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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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love these series!

can't wait for the show to catch up love the series. season 4 boom 4 here i come!

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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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  • 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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  • alecthinkswhat
  • 2019-04-22

Who else could convincingly give you a gay Methodist priestess wearing high-tech gear in another dimension chasing down a villain to save an outlaw?

It's hard to create science fiction worlds in which the things that happened feel like they are inevitably what should happen given how the alternate world works. Corey excels at creating a feeling of consistency. I found myself nodding and saying things like oh of course, of course that's what they would do next.

The other thing that Corey is amazing at is short descriptions of people's emotions. very easy to imagine how characters come across.

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  • Victor H. Tango
  • 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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  • Georgi K
  • 2019-08-11

Good plot; Average POVs; Great Series

This combination of POVs wasn't as enjoyable for me as Bobbie, Prax, and Avasarala but it was a good continuation of the story. I love this series and like comparing it to the show I watched before I started reading.

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  • amazonfan83
  • 2019-08-08

Wow, Sci fi space drama at its best

Roller coaster ride! Futuristic space drama and exploration in a not so unbelievable world. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • John
  • 2019-08-03

Expanse book 3

It’s good but fair warning there’s various really really slow parts in this book and through then I recommend listening to it on 1.5 or 1.75x speed it helps get through it quicker.

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  • Thomas Hannigan
  • 2019-08-02

Excellent scifi

My favorite scifi series and the first three books are all consistently good with no drop off

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  • VJ
  • 2019-07-30

Good story, fun to watch characters

The story is fun - not high literature, but fun. I like watching the character arcs, though some of them were more interesting and dynamic than others (Melba v. Holden).

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  • J Gartin
  • 2019-07-18

just as good as the others in the series

if you've listened to the other books in the series this one is the same performance and story is great and it's an enjoyable listen