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Leviathan Wakes

The Expanse, Book 1
Lu par : Jefferson Mays
Série : The Expanse, Volume 1
Durée : 19 h et 9 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 notations)

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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.

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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

Critiques

"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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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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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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  • Thomas
  • 01/02/2016

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
  • 07/06/2018

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
  • 31/08/2019

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
  • 13/08/2019

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
  • 03/07/2019

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
  • 08/03/2020

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
  • 26/02/2020

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
  • 10/02/2020

No idea how good the book is ...

... but I could not get myself to listen to the monoton narrator... fudbdiehcbsixbsjzbcjdnxbdj
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  • hans kristian vangli
  • 18/01/2020

one of the best books i have red

I love this writer if you like syfy read all the expanse books they are amazing

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  • Henri
  • 22/11/2019

Hard Scifi not quite like anything else

Not the biggest space combat book ever, but it doesn't have to be and I was promised more to come and better which I find hard to belive, world building is phenominal, chatacters excellent and the plot great.

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  • Thomas
  • 04/04/2015

Größter Nachteil: Teil 2 nicht erhältlich

Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von Leviathan Wakes für besser als das Buch?

Jain. An sich ja, nur gibt es – wohl aus Lizenzstreitigkeiten – Teil 2 und 4 (noch) nicht auf audible.de. Caliban’s War gerade als Ebook gekauft.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Wirklich gute Space Opera auf solarer Skala. Schon Fiction, aber klar erreichbar von heute, ohne dass unmögliche Technik nötig wäre. In etwa vergleichbar mit Blue Remembered Earth und 2312.

Gab es im Hörbuch einen Moment, der Sie ganz besonders berührt hat?

Ja, aber Spoilers.
Doch, einer: als erwähnt wird, dass jemand noch nie einen echten Himmel gesehen hat. Sterne und Weltall sind ja nicht dasselbe.

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  • Nachtflug
  • 05/06/2016

Gute Story - Sprecher Naja

Die Geschichte (die ja auch Vorbild für die Fernsehserie "The Expanse" auf SyFy ist) ist wirklich spannend und sehr gut erzählerisch umgesetzt.
Was mir den Spaß am Hörbuch vermiest ist der Sprecher. Leider schafft es der Sprecher nicht die Geschichte mit besonderer Betonung vorzutragen. Es ist nicht komplett monoton aber im Vergleich zu anderen Hörbüchern deutlich schlechter.
Es fehlt auch komplett jedes "Voice Acting", also dass jede Person ihre eigene Stimme vom Sprecher bekommt. Das macht es teilweise sehr schwierig der Geschichte zu folgen da man nicht mehr sicher ist, wer gerade was gesagt hat. Es nimmt einem auch teilweise einfach den Spaß an der Geschichte da es recht monoton einfach nur "vorgelesen" wird.
Sehr schade für so ein herausragendes Buch.

Inzwischen ist auch der zweite Teil bei Audible verfügbar, aber ich bin wirklich am Überlegen, ob ich mir den wirklich hole aufgrund des schlechten Sprechers.

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  • Marcel Morsdorf
  • 14/11/2016

Monoton

Der Sprecher ist so monoton das man sich eher fühlt als wäre die Geschichte ein Sachbuch. Daher habe ich das Hörbuch abgebrochen.

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  • Calzone lover
  • 05/03/2019

Sociological punk in the solar system

Lots of classical elements mixed up with a believable universe. Characters are relatable and likeable. Laws of physics aren’t broken and there’s more a sociological focus than a science fiction focus.
Only the one main character is too stereotypical to be realistic. The other main character is a bit too classic and may seem out of place. But I really enjoyed everything that happened around them. How the other people interacted with them and how the consequences they faced with every decision didn’t get swept under the rug but actually dictated the story throughout it’s telling.
I’ll be continuing this series.

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  • D. W.
  • 16/02/2020

Besser als der Film

Expanse als Scifi Abenteuer Serie eines namhaften Streaming Anbieters konnte bei mir mit einem packenden Konzept unserer Zukunft punkten. Aber wirklich überrascht war ich von dem Buch das J Corey geschrieben hat. Dieses übertrifft die filmische Bearbeitung in Charakterbescheibung, Konflikt und Spannungsaufbau um einiges. Den Film vorher gesehen und somit Bilder zu den Protagonisten und einzelnen Szenen zu haben, stört mE nicht.
Der Leser bringt eine solide Leistung. Alles in allem eine klare Empfehlung.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/11/2019

Mixing semi-hard science fiction and a noir story.

Did you ever think about, how life in a completely man-made structure, some were in the astroid, belt would look like? How would humans adapt? What culture would evolve?
The expanse explorers this idea.
Also: here might be Monsters.
Have fun.

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  • Sebastian Stüber
  • 13/06/2019

Nice piece of SciFi politics

I really enjoyed the thought-through take of solar system politics. But I doubt the zombie part was necessary...

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/05/2019

Great Story

i loved the story. It take some time to develope into somthing but over all great.

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  • Christoph
  • 18/04/2019

Wer braucht schon eine Verfilmung?

Die Geschichte unterscheidet sich merkbar von der Netflix Umsetzung.
Sie gewinnt dadurch an Tiefe und Komplexität und wird dadurch ein wenig griffiger.

Der Sprecher scheint etwas leise.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 09/03/2018

Traumhaftes Setting in unserem Sonnensystem

Nach einer Eingewöhnungszeit gut verständlich.
Die Geschichte ist anspruchsvoll genug und Umgebungen werden detailliert dargestellt.