Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Micro Mention "Leviathan Wakes"

James S.A. Corey

I picked up this novel because I wanted to get into the expanse show, and per my usual preference, I like to read the source material before watching the show. That said, "Leviathan Wakes," by James S.A. Corey, is one of my favorite sci-fi novels I've read in years.

This series is firmly space opera, and it's the kind of multifaceted political struggle that appeals to a lot of my sci-fi leanings, which I talk about more in my full review and again on my podcast. I really like this series.

But what I really want to bring up today is the audio experience. I know I bring up I'm a fan of audiobooks quite a lot on this blog, but the narrator for this book, Jefferson Mays, is amazing. There is just something about the tempo and quality of his voice that makes any sort of dry humor hilarious. 

It isn't inherently a funny book or series. It's a very life and death kind of serious story, but the number of times Corey got me to laugh in this and future books in this series—well, I lost count long ago. Mays, as narrator, enhances this quality with a sly sense of timing and oft deadpan tone. 

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