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Leviathan Wakes

The Expanse, Book 1
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
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A colossal and staggering take on the future of mankind, James S. A. Corey brings his latest and arguably his best, Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1 as a full and unabridged audiobook, narrated by the brilliant Jefferson Mays. This series depicts a populated solar system and the demise of Earth’s resources. Planetary unrest is brimming between the colonies, human and alien alike. With the fateful discovery of a deeply-rooted secret, a full-fledged war could be the ultimate ending of it all. This is utterly spellbinding. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. 

Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

©2011 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

What the critics say

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro" (George R. R. Martin)
"A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series" ( The Telegraph)
"Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two." ( Financial Times)
"If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces" ( io9)

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amazing book, amazing series,

amazing audio delivery from start to finish. love this series love the tv show can't wait to start the next one.

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Excellent

Loved it! absolutely brilliant, fast pace, great characters. really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next one.

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I enjoyed it.

what else can I say? I am just a person who likes space based fiction.

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A rollercoaster ride in space.

Talk about intriguing. The world building for all of the settings are spectacular. You can easily be invested in the characters in the first few chapters. The Storytelling keep me interested.
Overall, a great book for look commutes and boring work shifts.

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It's a good solid listen.

I enjoyed it. I will be getting the next book in the series to find out what happens with this crew.

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Great book

This is a great start to what is an epic Space Opera. Corey grabs you with interesting, somewhat flawed characters, and sets the stage for a fantastic series.
Look forward to more

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Loved the book and the TV show. The concept is amazing and intelligent! Then, I listened to the audiobook and loved it even more! The narrator has a good vocal variety that makes the characters in the audiobook come alive!

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Better then the show!

sorted out a lot of questions thay didnt quite make sense on TV. I reccomend.

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Amazing.

loved it, couldn't hit stop. watching the show first allowed me to put faces to characters and visualize the stations and ships mentioned. will be continuing the series.

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AWESOME

a book that got around my overly critical mind and let me enjoy it. I hope the sequels are just as good.

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  • Thomas
  • 2016-02-01

First book on audible.

Loved it. Different than The Expanse series in TV, but I liked the crew dynamic in the book more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-07

Wow of a story and production.

Second time for this book and will follow all books of the Expanse. I'm so hooked. Thanks guys.

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  • Jonathan A. Sylvester
  • 2019-09-04

a great look at humanitys future plus aliens

A great look at the social and economic issues that humanity will have to deal with as we venture into our local star system.

honestly wondering why the author felt the need to include the alien oogyboogie but at least it's interesting in its own right.

would have loved to seen this type of nearish future story without added improbabilities but please don't let this stop you from listening to this.

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  • Neng
  • 2019-07-03

Glims to the future of space

i love a science fiction that pay so many attention to details.

i have never imagined politics in space like. now i have seen it. well, listened it.

i really like how the news are presented in the book. different people/faction will report different point of view of the news and thus it feels very real life.

i have never seen clash of ideas between characters. it is quite thought provoking when the two main characters come together and discuss an action. Both have solid, but drastically different point of views. it was hard for me to decide who is right or wrong.

the book feels like a detective story. keep digging through layers of facts to expose the real truth.

one of the character, Miller, has a really good character arch. don't want to say too much here, but i did not know it is so interesting to see a character spiraling down.

Highly recommend this book.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-11-10

not bad at all

enjoyable and action packed. the sci-fi / noir melding almost doesn't work, but he pulls it off.. characters well voiced by narrator.escape to the belt!

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  • Ben Luck
  • 2019-08-31

Good read

Really enjoyed the world building. Miller was MVP, looking forward to seeing where the story goes after that final scene

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  • Toni
  • 2019-08-31

Good first book

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A Very good first book in The Expanse series.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-08-13

One day I'll be nostalgic about this story

A little slow to start with, a lot of action and not enough character chemistry for my taste. However, once it picked up it reminded me of Firefly, and the rest was smooth sailing.

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  • Phazedout
  • 2019-06-16

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departs significantly from the narrative of the TV show, which both surprised and delighted me. I'm curious about where it will go next

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  • James
  • 2019-06-07

Simply the best.

Great narration, good voices and love this story. can't wait to hear the rest of the books.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-10-19

Excellent

This is one of the best Sci Fi book I've ever read. The universe is complex and James S.A. Corey really worked on it but he also has a gift for writing.
He has a very good grasp of our society and people. Every character is different and seems real, with emotion and depth.
The technological aspects are also plausible and the fact that it only take place in our solar system make it so much closer to us than most Sci Fi stories.
I also love that everything takes times. Not just few hours but days, even months. We forget too often that exploring space means so vast distances it take a lot of time to cross.

If like me you seen the TV series first, you will not be disappointed but you should still read the books. ;-)

And last but not least Jefferson Mays is one hell of a narrator !

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  • Consommatrice
  • 2019-05-14

Génial

Roman absolument génial. excréments réaliste malgré le fait qu'il s'agit d'un Space Opera. petite longueur au milieu du roman mais une fin absolument sublime.