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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 2017
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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
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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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    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 21/09/2017
    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 21/09/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Top quality space opera"

    I so love this series. James Holden, the reluctant hero and the crew of his ship make a believable cast to play out the drama of human conflict. Wonderful stuff.

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    Gemma 03/08/2017
    Gemma 03/08/2017
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    "Awesome"

    easily the best book in the series. can't wait for the next one to come out.

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    Mr P Eldridge 28/07/2017
    Mr P Eldridge 28/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great entry in the series"

    Consistently high standard continues in this series, highly recommended. Arasawala must be one of my favourite characters of all time.

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    Scallywag 23/07/2017
    Scallywag 23/07/2017
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    "Damn. I've finished them!"

    This is last of the books in The Expanse series, and I've grown to love them more as I've progressed through them. The characters are complex and interesting, the scope is sweeping, and there's wit as well as drama, psychological insight as well as action. All six books are entirely satisfying.

    This series is as free from gender bias as anything I've ever read. That two men can write a character like Avasarala - an old, sweary, powerful Indian woman - is impressive. Age, sex, race and sexuality are all incorporated into these books as unremarkable facts of life. They do not determine whether someone is a soldier, a politician, an engineer, a priest or a doctor. These authors write about People.

    The book is well read. The voices of all the characters are consistent and evocative, and Maya's rendering of the Belter patois is excellent.

    The overall message of this series is humane and tender and timely, but it is conveyed in riveting stories, and through characters it's easy to fall in love with.

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    Derek 13/07/2017
    Derek 13/07/2017
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    "Good but not the best in the series"

    The standard of this series is so very high, Babylon's Ashes would be a five star if it was any other Space Opera.
    It bounced around a lot of previous characters lives, but didn't have the pace of previous novels. A must read for the continuing series though

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    Amazon Customer 05/07/2017
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    "Great story, told well!"

    Believable and enjoyable characters in our favourite setting.
    Stands a reread or two as well.

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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
  • Anonymous
    28/09/17
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    "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
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    "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
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    "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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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