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Golden Son

Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
Auteur(s): Pierce Brown
Narrateur(s): Tim Gerard Reynolds
Durée: 19 h et 3 min
5 out of 5 stars (272 évaluations)
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With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown's genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's continuing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.

©2015 Pierce Brown (P)2015 Recorded Books

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recommended!!

I would recommend this series as it is entertaining, funny, action packed full of excitement and aw. It kept me wanting more and very in tune with the story. Hope they come out with a movie or a tv series!! #audible1

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Somehow better than the first.

Less time spent building a universe more time on adding depth to a great story.

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Game of Thrones ain't got nothing of this

This series is like Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, The Expanse and some Shakespearian / Greek tragedy. I love it so much and yet it makes me want to curl up into a ball and die of sadness. A gorydamn rollercoaster this is! Will definitely get the next one.

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Hic Sunt Leones

#Audible1. *******Spoilers************


Fresh from his victory at the Marisan institute Darrow is now a Lancer of house Augustus. He and his friends live to bring pride to the house of the arch governor. Yet secretly Darrow must continue to find away to help the Son’s of Aries undermine the Society and its Golden cast of oppressors.

A spell binding story once again enhanced by the brilliant Tim Gerard Reynolds.

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Interesting, but a little ridiculous

The first book really hooked me on this series. A near future dystopian scifi adventure with political superhumans? Sign me up! However, by the end of the first and most of this second novel, I found myself thinking many of the plot points relied heavily on convenience and seemed to be mostly done for the shock factor. They didn't seem plausible in the world Brown has built, and come from so deep in left field that they stop being surprising and start being confusing. You stop feeling any sense of worry for the main character (a flaw of any single hero story that you just can't really get around) and start detaching from the side characters because you don't know who is going to die next, but you don't care because the characters are all the bad guys and we fail to really relate to them. Except for one, so

SPOILERS AHEAD.

ready?

Ok.

Nero went from being the most boring predictably evil villain to the most interesting character in the whole series in the span of one conversation him and Darrow about 2/3 through this book, explaining his motivations and goals, his uncompromising ideals that he has dedicated his life to, and in this moment you start to understand, not only him, but their whole society.
Then he dies like maybe 5 chapters later. For no reason. Well there is a reason, but it's contrived and boring.
He could have been an amazing villain going forward from here. Darrow would have related to him, but knew that he had to die as both man and symbol of the Golds. But whatever. People like the shock factor.
I stopped with this book. I'm not going to bother with any of the others, but maybe you will like them more than me.
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Can't stop reading! (listening)

Fantastic continuation from the first book. The story is very well written and the narrator does an amazing job with all the different voices. Very captivating series. Can't wait to start the next book. #Audible1

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The story just gets bigger and better

This book picks up right were the other one ends, taking the story to new heights. The world that Pierce Brown has created is explored to a greater extend and the story continues to build. We get to see more into Darrow's mind and his inner conflicts. There is a bit more "romantic tension" with Darrow which reminder me of Hunger Games at parts but still doesn't take away from this great story. The morality and virtues discussed throughout the series provide an interesting look into current society. #Audible1

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deeper level still wow!

wow and it hits and even deeper level still. hang on all the words with this one. #Audible1

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#Audible1 this book surprised me

#Audible1 this book had a lot more action than I expected. Didn’t think it could top the first but it did. The time skip at the beginning confused me for a bit but in the end it allowed for the surprises throughout, which is amazing

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It's like a band aid you want to rip off quickly

There are some squeamish moments in this book for sure. but its very well written and worth the discomfort.

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  • HMW
  • 2015-01-09

A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

Where does Golden Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Golden Son is among the finest audiobooks I have ever read. My reading habits tend somewhat towards classics, and I am frequently disappointed by modern fare. I took a chance on Red RIsing, and couldn't get the characters out of my head when I finished. Golden Son is a greater achievement in every way when compared to its predecessor. The plot pulls the reader frantically from set piece to set piece as Darrow struggles with failure, guilt, disillusionment, and hope. The characters, introduced well in the first novel, become organic in this novel in a way I have not experienced in a novel since reading The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.While I was reading, I briefly forgot about the world outside as I was so invested.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roque, the warrior poet of the first novel, returns to this world in grand fashion. His continually deepening alienation with Darrow makes the reader compulsively question the state of that friendship even when reading about other characters. While the love story between Virginia and Darrow was compelling, it was practically an obligatory aspect of the novel. Roque's growth as a character was highly original. I had no idea what he would do until he acted. At the same time, I fully empathized with his situation and understood his motivations for his actions once he acted. He is a masterfully executed character.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

Ragnar was voiced wonderfully. While the character was essentially a replacement for Pax, the voice acting imbued his journey with dignity, grace, and magnificent resonance. However, each character was read well. I could not imagine simply reading a book like this. It must be experienced through audio.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. All I will say.

Any additional comments?

This is my first review on audible.com, as this is the first time I have felt so strongly about a book that I needed to share my opinion. It is a work that takes the best of current trends from novels like The Hunger Games and adds the power and philosophical complexity more commonly found in classical literature. Pierce Brown, if you are reading this, please take your time in completing the third book. This trilogy has the potential to truly endure once it comes to the public at large's attention, but a slapped together finale could easily destroy the world you have so carefully built.

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  • Au global
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  • Dirk
  • 2018-02-01

I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

I felt like the first book was a great epic story and this second book was really just a filler. it didn't quite grab my attention like the first book did. still loved it but not quite as good as the first.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • M. B. Jones
  • 2018-02-03

never trust anyone

The theme of this book is "betrayal." Everyone is backstabbing everyone else. After the 3rd time, you'd think that it'd be over, but no. It just continues on the entire book. It becomes a game of "Who is going to backstab Darrow now?" You start to get numb to it by the end. Ulg. I don't want to go on to the next book because it's all so depressing.

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  • Keri
  • 2015-05-16

Extraordinary work

Exceeds the first in its brilliance--well worth the credit. It is books like this that create a void in their wake as I try to find something half as good (an experience that I love as I'm listening and hate as the book ends and i scrabble around for something else). I can count on one hand out of hundreds of series the times I have felt this way--and this is one of them. Other fingers listed below.

Four other audible series I've had the same reaction to:
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Rothfuss: the Name of the Wind and the Wise Man's Fear
The Stormlight Archives by Sanderson: The way of Kings and words of radiance
Raven's Shadow novels by Anthony Ryan: Blood song/tower lord
The Outlander Series, some better than others but in the end an amazing 300 hours of listening bliss

I'm glad to add another series to my "I really can't stand the wait" list. Now if only someone could give me a list--like this--of books I've never read and they'd work for me as well as these!

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-03-24

IS THIS A JOKE? DO YOU SEE US LAUGHING?

PRIDE IS JUST A SHOUT IN THE WIND
At times I thought of The Gladiator, Outlander, Dune, Game of Thrones, and several fantasy epics. The book has a lot of good sparks to it and Brown is a very smart guy. The book has about everything, space battles, sword fights and lots of politics.

EVERYTHING IS POLITICS
The first two hours are excellent and did remind me of The Gladiator. Brown humiliates his main character, in what seems beyond repair. That was followed by two hours of inner strife. Than there is a really good sword fight. The next seven hours was mostly politics and conversations. Like most fantasy epics, there is a lot of talk about this family, that family, the histories of these families and the violence they did to each other and why they hate each other. I don't mind a little inner strife or even the history on certain houses, but not seven hours of it. If you stick with this occasionally something exciting will happen, you just might have to wait several hours. The politics got confusing and I had trouble figuring out who I was suppose to be for and who were the bad guys or why I should care. After twelve hours I lost patience and moved on to another book.


HORIZONTAL DIPLOMACY
The narrator is very good, he does a great Scottish accent. He did not have a huge range of voices and at times I was confused on who was speaking.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Cathy S.
  • LAYTON, UT, US
  • 2017-01-22

Story is very entertaining.

Books 1 and 2 are cliff hangers, you have to get 3. I'm just now starting book 3. But after the first two I'm wondering; first, how many times can this guy die and miraculously come back to life? Not very credible. Secondly, are there ANY good guys besides our hero? And last, will this end well - or even end at all?

This story is entertaining, even if it is a bit tedious. My only real critique for the reader is that they should have started with a younger reader. It was a bit awkward for me to imagine teenage boy Darrow with the voice of an older man. It did get easier as Darrow aged and matured but still in book 2 he's only in his early 20's and our reader sounds in his 50's.

Still, I don't regret this series purchase. Thanks Audible!

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Joshua Kring
  • 2015-07-10

The least helpful review of Golden Son.

Pierce Browns story is epic. I think it could be one of my favorite series. The characters are complex and riviting. There is tension and suspense and mind blowing action scenes. There are twists that you never see coming yet you don't feel cheated when they happen. It has some far fetched science that I had little trouble overlooking.

So, why do I give this book such a low rating?

I can not stand Tim Gerard Reynolds' narration. I realize I'm practically alone in my aggravation as most people love him, but I have my reasons. I listed them in my review of Red Rising, but I am so irritated by how such a great book is ruined that I will list them again.

Firstly, he reads incredibly slowly in an attempt to be more dramatic even though it's entirely unnecessary because the writing is extremely dramatic on its own.

Secondly, he has very little range in his voice acting and very little consistantcy when he does create original voices. This makes it very difficult to know who's speaking, and conversations get confusing. There are exceptions, such as my favorite character, Ragnar... That's really the only exception I can think of off hand.

Finally, his accent drives me crazy. I get that the main character is of Scottish descent, but it's ancient history and his heritage bares little impact on the story. So, such a heavy Scottish accent is unnecessary... To me, at least.

Remember that I might be the only one that feels this way. Chances are you'll be one of the thousands of people who give Mr. Reynolds five stars. Plus, the books are magnificent. I'd say they rival the first three Game of Thrones books in their scope and scale, and I'm certainly not alone in saying that. (Yes, I know that George R R Martin's epic fantasy series is called 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but that name is so generic that I reject it on principles. I also know there are currently five books in that series, but only the first three are great. Books four and five are disappointing.)

I purchased Golden Son right after I listened to Red Rising, and it sat in my library for four months because I dreaded siting through 19 more hours of Mr. Reynolds. If I had time I would have just read the book myself, but I don't have time. I want to know how this amazing story ends, but I'm kind of glad book 3 isn't out yet. I'll have no trouble waiting on it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gus
  • 2017-05-28

i love this story

I love the way this book flows and ends. My heart aches, my blood pumps, and the hair on my arms stands tall.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Em
  • 2015-06-24

The Second Book Is Better than the First

Don’t get me wrong. I am RAVING about Red Rising to everyone I possibly can around the office. And if you haven’t picked up this series yet, you need to start at the beginning. But Golden Son is even better than the first book – which is such an unheard of rarity and a delightful surprise that I had to review this book first. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, and it’s hard to say much without doing so, but I can say that this series is a total genre-bender: I’d call this “Post-apocalyptic-dystopian-YA-crossover-military-sci-fi-with-history-and-general-awesome-geniusness”. All these elements shimmer here and meld together into one whip-smart saga that stays with you for months after finishing it. Needless to say January (when the third and final book in Brown’s trilogy releases) can’t get here soon enough.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mila Dunbar
  • 2018-07-09

don't bother

after the first in the series, this was long, slow, and silly. don't bother. too bad.

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