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Abaddon's Gate

The Expanse, Book 3
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series. Now a major television series.

For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them. 

Abaddon's Gate is a breakneck science-fiction adventure following the critically acclaimed Caliban's War.

The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, Nemesis Games, Babylon's Ashes, Persepolis Rising

The Expanse Short Fiction: The Butcher of Anderson, Station, Gods of Risk, The Churn, The Vital, Abyss, Strange Dogs

©2013 James S. A. Corey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Politics, philosophical ideals, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise." (Publishers Weekly on Abaddon's Gate, starred review)

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended." (Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate, starred review)

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Amazingly gripping

this entire Series has been amazingly gripping front to back one after the other two characters are all super well written out in the duration has just been fantastic

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Fantastic story, excellent audio production

The Expanse series is a fantastic sci-fi adventure and the audiobooks tell the story very well. Production is top notch and Jefferson Mayes performance is outstanding. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a journey into space!

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The gap between worlds has shrunk.

I enjoy the event that propels humanity beyond our Solar system in any science fiction story. It usually is portrayed as a historical note. This series provides that missing link and opens up the universe. I am glad to be reading this story. It keeps getting better and better.

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Absolutely worth it #Audible1

If you have enjoyed the first two books you should keep on reading! The adventures of Holden and his crew are just as good as in the first two. If you haven't started yet, I highly recommend picking up the first book. Even if you have seen the TV show, the books differ enough that its worth finding out how it all started as you retread the journey. Really excited that Amazon has picked up the TV series to continue it on Amazon Prime in the future. #Audible1

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  • Jim
  • 2018-10-30

Best scifi series I've ever "read"!

This has got to be the best scifi series I've ever read. The depth and detail that the Authors put into this series really pulls you into the story. They have beautifully showed a very believable space age future for humans.

They have an elegant way of showing all sides of the human condition. The good, and the bad sides. Our compassion, and our prejudice. Our curiosity, and our blind self judgments.

I'm only three books in, but each one is getting better as they go along. Each character is so layered that I've developed a connection to them. I feel like Bastian in "Never Ending Story" huddled over the book. Screaming at the characters, hoping they succeed!

These authors belong among the greats of science fiction, like Arthur C Clarke. And this series is a must read for any true Science Fiction fan.

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  • Victor H. Tango
  • Nauvoo, IL
  • 2018-10-30

great book!

I really enjoyed the depth of story
... and the reality of each character.

the book gives a positive view of choice... and of the future

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  • Donald B. Fields, Jr.
  • 2018-10-20

Did you read the first two?

If you read the first two and enjoyed them, read this one.

If you have not read the first two, don't read this yet. Read them.

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  • Timothy D. Andress
  • 2019-04-18

Every Book is as good as the last.

The teamwork of James S. A. Corey is spectacular! From character development to plot development I couldn’t be happier to spend my days listening to this novel series, really excited for the next book!

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  • Mahmoud
  • Houston, TX United States
  • 2019-04-16

Complex, yet simple

I like that the story has multiple elements to it without getting so complicated. it's not just one super dude that fixes everything, but a joint effort by people with twists and turns to keep it exiting without going all game of thrones on us. fun book to listen to

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  • Brandon Peters
  • 2019-04-14

great story buuuuut

About 4.25 or so.


I think this story is a great continuation of the series and everything that happens is engaging and enjoyable. I adored the way all characters think about Holden and how they react to his decisions.



Spoilers now.






Buuuuuuuut. Anna is a horribly boring character and I understand why Anna is in the story. She provides the story on how religious people would deal with an alien threat, and she provides a great way to unify earth, Mars and belters. I do think that a preacher was really the person to unify besides Holden and the other political systems.

That all said, she is incredibly boring and Tilly was the only reason her chapters were readable. When Anna talked to her congregation, she was fine, but going to talk to everyone else i.e. bull, Melba, or Cortez, she's insufferable.

I don't understand why Melba had to be the stereotypical atheist evil woman, either. I also think that the Melba Anna chapters are backwards when Anna shows up out of nowhere.

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  • Sean Shepherdson
  • 2019-03-31

Not as good as 1 and 2, but optimistic for 4

The characters in this book were much weaker than the ones in the first two books in my opinion. The story arcs of Anna and Melba were a rather slow for me. I really enjoyed the characters from book 2 and was slightly disappointed in these characters. The story however is well thought out and enacted, leaving much room for improvement in book 4. I still remain optimistic!

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  • Nedieh Red Nav
  • 2019-03-29

Still Great

Jefferson Mays narration gets more intense with each book and the characters’ voices he plays are amazing.

The book is as nail biting as ever and the last 2 hours I could not put aside as they were so intense and edge of seat listening/reading. I’m already starting the next in series.

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  • Kristin
  • 2019-03-25

An enjoyable continuation of the series.

Great performance.
Good story.
Good character development.
Decent concepts.
It was better than cats I want to see it again and again.

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  • Jeremy
  • Minnesota
  • 2019-03-20

It all checks out

As a professional nurse and an amateur physicist everything science-y in this series checks out. Loving Corey's space opera so far!