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  • Iron Gold

  • Written by: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio editing should be better!

  • By Genessa on 2018-05-10

pretty good performances but an uneven story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-15

Definitely the weakest of the 4 books so far, but still good nonetheless.

80% of the book is a vote, due mostly to some horrible pacing (Lysander's narrative should be a separate short story) and otherwise lengthy exposition/dialogue devoted to side characters who mean very little to the overall plot/development of the man characters. But the beginning and end chapters are good, interesting and more akin to the Peirce Brown that we know. Darrow is also just so frustrating in this, his actions and disregard for those closest to him making little sense. I did tire of Lyria's voice relying purely on accent to convey emotion (rather than being an accent that still conveys nuance).

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • Written by: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 348

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • recommended!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-18

beautiful imagery and prose

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-17

this is an improvement in every way on the first book. The imagery is skillfully woven into the prose which never lets up through the entire 19hrs. Completely worthy of the purchase.

  • Middlegame

  • Written by: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Metal Alchemist meets The Wizard of Oz

  • By Graham on 2019-06-25

Full Metal Alchemist meets The Wizard of Oz

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-25

if you like any of the following, this story is for you:
- evil secret organizations, or villains who are motivated to "control the universe"
- seeing characters change over many years
- literary magical realism
- Harry Potter (minus the wands, but add in some English and math)
- black/white struggles between good and evil (with some gray characters thrown in)
- exposition to move the plot along, but don't mind character melodrama slowing it down
- similies.... many, MANY similies
- lovely, nuanced, let's-hear-teacher-read-a-story type of voice acting.

If even a couple of those tick the box for you, then I recommend giving this a listen. it's great fun, very accessible to young adults. The ending feels very rushed, and there is a lot of worldbuidling that seems pointless, if only to spur on fanfiction or pre/sequels. But it ends on a strong note and the writing is still solid, engaging.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now what am I gonna do with my life?

  • By Eli on 2018-03-01

A nice end to the trilogy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-10

Much better than Book 2, the story doesn't meander onto pointless plot threads and wraps up others nicely.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Andre Yelle on 2017-10-05

100% expository storytelling, but it works

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

Definitely not as good as book 1, as it lacks the intrigue and triples down on how all the bobs encounter and plan out solutions. it's fairly dry at times and I found myself wondering what was the overall point but towards the end the plot develops and the book ends with a clear purpose for reading book 3. As ever, the performance is fantastic.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

  • By Eli on 2018-01-11

This is just plain fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-05

If you want a lighthearted sci-fi story, you're unlikely to find one better than this. Anyone with even the slightest bit of a geek in them will get a kick out of the journey into space exploration as filtered though the main character's (characters'?) whimsical sarcasm. The performance is engaging and feels like a good friend telling it to you over a couple of beers. The story does meander or lose focus on some sub-narratives within it that do not seem to go anywhere (future books in the series may resolve that). That's about the worst I can say here though. Definitely worth the price of admission and a listen.

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  • The Light Brigade

  • Written by: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Cara Gee, Jackie Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back...different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief - no matter what actually happens during combat. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Military sci-fi for a humanist era

  • By Adam Drew on 2019-07-08

cool story, but the reader was a bit flat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-28

Definitely worth a purchase for the story alone, but the readers voice was very flat, lacking nuance from one character to the next. There are sections of dialogue where you can't really tell who exactly is speaking because the performers voice is so similar from one character to the next, and there's no way to distinguish which person is speaking at any one moment as a result. otherwise it was a pretty good reading and I would still recommend the purchase.