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Dark Age

Written by: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds,John Curless,Moira Quirk,James Langton,Rendah Heywood
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For a decade, Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury. 

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him? 

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies. 

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation - and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form - and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed - every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

©2019 Pierce Brown (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Dark is right! Oh and ignore the dim reviews.

First, I'm aghast at the vehemence and lashing out of reviewers toward the narrators (in the .com reviews). Sure the multiple POV was a change I had to get used too from the first trilogy, but its the performers voices, skill, and talent that made the transition so easy. I barely noticed they swapped a few of the narrators (it being several months since listening to Iron Gold) I found myself excited each time the POV switched simply to hear the voices of the characters. I get it comes down to personal opinion and I'm no voice coach, but I've listened to my fare share of painful audiobooks (looking at you Foundation and Earth), so if I had to guess the anger comes from stubborn fans stuck in the nostalgic days of the institute. Eh, c'est la vie.

That said, wow does Dark mean dark. Sometimes after a listening session I had to take a moment to myself to process what I just heard. I loved it. The book has well paced movement of plot, the flat characters we've come to love or hate played their rolls cleverly, the round characters rotated and translated in intriguing ways, surprise and shock, laugher and tears. It's all there. Wonderful writing, and wonderful performance. Thank you everyone involved, looking forward to the next one.

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Performances Greatly Improved

In Iron Gold, book 4, it was an unexpected surprise to hear another set of voices. At first I was very disappointed because they felt very out of place but I did eventually get used to the voice of Ephrim because after the shock of the unfamiliar voices, he was easy to listen too and suited the character. However, Lyria and Lysander were not fit. I did not enjoy listening to their chapters, which is unfortunate because the characters themselves, like the rest of the characters are well thought out and well written.
Fortunately, the performances in Dark Age were much improved by the new actors for Lyria and Lysander and the voice of Virginia fit well too. Of course, Tim Gerard Reynolds has continued to captivate and is still very pleasant to listen to. This book was a fantastic continuation of the series, I do wish the ending had a better wrap up. It felt like it was just cut rather than a cliff hanger. Hopefully book 6 will have a quicker start, to make up for this. Overall I would recommend this series to anyone who likes intelligent characters and a story that has many branches but nothing is random.

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Think Game of Thrones kills off main characters?

Hold my beer my goodman!

These books have always been cracking good scifi but dour and Dark Age goes bleaker.

Oh and the bad guy and good guys keep on switching places without moving.

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Best one yet!

Insanely good audiobook experience. Story is 10/10 and the performance brings it to life. Would recommend to any SciFi/fantasy fans.

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Great story marred by a terrible production

Whoever produced this audiobook should be fired. It was very evident they did not listen to previous audiobooks in this series, or if they did, they did not care at all about consistency between the books. It significantly detracted from being able to follow an otherwise excellent storyline. While I don’t like that character voices were changed, the biggest issue was the inconsistencies in how different words and names were pronounced not just from book to book but also from character to character. I much preferred the voices of Lysander and Lyria from the previous book, Lysander especially the new voice just did not suit the character. If you listened to previous audiobooks in this series I’m willing to bet you’ll be very disappointed with Dark Age.

Otherwise Pierce wrote another amazing story in the Red Rising series.

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War done right.

War, politics, unprecedented carnage. Amazing. Loved every second of it and can't wait until book 6.

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Whyyyyyy

Why change lysanders voice to this boringly numbing person. I found myself fast forwarding every chance he came on.

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Incredible book, incredible series

The red rising series by Pierce brown is an immaculate sci fi fantasy series that pays homage to the greats, while at the same being a phenomenal series all on its own. Pierce brown is a wonderful writer and I can’t wait for book 6

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Definitely Dark

Audio was too quiet for some parts, but the story was great.
Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.
loved it.

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Definitely dark

I’ve loved all the books in the series.

This book is definitely my least favourite but still very much a good read.

Until this book there was a good mix of success & failure & often your favourite characters got dealt some very bad hands....so this kept things interesting since you knew it always doesn’t go “right” for the good guys.

This book is just very much one sided....so it starts to become predictable about how major plot points will work out.

Very much an action packed good story though

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  • Andrea
  • 2019-08-22

Changed Narrators!?! Trash Move Amazon/Audible.

WTF. Lysander had the best voice and this new guy obviously didn't even listen to the other books because he didn't even attempt to pronounce the names of people or places correctly. The recast ed two characters in fact. Just pay them what they want. We sure pay enough for these books!!!!! I am very disappointed in Audible. Very disappointed indeed. It is very hard to listen to. Save your money and read the book. This was just pathetic.

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  • Tom
  • 2019-07-31

Why??

Should've had Tim Gerard Reynolds narrate the entire book. He is amazing the others are lame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-07

Sound volume

I sure wish the sound engineers had put all the narrators at the same volume

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  • Paul Yuro
  • 2019-08-01

Nails on a chalk board

I have always loved the books, I have listen to them times over because I love the flow, the narrators it was always like music to me, I actually almost giggle when the first chapter of Lysander was to begin then I cringed at the sound of the new narrators voice, its really hard to listen to, its like listening to Count Chocula and Carrie Grant.I just want to know Piece Brown why? I would also like to know why the new pronouncing of Cassia, really sad to see something so perfect broken.

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  • Rickey Hill
  • 2019-09-07

The hope inspired by the series is gone

Too many characters and overwhelmingly sadistic . No one to like or champion. Uncertain if I want to read the next book. The series should have ended with book 3.

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  • Jeff C
  • 2019-09-28

Don’t listen to this

I’ve been with this series since the beginning, and have recommended that others read it. I no longer recommend this series. It took a year to write publish and record this garbage. I couldn’t wait for it to end, and now that it has, I feel cheated. What made the series great was thrown out and replaced by Game of Thrones style over the top garbage. Goodbye!

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  • Tina
  • 2019-08-09

This series has gone full blown Grim Dark.

As my title says, the story has turned really dark, so much so its incredulous how everything that could go wrong does. So much so it takes me out of the story several times. The beautiful prose of the author in this book feels laborious to work through as you start to realize it's going to lead to tragedy.

The performance is flawless and the addition of other narrators gives more life to the story, I'm happy with the change.

The plot suffers from timing, luck, nativity and stupidity of certain characters that its truly unbelievable. I rate it a 3 out of 5 out of respect of the audio performers and the first trilogy. how beautifully the first trilogy was done and the obvious talent of the author gives me enough hope he will drag this story out of the hole it's in. This is part of the whole which is still not finished. I will reserve full judgment of this trilogy or story until it is finished but this book left me feeling very unsatisfied.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-08-14

Least favorite so far.

As much as I looked forward to this book I was a little bit disappointed by time the end came. It felt too....disjointed. As if side quests kept popping up to interrupt the main story.
Even if they were overall connected to the main plot, it still felt like way too much time was spent focused on them. Like a side story could have been written instead.
Alot of the ruminations from the characters felt like filler to pad out the dialogue. I hope the next book is more tightly focused.

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  • Exaar
  • 2019-08-01

The Narrators are actually great

I'm seeing a lot of hate for the narrators in this review section, so I just had to write a little rebuttal because I've had almost the opposite reaction. I'm not done with the book yet, as it's only just come out, but I'm about 12 hours in at this point.

While I agree that the guy they got to do Lysander in this book is not as good as the guy from the last book, he is still fine. The real star here, though, is the woman they got to do Virginia (Mustang). I believe it is Rendah Haywood? Anyway, she is /amazing/. They could not have picked a better narrator to encapsulate the character. She has the perfect combination of refined intelligence and snarky, sarcastic wit to bring a character I have known and loved for four previous books to life. Her casting and performance were both top picks and more than make up for the (slight) downgrade with the Lysander narrator.

I also want to give props to the guy who does Ephraim. He is really good. I enjoyed him in the last book, but so far in this book he has impressed me even more.

So yeah. I agree, Lysander's narrator is a step down from the previous guy. But the other narrators in this book are just absolutely stellar, including of course the great Tim Gerard Reynolds. The casting of Virginia is sublime.

Oh, and so far the story is fantastic too.

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  • Veenray
  • 2019-08-31

Past its Prime

A terrific series that has become tedious. Rather than reaching climactic highs, I kept wishing this read to end. The first few books were wonderful, now the series is searching for a good ending. This wasn't it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-01-12

Naration

It was very hard to adapt to the different narrators in the book. But once you get used to it, it feels like a nice addition.

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  • kristevacat
  • 2022-03-29

amazing, immersive and emotional a need-to listen

this was absolutely amazing ! i’ve been stuck with it for months now and im sad it’s over! the voices were really well matched and everything was perfect just perfect