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Morning Star Audiobook

Morning Star: Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy

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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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    Chris Gander 07/04/2016
    Chris Gander 07/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 14/02/2016
    Matt 14/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blain 21/10/2016
    Blain 21/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "finished off an excellent series."

    this really took me in. loved every minute of it. was disappointed it didn't go for longer... almost 60 hours and not enough...

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    Rhi 30/08/2016
    Rhi 30/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A fantastic series with a wonderful ending"

    I love this series! The characters had so many dimensions and felt so real. The story was predictable in the way that left me truly satisfied. The problem I've found with so many books right now is the desperation of the author as they attempt to shock their audience. It feels forced and the story seldom progresses organically. I highly recommend this series.

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    Molly D 28/07/2016
    Molly D 28/07/2016
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    "wow"

    wow, I just loved this series of books 😄 plus the audible performance was excellent. Very easy to listen to and just the right amount of embellishment 😊
    If you like Sci Fi that's a bit deeper than Divergent, the Hunger Games, etc but less paradigm shifting than Annihilation then I 100% recommend these books 😁

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    Stephen Darragh 22/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing roller coaster ride"

    The lows, the highs.. The triumphs and the heart wrenching moments. It was done skilfully without a hint of mawkishness.

    The small criticism I have for this volume, hence depriving the performance of a star, is the narration. For the first two volumes, Mr Reynolds pronounced 'valet' perfectly. But in this book he spewed forth the American atrocity "val-ay". One cannot tolerate such corruption with no consequence.

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    sam 15/07/2016
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    "brilliant"

    i am a fantasy reader but this sifi novel had me on the edge of my seat the whole three books just absolutely fantastic story

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    Tam West 10/07/2016
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    "Brilliant end to brilliant story"

    Excellent narration, as with the other two novels. Brilliant story that I didn't want to end.

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    Michael 27/05/2016
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    "Pure Scifi Bliss"

    Utterly digestible light space opera, delivered with heart by Tim Reynolds. A spectacular end to a delightful series. Highly recommended.

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    Ashley 22/05/2016
    Ashley 22/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    A spectacular conclusion to an incredible trilogy. Really looking forward to seeing this developed as a movie in the next few years. Bloodydamn prime.

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  • Charles
    USA
    19/02/16
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    "One of the Great Trilogies"

    The story of Darrow and his compatriots has been one of the purest pleasures of my recent memory. It is at once literary on the grandest of scales, comparable to Tolkien or Herbert, yet manages to encapsulate pulsating and driving action. There is an inaudible, but extremely present, heart thumping beat throughout this series and this finale.

    I have long been a fan of the third act in a trilogy- for example I am more of a Jedi fan than Empire, even though I know Empire is objectively the better movie. I feel similarly about this book. Golden Son was, I feel, a better book. But, I love Morning Star the most because we have, in its words, the conclusion and driving point of the sword. It has hit its mark, deep in our souls. I, for one, am a better person for having heard this story. The message contained within is not one of violence for violence's sake, but rather one obsessed with the perils of humanity. What drives us. What makes our souls weep in joy and sadness. This is not to say that vengeance isn't part of the story- some of the most important moments in history and humanity have been fueled by vengeance. As it is with violence. But also love, forgiveness, and the capacity to change. Honor. Loyalty.

    Brown takes us on a journey that tries, and succeeds, to balance these ideas masterfully. We are plunged into sadness and taken to the heights of victory, only to have the two become one in the end. Death begets death, begets death.

    I was afraid, ever so slightly, that Brown would lose the momentum in this third book, that he would fall into some trap of writing or storyline inconsistency. This was, thankfully, a deeply unfounded fear. The storylines merged seamlessly in the end, to a truly satisfying conclusion. Please notice that this does not spoil anything- only that I thought the ending fit. There were many options and I am content with the one Brown chose.

    At the beginning of this review I spoke of Tolkien and Herbert. I am going to say something which many may find offensive or wrong- I believe Brown has beaten them both, as well as many others. This series is, in my most humble opinion, the pinnacle of science fiction or fantasy. It does not matter in this listener's opinion if others agree since I have had the absolute joy of experiencing this story; for this I am quite thankful.

    My highest marks possible, the book (and series) against which all others are judged. Magnificent.

    82 of 90 people found this review helpful
  • Lore
    SAN JOSE, CA, United States
    7/03/16
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    "A trilogy that ends on a high note"

    I usually have 2 audiobooks going at once since I listen to one book while commuting and another while running. For the most part, the two books stay in their assigned places but occasionally one of the two books will grab my attention and cause me to listen to it continuously across both activities. Morning Star was such a book.

    As this series has gone on I have found myself more and more invested in it. Red Rising was good but I felt that it contained a few standard YA tropes that forced me to keep my distance. Golden Son was better but as the middle story of the trilogy it was a bridge that went nowhere ending with a cliffhanger. That left Morning Star with a built in obligation to build upon the unfinished foundation laid before it and it does not fail to deliver. For me it was the best book of the series.

    Darrow's exploits in this one contain highs and lows alike and he finds that he must make a final determination of the trustworthiness of almost every person in his life. From the dead who helped shape him to the living who still try to manipulate him, Darrow melds all of their influences together with his own opinions to finally become himself. He no longer fights for Eo's vision or Ares' cause but rather for his own reasons. He has all sigils removed from his hands and transforms himself into a simple human that is neither red nor gold. He has no color at all and represents the future that he desires to create for all of humanity.

    Pierce Brown takes you a non-stop wild adventure ride in this one and he keeps you guessing. Sometimes you are in on the plans, and sometimes you are not, but you never lose interest in the outcome. The events build to a final showdown with the Sovereign and every character is eventually forced to pick a side to stand on. Loyalties are up in the air until the very end but this one is no cliffhanger.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds is brilliant once again and without a doubt enhances the written word with his narration. Is this book perfect? No it isn't but I am not going to dwell on any negatives as they are easy to overlook. It grabbed my attention from the start and didn't let go until it was over which makes this the best book of the series.

    Break the chains!




    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Keswick, ON, Canada
    16/03/16
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    "Satisfying End to a Great Series"

    I was uplifted, crushed and occasionally succumbed to a few belly laughs while listening to this concluding book of the Red Rising trilogy. This series can be compared to the Hunger Games series. Both were very entertaining.. but this one had a lot more depth.

    I actually had to restrain myself from writing a review before the book was finished. In chapters 40 - 50, Darrow (the reaper) seemed to be in an unwinnable situation between forces that were hostile to each other, but more hostile to him. He made a huge sacrifice to get the outer planets temporarily on his side. In the epic battle that ensued, he reacted to a fluid situation and his improvised action solved all those problems. I did not see it coming... and it was so good, Pierce Brown could have ended the book there and had me salivating for book four. I certainly have spent a lot of credits on 8-10 hour books and been happy. One credit for a 21 hour book was really delivering.

    Who knew that there was a crushing blow coming up in the story-line after my euphoria. It hurt so much, I actually had to turn off the book on my commute home and debate with myself on the merits of continuing. The next day I did. Those of us who have read a lot are able to imagine every kind of scenario as these exceptional authors toy with us and I did have something in the back of my mind based on a hint that was dropped.

    The return of Darrow to Luna was tough to experience. If you have already read books 1 and 2, I will let you find out on your own how everything turns out in this final book. I loved it and all those stars above attest to my affection for this final book. I took one star off for the story because I think Peirce Brown cheated a bit. But, in the final analysis, I am okay with that.

    If you think this is a cryptic review, there are good reasons. I hate knowing major plot points before getting there. If you are like me and have read book 1 and 2 - don't read anymore reviews - get started on this book. If you haven't read the first two books .... what are you waiting for!



    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    21/02/16
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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.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Chesapeake, VA, United States
    13/02/16
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    "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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
    23/09/16
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    "Non stop excitement!"

    Death begets death begets death... This is mentioned several times in the series. the same can be said for deception. There is a lot of death and deceit in this book. This series is amazing and managed to get better and better with each book. It's been wonderful, suspenseful, and emotional. I can honestly say this is my favorite series of books and I will be buying a hard copy to add to my bookshelf. Pierce Brown is an amazing writer and I definitely plan to check out more of his books. Tim Gerard Reynolds is an amazing narrator and I'd like to check out more of his work as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Frederick, MD, United States
    10/03/16
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    "Amazing series and an amazing 3rd installment"

    How to begin? I was captivated from the moment I started Red Rising and the ride didn't end until completing this 3rd novel. I can't say enough about how amazing Reynolds is at narrating; I've listened to many books narrated by him, all of which were done exquisitely. The charactors and plot twists were complex and entertaining. Must Read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daryl
    La Habra CA, United States
    21/02/16
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    "Don't miss, you gory dammed pixies."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the series, but this last book in the trilogy surpassed my every expectation. I can't remember the last time I was so satisfied as a reader.

    Listen. Enjoy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    18/02/16
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    "A Masterpiece"

    The Fallacy of many trilogies is believing that they can finish as strong as they start. Morning Star and the Red Rising Trilogy as a whole not only believes this about themselves, but actually succeeds where so many fail. This journey has taken me from the Mines of Lycos beneath the surface of Mars, to the Moons of Jupiter, the Moon and everywhere in between and it will be a long time before I ever come back down to Earth. There are not enough words in the English language to express how highly I reconmend this series. Darrow's journey is one truly made hand in hand with the reader.

    In the beginning of Red Rising I saw him as a character that I would have difficulty liking and sticking with, but I was entranced by the brilliant narration of Tim Gerard Renolds and the prose of Pierce Brown. As the books continued I grew with Darrow and came to view him as exactly what this series and the world within needed. He surrounds himself with a cast of characters that at oftentimes outshine him in their life and vigor, overflowing with personality.

    The story ebs and flows and has its fair share of moments that rip out your heart or make your breathe catch in your throat, but the common core beneath it all is the human condition and the struggle that all must wrestle with within their own minds and the world around them, what is humanity and who has a right to define it? Listen to this audiobook, immediately, and if you have not listened to the rest of the series, what are you waiting for? Mars and the stars beyond await. Break the chains.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kristen Tyberg
    Sacramento
    5/03/16
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    "Fantastic Story"

    What an outstanding ride! The entire trilogy is so much fun you'll have a hard time putting it down. The performance is one of the best I've ever heard!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Daniel
    14/10/16
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    "best trilogy I've read/listened to in years."

    Best trilogy I've read/listened to in years and that is saying something. This is a classic to be and the performance was phenomenal too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    8/08/16
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    "Fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to Morning Star the most enjoyable?

    Tim Gerard Reynolds did a bloody damn brilliant job with this!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sevro. I loved his sense of humour and gave me some great laughs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was everything i was looking for and much more!


    Any additional comments?

    By far the best audio book i have listened too, i thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. Such brilliant twists and turns it keeps you guessing throughout. It was nice to see Darrow grow as a character throughout the books and he turned out to be a great leader. The ending really got me and i even had a tear in my eye, damn onions! I can't wait to see what Pierce Brown will come up with next, truly a fantastic trilogy. I hope to see a film made about this one day. Live for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D Wade
    2/07/16
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    "Bloody damned brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Morning Star?

    It was a roller coaster of emotional story telling.


    What other book might you compare Morning Star to, and why?

    Something by Harlan Coben with all those plot twists


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

    Darrow, all the way


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As mentioned earlier, this book gets the emotions working as the story progresses


    Any additional comments?

    This is a trilogy I will be recommending to anyone who will listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    16/06/16
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Pilling
    7/06/16
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    "great end to trilogy"

    well written and read had me gripped from book 1 to the last words of book 3 hope they make films

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr D O'Reilly
    Wicklow, Ireland
    27/05/16
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    "Satisfying conclusion"
    If you could sum up Morning Star in three words, what would they be?

    Epic satisfying ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Morning Star?

    No spoilers


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Thrilling account and pacing, great charcterizations


    Any additional comments?

    The final book from my perspective is a return to form. The second book was probably always going to be a 'bridge' but from the first chapter the last book in this series reclaimed the heart and soul rebuilt our hero and drove him towards an epic finale with good twists and turns along the way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    29/04/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series"

    Every book in the series is as good as the last. This one, in particular, had a thrilling ending.

    Great trilogy in every respect. Characters, world building, politics, action and emotion - it had it all.

    Highly recommended.

    The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane McKay
    28/04/16
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    "BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LONG TIME"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Morning Star to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world building


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to him before but I will definitely listen to anything I can find read by him. The best delivery of a tale I have ever experienced on Audible.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really but it was deeply interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without the amount of detail in the fight scenes and some of the more lengthy moralising. The pace could have been faster but overall this was an immensely absorbing series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Menashy
    Bushey, London United Kingdom
    9/04/16
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    "Bloodydamn good!"

    Stunning ending to a fab trilogy, more twists and turns than a roller-coaster. Another great Tim Gerard Reynolds narration does the story justice.
    If Spartacus in Space sounds like your thing then just don't hesitate; it's that and more besides.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RW
    UK
    28/03/16
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    "Excellent end to the story."

    I loved this trilogy. Each book in the series has been top rate and that is very rare. There were bits where I laughed and bits where I cried, boys and girls will equally love this book. The narrator was also excellent and I began to recognise the voices of each character, he was very versatile. Please do more stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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