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Morning Star

Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Rising, Book 3
Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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  • David
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 02-13-16

Suspenseful, Powerful, Perfect ending!

I had been looking forward to the third installment to Brown's trilogy since finishing Golden Son. I was not disappointed. It was a bit slow starting, but as time passed, the story line became much tighter and focused. Brown did an outstanding job keeping the plot plausible, edgy, suspenseful, emotional, dark (but not too dark). There are some very humorous and even touching moments in the story that are very endearing. The characters are flawed, but what depth in terms of their development. They deal with difficult choices, horrific events, and real loss. Tim Gerard Reynolds pulls out all the stops with this story and treats the listener to another wonderful performance. It is the relationships that have been forged in the first book that make this trilogy so special. The end is wonderfully done, very satisfying. Kudos to the team of Pierce Brown and Tim Gerard Reynolds that have given us a story for the ages.

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Too many betrayals

This series has been full of shocking betrayals by Darrow. This time he went so far beyond the pale the series just completely quit making sense right in the middle of this book. Beautifully written, but highly flawed.

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does not live up to the promise of the first book

disappoints from the get go. the author lingers on unnecessary details while not developing the story.

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Good enough I guess

Enjoyable, but by the time I got through this I was pretty much done with the story. I liked the first book, 2nd book was slower, this one was just...meh.

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  • Royal
  • ROY, UT, US
  • 01-03-17

The movie that's disguised as a book

Man I felt like I was reading a screenplay of 3 trilogies....built into this one book..... book 1 is fantastic.... these last 2.. disappointments

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Young adult only

I would have to go back to the first book to really tell, but it seems like the first was the only mature novel. This was disappointing to say the least. It is a good young adult fantasy novel, but not for us who seek complex, mature story telling.

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Gory damn magnificent!

Morning Star, Pierce Brown's thrilling conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy more than lives up to expectations based on the the first two volumes. What begins from the low point with Darrow's capture at the end of volume 2, proceeds through a series of two steps forward and one step back as Darrow must constantly second guess both his friends and enemies while he continues to excel at doing the unexpected. The core of the resolution of the multiple eight balls Darrow finds himself behind is to methodically pick apart the societal hold by exploiting the weaknesses and animosities among the outer worlds, Mars (meaning the jackal) and the core. Rather than a systematic, well executed take-down, the denouement morphs into one potential catastrophe after another until even in the face of eventual victory Brown still manages to surprise with left field turn of events.

The sci-fi elements are muted with no new elements relative to earlier installments and stay well in the background as a supporting role. Beyond the thriller aspects of the storytelling, Brown explores relationships along with differing attitudes and beliefs that drive the main characters around Darrow. Each supporting character, Mustang, Cassius, Sevro, Victra, Roque, Quicksilver, etc. have different, but equally valid perspectives on their drives and ambitions. The intimacy of their various interactions is poignant and moving and is a compelling component of the appeal of the tale. At the same time, Darrow is continually making tough, less than ideal choices that completely satisfy few and leave many worse off than before. In this way, the tale is closer to "real life" than expected, especially in utilizing the "fog of war". Finally, while Darrow succeeds in achieving his overarching goal, Brown leaves the reluctant revolutionist with the unenviable task of remolding society while bracketed by potential enemies and the disillusioned,leaving plenty of fodder for future installments. One glaring omission was the noticeable absence of Harmony.

The narration is simply outstanding with sheer mastery of the range of voices of both genders. Tone, pace, and mood are expertly handled to render a nonstop can't put down attraction that dovetails nicely with the author's "seat of the pants" writing pace.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ackee
  • 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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  • 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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  • JC
  • 07-18-19

Good story, but spoilt by downloaded book issues

Downloaded book did not recognise any chapters nor the length of the book; just showed time into story out of total time of 00:00:00!!!

Otherwise enjoyed the book. wouldn't be surprised if there was book 4 in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

Amazing!

Absolutely phenomenal story, and even better storytelling. Tim Reynolds delivers an unmatched performance. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

great finally to the initial trilogy

Book is brilliantly narrated and good ending to the trilogy. avoids cliches and keeps you guessing.

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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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  • 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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  • Tatiana Brusyanina
  • 05-14-19

Worth all the hours

I enjoyed the trilogy. The second book though was a bit too "political" and slow... Took me a while and a few books of a completely different style to prepare for the third one.😁

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  • Leonie
  • 04-21-19

Wow! What an amazing series!

Long books, but I couldn't stop listening. Beautifully written, unique plots, great characters, characterization and dialogue, unceasing action, joys, tears and plot twists to keep you guessing; it has everything. And the narration!! If I could have given the narrator 10 stars, I would have done so. Tim Gerard Reynolds brings the characters and action to life better than I would have believed possible. I listen to a LOT of audio books and he's the best ever. All that said, I'm not sure if I'll continue with the next books in the series; the third book came to just the right conclusion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

10/10

can't say I have ever been as captivated by this book since "the Lord of the rings" trilogy. absolutely phenomenal!

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  • Billerwell Daye
  • 02-28-19

I love this series...and oh what an ending!

Pierce Brown has created the saga of our generation and with this conclusion to the first trilogy, has cemented himself as a great new author to watch, as his career develops.

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  • Stu Loxton
  • 01-08-19

Gripping from beginning to end

This book is beautifully constructed and narrated. The twists are exciting and unexpected and clever. Brilliant story

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  • Chaz Lewis
  • 07-24-18

Absolutely blown away.

This was an incredible series that somehow managed to deliver with an equally incredible conclusion. Absolutely loved every minute if it

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  • Trent Thomson
  • 05-12-18

Gory damn!

What a good series. Cannot see why it has so many mixed reviews online. Too many people complaining about the violence but the details are why this was so good!