Red Rising (Unabridged)
by Pierce Brown
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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow - and Reds like him - are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies...even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Listened to it two times in a row. Fantastic
Don’t miss this one!
Braveheart meets Master and Commander meets Star Trek meets Gladiator meets Art of War meets Dangerous Liaisons meets The Odyssey meets Game of Thrones in one of the most compelling epic stories in years.
I listen to 2 or 3 audiobooks each week and this is easily one of the best I’ve ever heard.
I’d seen the great reviews on this series several months ago, but due to Hunger Games comparisons I mistakenly thought this was YA and designated it a “maybe later” purchase.
The depth and quality of Pierce Brown’s writing is astounding. Every character is unique and multi-multi-layered. The plot pacing left me breathless. Mr. Brown somehow manages a perfect balance of real world ancient history and fresh, exciting sci-fi. Ancient religion and mythology add to the story’s complexity without distracting from center stage.
I’ve never listened to an audiobook that made me gasp at intervals or grip the steering wheel in anticipation. In Book 2, Golden Sun, I literally stopped what I was doing so I could sit down and process unfolding events.
Before I bought Red Rising I saw one review that didn’t like the narrator. Personally, I was blown away by Tim Gerard Reynolds' performance. Yes, Darrow is 17 when the book begins and Mr. Reynolds most certainly doesn’t sound like a teenager. His voice is rich and nuanced, equally perfect whether Darrow’s being tender or commanding. I loved Mr. Reynolds’ Scottish-type accents. Sometimes a male actor voicing a female character can slide into something comical or grating. Mr. Reynolds’ female voices are pleasing, just as fantastic as any of the other characters. It was easy to distinguish (and relish) each character’s voice, even in fast paced scenes featuring multiple characters in rapid-fire rotating dialogue.
This series is too good to be missed.
Favorite book, narrator too difficult to understand
Road trip with a friend, I figured we can listen to an audio version of this incredible book but it is difficult even for me to understand, and I've read the series twice. I understand why the accent is relevant, just maybe too much.