Written By: James S. A. Corey

Narrated By: Jefferson Mays

Date: June 2014

Duration: 20 hours 0 minutes


The fourth book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Cibola Burn sees the crew of the Rocinante on a new frontier, as the rush to colonize the new planets threatens to outrun law and order and give way to war and chaos. Now a Prime Original series.


Enter a new frontier.

"An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave."

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, 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. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst 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 civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.

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
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
The Sins of Our Fathers


  • Chuck G

    Love the book series, cant stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark H.

    This series just keeps on delivering! I continue loving the books for the intricate scientific detail and extrapolation of how science and technology might realistically look in a few centuries though best of all is the woven narrative that is not a rehash of anything that has come before in the series or perhaps even in science fiction (that I’ve read). Truly excellent writing and storytelling This book has it all. Morally bankrupt villains, a planet that defies belief and a railgun round in all the right places! Really enjoyed every aspect of this book. Can’t wait for #5 now!

  • Kami B.

    I bought this book after watching the three seasons of The Expanse. I felt it was an interesting book, big change from the series, the whole book, expect the start and end, playing out on the planet Ilus, and in orbit. It seemed like a slow book for the first half, but it picks up the pace in the second half, namely Havelocks one-man fight against his former militia which had me laughing quite a bit with the contrast of gunho attitude versus actual experience. It touches on an unfortunate part, the vagueness of the alien technology which I wished the series explored more, and introduces an important, even more foreign alien anomaly that plays a huge role in the later books. Some of the new characters are interesting, and alot of people seemed to have a problem with the main antagonist from what I recall, but you have to remember, he’s a survivalist in space, he’s supposed to be an incomprehensible d***. I enjoyed this book overall, actually one of my favorites of the series.

  • Frank H.

    Great story and the reader did a fantastic job with the material. I want more.

  • Larry A.

    The continuity of the books in the series is good. I appreciate characters that keep their characters.

  • Paul O.

    This is the third I've listened to in this audiobook series with the same narrator (I read the first book). I think he does a great job and It's well produced. The narration has grown on me and I have no problems listening for a couple of hours. Personally, I think the series has got weaker as it goes on (up to this point) and suffers from some mediocre writing. It seems like they're stretched for ideas slightly, and the story and new characters are very reminiscent of ones that came before, especially the previous book. But if you're here you already like the series. It's a fun, casual listen. I'll be downloading the next one.

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