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Red Rising

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Rising, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

©2013 Pierce Brown (P)2014 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in the first in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice in science-fiction and fantasy"
"The writing is excellent and the story is better. This is one terrific fantasy book, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone." Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara
"The heart-stopping excitement of the Hunger Games meets the pulse-pounding majesty and complexity of Game of Thrones, all wrapped up in the visionary beauty and melancholy of Blade Runner... A shot of adrenalin for your imagination." ( Star Magazine)

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Survive the first few chapters...

and you'll get a gory damn treat! The narrator gets better with time, but make him sing no more!

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Unconvincing plot and characters

I struggled through the first 10 hours and then gave up. The plot is based on some nice ideas, but develops them poorly. Characters and whole scenes are just completely implausible.

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  • Tim
  • 01-20-17

Not a YA novel

I had initial hesitations on getting this despite the reviews as it looked like a YA novel like the Hunger Games. After a couple of hours in I wasn't convinced; I'm not a fan of first person narration and I wasn't sold on the narrator as well. I am very glad I pushed through because the story ramps up considerably and the narrator really grew on me. I think the writing and the narration were excellent and the story deals with adult themes and does not pander to the listener. Definitely worth a listen, stick out the first five hours before making up your mind.

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  • James
  • 12-10-16

Absolutely outstanding

Upon reading about this book, I was admittedly apprehensive about the story's young protagonist.

But, as I came to learn, this book treats the young as tragic figures, teenage men and women moulded into inhuman monsters by the brutal culture they grow up in.

Some people may compare this story to the now-famous Hunger Games, but this is far superior by my reckoning. Where The Hunger Games had love triangles, this story has betrayal and deceit. Where there were stereotypes, there are deep and compelling characters- good and bad- that become truly terrifying when you find yourself understanding the perspectives of monsters.

This book takes mankind's innate savagery and showcases it in a civilisation that is far beyond our own, technologically speaking, proving that while we may reach other planets, we will never depart from the survival instincts that enabled us to become our planet's apex predator.

I would hesitate to label this book as dystopian, sci-fi or something similar, despite the accuracy. This is the story of a bloody, horrifying revolution, where black and white moral grounds are espoused by the grey.

This is, simply put, a great story.

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  • Rhonda
  • 06-15-18

Fantastic performance by Tim Reynolds

Fantastic performance by Tim Reynolds. And I really enjoyed the addition of the song. Great package!

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  • stakenbs
  • 02-02-17

Fantastic

Love this book. Recommend it to anyone that loves a love story with a story to remember.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-19

Amazing read

If you like hunger games & maze runner you will love this book. The narrator at first took a while to get used to but once more characters are introduced he really thrives.

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  • David
  • 11-19-18

Don’t waste your time

This book loses all of its intrigue as soon as the story gets going. If only it stayed with its original setting and storyline it would have had something going for it. Instead, it bizarrely tries to do a battle royale + Enders-game-but-medieval mash up and fails badly.