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Babylon's Ashes

The Expanse, Book 6
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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The sixth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series from the Syfy. 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 thousand 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 Hachette Audio

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Entertaining and a good listen

I wouldn’t say it his strongest work, but still very enjoyable and the narrator did a good job. If you like the other books you will not be disappointed.

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best book in the series

love the series and this might be the best book in the series. the character development and how you can see the opinions of all the key players is amazing. well written and so enjoyable!

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excellent narration

Jefferson Mays brings James S. A. Corey's characters and world to life with an awesome performance. I definitely recommend these audiobooks

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Can't get enough of The Expanse.

I love, adore Chrisjen Avasarala. She holds nothing back and even when she is broken on the inside, she keeps her strength and courageously does what needs to get done. Holden and Naomi are so good together! So much love and acceptance of each other. Holden is so adorable at times! So naive too but above all, he is fair, he can't help it. Holden is a hell of a righteous man. I can't pick a favourite scene, dialogue or moment because there are too many. I am happy I've got to read about Amos, Bobbie, Clarissa, Alex, Anna, Prax and Naomi.
Michio Pa earned my respect and I am looking forward to read what became of her. Filip made the right decision at the end. However, too little, too late in my opinion. As for Marco Inaros? He can rot in hell or wherever he disappeared to. Good riddance! Despicable character!
The narrator is superb. He acted the scenes without overdoing it. Each character had his/her own voice. Excellent performance!

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  • Jesse Stevens II
  • 2016-12-21

lots of filler

this entire book feels like an epilogue to nemesis games.

I really wanted this book. I was looking forward to it. but after the last book I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much. too much is just about clean up. and it doesn't really go anywhere. you have to read it though to see where the story is going. 80 % of this book is world-building or laying the foundation for the next book , or cleaning up the aftermath of the last book. I'm still excited about where this story can go. Just wish this book would have been better. We don't spend enough time with characters that you care about. lots of new characters that you don't have as much of an investment with. Bobby is back but not used in the way you want her to be. I could say more but again the main point is that this is a book that she gets through to get to the next one which I hope will be great.

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  • Robert
  • 2016-12-21

Gees what happened?

Any additional comments?

I am a huge Expanse series fan. I will listen to this series a few times in my lifetime, but I will dread book six. Twenty hours of book and maybe four hours of entertainment. The authors got insanely self indulgent into the inner thoughts of minds of all the characters, relevant or not. Do any of you remember Dr. Prax Mays from book one? Well he is in this one and at one time, we got to hear about how the hair of one of his university professors looked. Yup. Page fillers galore. If book one had been like book six, I would rate it one star and return it for a refund and ignore the rest of the series. But since the first five were so awesome, I will make the long wait for book seven and buy it. If that one sucks as well, then I will consider the Expanse series as ending with number five. Not since Firefly or SG1 have I looked forward to the next installment so much. Now, blah. I see where they are going. No more being fascinated by the creation of the gates and all the worlds beyond. Now it's just the political landscape, and we get to hear every thought, every doubt, every nuance of every character in every scene. Maybe they are trying to create another War and Peace. A big fat book I could never quite get through.

Jefferson Mays was great as always.

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  • T. Fruge
  • 2017-08-14

Lost plot

With each book in this series, a little more of what made it initially appealing is lost: i. e. the proto molecule threat: Detective Miller, etc.
Now, it seems to be more a series of silly lectures about whst the Authors vision of the future should be, ad nauseum.
Hope the TV shows don't go the ssme route.

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  • Tim
  • 2017-01-10

Transitional Phase

I'm really hoping that "Babylon's Ashes" is a transitional phase in the Expanse series because it shouldn't take me this long to finish the sixth book in eight days. There wasn't a drive or a need to get through "Babylon's Ashes" unlike the previous installments. The story just drag on to almost to nothing. Lots of dialogue and not enough action. It was just hard to reconnect with the characters again. I was expecting more, but it kind of fizzle out even to the end. This book just dragged from the beginning.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2017-02-18

Bring back the proto-molecule - this was a letdown

Set aside the location and this was basically a domestic violence/stalker story with bigger guns. Not what I wanted to read or what I expected from this series.

I kept waiting for something interesting it never showed up.

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  • agp
  • 2017-02-14

Where is the action?

the story is good but I feel it lacks the action and intensity that the previous books had. The proto molecule is still out there! bring it back into the fold!!!

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  • Jake Parker
  • 2018-07-25

Really seemed like a waste of time

I should have heeded the other reviewers. Might be best to skip this one. Everything significant that happens probably could have been a short story, or a chapter at the beginning of the new book.

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  • Mike
  • 2018-04-25

The weakest installment this far

The story transitions between too many characters, some familiar, some new, and some only being featured in a single chapter. The book was slow and I found it difficult to maintain traction with the narrative and finish. hoping for more from book 7.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-29

Missing the adventure and mystery

I love space politics, but other Expanse novels have always had just the right peppering of action. I was really missing that in this book. Really feeling the lack of alien/protomolecule substance in the story.

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  • David Prybyla
  • 2017-10-12

where's the civilization killing aliens!

this book was only a story about politics between to cultures. 1st one of series I didn't like. the pretense of the story was the ancient aliens and the possibility they might still be out there. now it's only about a small civil war

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