Get a free audiobook

Abaddon's Gate

The Expanse, Book 3
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)
Price: CDN$ 42.87
CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    47
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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.

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

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

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Potter
  • 2019-02-03

Love Mays’ narration. He’s spectacular.

Can’t wait to see this on the show! The rings will be wild af bro

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Anda
  • 2019-01-31

Missing Too Much

Great story arc overall. A bit predictable. The constant coincidences push the bounds of believability too far.

The authors have an obvious lack of understanding of the realities of the application of violence.

While the overall story is enough to maintain interest, it’s just missing too much to ring true.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas Minor
  • 2019-01-31

A half cent.

There were times that I was listening to this book out of annoyance. I felt one of the "bad guys" were so frustratingly unrelatable and the actions by both sides so unbelievable predictable it made me hit stop. But then I realized...that is the series. The book is a great "page turner". I would find myself at work looking forward to being in traffic for my commute home. Insanity.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-25

The constantly building tension is intoxicating.

James S.A. Corey developes characters with an efficency that is enviable. You feel for them and when something happens, it feels like it affects you. Cant wait to listen to the next one.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • lisa
  • 2019-01-25

Not as strong as the first two books, but worthy.

I readily admit to not being drawn into this book immediately as I had been with previous two. The character focus shifts to Clarissa Mao, daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao and Julie Mao's sister. She's out to kill Holden for what he exposed about her father. It's a bit, daddy look at me, and revenge for destroying the family name. It doesn't occur to her that father was responsible for that until the end. She's hard to like, and the machinations she makes it through are astounding.

Holden is trying to hold onto his ship while Clarissa works to frame him before she kills him. Mars has gone to court to force him to return the ship, so he and the crew are dodging major ports when Miller appears to him. Holden decides that means he's supposed to go through the gate built by the protomolecule and once he does, everyone follows, including the Martian team looking to arrest him. Before you know it, everyone has a gun drawn and the protomolecule starts to feel threatened.

The OPA sends the Behemoth to the party. Its full of unlikable characters as well. Still, the story unfolds and takes us to the point where the gates built by the race that sent out the protomolecule are open to humanity. It's a new age of exploration. I have high expectations for book four.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Caleb B.
  • 2019-01-24

Space soap-opera.

A difficult to finish mess that avoids spending time on the actually interesting topic of the aliens and opts instead to wallow in a soap opera about a spoiled rich girl's quest for revenge.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • AlexD
  • 2019-01-11

Jefferson Mays Knocks it out of the Park!!

This book was amazing. The writing is incredible and Jefferson Mays is literally the best narrator in audible. I can't recommend it, and the rest of the Expanse series, enough!!!