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Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied - and too glorious to surrender.

©2016 Pierce Brown (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Inside an insecure hero's head

The first 2 books were very good, that made Morning Star a sore disappointment. The story is no longer appealing to a mature audience, as if takes a sharp turn to YA at its worst. The story starts in the crazed head of the main protagonist being tortured and in delirium, and it seems like it never gets out of it!
You have to bear listening to the constant mood swings and insecurities twirling in his head. This moment's cunningly clever hero, is just an adolescent boy 20 seconds later. Also, there are constant reflections about the past events and characters long gone and forgotten "after academy".
The performance is good but slow, I had to speed Audible's speed to 1.25x to avoid the boring storyline.

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Nobody left to root for

I loved the first book. I liked the second book. Will not finish the third book. I’m done at the end of chapter 57. Brown’s propensity to kill off main characters bothered me but I kept slogging through. Not anymore. Reality in this world is too depressing to want to escape to this one where every once of compassion and friendship is met with a knife in the back. When you kill off all the lovable sidekicks you destroy the story. On a positive note, Tim Gerard Reynolds is great as usual and the reason I stumbled upon this series.

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The end....or is it?

Like previous installments of the red rising trilogy this book has plenty of bone crushingly depressing moments and spine tingling exciting twists, only more. The author continues his go-to style of waxing poetic to the point of making the reader consider suicide, then moving at breakneck speeds around plot twist corners so sharp you cannot see them coming. Overall very good but the end leaves one filled but wanting, like dessert with out dinner, as almost all loose ends are tied up with the largest left unsatisfactorily unresolved, (spoiler alert) ----will it all descend into chaos now that the society has been broken. To really do justice to the readers another book is needed, a mature, well thought out discourse on the political ramifications raised throughout the series.----

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I wanted to love it....but

I really wanted to like this series...... but oh my I just wanted to slap them, so predictable , lower class people find hero, he rises in the ranks to become top Hero, he makes friends, lose his friends, always has a positive attitude always thinks the best of everyone gets stabbed in the back over and over and over again all three books same situation , he gets one step forward and he get knocked back two steps , it was everything I could do to get through book 3 .

I do believe the narration was one of the best I've heard lately but the story I can only give two stars, just wasn't my cup of tea .

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It doesn't get much better than this!

This series broke my heart a million times. It made me forget what I was doing and tune out the world. It made me hold my breath and laugh out loud. This is some seriously good writing. I'm normally not a Sci Fi girl but I'm so glad I tried this out. The world is expertly crafted and I fell in love with the characters. I feel like they are my friends and I'm sad that it's over.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves an excellent story with believable characters who are flawed and imperfect but make you love them, forgive them, cheer for them and cry for them.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is also one of my favorite readers (why I got this book in the first place actually, along with a good review from someone I follow) and he did an amazing job, as always.

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Good concept. Didn't like the execution.

I thought that this series started strong with an entertaining premise and a speedy pace. However, I felt like it never came together and got progressively worse as the story continued.

I guessed that it was rushed to print because the continuity and world building was confusing to me and I sensed the need for better editing.

Then again, if you liked the Hunger Games, you might like this series. I did not like either.

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Way too much Dues Ex Machina .. ashame with such a great narrator. Killing characters off for fun.

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A series of idiotic decisions.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think the author just ran out of ideas at the end. I wanted to like this book. But when the protagonist keeps falling into the same idiotic traps making the same wrong decisions with SOMETIMES THE SAME F******** people.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

the narrator was flawless!

What character would you cut from Morning Star?

All the stupid decisions. Make bad hard to overcome circumstances. And make it hard to overcome. Not seemingly hard to overcome situations that are somehow easily done. Then a huge debacle of juvenile decisions

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Kind of a let down

This story fell flat in this third book. I was getting a little bored as in parts. The ending was decent, but was glad it finally wrapped up.

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The narration and content = outstanding

If I would have known how great a series I was about to get into, I would have waited for a weekend where I was not so busy. I blew through these books in 4 days. The feeling of satisfaction I had after reading the last page was sublime. Anyone who has a great imagination pick this book up.

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  • Tree Frog
  • 04-28-18

RED RISING TRILOGY

What a book! loved the twists and turns. Some you could see coming but others were out of nowhere. highly recommend the all three books. TGR is a brilliant narrator, he took a great story and breathed life into the characters, so consistent, convincing and nuanced.

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  • Sue Dobbing
  • 01-26-17

An epic saga

A satisfying finale to the trilogy, gripped me throughout.
Steady downbeat narration kept an often bloody storyline on track.
Enough plot twists & reveals to sustain the story length.

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  • purple paladin
  • 01-10-17

just brilliant!

I'm left feeling bereft after going on the often heartbreaking, action packed, twisting, messy yet beautiful journey with Darrow through this trilogy. A new favourite and more mature and vast in its scope than many dystopian novels. Gritty yet touching with moments of humour that made me laugh out loud (something I seldom do when reading). The audiobook narration is great and adds rather than detracts from the telling although frustrating when I was literally gripping the edge of my seat wishing I could speed through to find out what's next.
if all that isn't enough to tempt you to read then know I rarely leave reviews but these three truly deserve all the accolade and I'm just sad it's over.

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  • Giffy B
  • 02-06-18

Captivating!

I've loved this trilogy, listened to all 3 in one week. The story is captivating and fast paced, but I never got lost. The narrator does an excellent job. highly recommend, this (I believe) transcends across genres, well worth a go even if you don't traditional enjoy sci fi fantasy, there is far more here!

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  • Axl Crawford
  • 01-07-17

Gory damn

Oh my. What a ride that was! This book trilogy was gory damn fantastic! I'll definitely be listening again in the future!!

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  • Danielle
  • 06-16-16

A rare treasure!

What a magnificent trilogy! I was completely enthralled from beginning to end and felt every single emotion imaginable inbetween. I was initially discouraged with the 'space/sci-fi' concept but they are genuinely one of the most gripping stories that I have ever known; an identifiable concept despite the alien backdrop. Truly engaging characters, wonderful narration and non-stop excitement - I cannot recommend the entire trilogy highly enough. Tremendous!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-21

Not the most polished....

Near the end the main characters make a stupid move that backfires(releasing prisoner they shouldn't ever trust) so I feel like they should really reap what they sown for their utter stupidity... Then an hour or so later the dead comes back to life, and I'm rolling my eyes, cause it's just stupid and I don't care any more whether they live or die... But then at the very end quality comes back and it has a nice ending.
This one also has some elements I personally don't like, but can't really say here...
As for performance: the audio quality is sometimes inconsistent. Not bad, but I've seen better...

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  • Angela
  • 08-15-21

Morning Star

Pierce Brown is an engaging writer; Tim Gerard Reynolds is a brilliant narrator. I recommend this trilogy to any dystopian science fiction fans. It had me gripped from the very first word. I'm looking forward to the final two books and then I can't Imagine what I will listen to. Thanks to Pierce and Tim for filling my leisure hours with such intrigue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

Darrows actions often makes no sense

Several times during the book the actions of Darrow doenst make any sense and would never work in the real world, but does here simply to move the plot forward in the way the author wants. This is while completely disregarding any sort of realism or being grounded in any sort of logic. The result being Darrow does things that are insane or stupid and they work out because plot armor, its often so full of holes or a miracle(the bad kind) that it would actually work vs how like it would have been to be a complete failure. This lack of being grounded in any sort of realism was a total turn off for me and ruined the book. I would have added examples but I do not want to give away spoilers.

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  • Johnny
  • 02-17-16

Great stuff

Best audio book I have listened to.. I cried. Laughed.. And got excited

But without the skills of the narrator it would not have been half as good....

Well done to both

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  • Matt
  • 02-14-16

Arguably the best trilogy I have ever read.

Awesome characters with genuine depth, as a narrator Tim is spine tingling. as a writer, Pierce is a Jedi Master. As for the upcoming movie, I feel like I felt when I read that an eccentric director called Peter Jackson had aquired the rights to LOTR. As the source material was so good and so special to me I was petrified it would be slagged up. Thankfully I couldnt have been more wrong. Bloodydamn read it and break the Chains!!!

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  • Linda
  • 06-24-18

Loved the series

Loved it but needed Tissues.... driving to work with tears streaming down my eyes.

Outstanding Narration, had me holding my breath, brilliant.

There is one more book but can't listen yet, the ending to the third book could have finished the series beautifully, i was so invested in the characters i can't cope with anyone else dying so will maybe lusten to the fourth once i have recovered

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  • Martin
  • 12-07-17

Emotional rollercoaster

A phenominal story that definately has its share of twists and turns. Made me so paniced at times i needed to stop listening and calm myself

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  • richard
  • 08-17-17

Too long

i did struggle to complete the last of the trilogy. Too much fluff. This book was just ok but trilogy overall was very good.

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  • Connor
  • 04-04-17

Heartbreakingly beautiful.

Honestly, i'm so upset that this book series is over.
I've bonded to every single one of these characters, I laughed and cried with them, and felt true sorrow at certain points in this book.
The Author writes life into these people.
Pierce, you bastard how dare you make me love this book so much.
I'm going to go back and listen to the whole series again, and when i get the money, i'm going to get hard copies.

If any of you have doubt's about the series, please don't the books are a true spark of the imagination.

Pierce, you've just earned yourself a life long fan, and i look forward to your future work.

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  • Chris Gander
  • 04-07-16

A captivating and exhilarating space adventure!

Without a doubt, the best trilogy I have ever read. Brown has catapulted himself into the upper echelons of literary greatness.

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  • Colin & Yolande Langford
  • 11-26-21

Great continuing story

An excellent series and we'll performed. I'm checking now to see if another in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Incredible Story

A fantastic ending to an amazing story, I can't recommend it enough. the performance for every character was distinct and emotional. The story itself was top notch.

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  • Lise
  • 08-08-21

Terrific conclusion to the trilogy!

Great trilogy with fantastic writing and narration. The story has so many twists and turns to keep you guessing! I couldn't stop listening to this one and wanted to dive straight into the next book but I'm holding off- reading Brown is bittersweet because it is so good but you know it'll end! Gotta save the good stuff!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-21

Had to get to the end

Red Rising was a good trilogy overall, but this last episode was a frustrating and tedious story, unyielding in its senseless violence and emotional hyperbole, with very few interesting characters beyond those we've already met. But I did get to the end, or as far as I'm going to go for now. Thanks for the ride!