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Iron Gold

Written by: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising, Book 4
Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Audio editing should be better!

the book was great, the performances were great but the editing of the multiple performances was pretty bad - constantly shifting in sound volume was extremely irritating and someone failed at their job on this oversight.

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The person who mastered the audio should be fired

Great story once again from this series. The narration was frustrating due to the fact that the range in volume was all over the place. Apparently the audio technician has never heard of a compressor to make the difference in volume less.

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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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I really liked it.

I read reviews and was tenative to pick this one up. Once I got used to the multiple narrators I found I liked each one. I felt it complimented the story, making me feel more connected to the characters.

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audio is challenging

love the series but little things with the narration were challenging, mostly having to do with volume (constantly needing to turn up) and discontinuity with pronounciation of names... if youlisten all in a row, it is jarring when the names are not pronounced consistently.

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Excellent. Read them all.

The man has a special way of dropping bombs, then leaving you wanting more. Impossible to stop now. Personally, I liked having the different voice actors for different characters. Well done.

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  • A.
  • 2020-10-27

Narrators

The first 3 books in the series are phenomenal. I found a couple of the narrators very distracting in this one so be prepared it is a change from the first trilogy.

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Terrible choices caused great disappoontment

To start, the story was well written as always The biggest failure was that the original trilogy was 100% through Darrows eyes and then instead of the intended trilogy, they turn it into a linger series and this 4th book is fro the POV of 3 additional people, not just Darrow. The first time I heard a different voice I was bewildered, and after 3 new voices I wanted to quit. Lysamder's narrator was the worst I have ever heard, he sounded like an engineer reading a physics textbook. Spoke way too fast, no voice inflection to create emotion and all the voices sounded the same. Siri would have been a better choice. Efrom's narrator was not great to start, but improved as the book progressed. Still difficult to know who is speaking but at least it had some emotion to it. Average st best. Lyria's narrator was really weird to start but you got used to it. The emotion was way too much as it sounded like she was always crying. It was like a monotone of emotion. The biggest mistake was trying to expand a fantastic trilogy that was well loved. Of they would have been consistent and had it continue through Darrow's eyes, it would have worked, but when you change everything about the presentation and delivery, it is nowhere near the same as the trilogy, it didn't work and was a huge mistake. The better choice would have been to start a completely new series with the same characters. Since this book took place 10 years in the future, that would have worked great. It is no longer a story of the Red Rising, but instead what happened after the Red Rose. When less than 30% of the story included Darrow and you can listen for hours without hearing his voice, it was like a dagger in the back to what I invested in the original trilogy. Don't get me wrong, the story, while not nearly as action packed as the previous books, was very well written and was the perfect beginning to completely new adventures. The series can continue for as long as the author desires with how it is now set up, but it was a huge mistake to make it an expansion of the successful trilogy. This is the perfect spinoff to keep Darrow going while making the universe infinitely bigger. The story is worth the listen, just fight the urge to quit after 5 hours and consider it just an expansion of the world and you will enjoy it. If you are expecting a continuation of the trilogy in the same form, you will be very disappointed and maybe even upset

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The pacing felt a lot like starting over

but still worth the listen. Unfortunately there are some tolerable issues with audio. This book is also read by a different narrator for each character's POV chapters, which will take some getting used to and was an unwelcome departure from the original trilogy.

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Good story, bad narrators

The story and Tim Reynolds narration was as great as the previous books. I understand the need for additional narrators given the structure of this book, but they were pretty bad. Lysanders was monotonous and gave no feeling to the characters at all; no way to tell what is narrative and what is dialogue. Lyria was TOO emotional, sobbing through entire chapters. I found myself wishing I could just skip through Lysander and Lyria's chapters

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  • Geoffrey Davis
  • 2018-03-24

Narration Ruined the amazing series

What disappointed you about Iron Gold?

I despised the new narrators. I just listened to 3 books that were masterfully done, then you give me this. I don't understand why you change it up. Tim was so good by himself.

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  • farah ramsammy
  • 2018-10-07

Should have stopped at 3..

This book was awful, like seriously, it feels like a standalone and should have been. I love the original series and it should have ended at book 3. This one feels disjointed and all over the place. Reaching for a plot and storyline. I wanted to so badly to love it but it was such a hard listen. The first three, I couldn't wait to press play and continue when the kids were in bed or I was driving in the car--this one, I had to force myself to listen to. SO sad for this series.

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  • Adam Holt
  • 2018-05-03

Inconsistent Volume and Narration

My review is purely on the quality of the audio book. I have some issues with the story as well, but as I haven't finished it yet, I'm willing to reserve judgment. Overall, the quality of the audio mixing for this book was pretty bad. From chapter to chapter and sometimes even within chapters, there are noticeable changes in volume that force me to adjust the volume far more often than I'm comfortable with. My biggest complaint about the audio book though, is with the narrators for the Lysander and Lyria chapters. The narrator who "plays" Lysander speaks in a clipped and businesslike manner, rarely lending any sense of drama to even some of the more dramatic sections. There were times when I wondered if he was paid by the word and was trying to get through it as quickly as possible. By contrast, the Lyria narrator seems to only speak in completely frantic or utterly furious tones (even when narrating very simple sections) to the point that her voice becomes grating and difficult to listen to. Both the Lyria and Lysander narrators seem to pay little attention to punctuation, often running over obvious pauses that sometimes make it difficult to follow dialogue. I certainly understand why there were four narrators for this book given the story structure, I just find their quality quite disjointed. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fantastic job in this book as in the previous ones and I thought that the narrator for Effraim is nearly as good. It is to the point where I dread hearing the introduction to a Lysander or Lyria chapter because while I find their stories very interesting, it can feel like a chore to get through them.

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  • John McMaster
  • 2018-04-16

Problem with narrators, especially Julian Elfer

Julian Elfer (Lysander) was absolutely terrible. I am not sure if it was the recording or Julian, but I had the volume set to max in my car whenever he comes on and I'd still miss half of what he says.

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  • 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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  • Inkstom
  • 2018-01-30

Too many narrarators

What disappointed you about Iron Gold?

I prefer to have only one person narrate the book. The multiple narrarators detracted and distracted from the book so much that I turned it off after the beginning of the 7th chapter. Booo and shame on them for thinking this was a good idea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Gold?

Poor performances.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Why change a good thing? Tim Gerard Reynolds did a fine job of the first three books. What made them think it would be a good idea to add an additional 3 persons?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm severely disappointed in the portrayal of this book enough that I want a refund. It was not the way I intended to enjoy this book.

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  • 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!!!

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  • 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.

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  • Nick Cabezas
  • 2018-01-29

1 narrator please

TGR needs to go back and narrate the entire book. The other narrators completely ruin the experience for me.

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  • Stephani Ann
  • 2018-02-03

Meh

I absolutely loved the first three books but this was a little lackluster for me. It introduced three new point of view characters with three different narrators, which in concept was a good way to expand the scope of the story but wasn’t executed very well. I honestly didn’t care enough about the new characters for their storylines to hold my attention, save for one. Even Darrow’s chapters were so far removed from the man he was that I didn’t enjoy them. The writing is still beautiful and the world building is still there, but this felt more like the first in a new series in a new time and place than a continuation of the previous. Even then, not much progress was made and it just felt like it was setting up future novels. That is fine for a first book, but not a fourth. I give it a meh and an ehhh.

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