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The Churn: An Expanse Novella

Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Erik Davies
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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From New York Times best-selling author James S. A. Corey...

Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, and the upcoming Cibola Burn, The Churn deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.

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

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Eric Davies botched this one.

Story was very good, Eric Davies spends the entire time making the story sound emotionless and instead like 2 hours of a thriller movie commercial narrator. Voice sounds like he's trying to add a tone of seriousness, with no end.. For two hours. It was mind numbing.

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Needs to be redone with Jefferson Mayes

I had a very difficult time listening to this narrator. He has a very strange verbal pacing and emphasis, like someone who is very very foreign but without an accent, or like a decent computer generated voice. Very odd. Maybe I've just been spoiled with Jefferson Mayes. Sorry Mr. Davies, it just isn't good.

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Great story

A great story that fills in some origins blanks wrapped in an excellent story that stands well on its own.

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  • Tom
  • 2018-09-18

A must listen

This book gives some much needed backstory to the expanseverse. Listen before book five! #Audible1

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Excellent background story

Fills in some gaps in Amos' history in Baltimore. A must read for any expanse fan.

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  • B. First
  • 2018-01-13

Hmm...that was weird

This narration is TERRIBLE. It sounds like Windows 95 text to speech voice synthesis. This guy Eric Davies has no sense of science fiction, and more importantly of the central character. His read was way off the mark and had zero continuity with the rest of the Expanse. As such, the end of the story lost all of its potential impact and contribution to to the story. This is a disservice to the fans. I won't buy another book if Davies is the narrator. Jefferson Mays is the bomb and should be the only narrator of the series.

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  • pegva
  • 2016-04-18

PLEASE no more Erik Davies!

If you could sum up The Churn: An Expanse Novella in three words, what would they be?

LOVE the EXPANSE

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Churn: An Expanse Novella?

Well, unfortunately... the narrator is NOT good.

What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

He is the most Stilted, Juvenile sounding reader I've come across in all of the Audible books I've listened to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

again, Love the Expanse, do not love Erik Davies

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  • B. Hendrix
  • 2017-04-24

Great backdrop story, terrible narrator

Seriously, this narrator makes the book almost awful. If I didn't already love Amos, I would not of been able to get through this novella. I love the back story for Amos, but I couldn't stand how he and the other characters were read. just terrible.

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  • E
  • 2017-10-07

Good novella, bad reader

The Novella very much feels like a part of The Expanse. Interesting story, notable characters and grey morals.

Voice acting was just bad. Davies also read the Gods of Risk novella and The Churn had the same problems with weird emphasis and pacing, although it wasn't as bad as The Churn.

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  • J. Weitzel
  • 2017-03-23

Slow, but interesting

This book will only be interesting to those familiar with the expanse series. Slow, but informative in a psychological level for the main character "Timothy".

I have to note that the narration was robotic at best. Erick Davies sounds like if you mated Will Shatner a Siri. I was able to make it through this short story but he made Cibola Burn unreadable and had to return it.

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  • Kevin O'Leary
  • 2016-03-25

Almost unable to get through it. Not worth it

Story was mediocre at best. Narration was awful. It was as though he had never read the book and had no idea how the sentences were structured. It was really quite distracting from a story that lacked any of the great qualities of the other books in the series.

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  • RYLAND
  • 2015-12-28

Best Expanse Story

This is a crime noir novella focused on a piece of backstory to Amos Burton from the main Expanse novels. While having read at least the first Expanse novel would enhance a reading of this novella, it is not necessary. The novella stands well on its own as a whole, fully-fleshed story. Much better than the other Expanse novella I read, Gods of Risk, which edged more on mere filler for me. I loved the way that, true to noir values, every character in The Churn is morally grey and broken. The idea of the Churn, while also speaking to themes that recur throughout the Expanse series, makes the events of the novella resonate with importance. Enough that, I gave this a second listening the day after I finished. The way these nobodies try to survive their harsh world made for a dark and twisted rough-and-tumble towards the inevitable ending, leaving me with a smirk. Good show.

And I have to say, despite popular opinion against the narrator of Book 4, I prefer Erik Davies' narration over Jefferson Mays.

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  • E. Barnett
  • 2019-06-06

Amos Origin Story

This short book is a wonderful introduction to Amos and his back story. A must read for any fan of Amos!

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  • Zachary Gilbert
  • 2019-05-28

Nice Background, Slightly Confusing

This was a bit long for the amount of story it includes. It is a cool back story for the characters, but the length of time it takes for them to get to the point makes it difficult to remember what is happening.

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  • Morgan
  • 2018-06-26

Compelling, Gripping, Enlightening.

This novella by James S.A. Corey is perhaps some of the best work written by him that I have read this far. Amos as a character in the Expanse series has always been a favorite, and this novella has solidified that for me for good now.

It's very writing style is Amos and his bizarre philosophy of the Churn -- insignificant people doing things significant to them, but ultimately crushed, buried and forgotten by society. Contrary to the rather clean-cut and to-the-point style of the earlier novels of the Expanse series, or at least through the narrator's spectacular performance of it, there was a unique style and sound to it that kept me listening to the whole thing in one sitting. The events and how they are portrayed help us to at least get a glimpse of how Amos became who he is in the show and book series and to understand him and how he thinks. Or, rather, how he does not.

While the characters and the narrator's portrayal of them is nothing to write home about and is at times forgettable -- it somewhat serves to hit home just what the Churn is to Amos and the downtrodden people of Baltimore: nothing and no one is important. And yet, to those that matter to us it is everything.

Overall: 9/10
Performance: 8/10 (Did not like voices of characters other than Lydia, but was fitting.)
Story: 10/10

SPOILER: very much enjoyed the superficially insignificant mention of "some Indian woman" talking on the news! :)

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