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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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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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  • G E B
  • 2019-09-26

Fleshes out and completes the seasons that have been shown to date!

I look forward now to hearing the story without remembering the remarkable similarities and occasional,mostly character changes and details compared and contrasted with the best hard sci-fi TV seasons I’ve seen (BSG still favorite fantasy sci-fi).

The author is a remarkable find. Just enough of the tech to sound like he’s been to the future and lived to return with perfect tone for each and every character and pacing - the former a precious and often rare gift to us all, the latter impressive to the extreme in that 3 books into it I am eager to continue, dreading only an inevitable end.

Or maybe not. I have intentionally not searched out this information!

I recommend this book - and the preceding two - first to anyone who’s seen the show and loved it because they not only do not diverge much from what they’ve seen, allowing an extraordinary revisit so far, but quite a bit more texture and deviation from some characters’ stories.

Secondly to anyone unfamiliar with the stories and who might shy away from fantastic storylines as a rule for any number of reasons but who still have an imagination capable of a *universal* scale, and those who have technical daydreams of what is very likely to come our way, and even those who prefer tense space warfare imagery, though this is not meant to scare off the more tentative among us at all.

There are theosophical debates to hand as one can imagine what can continue to develop over the next several centuries.

And finally for those who are primarily interested in the politics that will adjust to our eventual need and ability to spread out through our solar system all the way to the asteroids, we have plenty of meat for this feast.

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  • Kimberlie
  • 2019-09-23

Loved it!

great book! Thought the narration was outstanding. This entire Series has become an instant classic for any sci-fi fan. really fun and smart. highly recommend.

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  • Carson
  • 2019-08-27

So much better than Season 3 of the Expanse

Books 1 & 2 followed the series pretty well. I could logically see why they needed to depart from the book (except where they had Bobbie and Cristjen randomly bump into the Roci in Space, that was dumb). But I really didn't like Season 3 (which I watched before reading). Using more this book directly would have made a much better season.

The characters were great. I hated Melba/Clarrisa so much at one point I started to hate the book because of her. Then her arc to redemption was amazing. The character Bull was one of the primary things missing from Season 3. He was the great flawed hero of the book, which took the light off of Holden being the main feature.

Also, Anna was so much better done in this than the show. The wrestling with her sheltered worldview in light of such horrors was outstanding.

The way the book wrestled through the challenges of such a new and strange thing directly were amazing. The first two were running from a faceless evil or a simple monster. Now they are presented with an unprecedented technology that is reacting in ways no one can understand. It felt very real and very human how they were responding to such a strange threat. The authors spent a lot of time thinking this through.

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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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  • Brian #VeganCrafted
  • 2019-11-13

3rd Book...3rd Hit

After 3 books, l am deeply invested into the characters and the Expanse universe. Sad to have this one end...but looking forward to downloading the next one right now.

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  • Daniel M
  • 2019-11-12

Great as the rest

Finally they got rid of the protozombies and give us aliens like we haven't seen

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  • Ian
  • 2019-11-04

Expanding the world of The Expanse!

Corey (Abraham and Franck) take the world of The Expanse to a whole new level in this episode of the story. You start to get a real feeling for the intense loyalty that the four members of the Roci crew feel for each other. However, this book also introduces a suite of side-characters that you also really come to like and care about. The return of Miller, or at least his consciousness, is a great addition to the book. As tensions rise between the various factions of humanity, it is cool to see the Belters reach out and make amends at a pivotal moment in the story. I have always been impressed by the somewhat (but not entirely) accurate science of The Expanse, and the role that zero gravity plays in this book is fascinating and unique. You also get to know a lot more about the protomolecule and the colossal history behind it. This book, as with the first two, left me eager to continue reading this series to learn more about the mysteries it presents.