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Red Rising

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pierce Brown

Narrated By: Tim Reynolds

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: January 2014

Duration: 16 hours 13 minutes


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow-- and Reds like him-- are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity' s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society' s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.


  • Lia N

    Downloaded this book on a whim, when I couldn't decide what on my wishlist to listen to next. I'd heard mention of it in other forums and was curious. I went into it known virtually nothing and was pleasantly surprised. The premise is not new, but the culture and world-building is an interesting take on the typical caste system/overlords trope. The narrator is excellent as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • David O.

    Top three series ever

  • Alonzo K.

    I really like the world that Pierce creates, everything is thought out (the government, the slang language, etc).

  • Catherine L.

    Well done. The narration kept the story line moving along at a good pace. Looking forward to part II.

  • Anonymous

    An interesting spin, but really not science fiction. The narrator is first class , however my opinion of the story line varies. The author spends far far too much time and unnecessary verbosity in a variety of sections describing everything from a heartache to a sword in his gut. Completely unnecessary and detracts from a good story. Having said that it was a very enjoyable read and a good description of the Power game. Let’s see what Volume 2 accomplishes. Hopefully a little tighter and less meandering

  • Alicia M.

    Great story, kept me engaged the whole book!

  • Rod M.

    I'll be re-listening to this one before I pick up the next in the series. Good good good book.

  • Benjamin G.

    A great start to the trilogy. As others have said it starts by setting the scene and giving background/context to what is to come. I enjoyed the first person narrative and the storyteller gives a good kick to the narration albeit a little slow/difficult to begin with. stick with it and read the trilogy

  • Michael F

    Excellent book and pleased to find out that there is a sequel, left me wanting more. Definitely recommend to all that enjoy sci fi.

  • Derrick N

    This book was amazing! Best I've listened to in a long time.