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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.
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By Anon on 03-02-18
I am delighted with the fourth installment of my all time favorite series of books. Brown continues to weave one of the most nuanced and brilliant narratives of the last hundred years. Taking a far wider stance, he forces us to confront the mortality of our heroes and the bitter bile of hollow victory. Examined through four disparate storylines ten years after the fall of au Lune, Darrow and his Republic are struggling to finish the war which has claimed millions. We are left with a dark story of tragedy and dashed dreams, humanity sacrificed on the alter of hubris. From that sacrifice the ember of a phoenix is created, ready to rise up and burn the worlds anew. Hail Reaper.
Highest marks and absolutely worth the credit.
*I join with the other listeners who have expressed their general dismay with the multi narrator cast; TGR solo would be greatly preferred. However, I didn't find it so detrimental as to distract from the overall experience of the novel. I don't think any of them did a bad job with the narration in any sense; it was more the sudden departure from TGR's voices from many extremely well known characters that was jarring. So, personal preference is present here and your mileage may vary.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Quinn Radford on 01-20-18
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.
78 of 82 people found this review helpful
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By G. P. Brown on 01-29-18
Worthy sequel to a great sci-fi series!
I'll not say too much about the plot or story of Iron Gold but will say that I felt like it was a worthy sequel to the original Red Rising trilogy and that I felt the 10 year time jump and expanded POV cast did more to enhance the story than damage it. I love Darrow but I warmed to a few of the new characters and felt like they offered a different perspective on things which in turn gave the world a bit more depth to it.
Pierce Brown really is my sort of author. His writing is highly engaging and has a beautifully melancholic and poetic feel to it. His books are always intense and exciting and really drag me through the emotional ringer from start to finish. It is great when you find a book where you find the story super exciting and can emotionally engage with the characters and happenings.
On to the important stuff: Recorded Books decision to bring in three additional narrators!
I had some serious concerns going into Iron Gold when I heard that Recorded Books had decided to limit Tim Gerard Reynolds role in the book by brining in three new narrators to voice the three new POV's. The only positive was that they had retained TGR for the Darrow POV segments. I'm still puzzled by why they thought this was a good idea as TGR is one of the best narrators out there and his performance of the original Red Rising was fantastic. One of the best performances of any audio I've ever heard (and I've listened to hundreds of audios over the years!). The guy was so good he enhanced the quality of an already great story with his ability to convey emotion with his voice and his excellent voice acting.
It goes without saying that TGR's Darrow POV section of Iron Gold were as fantastic as one would expect. His take on Apollonius was stand out good and worthy of praise!
So how did the new narrators get on? They were a bit of a mixed bag.
John Curless - He did the Ephraim POV segments and I thought he was fantastic. Almost as good as TGR with his ability to convey emotions and he really got the tone and humour of the story. If he had a flaw it was that his character voices, while pretty good, were just not quite as good as TGR's. Still, he gets the thumbs up from me and I'll be happy to listen to more books he narrates in the future.
Aedin Moloney - She voiced the Lyria POV segments. I felt like she did an decent job. I took a bit of time to get used to her strong Irish accent and her dramatic style but once I did I warmed to her quickly. She struggled a little with the set voices and accents of the established characters but seemed to get the tone of the story and was also quite good at conveying emotion with her voice.
Julian Elfer - The guy voiced the Lysander bits of the story. I felt like he was the real weak link and the only narrator not up to the job. He was pretty awful. The only good thing he had going for him was that he was well-spoken and his voice was a great fit for an upper class Gold. The problem is that he was a poor voice actor and just read everything in a monotone. He even failed to get the humour which sounded decidedly off and stilted via his poorly timed delivery. He was also not great with the dialogue in general. It was often tough to figure out which characters were speaking!
At least the production by Recorded Books was not awful. To their credit they had the new narrators retain the accents used by TGR in the original RR trilogy. It is a minor thing but really makes a difference as it helps with consistency.
I feel like this would have been better if they had just stuck with TGR as the narrator for the whole book but that the additional narrators did not overly hurt my enjoyment of the audio as two of them were good and only Elfer was not up to the job.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By k9 on 01-24-18
what is going on?
three new narrators who haven't a clue how to read this. was so looking forward to hearing time Gérard Reynolds superb narration as before bring him back to redo this completely. hope he's doing the rest.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By Lord Vader on 02-12-18
Narrator when from good to aweful
Don't bother with this book if you enjoy the narrator. They have ruined it with multiple bad narrators.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Travis on 06-10-18
good book in the style of the latest half od the first trilogy, but found the variable volume (the performance itself was fine) of different narrators annoying