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Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series.

A novella set in the hard-scrabble world of James S. A. Corey's NYT-best-selling Expanse series, The Churn takes the best-selling sci-fi series to the dark world of organized crime, drugs, secrets, and murder that shaped the Rocinante's mechanic, Amos. Now a Prime Original series.

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

On a future Earth beset by overpopulation, pollution, and poverty, people do what they must to survive. The Churn follows a crime boss named Burton as his organization is threatened by a new private security force tasked with cleaning up the city. When the police start cracking down, Burton and his footsoldiers - loyal lieutenant Erich, former prostitute Lydia, and young enforcer Timmy - become increasingly desperate to find a way out.

The Expanse

  • Leviathan Wakes
  • Caliban's War
  • Abaddon's Gate
  • Cibola Burn
  • Nemesis Games
  • Babylon's Ashes
  • Persepolis Rising
  • Tiamat's Wrath
  • Leviathan Falls
  • Memory's Legion 

The Expanse Short Fiction

  • Drive
  • The Butcher of Anderson Station
  • Gods of Risk
  • The Churn
  • The Vital Abyss
  • Strange Dogs
  • Auberon
  • Memory's Legion
©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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A must read, don't skip over it.

This book is a must read if your reading the expanse. do not skip over it trust me.

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The narrator is weird.

The story is great, but the narrator is flat, had weird emphasis and sounds like a computer generated voice, it's odd. not sure what to make of it.

Jefferson Mays (who narrated the other Expanse novels) would be much better.

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Narrator

is mostly the negative point. I wish it wasn't so monotone. Story is okay too, nice to know more about Amos

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shaun G
  • 2017-02-08

Great Background Story Nearly Ruined by Narration

Erik Davies continues his shoddy, stodgy narration of anything Expanse. The story is great, and adds a lot of depth to beloved characters from the series. but it's so hard to sit through Erik Davies' stilted way of speaking. Thankfully Jefferson Mays returns in The Vital Abyss, one of the other Expanse novellas. Hachette, please, if you can't book Jefferson Mays, don't use Davies again, I can't even with him....

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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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  • 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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  • Steven
  • 2016-03-27

The Narration Killed This Poor Story

Well, this is odd! If you've seen my other reviews for the other expanse books, I've been all agog about their quality and the resourcefulness and general entertainment value. While this book is pretty much the reason why I don't do novella's in general. I enjoyed the idea of it, and what it was trying to show off, but the story really lacked any "pull" for me. The story for The Churn is entirely Earth based and gives you a pretty decent description of what the average life in a crowded, metro city, is like in the Expanse Universe. The city, Baltimore, has given way to a multitude of crime bosses, and organized black markets. There are multiple bosses who each keep a "family" of personal guards that operate the smuggling of goods, illegal memory implants, weapons smuggling, cybernetic implants etc. The story takes place over the course of about two days. The term The Churn, is referring to the Star Helix crackdown that is implemented on the city of Baltimore. The sweep is wide spread, and includes door to door checks, mass round ups, and many arrests take place.

This is a great place/event to have a story! Another bit of scene setting is that the story is given a very cyberpunkish feel. The main characters, a tag team duo, Timmy and Erich, are two very typical Earthers it seems. Themselves included, the people of Baltimore seem like to all verge on the edge of half hearted, petty crime, and desperate and sullen stagnation.
We're introduced also to a man, surprisingly named Amos Burton, a crime boss who has as few ethics as this book has pages. This is curious as that there is a person that has been come to be a trusted friend and companion of John Holden and the crew of the Rocinante.

***Spoilers Below***
At least for me, I knew something was up with this. I've read the first 4 books of the Expanse series, and it's been hinted at that Amos has had a checkered past. But something about the story and the appearance of the two characters Timmy and Erich had me skeptical about rather this was the Amos Burton that we know in the main story. The problem I have with this, is that the character that 'becomes' Amos... is *not* the same character that we know in the main story. Corey, for whatever reason, gives Timmy, who "becomes" Amos Burton seems to be a big ludditte. If you've ever read Of Mice and Men, Timmy is given the personality of Lenny. A big dumb brute who seems mentally challenged. This is a far cry from Amos' character that I've come to know in the main story. Even this name...c'mon Timmy? It just cuts out all respect I had for Amos' character. If anything this sort of diminishes the character. He also has a very ethical, loyality based flaw. He was literally about to kill Erich whom he has been associated with for years and years. And on a whim, under orders he goes to kill him. The brevity of the story doesn't allow me to get a better or extended story and reasoning behind how the two personalities are bridged. Because the Amos from Holden's crew does not resemble the "Amos" or Timmy that is introduced in The Churn.

Also the character of Timmy is given a surrogate mother, named Lydia. She raises him from a young age, and both are so emotionally attached that they form an intimate and sexual relationship. Lydia takes Timmy under her care, when his real mother, a friend and co-worker of hers, is killed. She rasies him from toddlership. So, this very odd mother/son incestious bond forms between the two, and for me, just adds another layer of creepiness to Timmy's character. An idea that fits with the environment, but come on, If you've read the regular Expanse books this is *not* the same character. I think another problem is that narration here. The narrators are different between the main novels and the novella's. The character of Timmy is given a very slow speaking, and "simple" tone to his voice. This just increases the image of Timmy being mentally handicapped, with a slight touch of mental retardation. Again this works in the environment incrediablly well, but it just doesn't jive with the character we've been given in The Expanse series.

Besides the flaky backstory of Timmy, none of the other characters are really expanded upon. The exception is Lydia, who started her life on "Basic" (think a really shitty form for welfare). She falls in with one of Amos Burton's Lieutenants, a man named Leev. He's a womanizing, violent, and scummy sort of person. He controls many of the brothels in the district, and Lydia finds her way apart of one. Leev, takes her as his personal mistress and when he's done with her "services" hooks her up with a job working in a semi cushy position, under the protection of Amos. While this sounds nice, she's pretty much miserable.

The book continues in this way detailing the lives of the characters during the two night 'first wave' operation of The Churn. At the end Timmy is given a new idenity by Erich, to take up the name Amos Burton. This is hinted at earlier in the book, when Erich goes on about how he set up Burton's Identity so he'd have access to go anywhere in the system. A pretty cool idea, but there just something about this tale that really rubs me the wrong way. It's a very gritty, brutal story that I suppose I was looking for something a bit more flowery, and elegant. It's not bad, but to me, due to the narration, the rough writing style, and the flawed character synthesis of Timmy to Amos leaves me feeling pretty cold on this one.

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