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Leviathan Wakes

The Expanse, Book 1
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (462 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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Loved it!

Great story, intriguing, really pulls you in. Narrator is awesome, I'm looking forward to hearing the next book.

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More gripping than the show

fell in love with the show, and now I'm hooked on the books. the writing style is very gripping and the dialogue between the characters is something I've been looking for in a series. plus the narrator is doing a great job.

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Too many F words

This was an excellent story, easy to get hooked. However the number of F words definitely took away from the story telling. It’s a lazy way of trying to get emotion across to the reader, and makes it seem like the writer lacked the necessary vocabulary.

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Very Good

Well done. Narrator was perfect and no long waits between characters. I loved it. Science was good too.

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I couldn't put the book down!

I kept turning page after page eaver for what happened next. The book is written so well, with deep characters, plots, and accurate science for once!

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  • jon
  • 2020-06-15

awesome story

I watched the tv show before reading the book. the show is awesome....the book fills in gaps but is so much more

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Enjoyed the book as much as the Netflix series

The narrator keeps his voice throughout tje reading, not changing appreciably for different males or females in the story. It doesn't take away from the reading, however. Great story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-08

Even Better

Huge fan of the TV show, but the book and narration just blew me away. I do like the book more, but it was fun imagining characters from the show. Can't wait to listen to the other books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-24

Worth a read!

Even if you've watched the series. They're both awesome on their own. I thought the narrator was a bit dry, but I'm just coming of the first law so that might not be a fair criticism. He was more than serviceable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-26

great story and narration

Great story with a narrator that matches the writing style well. Narrator was a bit slow. ended up playing at 1.10x speed.

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  • Tim
  • 2020-02-10

No idea how good the book is ...

... but I could not get myself to listen to the monoton narrator... fudbdiehcbsixbsjzbcjdnxbdj Dnxisbxjdbdjxbdbxjdbdjdndndj Dncidbdidbdjxjdosjdbdisndjxj

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  • hans kristian vangli
  • 2020-01-18

Amazing Sci-fi

This is amazingly detailed sci-fi writing. its a must read. If you like sci-fi this is the series for you.

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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