Written By: Pierce Brown

Narrated By: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Date: February 2014

Duration: 16 hours 13 minutes


Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.'-- Scott Sigler Pierce Brown' s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender' s Game by Orson Scott Card. ' I live for the dream that my children will be born free,' she says. ' That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.' ' I live for you,' I say sadly. Eo kisses my cheek. ' Then you must live for more.' 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Derrick N

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Natalie D.

    Awful! Wish I hadn’t wasted my money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris L.

    The book was well read, the content was a little juvinile I thought, more a book for mid-teenagers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Sharron Knowles

    A bit difficult at first to get into, but once you understand the characters it is a fantastic story. so engaging I have to continue with the next book highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jerry A.

    Just a fantastic book and narrator! I don’t know how this book isn’t being made into a freaking movie series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sarah F.

    A really interesting story. The first few chapters were a bit slow but it got interesting and engaging and I am glad I stuck with it. Keen to read the whole series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel D.

    I didn't get far into this book. I was really turned off. It's "science fiction" that devolves cultural evolution to its worst in human history. The author is another maladapted privileged guy with the issues he should have addressed in therapy 30 years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Paula M.

    Best book I’ve read in ages!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert S.

    Loved in a distracting way that a book hasn't accomplished in some time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Evgeny K.

    Excellent read! Cannot wait to finish the entire trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Donna

    the beginning was slow and a little tedious but in to the second quarter it really started flowing and I enjoyed the action and surprises the narrator was amazing and his voice and nuance makes all the difference !!!

  • Doc S.

    This was the single best audiobook production I have ever listened to. Pierce Brown draws you into this other place. He skilfully grafts you into another civilisation, in such a way as to make reality seem faded and unimportant. Tim Gerard Reynolds doesn't narrate. He acts. His reading of this work should bring him much acclaim...all of it deserved. His mastery of subtle dialectical differences, emphases, and intonation are simply too notch. His sense of timing and manner of delivery are unparalleled. I never looked at Brown's work, before. Thanks to Reynolds, I may be a Brown fan, for life. Such an excellent production that I recommend it, without reservation. Stunning. Flawless. High art.

  • adam curry

    This book is absolutely crazy, unpredictable, and amazing. I can't count how many times I thought, WOW! I did not see that coming. But it was alot. Can't wait to hear book 2. I highly recomend.

  • James P.

    Amazing. Hocked on this series

  • Egle Z.

    I was left with an overall good impression and I will try and listen to the next book in the series. The biggest flaw for me was that the author kept forgetting he was writing about post-humans, or had serious difficulties to describe their biological advancements. The main protagonist kept repeating that everyone was a "genius" without anything in the story to prove it. The characters mostly felt like a random bunch of normal teenagers instead, which is alright for a YA book with a very typical scheeme at its core. On the other hand, it is a very adventurous book, and the story is told in a smart way. The narrator, with his Irish accent, was such a pleasure to listen to.

  • Anonymous

    I didn't care for this story at all. Loved Hunger Games. This wasn't at all appealing to me. Just vulgar & crude.

  • Ivette Pabon

    I've listened to this book 3 times already! I genuinely love this book, and I feel that the narrator did a wonderful job at giving this story life.

  • Edward B.

    started off slow first third kind of boring then picks up the last 3rd is really good

  • Anonymous

    exceptional work something that can be read and reread over and over.

  • A-Aron

    Awesome read!

  • Angus

    Really enjoyed this book, yes it has plenty of similarities to other books but really fun and fast paced.

  • Jason R.

    Riveting book that I couldn’t get enough of. Highly recommend!

  • JK

    I didnt find it too interesting at the beginning but the second half was really good. It kept me captivated until the end of the book! I'm looking forward to listeing to the second installment!

  • Anonymous

    very good

  • Alex R.

    Great book

  • Beth

    An immersive story. Though it felt a bit derivative, I enjoyed the way it was written and the emotion portraid - it made the story very real and powerful

  • Anonymous

    Cliché and boring

  • Dylan M.

    favorite series ever

  • Samantha B.

    First book I was able to read through in a while. Great narrator.

  • Snexys

    Absolutely loved this book and the narrator! Can’t wait to listen to more of the series

  • Amber L.

    pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and the narrator

  • Tammy W.

    a page turner.

  • Talita H.

    Followed a reviewer’s whim comments, and I found it an enjoyable listen too. Have 1 more hour to go, and things are getting hectic !

  • Samuel D.

    I tried several times to get into this book but it just didn’t work. I feel no connection with any of these characters and the “back story” seems invisible. The concept is better than the actual story.

  • Sam R.

    The book for me was different and I really enjoyed it but I must say the narrator was exceptional

  • Emily B.

    It was about twice as long as it needed to be

  • JOEL R.

    Good book. Could see this making an epic tv series.

  • Misty S.

    Red Rising is brilliant and phenomenal, and I loved the narration! Tim Gerard Reynolds did such an epic job narrating it!

  • Rick S.

    Brilliant. Quickly got my interest, and held it. The next 2 books in the series were equally good.

  • Michael Gallant

    Captivating story line and characters. Narrator kept the flow intriguing

  • Luke M.

    Great story, nice twist on a hunger-games type theme. Narration really brought it to life.

  • Michael W.

    I enjoyed it.

  • Carol T.

    It gets very technical at some points going a little too much into detail such as during fights. That said however it is the only negative thing i can say about it. There is a solid storyline, draws you in wanting to know what is going to happen next. Plays on emotion very well so you feel for the loss, root for the heroes, and want to jump up for the wins. It ends well but in a way you can’t have closure without knowing what happens next, so i definitely have moved on to the next book in the series which happens to be available in the Scifi-Fantasy book club! (The whole series is)

  • Anonymous

    I am absolutely hooked! Book is brilliant, the narrator is amazing. I can’t stop listening, only sadness is knowing it’ll eventually end.

  • Jennifer H.

    My son and I loved it. Fantastic narration and the plot hooked us right away.

  • Barry G.

    Great story. Great narration. I’ll be listening to book 2 next.

  • Natalie R.

    SUCH A GOOD BOOK!! I’m normally not into sci-fi but I was fully absorbed into this book. Absolutely loved the narration, you know it’s a good book when your thoughts are in the voice of the narrator

  • Mirgurl

    Omg. Simply amazing. The twists and turns. The is the history of our society. This could be non fiction.

  • Jade C.

    Good book I did enjoy it really hope they make a good movie of it

  • Nancy B.

    Red Rising had a slow start, but this was necessary to build the foundation. It was well-paced after that. Unlike many closely themed novels, Red Rising weaves mythology, ancient history, and literature if you look for it. I enjoyed reading it and will reread it.

  • Anthony S.

    Excellent book, excellent narrator

  • Anonymous

    Phenomenal first book to the series. I highly recommend this.

  • James M.

    Awesome story and the narrator is spectacular.

  • Alyssa Holybee

    good book looking forward for golden son

  • David F.

    Very interesting in many ways. Even believable. Good narration. Drags in the area of "Gold's" competing and ugliness. Seems unnecessary and extreme in many ways.

  • Aaron Underwood

    great book so far, can't wait to read golden sun

  • Anonymous

    Great series, would recommend. Won't disappoint

  • Dwayne T.

    Amazing story!

  • Arland G.

    Fantastic narration. It is one of those books that is actually better to be listened too (and I don’t say that often). The writing style naturally matches how a story teller speaks , I.e. short sentences and predominantly simple vocabulary, perfect to be read aloud. Overall it’s a great first book , and the narration was energetic and colourful. The narrator Tim Reynolds is capable of portraying a good working class vote which is essential to the spirit of the main character (and others). Well worth the listen.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic narration and a fast moving story, very engaging

  • Malik W.

    one the best series I have ever read and I really wish it becomes a TV show or movie

  • Jack

    Great story can wait for next chapter,

  • Anonymous

    loved it.

  • Tara S.

    Great, but we don’t usually listen to books with the kind of language this one had in it, it is not a book for younger teens.

  • Arthur B.

    Really good book and the narrator made it so much better!

  • Suzanne S.

    This is a great series. Depth, Personal challenge, Politics, Snarky humorous bantering dialog...a great reflection of current culture. Absolutely fabulous narration! And now... I'm rel-listening before getting Book 4!

  • Alyssa H.

    Obsessed! Best book I have read in a long time. Very well written. Pierce Brown focuses a lot on plot but still manages to create dynamic, engaging characters. If you love sci-fi this is a must download. It is also a nice long book and continues on to a series so great for long road trips or bibliophiles. The narrator also does a fantastic job with an easy to listen to voice.

  • Rebecca P.

    Book was suggested based on other books listened to. So glad it was. Love the characters, narration on point, and overall story plot will keep you from stopping this audio.

  • Anonymous

    good read

  • Jeffrey M.

    This book is an interesting look at leadership development for the uninitiated. the story line is fun and and full of good twists and intriguing plots.

  • Erin Z.

    Amazing from start to finish...addictive! Great narration!

  • Daniel A.

    great story, started out predictable but went in an interesting direction. looking forward to the next two books

  • Colin S.

    An engaging story written very well. One of the best narrators I have ever heard. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.

  • Justin B.

    It was really good, however it is so easy to get lost, the narrator was amazing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thomas T

    If you are a fan of any of the greats like Jordan, Card, Sanderson, King or Sullivan among others, you will love it. Great audio book and narration that is tough to put down. You won't regret your credit.

  • Oded O

    Havy hard core Science Fiction! The first hour was not easy, I would have never chosen this book if it wasn't a two for one deal, than when I started reading I hated myself for getting it till I started getting into it and finally seeing how good this book is that I I finished it in 2 days then the second one in another two, and bought the 3rd to finish the trilogy which was so good that I didn't wanted it to end. So yes I absolutely recommend!!!!

  • Adam S

    The classist world that Pierce Brown has created is vast and imaginative. Much discussion can be roused concerning the art of leadership from this book. Overall I loved the questions it raised about morality, just causes, and power. Strap on your grav-boots and let the narrator take you away.

  • Travis Barrett

    Started pretty slow and depressing... and then got AWESOME! Couldn't stop listening toward the end.

  • Eleanor Bailey

    A more believable take on the Hunger Games. Not as predictable as I thought it would be. I couldn't have picked a better narrator to bring life to these characters!

  • Arthur Keech

    Fantastic. A great performance and an excellent story

  • Shayla Jacobsen

    I absolutely LOVED this story!! I couldn't stop listening to it. I can't wait to listen to the second book!!

  • Ellijah Campbell

    I just didn't like it. The story didn't engage me. I didn't care about the character. The entire story is told though the eyes of only one character with a lot of narration. It totally lost me and was hard to get through

  • Brandee Guerrero

    Love everything about this book and the narrator is so perfect for this story! Here we go round 2! ????????????

  • Theresa Burlew

    Excellent story and great narrator. I can't wait to listen to book 2 Golden Son.

  • Mic Javier

    Story is very good. I like the way the story was built and how it progresses. Narration is not so good though. I ended up looking for a free copy online and read it there instead. The author is superb. A great read.

  • Mikell Yamada

    In the HungerGamesDivergentAndEveryOtherDystopianTeenHero genre this one is above average.

  • Erwin pantoja

    The book is griping and the narrator did a great job. good read

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