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Golden Son Audiobook

Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

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Publisher's Summary

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown's genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's continuing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.

©2015 Pierce Brown (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    Chris Gander 10/03/2016
    Chris Gander 10/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I've ever read!!!"

    Pierce is an author at the very top of his game. His handle on story, dialogue and pacing rivals that of George RR Martin. Golden Son is flawless in every possible way. It really got to me... moved me... made me invest emotionally in Darrow and his quest. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates quality writing and storytelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 10/02/2016
    Ross 10/02/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Easy listen"

    Fairly cliche storyline and the market is saturated with the likes of these tales where from the suppressed classes rises a hero. In typical fashion they make friends with enemies and enemies of friends, fall in love and go through many a trial and tribulation. Just as they seem to reign it crumbles... I guess that's how marketing works and let me tell you this despite being cliches and nothing original- it's characters are well established its an easy listen and you can tell it'll be a blockbuster when released on the big screen. By the end you'll be downloading the next instalment , despite the tack purely because you need to know if good conquers evil, if love lifts you up, if the little guy gets his day in the sun , because the narrator isn't to hard on the ears, there's nothing to watch on tv and it's simple !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 01/12/2015
    Daniel 01/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and a perfect narrator"

    A thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to the first book - I was captivated from start to finish. Moments of laughter and horror - what it does, it does well. a bloody damn great novel.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds as the narrator is perfect, and brings a lot to the story. Wonderful performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alia 20/09/2017
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    "I might not have been as attentive, but this one had way too much war action. I tuned out on wars strategies etc."

    ..I did fall back in love with the story as it returned back to the heart and dynamics of the characters. I can't wait for the third book now!
    (I love watching any kind of Star Wars action...but following it being narrated is dull as heck)
    Back to the juicy stuff now though!

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    "Best book ever"

    Honestly my favourite story ever. Then narrator was perfect and just every aspect of this book was perfection. I have recommended it to everyone I know and they have loved it too. It's a must read.

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    al port hedland 24/03/2017
    al port hedland 24/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"

    Fantastic performance and story what more can I say other than follow this epic tail until the end, I certainly will be

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    Jarryd 26/11/2016
    Jarryd 26/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Ender's game + The Mote in God's Eye"
    What did you like most about Golden Son?

    The story style has changed, without the characters and goals changing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The antagonists are smart, just as smart as the protagonist. If Darro makes a mistake, his enemies take advantage. This makes the books feel like a history, instead of a fictional story.


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

    He's got that warn down, hard voice suited to protagonists that fight a lot. When Darro thinks to himself, Tim voices it very differently making it easy to follow when Darro is thinking one thing, and saying another during negotiations or combat.


    Any additional comments?

    Mankind is divided into colors. Not nations as in books like Foundation, Anathem and Dune, which are hard to follow. I don't recall what House Arkonnen did, but I remember the Brown Moties are engineers.

    There is a very emotional scene late in the book. It's deep, and cruel and somehow uplifting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Awesome East Bentleigh, Australia 14/10/2016
    Mr. Awesome East Bentleigh, Australia 14/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "For lovers of Rome and Sci-fi"
    Would you listen to Golden Son again? Why?

    Full of nuances and fluctuating momentum. Never boring.


    What other book might you compare Golden Son to, and why?

    Any Conn Iggulden book - minus the fact that this isn;t a re-narration of actual events, and has a lot more persona in the characters.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    a unique (and suitable) voice for each character, carried - without mixup, confusion or exaggeration - throughout all 3 books.


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

    Both laughed and cried. the sense of humour and pathos are on opposite sides of a multitude of emotions you'll get hit with. And a lot of surprises.


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    Selfhelpaus 06/07/2016
    Selfhelpaus 06/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    Wow! What an ending! Can't wait to listen to the next book to find out what happens to Darrow!

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    Cowley Melbourne, Australia 17/06/2016
    Cowley Melbourne, Australia 17/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A novel of redemption and human frailty."

    A roller coaster ride through a future that mirrors our past. Will love and the courageous overcome fear and greed. A great listen.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    24/03/16
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    "IS THIS A JOKE? DO YOU SEE US LAUGHING?"

    PRIDE IS JUST A SHOUT IN THE WIND
    At times I thought of The Gladiator, Outlander, Dune, Game of Thrones, and several fantasy epics. The book has a lot of good sparks to it and Brown is a very smart guy. The book has about everything, space battles, sword fights and lots of politics.

    EVERYTHING IS POLITICS
    The first two hours are excellent and did remind me of The Gladiator. Brown humiliates his main character, in what seems beyond repair. That was followed by two hours of inner strife. Than there is a really good sword fight. The next seven hours was mostly politics and conversations. Like most fantasy epics, there is a lot of talk about this family, that family, the histories of these families and the violence they did to each other and why they hate each other. I don't mind a little inner strife or even the history on certain houses, but not seven hours of it. If you stick with this occasionally something exciting will happen, you just might have to wait several hours. The politics got confusing and I had trouble figuring out who I was suppose to be for and who were the bad guys or why I should care. After twelve hours I lost patience and moved on to another book.


    HORIZONTAL DIPLOMACY
    The narrator is very good, he does a great Scottish accent. He did not have a huge range of voices and at times I was confused on who was speaking.

    115 of 126 people found this review helpful
  • HMW
    9/01/15
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    "A Modern Classic Which Will Endure"
    Where does Golden Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Golden Son is among the finest audiobooks I have ever read. My reading habits tend somewhat towards classics, and I am frequently disappointed by modern fare. I took a chance on Red RIsing, and couldn't get the characters out of my head when I finished. Golden Son is a greater achievement in every way when compared to its predecessor. The plot pulls the reader frantically from set piece to set piece as Darrow struggles with failure, guilt, disillusionment, and hope. The characters, introduced well in the first novel, become organic in this novel in a way I have not experienced in a novel since reading The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.While I was reading, I briefly forgot about the world outside as I was so invested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roque, the warrior poet of the first novel, returns to this world in grand fashion. His continually deepening alienation with Darrow makes the reader compulsively question the state of that friendship even when reading about other characters. While the love story between Virginia and Darrow was compelling, it was practically an obligatory aspect of the novel. Roque's growth as a character was highly original. I had no idea what he would do until he acted. At the same time, I fully empathized with his situation and understood his motivations for his actions once he acted. He is a masterfully executed character.


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

    Ragnar was voiced wonderfully. While the character was essentially a replacement for Pax, the voice acting imbued his journey with dignity, grace, and magnificent resonance. However, each character was read well. I could not imagine simply reading a book like this. It must be experienced through audio.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. All I will say.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first review on audible.com, as this is the first time I have felt so strongly about a book that I needed to share my opinion. It is a work that takes the best of current trends from novels like The Hunger Games and adds the power and philosophical complexity more commonly found in classical literature. Pierce Brown, if you are reading this, please take your time in completing the third book. This trilogy has the potential to truly endure once it comes to the public at large's attention, but a slapped together finale could easily destroy the world you have so carefully built.

    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Emily - Audible
    NJ, United States
    24/06/15
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    "The Second Book Is Better than the First"

    Don’t get me wrong. I am RAVING about Red Rising to everyone I possibly can around the office. And if you haven’t picked up this series yet, you need to start at the beginning. But Golden Son is even better than the first book – which is such an unheard of rarity and a delightful surprise that I had to review this book first. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, and it’s hard to say much without doing so, but I can say that this series is a total genre-bender: I’d call this “Post-apocalyptic-dystopian-YA-crossover-military-sci-fi-with-history-and-general-awesome-geniusness”. All these elements shimmer here and meld together into one whip-smart saga that stays with you for months after finishing it. Needless to say January (when the third and final book in Brown’s trilogy releases) can’t get here soon enough.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    7/01/15
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    "You liked the first one? You'll like this one."
    If you could sum up Golden Son in three words, what would they be?

    gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ragnar. His monologue near the end.


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

    Reynolds is well-known, his reading is gripping and his voice exceptional.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "BRING SOME TISSUES"


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the bloody damn credit.

    30 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Keri
    WAYLAND, MA, United States
    16/05/15
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    "Extraordinary work"

    Exceeds the first in its brilliance--well worth the credit. It is books like this that create a void in their wake as I try to find something half as good (an experience that I love as I'm listening and hate as the book ends and i scrabble around for something else). I can count on one hand out of hundreds of series the times I have felt this way--and this is one of them. Other fingers listed below.

    Four other audible series I've had the same reaction to:
    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Rothfuss: the Name of the Wind and the Wise Man's Fear
    The Stormlight Archives by Sanderson: The way of Kings and words of radiance
    Raven's Shadow novels by Anthony Ryan: Blood song/tower lord
    The Outlander Series, some better than others but in the end an amazing 300 hours of listening bliss

    I'm glad to add another series to my "I really can't stand the wait" list. Now if only someone could give me a list--like this--of books I've never read and they'd work for me as well as these!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • David
    MONTREAL, WISCONSIN, United States
    9/01/15
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    "Amazing 2nd Book"

    The notion that this series remains unknown is a travesty. These are some of the best books, the best story, of any genre. The young adult classification simply means these are books for anyone. I recommend them to everyone.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • JKYates
    waverly, TN, United States
    28/06/17
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    "Another great book by Pierce Brown!"
    Would you listen to Golden Son again? Why?

    I usually do not listen to books twice but if you give a few years.........yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how it left you hanging engaged all the time...never a dull moment


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rain of iron!


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

    Was sad toward the end..............waiting on the next book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Commando
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    30/05/17
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    "A good story, but a few holes. Would recommend it!"

    it was a good story with good characters. I would have liked a little bit more description, but I still would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gus
    28/05/17
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    "i love this story"

    I love the way this book flows and ends. My heart aches, my blood pumps, and the hair on my arms stands tall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nawerd
    8/04/17
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    "Could have been good"

    There are far too many ups and downs in this book. The author plays with your emotions and it is not enjoyable. Also, I feel that there is one major plot point that happened near the middle of the book that was HUGE, but the author never speaks about it again. It still bugs me. I think this story could be redeemed in the last book but now my expectations are a little low. I'll probably need a month or two before I can come back to this story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Skeggman
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    1/05/15
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    "Dune on amphetamines"

    It's a sci-fi super blockbuster. More grown up than the Hunger Games but with the same pace and Jack Reacher as the principal character instead of a teenage girl. Don't read this until you have read Red Rising as it's quite a complicated scenario already and Golden Son moves at such a pace, you'll never catch up.

    The plot picks up with Darrow a couple of years after the events of Red Rising. He's doing pretty well for himself but it turns out he should have heeded the old adage about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, so before too long, he is right back in the action which does not let up for a full 19 hours!

    Yes, some of the plot twists are a bit predictable and the characters are ludicrous but I can honestly say I've found this story absolutely irresistible, listening at almost any opportunity. It's good, clean fun and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys an all-action sci-fi fantasy story. Possibly some who don't too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    12/01/15
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    "Good"

    I loved the first book, but just feel like this was a bit rushed/less immersive

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Duke
    12/01/16
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    "Getting better and better "

    Much less derivative than the first in the series and so a more interesting story. There's a lot of signposting of the way characters are going to develop but there are one or nice surprises. Being critical, there's a lot of a) plan for a fight, b) fight doesn't go to plan, c) miraculous event happens d) rinse and repeat which began to test my patience by the end. That said, I did marathon listen to this book and I will definitely get the third in the instalment.

    The narrator has eased off on the anti-British with bad guys having slightly less pronounced English accents in contrast to the humble underdogs' Irish brogue. Sadly, there's some butchering of some new accents here: the Scandinavian is painful to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Hartgen
    17/08/15
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    "Golden Son, Not Exactly Sunny!"
    Where does Golden Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As I've probably listened to thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of audiobooks in my life, that's a hard question. I was expecting a lot from this book. I ranked Red Rising as one of the best books I've read in a very very long time. Having to put all the ingredients in the pot again, stir them and make the same kind of cake, or even better, is a hard ask. I do think Pierce Brown pulls it off, but there are some reasons, which are purely a matter of taste, which meant I couldn't give it a 5.
    The story is as well written, but very much darker. I think for me if I'm going to read a lot of dark I have to have light strokes, either from humour or more happy, hopeful or at least slightly lighter notes. Maybe I'm a wimp but unalloyed bleakness just makes me shut down. The story, particularly in the second half, became difficult for me to read.

    If there's one thing I really do object to it's following a character for hours and hours and hours of book only to find a sad, shocking, gruesome end. It just makes the whole exercise feel pointless. Having said all this, Pierce Brown makes you care right from the get go, or he makes me care. This book is beautifully written, wonderfully narrated and is a great sequel which leaves you wanting more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daro has to be my favourite character. He is everything a real, true hero needs to be. He is a great leader, clever and resourceful with the ability to make people follow him through thick and thin, but he is flawed. He is vulnerable. He doesn't get it right all the time, but neither does he do anything petty or cruel.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    A hard one to answer without giving a spoiler. Let's just say there's one place in the book where I thought: "Oh finally! Finally!" When you read it you'll know where I mean. It's beautifully written and nicely understated.


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

    Oh that's a cynch! Break The Chains!


    Any additional comments?

    Just one. I want more! When can I have more?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. Fryer
    UK
    14/08/17
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    "Better than the first installment"

    Couldn't stop listening. It's a proper Greek tragedy. Now I just need to get the last one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uther
    6/06/17
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    "Amazing"

    Great story line and a cliffhanger ending looking forward to the 3rd book now. Highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    23/05/17
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    "A stunning part 2"

    A thoroughly enjoyable story, brilliantly delivered.
    True, it took me a bit of time to get my 'willing suspension of disbelief' into gear in book 1 as the Planets in our solar system were brought to 'life', but this is a true epic superbly written & I can't wait to read/listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/05/17
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    "Excellent "

    Loved it from start to dramatic finish cannot wait to start the next in the trilogy





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Thompson
    1/05/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Engrossing tale from start to finish. Full of twists and turns. Can't wait for next part...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    15/03/17
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    "A Must Have"

    I like to believe that most book plots I can see coming as I can see the background plots but this had me speechless countless times.

    The plot is a great political sci-fi affair with great action. This story is one of the most perfectly crafted narratives I have ever come across. The universe is well fleshed out with characters with realistic storys, reactions and motivations.

    Expertly performed with the performance keeping suspense at all the right moments whilst perfectly expressing the emotion of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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