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Iron Gold

Written by: Pierce Brown
Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (239 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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Not a full story just a setup for the next book

This book starts off slow, and then stays there. The audio editing seems uneven chapter to chapter. Sometimes it was loud and others I had to turn up the volume. I can't put my finger on why but they narrator that does Lira (sp) is annoying. The narrator that does Lysander (sp) sounds like a bored high school student. The book never reaches a sense of urgency. An the worst sin of all, the one that means this is the last book in the series I am ever going to read/listen to, is that it isn't a complete story. A bunch of subplots are started, there is no real main plot, and at the end nothing is resolved. At the end it doesn't even feel like the middle of any of these subplots. This is even more annoying because it feels so long. If I hadn't been through and enjoyed all the previous books I would have quit listening around Chapter 10. I slogged all the way through to Chapter 65 to get no payback for my efforts.

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Great! (with one exception)

i loved this book. three characters are read very well, the 4th (playing Lysander) is terrible. he reads everything like a newscaster... takes all meaning out od the words he's saying. book itself is great.

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The Reaper

once again the twists and turns are alive. and you feel.each victory and failure nod our heroes. a great listen!

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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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Books got slowly worse, can't stand the female narrorator

One of the things I liked most about red rising was that it was a trilogy and then it just ended. This book feels alittle drawn out and ended in a word way where it seems like it can't be the end of the story it must continue.
Also I Absolutely hated the female narrator and almost puked when I heard her.

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Its Okay....but

Have to admit, found Iron Gold not as enjoyable as the Red Rising Trilogy, which is excellent. The Trilogy is one of the best I've listened to, it was thoroughly enjoyable; the narration by Tim G Reynolds was outstanding. Iron Gold took me by surprise by the way the story was presented with the different narrators, not a huge fan of this type of presentation. Also, in my opinion, the main character was more out of the story than in, not to mention a total disappointment. Bottom line, for myself, just expected more. #Audible1

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Falls Short of Previous Books

The narration takes a different turn in Iron Gold compared to the previous books. Tim Gerard is still golden in his performance as well as Effrim's narrator but I found the other two fell short and were rather grating to listen to at times.
The story spreads out in this book, encompassing a number of characters which did make it feel like it was dragging on a bit compared to the faster pace set in the previous books. Will hang around for the next in the series to see what happens, however. #Audible1

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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.

56 of 57 people found this review helpful

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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.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

80 of 83 people found this review helpful

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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.

148 of 156 people found this review helpful

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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.

47 of 49 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.

71 of 75 people found this review helpful

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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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Quinn Radford
  • 2018-01-20

Great book, fix the audio :c

the narration, the story is all great but the audio volume is poorly balanced so it's hard to hear unless you're in a really quiet environment. the loud parts are too loud and the quiet parts are too quiet. can't really listen to it on the go.

109 of 117 people found this review helpful

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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!!!

96 of 103 people found this review helpful