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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.

  • 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.

  • Matthew D

    Great book, was very glad to see there’s a sequel

  • James B

    gripping narrative, excellent narrator, reminds me of the Wool trillogy.

  • Adrian B

    Not I booked I would normally listen to but found it excellent. Similar direction to hunger games but in what seems to be a more violent and deceptive world. Highly recommend it and will be personally moving onto book 2 immediately.

  • Anat D

    This book gripped me right from the get go. The style of writing (present tense, first person) really puts the reader in the moment and makes you experience everything first hand. It's setup in the future and on Mars, but it's not your typical sci-if genre. It's something between sci-if and fantasy, and kinda draws the best from both styles. I absolutely loved the first half of the book - the characters, the plot, the world building. Nothing is force-fed, and it's all good stuff. But towards the end of the book everything becomes too violent and slightly too 'hunger games' for my taste. Feels like the book or the hero lost their way, somehow. Still- I thoroughly enjoyed it, and moving on to the next in the series. As for the audiobook version: the narrator did a wonderful job with this. I love his accent, and he did a great job with conveying emotion. Great acting.

  • Dustin C

    Spartacus in space, essentially. Enjoyably listen all told. It starts off on the slow slide, but if you commit it's worth it.

  • Dan M

    From start to finish, I simply didn't care about anything in this book. The characters all blended together in a mash, the main character isn't enjoyable, and the pacing is unbalanced. It just lost me. I contemplated not finishing it at all. The first five chapters or so paint a very different plot than what the core of the book ends up being. And by the time the book enters its final chapters, you become aware of the fact that nothing will be resolved, but rather it's just sequel bait. I wouldn't commit 32 more hours of this short life to know how this drab thing ends. It's just more of the same Hunger Games inspired YA competing-faction stuff. But in this case, it's tough to care about anything, regardless of the world building and craftiness of the author. The narrator reads with conviction but has an older voice than the teeny bopper protagonist. Because this book is in first person present tense, it just doesn't work at all for me. Definitely chore to finish. Pass on this. Or read the book instead of listening to this.