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Dark Age

By: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Moira Quirk, James Langton, Rendah Heywood
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Summary

For a decade, Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation - and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form - and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed - every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

©2019 Pierce Brown (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Gripping; but minor audio and performance issues

I found this absolutely gripping. While a little clichéd in places, it made my drive to and from work speed by, and sets the scene for the final book of this trilogy.

Regarding the quality of the audiobook:

The main issue I had with the audio was that it was too quiet. Much of my commute is on the motorway, so I expect to have to turn the volume up a bit. However, for this book, I had to turn it up a lot; and for Ephraim in particular, even with the volume at maximum, there were still times when I couldn't hear everything he said.

Regarding the narrators: Ephraim and Darrow were as solid as ever. I preferred the accent of the previous Lyria, but the new one did a good job, and the voice she used for Victra was just right. Where the previous Lysander sounded like he was bored of the whole thing (and not in a good way), the new one did a good job in combining casual arrogance and a general feeling of superiority and destiny. Virginia I felt was the weakest of the bunch; while she was fine when voicing Virgina herself, she made no changes for other characters, which was occasionally confusing; and she made a number of mispronunciations.

Finally, the producers didn't do a great job of ensuring consistency between all the narrators. It meant that some names and places were pronounced differently by different people; and the same character could end up with a different accent depending on who was voicing them (for example, when Ephraim was quoting Lyria, he used the accent of the narrator from the previous book.)

But despite all that, this was still a good listen.

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Beautiful pain

This book is dark gory and fantastic, the set up of the last book iron gold props the story arcs up.

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Supreme performance by the narrators

Amazing storytelling by some of the best narrators I've listen to ever. They added so much depth to the characters.

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Another chapter of an excellent sci-fi saga

These books are fantastic, the performances immense - my only slight regret is that the voice actors weren't asked to compare notes on the accents used for certain characters that appear in multiple perspectives. This feels like nitpicking though. Genuinely a must-listen.

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Best book ever.

I’ve red over a hundred of fantasy, misery and syfy book. Non compares to red rising novel, such a talented author.

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A white-knuckled bloodbath of action and intrigue!

A white-knuckled bloodbath of action and intrigue! Invest in a comfy cushion because you're bound to be sore spending hours on the edge of your seat.

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Brilliant but too long

I did love this book, The Red Rising saga has a special place in my heart and the writing was incredibly intelligent and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Only cons were that it was too long and complex and too many characters. Some of the narration could have been better produced in some places I.e. intonation on the two by parts of the sentence which didn’t help with understanding the storyline.

However Pierce is an excellent author and I can’t wait for the next book!!!!!!

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Fan-Bloody-tastic!!!!

first review I've ever written and the only reason I'm writing it is because this is truly the best book I have ever read / heard sorry to say it RR Martin but this makes Game of Thrones look "so so" I couldn't recommend it more highly!

please please please don't make us wait too long for the third book! and please do another trilogy after this!!

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Epic

That felt like more of an experience than a book. The descriptive language is insane, the character development is incredible. Although long, it’s 100% worth it

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magnificent

The story was magnificent and had so many twists. I was constantly gasping, mouth agape at the events. The new narrators are also a huge improvement.

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