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Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution in the action-packed new novel from the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Red Rising Trilogy.

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

©2017 Pierce Brown (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Au global

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Histoire

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • 2018-02-01

Doesn't live up to the Red Rising trilogy

Honestly, if this book was a stand alone it would be good. However, being part of the Red Rising series makes it only okay at best. I have listened to the Red Rising trilogy over a dozen times; this is no exaggeration. Without further ado I'll plunge into the review.

Audio:

This was a big annoyance for me; and many others have mentioned the level of volume is constantly changing throughout the book causing the listener to always increase or decrease the volume on their device.

Too many narrators. Tim Gerard Reynolds was in my opinion the figurehead of Red Rising on Audible. The moment I heard the female narrator start it was.. strange. It's always been through Darrow's perspective with Tim narrating, and it felt extremely out of place to me.

The names of characters are now pronounced differently. Okay for some reason the pronounciation of Priam REALLY bugged me; but there were also a few other characters who had their names buggered up. It's always been PREE (tree) - uhm. Why change it 4 books in? WHY?

Story:

I know that it has been several years after Morning Star has ended; but the change it politics seemed so absolutely drastic to me it's simply hard to consider it plausible. I want to avoid spoilers here but at the end of the Morning Star when the Telomanuses are talking to Darrow and are talking basically what comes after the rebellion they are constantly putting down democracy and so forth. Like democracy has been the running joke of the entire fucking series. And the characters; -- I need to take a break from writing this review.This book was so god damn disappointing you have no idea. I loved this series and I still do but this is akin to the disappoint of the Avatar live action movie.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Justin
  • 2018-04-18

Great

This is one of my favourite book series of late. Very professionally narrated and engrossing

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nick D
  • 2018-04-06

I'm not sure if this is actually a good story.

The narrators(4) are not the best, makes it very hard to follow. I can't make it past chapter 7. Still have around 20 hours. Don't think I'll make it. Time to use the audible refund.

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jony Tomas
  • 2018-03-31

it was super boring

I struggled to finish it. it was jumping all over the place. please send a refund. ok thanks.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-14

Great story, subpar VA

Another great book in the series.
Only complaint is for the performance of Elfer and Moloney.
Elfer sounds like a posh brit which kinda suits his main char but he also sounds like he couldnt wait to finish and leave. There’s hardly any tone change between his chars, and his pacing often breaks immersion.
Moloney added too much variety for her main char. one moment L sounds like a bubbly girl and next she sounds like the wicked witch of the west.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Georg
  • 2018-03-09

darrow is a drama queen

all of the other characters are awesome...i just think that the main character is unpredictable

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Leah
  • 2018-03-08

Love this series, but

The recordings for the four separate narrators are of differing qualities. Of course, Brown writes another great addition to this series, but the poor quality of some of the recordings really took away from some of the story for me.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mr P J Hill
  • 2018-03-01

A slow start but improves later

I devoured the "red rising" trilogy and thought, well, that's that when it finished. So when I saw this book I picked it up with great excitement. Like many other readers I was initially disappointed, it did not have the pace of previous books with one exciting challenge after another. The story was very retrospective, there was also a lot of "boring" politics and at times I really ground through it.

The last quarter or third of the book picks up to the tempo of the previous trilogy. I started being excited about my next listening session and got into it. The different narrators was a good idea but I did find the perceived changes in volume from different voices a bit jarring.

In conclusion I see this book as good ground work for a new trilogy, I will definitely buy more in this series but my enthusiasm has been dulled a bit.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kain
  • 2018-02-28

More

When I first picked up Red Rising I was hooked. When I picked up Golden Son I read it cover to cover. When I listened to Morning Star and Ragnar’s death I was overcome with emotion. This new book hooked me all over again, looking forward to more.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • James
  • 2018-02-05

just part one...

the whole book is a gripping rise to the crescendo that is not yet touched here. I will await the next book with anticipation. if PB continues with this fragmented style of writing, I want more, the book needs to be twice as long.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-21

Audio needs to be balanced

Story is okay, not up to the standards of the first 3 books. The narrators are okay except the audio really needs to be more balanced. If I have it loud enough to hear the quiet parts, the loud parts are piercing. This make sections of the book almost unbearable.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Quinn Radford
  • 2018-01-20

Great book, fix the audio :c

the narration, the story is all great but the audio volume is poorly balanced so it's hard to hear unless you're in a really quiet environment. the loud parts are too loud and the quiet parts are too quiet. can't really listen to it on the go.

56 personnes sur 60 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • B
  • 2018-01-18

Too many cooks in the kitchen

How could the performance have been better?

I understand the appeal of a cast of narrators but a part of me wishes Tim Gerard Reynolds narrated the entire book. He is so intricately entwined with the original trilogy that is startling when you first hear a new narrator early in the book. Honestly, I want a solo version with only Tim....that or switch it up and form a super-group of Tim Gerard Reynolds, Kate Reading, and Michael Kramer...could you imagine?

113 personnes sur 124 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • User1313
  • 2018-03-02

Fantastic Continuation

I am delighted with the fourth installment of my all time favorite series of books. Brown continues to weave one of the most nuanced and brilliant narratives of the last hundred years. Taking a far wider stance, he forces us to confront the mortality of our heroes and the bitter bile of hollow victory. Examined through four disparate storylines ten years after the fall of au Lune, Darrow and his Republic are struggling to finish the war which has claimed millions. We are left with a dark story of tragedy and dashed dreams, humanity sacrificed on the alter of hubris. From that sacrifice the ember of a phoenix is created, ready to rise up and burn the worlds anew. Hail Reaper.

Highest marks and absolutely worth the credit.

*I join with the other listeners who have expressed their general dismay with the multi narrator cast; TGR solo would be greatly preferred. However, I didn't find it so detrimental as to distract from the overall experience of the novel. I don't think any of them did a bad job with the narration in any sense; it was more the sudden departure from TGR's voices from many extremely well known characters that was jarring. So, personal preference is present here and your mileage may vary.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alpha20
  • 2018-01-21

Too many narrators Mr. Brown

What made the experience of listening to Iron Gold the most enjoyable?

Tim Gerald Reynolds is a master narrator. Reynolds has already developed the voices for these characters in 3 other books. Adding the other narrators takes away from TGR performance and the Red Rising experience. It does not flow effortlessly like the other books and gets confusing. Missed the mark as far as the audible version is concerned.

23 personnes sur 26 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-21

Frustrating narrators and story.

As others have said. Tim Gerard should have just done the entire book. The women narrator nearly killed this book for me as me and my friends had to increase the speed just to rush through the chapters. The others were just meh. Lots of low volume issues as well. Not really sure why they went this route. As far as the story goes as a huge fan of the last books I was little disappointed. Darrow seems to have went backwards in character development making dumb decisions and the new characters other than Lysander were very uninteresting in my opinion.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel
  • 2018-01-26

Love Red Rising... but Julian Elfer?

[Semi-Spoilers]
Pierce Brown is writing one hell of a series and I’m enjoying every minute. I have also listened to TGR on several other of his narrations and absolutely love his performance.

The only scar on this performance is the narrator who voiced Lysander, . He’s got a great voice but... there’s no emotion... He’s reading about the death of one of the major characters of this series and it’s like I’m listening to a BBC news anchor drawl on about the London Stock Exchange numbers!

TGR is amazing, Aedin Moloney stirred so much emotion, John Curless really made me feel Ephraim’s grittiness, but PLEASE replace Julian Elfer from the series (assuming there’s no contract for all 3 books I suppose).

Thanks for a great story.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • molly a dues
  • 2018-01-23

Who the Bloodydamn Chose These Narrotors?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is the most perfect gorydamn narrator for the poetry Pierce Brown writes. I cannot even focus on the story, the other narrative is so obnoxious. AUDIBLE FIX THIS!!!

34 personnes sur 40 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • William
  • 2018-01-21

I agree to many Cooks in kitchen..

One of the many reasons that I loved the first three books so much was that Tim Gerard Was absolutely perfect as the narrator. He ability to change back and forth from High lingo to low red. Giving each character its own identity made this book come alive. He did that on his own. The other actors here just ruined it for me. Excellent story as always from Pierce Brown. But as far as the narration goes maybe they should make sure that the actors know how pronounce the names as the author intended. I swear I was going get bloody damned pissed if he called Rouqe “Rock” one more time

39 personnes sur 46 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Chad
  • 2018-01-21

A Myriad of Thoughts and Emotions

Note: I have written a lot of book reviews, but I haven't had this many thoughts on one book in a long time, so my review is a bit exhaustive, but I would appreciate it if you would give it a read, because I really do feel like I bring up some important points, thank you.

After the fantastic third and final installment in Pierce Brown's first trilogy, Morning Star, I believe that this was the book I was most excited for this year, and after finishing it I can honestly say that I have been left very confused and a bit disappointed.

Where to start, the four points of view were somewhat off putting, the story really seems to jump ahead from the previous book without enough explanation of what happened in between, and the book as a whole is much slower than the first three novels Brown has written.

I really enjoy novels that use multiple points of view, I actually think it tends to make books more dynamic and complex, and helps develop characters much more effectively. In a sense Brown accomplishes both of these intentions for better or worse. The multiple POVs cause us as the reader to experience essentially four different story lines, which don't connect much throughout the story, making the whole book seem a little disjointed and without a consistent pace. Overall, this splitting of points of view creates a very complex plot, that doesn't flow properly and is very hard for the author to balance effectively. I know this book is technically part of a new trilogy, but in a sense it is still the same overall story line, and splitting the POVs up seems unnecessary to me. The best example of this that I have seen before, that immediately comes to mind for me is definitely the changing from one to three POVs in Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow series between books one and two, and that was an unmitigated disaster. Ryan completely lost control of the story, and I really hope this isn't the case for the coming books in this series.

On the other hand, Brown's use of multiple POVs really does help him develop his characters even more than he already does. As I have finished my fourth novel by Brown, I am quickly coming to realize my favorite thing about his books are his well developed characters. Most of the large main cast has a clear feel to them, and as a reader I can clearly understand their motivations and emotions. Now, as a caveat to my previous point, Brown does introduce so many characters in this novel that the development is definitely a bit lacking in some of the fringe people, and a good number of them seem to be there simply for plot advancement purposes.

Now my next issue with this novel is the jump of ten years between the previous trilogy's end and this book's start. I don't have any problems whatsoever with time gaps between books, but too many unexplained events happen in the time to make the change fluid. It is briefly mentioned in the book that there have been ten years of war, but then the book happens to start up when all the major action is happening, and this major action only seems to take a few weeks. You would think that the gap could have easily been made smaller, and it wouldn't have made a difference, ten years just seems like a very arbitrary number to me. I would mention more but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, lets just say that I think the time gap and ensuing explanations that we were given about that time are hazy at best.

Finally, we move to my last point of discussion, which is the pacing of this book. Because of the introduction of three new character POVs, Brown needs time to build their backstories, and help us understand what is happening in their lives in general. This makes this book start much slower, and not much plot movement happens for essentially the first two thirds of the novel, which is somewhat different from the previous three books. Also, there seems to be much less action in this novel than the previous ones, which is a bit surprising to me, and might be disappointing to others. I don't want to necessarily say that I disliked this pacing change, but it was definitely something I didn't expect, and it did make for a much different read, especially because this novel was a good bit longer than his other works to date.

I want to quickly mention the narration, which I felt was tolerable, but I didn't think there was really a need for the four different narrators. I absolutely love Tim Gerrard Reynolds, and have listened to dozens of his performances before, but I honestly don't think I have ever heard of any of the three narrators before. I wouldn't say they were bad, but they were all fairly average. Quick disclaimer here, I am not picky about narrators, and don't put books down if the narrator is poor, so my opinion on this particular subject should be taken with a grain of salt.

To wrap things up, after finishing this novel, despite having several opinions on different aspects of the book, I came out pretty ambivalent on it as a whole. It wasn't a bad book, I have certainly read worse books, but it didn't hit my expectations either. Ultimately, it is hard to judge this book by itself, because more than most novels it feels like a fragment of an entire story, and I believe the next book will make or break this series. If Brown can control all of his story lines and pull them together into something cohesive, this book will definitely improve in my eyes, if not there might not be that much point in reading book three.

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