Cibola Burn : The Expanse

  • by James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays
  • Series: The Expanse
  • 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.
James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail. And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.
Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times best-selling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate.
Please note: The original recording has now been replaced with a new performance by Jefferson Mays. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording.

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Narration truly awful.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.


How could the performance have been better?

You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.

Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.


If this book were a film would you go see it?

They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.

Is this a useful way to analyse a book?


Any additional comments?

Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.

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- Mertaal

dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!

god awful narration. all the individual character voices are gone. avasarala is supposed to be Indian, not voiced as an American! can only listen for ten minutes at a time out of annoyance, no idea if the story is any good or not after 6 chapters. I'll read the book instead.
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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK