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Tiamat's Wrath

The Expanse, Book 8
Written by: James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 8
Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
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The eighth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series. 

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. 

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father, the emperor, doesn't guess. 

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. 

Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule - and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough....

©2019 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Dialogue cut out at 14:41:40 end of chapter 39

The book was going great until the dialogue at 14:41:40 end of chapter 39 cut out and a male voice says "409" and I missed what was being said in the last lines of that chapter.

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Brilliant

I’m a longtime fan of the Expanse series ; great characters, brilliant plotting, and some solid nods towards science. 5 stars!

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Loved it as the rest

I love the whole series and can't wait for the final book. Well narrated as the rest.

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back to the aliens

Loved this installment. Political intrigue of previous books shed for action and alien sci fi

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Great story, bad editing

I loved the story, great Alien mysteries is what me initially made me love the expanse series. This book brought everything I hoped for. The editor of this audiobook needs to listen to his own editing cause the hard soft voice of bad editing was really annoying

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I can't get over this series

Loved every second, the world and characters that continue to build and grow even throughout 7 other books. The suspense, action and thoughtfulness of each release. Amazing.

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Perfect beginning of the end

I blew through this series in less than three months and I loved every second of it. I can't believe that I have to wait for the last book to come out - it's going to be a long cold winter without my Expanse fix.

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The Saga unfolds.

I was horrified to learn this book had come out and I hadn't heard until a coworker told me. I listened to it for several days straight through until I finished it. I was enthralled throughout and look forward to the next book.

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Terrific

There aren't a lot of stories that are still just as good as ever after the 8th book. I actually can't think of any others. But this one is.

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Different but still great

Different feel to the other expanse books, but still a great read. Ties in nicely to the strange dogs novella as well. 9 books and 5 novellas in and still pumping out the hits. Not many authors you can say that about.

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  • 2019-04-12

Big moments as the series nears the end...

After the events of the last book, Babylon's Ashes, the Expanse series was clearly building up to a crescendo and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Tiamat's Wrath is the eighth book of the series, with only one more to follow if James S. A. Corey sticks to the current plan, and it took only a single sentence for the point to be made that this series is nearing the end. To keep things spoiler free I won't say what that sentence was, but know that this book is full of big moments and if you are a fan of the series then you will not be disappointed.

The crew of the Rocinante may be dispersed, but they are all playing their parts to keep humanity alive even if a myriad of other individuals seem hell bent on seeing it turn out otherwise. The story moves along from big moment to big moment and just like spending time with old friends it is over far too quickly. In contrast to the first sentence, which made it clear the series was ending, the last sentence lets you know there are still big things to come. The final book is going to be a doozy and I wish there was more than one book remaining because there is still a lot of story to tell here.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I do have a couple of criticisms. First, the humor that has always been a part of this series now plays a much smaller role, and second, it felt like some of the story was a little bit contrived this time around. Both are minor criticisms and far outweighed by all the good things, so ultimately I find myself just as eager for the next book in the series as always. 

Jefferson Mays narrates the story once again and I will take his excellent portrayal of all these wonderful characters over the TV series any day of the week.

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  • A. Treiber
  • 2019-03-28

unfortunate bug in chapter 39

I'm enjoying the heck out of this story and performance, so it threw me when I heard the narrator interrupt their narration at the end of chapter 39 with the word 'four- oh-nine' before 'when they're not jokes'. I feel like I missed two or three critical seconds.

gives me a bit of empathy for the characters when they're 'Missing Time', I suppose.

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  • Ben Rosen
  • 2019-03-27

Absolutely incredible

I listened to the whole book within 24 hours. Absolutely amazing and right up there with the best sci fi ever written.

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  • Concerned Consumer
  • 2019-06-18

Fantastic

A great penultimate chapter in the story.
It concludes some storylines, continues a few others, and opens up a few more. The authors have done it again.
All the stars...

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  • Inky Digits
  • 2019-04-03

Loving the series, 1 error in narration

This is easily my favorite science fiction series right now. To say that this is the story that I've been waiting for would give me too much credit for having high expectations and good taste in science fiction, and understanding too well its potential. I am surprised and delighted over and over again.

You've got interesting characters that grow and change, a good grounding in real science and philosophy (although the latter might be more appealing if it were more imaginative and less academic--kind of pins one to 20/21th century sensibilities), sociopolitical intrigue (even if this volume lacks Chrisjen Avasarala it's still a good book), extra-dimensional threat, and adventure on a grand scale--spanning more time and space than most other Sci-Fi.

My one and only grip is an editing error; at 14:40:25 the narration skips part of a sentence and seems include "409" in its place. The reading is otherwise excellent.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-03-31

Christmas came Three Months later

Toward the end of the year, I always look forward to the holidays. Not because family time, good eating, and going broke at buying useless gifts, but James S. A. Corey (pen names for both authors), always publish another novel in the Expanse series usually in December. I wasn't a fan of "Persepolis Rising" for obvious reasons that I won't write about, but "Tiamat's Wrath" redeemed this series by 10 folds.

I couldn't get enough of this book. Each time I fell asleep in the evenings while listing, I needed to go back to see what I'd missed. These authors came back firing with all thrusters and #8 was exactly what I was hoping for. My only complaint is when they thanked George R. R. Martin at the beginning of the book. We all know that Martin doesn't finish anything!

Christmas came three months later and it brought me great joy at reading this book. I'm hoping it won't take Corey(s) too long to finish the Expanse. After finishing up "Tiamat's Wrath", I'm more stoked on how Amazon will continue on with the tv show.

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  • wjb
  • 2019-03-26

For want of not revealing too much of this wonderful book...

I’ve actively chosen to keep my review what will seem overly simplistic, and moreover in no way fitting for this or any masterpiece, though I feel it a must. That said, I’ve already begun to listen a second time; for those not realizing the fact, keep in mind that this was just released (03.26.2019). That’s how good it is. And that’s how little I want to give away. If you want spoilers, read elsewhere. Thank-you.

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  • A. Saldivar
  • 2019-06-08

Not much really happens

It's about twice as long as it needs to be. It's also overly descriptive. It's the weakest of the series so far.

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  • Clay Esterling
  • 2019-06-07

Excellent series

Probably my favorite expanse book thus far. It’s been a great journey. Looking forward to more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-29

Anticlimactic deaths abound..

Avasarala dies offstage. An unrecognizable Amos dies a pointless death presented in a rushed manner. This is not game of thrones, it's not well written enough to put up with. I'm through with the expanse. The last one was bad. This one is worse.

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  • José Grimaldo da Silva Filho
  • 2019-04-08

enjoyable

this is a truly good book with a good performance from Jefferson Mays. I'd recommend