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Golden Son

Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
Written by: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (378 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Another Banger

The second of the series, Golden Son is equally as good, if not better than the first. No longer confined to the institute, this book is much larger in scope, and the action all the bigger for it. The narration is again, top notch, with clearly defined voices for each character, and excellent dramatic flair for emotional or terse moments. Highly recommended.

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beautiful imagery and prose

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.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-06-01

Fantastic Story

I thought this book was excellent much like I did with the first. This author has a very great gift for imagery and storytelling. I can't wait to read the next one. this author has a way of making all his words count so there's no filler . This book has lots of substance with great character arcs and I have not enjoyed one as much as this in a very long time.

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Best book in the series.

Loved all the twists and turns...specially the ending. Can't wait for Dark Age to come out.

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terrific story

Great second book, very excited to start the next one. A must listen for anyone.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • pondo
  • 2018-04-30

Finished book 2 yesterday ordering book 3 now

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I got home from work and had to sit in my car in the garage for some time while a scene ended. This series is gripping

Any additional comments?

I am above all honest, so my reviews are not sugar coated. This is a truly great series. I dinged the performance a star in book one for an Irish accent, seems the author must have had other questions about this situation and it is explained in satisfactorily in book 2. The performance is outstanding and should get bonus stars on the performance of Ragnar alone. The prose of Pierce Brown is so damn good, I recommend any aspiring authors to listen to this series. I have read authors who seem to posses exceptional Thesaurus' which I find annoying. Pierce uses every day dialog so well I feel he is a brilliant artist with language, quite possibly up to the par of Samuel Clemmons although of a completely different style. Example (setting, a long ago mentor comes back as an arch rival, one of the protagonists greets him upon discovering the antagonist's identity) "Fitchner! How nostalgic." Simply beautiful use of language from start to finish. This is a Prime series my Goodmen. Question for Pierce did your last name have anything to do with the theme of the series or is it just happy coincidence?

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  • Kelly
  • 2017-10-13

I can't believe there isn't more hype about this series!!

I never ever write reviews, but this book truly merited one. I can't believe all the other YA tripe has been made into movies and not this series- this is so much better. The plot takes you for an awesome roller coaster ride- one you'll want to ride again and again. It's the perfect blend of love, loss, sadness, joy, humor and hope. It doesn't even have improbable "saved in the nick of time" situations that you can't suspend reality for. The narrator does and excellent job as well. No wonder this book has a 5 star rating!

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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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  • Justin
  • 2015-01-07

You liked the first one? You'll like this one.

If you could sum up Golden Son in three words, what would they be?

gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ragnar. His monologue near the end.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Reynolds is well-known, his reading is gripping and his voice exceptional.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"BRING SOME TISSUES"

Any additional comments?

It's worth the bloody damn credit.

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  • David
  • 2015-01-09

Amazing 2nd Book

The notion that this series remains unknown is a travesty. These are some of the best books, the best story, of any genre. The young adult classification simply means these are books for anyone. I recommend them to everyone.

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