpectedly and forever....

©2017 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2017 Recorded Books Inc

What listeners say about Persepolis Rising

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,389
  • 4 Stars
    313
  • 3 Stars
    66
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,402
  • 4 Stars
    180
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,187
  • 4 Stars
    313
  • 3 Stars
    90
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Better Than The Last

I was pondering whether to even get Persepolis Rising after the rather
disappointing Babylon's Ashes and especially after some early Luke warm
reviews. However, as usual, I don't like to ditch a series once I've read
the first few parts and liked them. It's hard for writers to always be
consistent so I like to give them the benefit of the doubt so I purchased
this title.

Persepolis Rising is set around 30 years after the events in Babylon's
Ashes which has given time for the multitude of new human colonies to
develop and one such colony world, Laconia, has plans to rule all of human
space. The first thing that surprised me was Corey's choice to base this
story so many years after the last. Given the sheer number of new worlds
open to humanity I felt there was enormous scope for material to get Holden
and crew in plenty of trouble. Of course, Corey could well decide to go back
and write a number of stories to fill in the large gap and I hope he does.

I have to say that you really need to refresh yourself on the previous
couple of books in order to get a handle on some of the events mentioned in
this story as I only vaguely recalled some prior plot points covered. In
fact, some of the things discussed by Holden relating to the situation were
plot elements from prior books I had little or no memory of. That's down to
me, I know and those that have come later to this series and thus can read
the books much closer together will have a better mental picture of the
salient events that form the foundation of this book.

As for this story? Well, I am happy to say that Persepolis Rising is a much
moor engaging read than the previous book. However, this is a slow burner
and Corey's writing style tends to slow the core narrative down by frequent
and often rather pointless character musings and introspection. On the one
hand I kind of get what he's doing here in that he wants to really paint a
detailed picture using the characters deep emotional, mental as well as
other personal thought processes but I felt that this aspect was often
overdone and served little purpose but to protract the story and often felt
like a bit contrived and overly artistic. On that basis, I feel the book
could have been about a third shorter if it weren't for this.

Apart from that, I liked this story on the whole and Jefferson Mays has done
another excellent job at narration and I am very pleased to see him used
again for this instalment. I do find it a little surprising to see the
classic principle of imperial rule/dictatorship being used here as history
tells us that such things never last even if the self appointed rulers bear
a velvet glove with an iron fist inside. Given the immense scope of
possibilities with the massive expansion into 1,300 new worlds, I felt that
such an arcane power play is a little clichéd. Having said that, the human
capacity for such acts is probably never going to go away.

All that minor griping aside, I did enjoy this story and it has left us in
an excellent position for the next instalment which I hope comes rather
sooner than this book did. Persepolis Rising is not Corey's best work in
this series but it is a much better effort than Babylon's Ashes so is a
welcome upswing in form.


14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

too much chat

I enjoyed this read like the rest but this is a build up to a bigger story I hope. there seemed a lot of chit chat with little relavance

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not very satisfying

Rather slow paced, I felt like I needed more, not very rewarding to follow along

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

what to make of this..

It felt great to get back to this series after a year hiatus, and all the characters are just as familiar and distinct. James SA Corey are a fantastic writing duo, who consider every decision they make and create incredibly realistic science fiction. That's mainly a strength but it's perhaps a slight weakness in this book, which jumps forwards by a really meaty chunk of time in order to arrive at another significant moment in history. I wanted to grow old with Amos Holden et al, but that privilege has been taken from me.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a little wordy in places.

a little wordy in places, but I liked where I think it is heading, the narrator is as always entertaining

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

FANTASTIC!

Wow, what a great continuation of an already amazing story. I can hardly wait for the next installment. Thank you for a great production, Jefferson really does them justice.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

give me more!!

just take my money and speak in my ear science fiction man!
looking forward to next book

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Same old same old

It had a lot of potential. But it was just a lot of action with some sci fi thrown in. It got a a bit boring halfway through and then when you think the ending will have some twist nothing that exciting really happens. Maybe I'm just spoiled, but having invested in the whole series I want to continue. However I'm not sure I will.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Another great installment

In many ways it feels like the "Empire Strikes Back" installment of the series. I enjoyed it but found after listening that I wished more had happened. So many major events occurred in the earlier books that this one felt quite compact and small scale. Still, I am sure it is leading up to bigger things and still worth a read.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Number Seven and still going strong.

I adore this series so much. There's hardship but with an underlying excitement regarding the possibilities of what could be. It's great and I need number Eight stat!

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CoolHand
  • CoolHand
  • 22-08-18

once more unto the breach Holden goes

if you have become a fan of thevseries this is a must read. if not, get it just for the joy of listeing to jefferson mays' narration.
as the next in the expanse saga this ticks all the blocks of chracters development, plot and society exposed to new tech (epstein fusion drives and alien protomolecule). for the real science of scifi this falls short only the forerunners have done such a great job of illustration. In this book, the authors explore the full extent of the political ramifications and it's ultimate conclusions of the rise of empires.
as a collective the expanse series is not crowned by perseplis but rather well supported and able to stand alone. its a great scifi romp with all the ingredients like marine fist fights, space battles, combat stratergy, romance, desire for power and much more.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David
  • David
  • 28-05-18

Maybe the best one yet

I find it hard to review books without giving spoilers so I'll just say that this is another awesome entry in the series, as the title says I think it might even be the best one so far. Can't wait for book 8!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Codrut Bradatan
  • Codrut Bradatan
  • 29-01-19

Starting to drag

When you build your book around a sequel, it's starting to feel not at great.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mel
  • mel
  • 05-01-22

Keeps getting better

This series just doesn't let you down. Every book is as good as the first.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rowan Elsey
  • Rowan Elsey
  • 30-10-21

Series dialled back up to 11 with this one

I struggled with Cibola Burn, Nemesis Games re-energised me, Babylon's Ashes got the series back to great. Now Persepolis Rising is showing us the grand story arch the writers have been planning all along and I'm starting Tiamat's War right after submitting this review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-21

Great story with a nice cliffhanger

Not the best of the Expanse books, but definitely a great lead up to what might be.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Peter
  • Peter
  • 20-08-20

Love this series!

Great turn of events. I hope this one will make it into the tv-show. Starting the next book in the series right now!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Henri
  • Henri
  • 22-03-20

Everything moves forward

Not the best book, not even close, not the worst but this is the first one i've had trouble listening through

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alexandre Chappel
  • Alexandre Chappel
  • 29-10-19

These are getting worse and worse..

I enjoyed the first few, but the story is thinner and slower than ever. No real action or suspense. Sorry to say but I won't be listening to the rest.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

Great

One of the best novels in The Expanse series! Even more thrilling than the first