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Publisher's Summary

Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution in the action-packed new novel from the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Red Rising Trilogy.

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.

©2017 Pierce Brown (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Audio needs to be balanced

Story is okay, not up to the standards of the first 3 books. The narrators are okay except the audio really needs to be more balanced. If I have it loud enough to hear the quiet parts, the loud parts are piercing. This make sections of the book almost unbearable.

114 of 120 people found this review helpful

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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.

92 of 97 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Continuation

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.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Too many narrators Mr. Brown

What made the experience of listening to Iron Gold the most enjoyable?

Tim Gerald Reynolds is a master narrator. Reynolds has already developed the voices for these characters in 3 other books. Adding the other narrators takes away from TGR performance and the Red Rising experience. It does not flow effortlessly like the other books and gets confusing. Missed the mark as far as the audible version is concerned.

45 of 48 people found this review helpful

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  • B
  • 01-18-18

Too many cooks in the kitchen

How could the performance have been better?

I understand the appeal of a cast of narrators but a part of me wishes Tim Gerard Reynolds narrated the entire book. He is so intricately entwined with the original trilogy that is startling when you first hear a new narrator early in the book. Honestly, I want a solo version with only Tim....that or switch it up and form a super-group of Tim Gerard Reynolds, Kate Reading, and Michael Kramer...could you imagine?

139 of 151 people found this review helpful

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Meh

I absolutely loved the first three books but this was a little lackluster for me. It introduced three new point of view characters with three different narrators, which in concept was a good way to expand the scope of the story but wasn’t executed very well. I honestly didn’t care enough about the new characters for their storylines to hold my attention, save for one. Even Darrow’s chapters were so far removed from the man he was that I didn’t enjoy them. The writing is still beautiful and the world building is still there, but this felt more like the first in a new series in a new time and place than a continuation of the previous. Even then, not much progress was made and it just felt like it was setting up future novels. That is fine for a first book, but not a fourth. I give it a meh and an ehhh.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Who the Bloodydamn Chose These Narrotors?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is the most perfect gorydamn narrator for the poetry Pierce Brown writes. I cannot even focus on the story, the other narrative is so obnoxious. AUDIBLE FIX THIS!!!

62 of 68 people found this review helpful

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Too many narrarators

What disappointed you about Iron Gold?

I prefer to have only one person narrate the book. The multiple narrarators detracted and distracted from the book so much that I turned it off after the beginning of the 7th chapter. Booo and shame on them for thinking this was a good idea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Gold?

Poor performances.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Why change a good thing? Tim Gerard Reynolds did a fine job of the first three books. What made them think it would be a good idea to add an additional 3 persons?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm severely disappointed in the portrayal of this book enough that I want a refund. It was not the way I intended to enjoy this book.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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1 narrator please

TGR needs to go back and narrate the entire book. The other narrators completely ruin the experience for me.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Frustrating narrators and story.

As others have said. Tim Gerard should have just done the entire book. The women narrator nearly killed this book for me as me and my friends had to increase the speed just to rush through the chapters. The others were just meh. Lots of low volume issues as well. Not really sure why they went this route. As far as the story goes as a huge fan of the last books I was little disappointed. Darrow seems to have went backwards in character development making dumb decisions and the new characters other than Lysander were very uninteresting in my opinion.

45 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 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.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-03-18

Should've kept to one narrator.

Good book, but the move to multiple narrators didn't work for me overall. TGR great and Julian Elfer decent (good voice, but delivery a bit flat); John Curless seems an impressive narrator, but sounds far too old for the character he's playing, which I found jarring. However, Aedin Moloney's painfully affected, overwrought performance completely ruined those sections for me.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • k9
  • 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.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • g
  • 01-30-18

Narration?

Thoroughly enjoyed this latest offering by Pierce Brown. Tim Gerard Reynolds is outstanding as always. John Curless, and Aedin Moloney also do an admirable job with Lyria and Ephraim. However Julian Elfers Lysander may be some of the worst narration I've heard in my 5 years with Audible. Rushed, clipped and monotonous.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • 05-08-18

Great tale, let down by 1 terrible narrator

Great story, partially ruined by the painfully overdramatic and shrill narration of Lyria. Please recast!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • 04-26-18

Not happy with the mixed narration

I find the mixed narration jarring. I will not be buying any more audio recordings with mixed narration. Should Pierce Brown write more in this series I will buy the ebooks but NOT the audiobook if Tim Gerrard Reynolds is not the ONLY reader.

My enjoyment of the story has suffered from the approach taken.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tillytish
  • 02-07-18

Enjoyable - but not as good as his earier works

Where does Iron Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good yarn, and engaging. Worth listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darrow - central character and likeable, flawed character

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

There are 4 narrators - all were good - especially Tim Gerad Reynolds who read the first 3 books in the series - except for Julian Elfer, whose voice I found to be too much of a monotone and almost ruined the book for me.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Reaper ruturns

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Curtis Williams
  • 07-05-18

brilliant

really enjoyed this new installment, it is just as gripping as the first series of books

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  • Samantha Brown
  • 07-09-18

previous 3 were loud this one now so much

love the series but this one seemed so much quieter was really disappointed at the volume could barely hear at times with max volume

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bam
  • 02-19-18

A Worthy Sequel Faulted by Narrator Changes

Pierce Brown has done it again; Iron Gold, the first in a new series following the story from the Red Rising trilogy, doesn't miss a beat.

adding depth & expansion to an already huge universe; Iron Gold expands the POV characters from 1 in the first series (Darrow) to 4.

As an Audiobook series, the initial trilogy was flawless. Tim Gerard Reynolds captures every character, every emotion and every tense moment, making the series come alive.

The decision to bring in new narrators for the new POV characters might seem natural enough, but none manage to keep pace with Reynolds.

Though I will say; props to John Curless & Aedin Moloney. While I preferred Reynolds' chapters & narration, these 2 really got into their character roles. Curless really sounds like a bitter, war weary soul who has lost too much to care anymore. Moloney stays true to the Red roots & style of narration Reynolds brought in the first series; a long suffering but strong willed people.

Only Julian Elfer really bring the book down. He voices some huge personalities & important characters for the ongoing story. Yet his narration is rushed, lacking emotion & difficult to digest.

Personally - I'd have preferred Reynolds to narrate the book solo. However, I won't be sad to see Curless & Moloney return for the sequel.

Elfer, however, needs to either be replaced altogether or understand the gravity of the characters & story he's narrating. His voice is perfect for Gold, but that's the only really positive thing I can say about it.

Overall - Iron Gold is another success by Pierce Brown. He's fast becoming a favourite story teller of mine.

if you enjoyed Red Rising, you'll enjoy this.

Give the new narrators a chance to grow on you and I suspect you'll end up enjoying them (most of them,anyway).

Can't wait for Dark Age now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-18

bad way to finish

The constant changing of narrators was annoying. Anti climax to an awesome series.
Tim should have finished it on his own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Villa
  • 05-09-18

love the store but question the readers

As always I love the red raising series. only this time it has 3 more narrators. it took me some time to get use to and they all had different pace in their speech I had to slow down some of the narrators. Lyria's narrator was a bit too passionate... I really enjoyed the original narrator.


I love the story. This book adds another layer of depth into all of yhe characters. I feel like the book is growing darker and darker.

i cant wait for the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lord Vader
  • 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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nafees
  • 05-15-18

good story, bad audio

Audio was too quiet, had keep volume twice as loud in my car, also the narration for lycandar wasn't good, as if he was just reading of acting in character. Story was good, smart and nature follow up to a post revolution world. Pierce is still really good at screwing over his characters :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-18

Excellent

Author welll defines new characters, sets the story for more books. excited for the next book

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  • Travis
  • 06-10-18

decent continuation

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

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  • Juan Carlos Torres
  • 05-03-18

More of... The same

Don't know what I was expecting, but this I a very lazy attempt to cash in on previous success

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-18

good read.

good book. worth reading but no where near as good as the red rising trilogy.

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  • Jd8199
  • 03-05-18

Excellent follow up!

Absolutely loved this follow-up to the red rising trilogy. The only noticeable fault is various places the narrators mis pronounced names. Can't wait to hear the next story!

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  • Rhi
  • 03-04-18

Incredible!!

This story drags you into the lives of its characters and breaks your heart.
The Red Rising series broke the worlds as it broke the chains. Now, in Iron Gold, the consequences of that freedom stolen threatens to break everything else. This character driven tale forces us to look at our own society and the things that divide us. I cannot sing Iron Gold's praises loud enough.💜