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Dark Age

Written by: Pierce Brown
Length: 33 hrs and 58 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mooney
  • 2019-08-11

Changed narrators

Why change the narrators? Tim Gerard is great, but the extras from the last book were much better. Especially Lyra. Good story but should have been the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-31

Another masterpiece by a brilliant mind

Overall this book is FANTASTIC. At first I did not care for the voice of Lysander as I really enjoyed the narrator from book 4 so it sounded off to me but over time it deffinetly grew on me and it became quite natural sounding and quite enjoyable. Other then that this is a masterpiece of an emotional rollercoaster and one of the most exciting books I have ever read. Bravo Pierce Brown, Bravo!!

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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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  • ClementN
  • 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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  • Stew81
  • 2019-08-13

Too Complicated

This book was hard to follow. Minor characters from previous books have major roles in this one and I’m just not that interested in them. I’ve got about 2 hours left on this one and I’m already looking forward to starting a new book. I should be glued to this story right now but I’d rather write this review or look for my next book than listen to this one. The narration is okay but I would prefer TGR to narrate the whole story. Here is what this story needed... IMO
1. Less Lysander
2. More Sevro
3. Bring Ragnar back somehow
4. More Howlers
5. Less of Darrow’s internal dialogue

If anyone is reading this and considering this series. The first 2 are great and it goes downhill from there. I’m surprised at how positive the reviews are so far. 4.7 stars right now! Really? I respectfully disagree.

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  • David
  • 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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  • Micheil Bhàsa
  • 2019-08-09

My Favorite Sci-Fi Series! But Not This Book.

Overall:
Love the series as a whole. Really dislike the new format that started with Iron Gold. I am not a fan at all of switching character perspectives in books. I feel like all the other characters should be standalone novellas paralleling the timeline of this book And this book should have been focused on 1 or 2 perspectives max. Because honestly there are a lot of characters I couldn't give a damn about in this book and I found it a droll to get through their chapters. When I reread Iron Gold I ended up just skipping huge chunks of the book because I didn't care about any of the characters beyond Darrow, Virginia, Alexander, and Cassius.

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The production quality of this installment seemed lower than that of previous books. I noticed a lot of technical tone shifting going on. Other than that - not a fan of the narrator for Lysander. I had to speed up all of Lysanders chapters to x1.5. And when characters with dialog cross into another narrators chapter. They should be voiced by the primary narrator of that character. Because it's jarring when Darrow and other characters are being voiced by people that don't narrate their voices 99.99% of the time. This or just have a single narrator for all characters. Tim Gerald Reynolds is a legend though 10/10.

Story:
Three words: Amazing. Ultra violence.
As a whole the Red Rising series is absolutely amazing. This book in particular seems to ramp up the violence and carnage to a new level. Of which I wholeheartedly approve. But when characters you love become victims of these violent worlds... it can be a tough pill to swallow. From the beginning it was obvious that this book was setting up for book 6. Books 4 and 5 are not my favorite but regardless... HAIL REAPER!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful