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Very good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-19

Good writing, excellent performance.
I could almost see all the different characters.
Very sad story, but presented with plenty of humor.

Gripping, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-19

It was easy to be absorbed in this book. I found myself taken in by the characters and kept wanting to know what was happening with them. It was written in a way that made me care for them and at the same time kept me engaged with the plot.
However...
It was a bit too adolescent for me. The world politics were too simplified, the cruelty of the villains too one-dimensional and the romance too ridiculous.
I’m not sure I will continue to the next installment.

The narrators did a wonderful job. Both of them were very emotive and gave a great performance.

Really struggled with this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I recently listened to the newest Salvatore Corona books and really loved them. So I decided to try his earlier work. I’m glad (or sad?) to say he has thankfully improved much over the years.
This book was all over the place. It started out pretty nicely, with some interesting characters and premise, but somewhere around it’s first half it became down right boring. I really struggled to finish it. The characters stopped developing, the plot became monotonous, and all we really got was one battle description after another. I really wanted to like this, but I’m afraid I just didn’t.

Not even Tim Gerard Reynolds wonderful narration could save this. Too bad.

Fell short

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I found it hard to stay engaged with the story. The characters, plot and style were all a bit flat. It was good to pass the time, but nothing to write home about.

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This book is not for the faint of heart... it is a true glimpse to Victorian times, with all of the gory, messy details. But it's also beautifully written (and performed), and gives us a real sense of what medicine and life was like at the early days of the industrial revolution. It's not overly academic and not overly literary - it's just the right amount of both.
And truly, what a unique and compelling story to tell. Wonderful.
I should also mention Sam Woolf for his excellent narration, not a dull moment.

Too bad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This used to be one of my favorite books as a kid, and I always have a soft spot to it. I still love it to this day. But... I couldn't even finish half of it. This has to be one of the worst narrations I have ever heard. The story is just as compelling as it was when I read it as a child, but the narrator! Listening to her, all I could imagine was her sitting in front of the book and reading it aloud. Seriously, she ruins that fantastic and nostalgic book. Too bad.

Great suspense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Very well written, I like the 3 different point of views in which the story envelopes, and I like the jumps between timelines. It all adds up to get you caring about the characters and anxious to know what happens next and see how it all gets resolved. The ending was a bit of a disappointment... but up until then - excellent read.
The narrators did a fine job, especially the one who did the voice of Collin. Great acting.

Outstanding book and performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-17

When I read Red Rising I really enjoyed it, but then with Golden Son I had mixed feelings and wasn't even sure I'd read the third book... I take it all back!! Morning Star was brilliant! what an emotional rollercoaster! I mean, it's cruel and violent and breaks your hear in places... but I haven't felt such satisfaction from a trilogy ending in a really long time. I like it when plot lines are completed and no loose ends are left behind, and this ending certainly delivers. But its not just the ending that is satisfying, the entire book is excellent. I could hardly put it down. I wanted to know what happens next, how Darrow and his friends will (or if) get themselves out of the corner this time, always on the edge of my seat, always trying to guess the characters motives and moves. I felt the joy and the sorrow and the grief and the love and all the feels Pierce Brown crafted so well in the characters and the storyline. I absolutely love how he put inner contradictions and conflicts within each character to make them more lifelike and true. I love how revenge is painted to be pointless and is never the end goal of anything (unlike in many other sci-fi/ fantasy books out there). And I love how nothing in this book is ever one sided - joy and sadness are always intertwined together.
And how can I possibly write a review without raving about the outstanding narrator of the audiobook - Tim Gerard Reynolds - who puts in so much subtext and feeling and delivers a spot on performance that cuts right through your heart and soul. Perfect narration for this trilogy, I could not imagine it any other way.

Light read, neat concept, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-17

This book doesn't really have the traditional beginning-middle-end paradigm to it, which is, as it turns out, actually not a very good thing. Most of the book felt... disconnected somehow. While there was tension in some places, there was no climax or build up or anything like that. The concept was interesting enough, and it's quite well written, but it just didn't add up to a cohesive piece, in my opinion. Having said that, I did enjoy it. Pretty sure I won't go on to the next one in the series, though.
The narrator did a pretty good job, but kinda like the book itself - his narration felt inconsistent at times, and especially at the beginning of the book I found it hard to follow as to who was speaking and such. Overall he did a good job, and was likable enough.

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Exciting, but not as satisfying as I'd like

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I'm not sure how to review this one... its good like the previous books, but it's probably a bit too serious. I felt frustration for most of the book (for the characters and the misunderstandings driven through the plot). And I'm not sure I liked the conclusion. It just felt... not as thought out like the previous books. Or maybe it felt weird how everyone is suddenly in a really high and powerful position. Or how characters that were introduced only in the third book took a very important part of the plot. Not sure what it is that made me no quite as satisfied.
Having said that, it still had me at the edge of my seat, and I just had to know what happens next. So all in all, it was pretty good. :)
As for the narrator - Joe Jameson remained consistent throughout the series. Excellent in every way, perfect acting, lots of emotion. Simply brilliant

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