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Red Rising

Série : Red Rising, Volume 1
Durée : 16 h et 12 min
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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.

©2013 Pierce Brown (P)2014 Recorded Books

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  • Dubi
  • 28/08/2019

Grim Reaping

Seems like every other book I listen to is so highly derivative that my opinion hinges almost solely on whether it is a worthwhile step forward or a redundant rehash. Red Rising, after a promising start, slowly but inexorably proved itself to be a cynical exercise in cashing in on the popularity of The Hunger Games.

RR: hero is from the mines, HG: heroine is from the mines. RR: 12 tribes, HG: 12 districts. RR: kids go through a "draft" before being sent to a carefully designed course to compete in games against each other, with help from proctors, while being watched from afar by the privileged class. HG: ditto, ditto, ditto, except that they called them mentors instead of proctors and they call it a reaping instead of a draft. RR: young girl sings a song of rebellion before dying. HG: young girl sings a song before dying that becomes the theme of rebellion. RR has the Reaper, HG has the reaping.

This is not inadvertent similarity. This is either willful ignorance (especially on the part of the editor, who should have known better) or outright plagiarism. If you're going to do this, you have to add something. Especially in characterization, especially to the main character.

In that respect, Red Rising is retrograde. Katniss (like Harry Potter and Tris from Divergent) is never that sure of herself, is the last to recognize her power, is always the reluctant hero. Darrow/Reaper, from the very first scene, is the best ever, and he knows it. And yet as brilliant as he will tell you he is, he falls for four, five traps in a row, getting many of his friends killed in the process. And when faced with a choice between doing the right thing or getting revenge, the always self-righteous Darrow inevitable chooses bloody revenge.

Jeez, if you're going to rip off a beloved story, don't reverse all of its best qualities. To which you can add the central conceit of Red Rising: social, political and economic inequality is embodied in a facile color-coding system. Hunger Games presents the same issues in a far more nuanced way (even down to the subtleties of fashion and mannerism) without resorting to obvious gimmickry.

Other bones to pick: the level of violence is off the charts for a supposedly YA entry, and the internal logic of this world fails early and often, especially the technology. I for one will not be moving on to the ensuing episodes in this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15/11/2019

I don't understand the hype. Very obnoxious book.

The best way I can describe the plot is that it just felt childish. The main character is supremely intelligent to borderline supernatural levels and able to think six steps ahead of his enemies whenever the plot demands it, and then unfathomably stupid and repeatedly walking into obvious traps whenever the plot demands that.

I almost stopped listening by the third time that happened.

We are also just expected to believe that the main character is a prodigy at everything, he is perfectly skilled in combat and all things physical, despite minimal training compared to those who trained their whole lives.

I would have loved this book when I was 14 maybe, but I really don't understand where all the praise for this book comes from by adults.

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  • Jared G
  • 27/08/2016

Wow, what a performance and what a story

I don't remember the last time I stayed up all night to read a book, but this one had too much intensity too much momentum to put down. I just had to finish. Darrow's story is rich with memorable characters and emotion and had plenty of suspense. It's one that I'll remember for a long time. I can't wait for the second novel.
Tim Gerard Reynolds makes it come alive. his accent brings the story a perfect edge and he does the wide variety of characters justice.
A must read.

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  • Evan
  • 27/02/2017

Go ahead and download the next two as well

Any additional comments?

What a tremendous series. This was one of my favorite listens in a long time. The first book starts off a little bit slow, but picks up the pace quickly and maintains it all the way through the end of the trilogy.

One of the biggest draws of this book, for me, was how deep and rich the character development was. Each character is so multidimensional. And the complexities of the characters' personalities are reflected very well in the dialogue and the plot.

The narration was one of the best I've heard. I loved hearing TGR's representation of Darrow mature with the character over the course of the trilogy.

I highly recommend this book. And the next two as well!

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  • Amy W
  • 06/12/2016

Brutal and Violent

I tried for almost a year to listen to this book but gave up with only two hours to go. I could not enjoy or like this book, it is a bitter nasty book about vengeance in a dystopian society. There is forced natural selection and culling among students. “He didn’t score like I did on the tests, so he was a sacrificial lamb. 100 students and the bottom 50 are only here to be killed by the top fifty... I know they made me do it … what other choice was there? I do not understand how this series could have received so many positive reviews but I will return my book.

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  • Emily
  • 07/05/2017

excellent

20K+ ratings are believable - it's a great book.
All the reviews prior do a better job at explaining, so mine will be simple...
Logical, smart and creative world building.
Likeable characters. Good and credible twists and turns (for the vast majority of the time).
Excellent book.

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  • Gus
  • 24/05/2017

These books will define this decade of writing.

The way these books captured my heart caught me completely off guard. I am not a Sci-Fi fanboy. I thought after the 1st few chapters that I knew how the whole book would play out. I was wrong. I am so elated with these books that I am crying. The only bad thing I cannot stop thinking about is that I heard they are going to make this book into a movie. A movie will in no way capture the heart of this book. A movie will ruin it. A TV series will be needed. Zero doubt in my mind.

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  • Gene
  • 06/12/2019

this is awful

took hours to get just okay, but then went back to awful. don't buy it.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 30/01/2015

HUMANS ARE ALWAY NEGOTIATING,

THAT'S WHAT CONVESATION IS.
This is entertaining and it is smartly written. It starts out similar to Wool Or Silo. One reason this appeals to most people is the, can do attitude, of the main characters. The book starts with The Reds, who are the most oppressed group in the Universe, a Universe they do not even know exist. Once they do realize that they have been lied to all their lives, the odds against them seem unsurmountable. Many times I thought the author had really gotten his characters in so deep, he surly was not going to be able to get them out. It has been a long time since an author has been able to make me wonder how in the world things were going to turn out.

RULERS HAVE A TENDENCY TO DISLIKE THOSE WHO BREAK RULES.
Then the book turns a 180 degrees. What was a story about a primitive, downtrodden people changes to high tech. In the past when an author has done this to me they lose me. This time I stayed with it and enjoyed the ride.

PRICK LICK
The last half of the book is similar to Hunger Games with Greek Gods. I liked it a lot better and there where no whinny characters. This part of the book reminded me of the writing of Robert Reed. The only complaint I have is that I did think this section of the book went on a little too long. It was very entertaining for the most part, but I was ready for them to finish the game, long before they did. When they do finish, it is a grand finale that you don't want to miss. I will be getting the sequel.

The narrator is excellent

CHEAT OR BE CHEATED.

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  • David
  • 15/03/2014

Dark, moving, action packed

First, let me say that the fact that this book was narrated by Tim Reynolds was a primary reason I took a chance with this story. I was not disappointed in the least. The story is told in the first person, which I particularly enjoy, and begins with a very dark and hopeless setting for our main character and his family and people. Even though our main character, Darrow, is only 16 when the story starts, I would hardly call this a young adult fiction. There are some pretty gruesome moments but nothing that is out of bounds.

The beginning is a bit clunky as the author is setting the stage for our young hero, and confusing at times if you let your mind wander. However, once Darrow's path is set, the story moves along smartly. As Darrow is faced with challenge after challenge, he learns about sacrifice, compassion, patience, and qualities that leaders must have in order to overcome incredible adversity. He learns...

Brown is effective creating believable characters, both good and bad, that are complex and struggle with life and death choices. There are some lighthearted moments which help ease the tension, but not many. I've read some comparing this to Hunger Games, which is a stretch I believe. Maybe some elements such as overcoming oppression and injustice but everything else is quite different.

Reynolds is at the top of the class in terms of quality narrators and bringing a story to life. Simply outstanding.

The story does end a little abruptly and clearly sets up the next story, but hardly detracts from the quality of the book. If you like epic fantasy yarns, and this one clearly sets up nicely for the remaining two books of this trilogy, you will enjoy this one. Most highly recommended.

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  • Luis
  • 24/08/2017

Fantastic Narrator, real fun story

This is a surprisingly well written book - even though the story is a string of clichés and the main character is a massive marry sue.
The narrator is also fantastic and a great fit for the material.
You won't find something to challenge your mind here - but you certainly won't be bored.

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  • Ingo Guenther
  • 04/04/2017

The Mockingjay is now a boy

The book is (technically) well written and the reader is among the best I've listened to so far.

However, this is just the dystopian story told in "The Hunger Games", but with a slightly different setting (Mars) and a male main character and therefore more descriptions of fights in any imaginable form.

If you're looking for an extremely well written "action adventure", this is for you. If you would prefer a story including an analysis of the underlying social structures and the resulting consequences, look somewhere else.

I don't think I'll give the second book a try.

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  • Volker Koster
  • 13/03/2020

Extremely Entertaining

Now that I'm through with all 5 books available, its time to give some praise.
Before starting the first book, I was in doubt whether this is really something for me: boy from lowest cast starting a revolution. Sounded not so new. But good reviews and an large fan community convinced me to try. And I'm very glad I did.
All five books available so far, are formidable entertainment. Superb characters, fast paced action, surprising twists, elaborate science fiction settings - you name it, its there.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator. After the first three books, which he reads alone, production was lifted up by engaging a team of narrators providing for an even richer listener experience.
Comparisons are always problematic, but on my personal high score list, this is in league with my all time favorites, the "Acts of Caine" books by Matthew Stover and "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin.


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  • Felix Eickeler
  • 11/06/2018

Inspirierend

Spannend, intelligent und gut geschrieben fesselt dieses Buch bis zum Schluss und zwingt einen, weiter zu hören. Auch der Sprecher passt hervorragend - ein Hörerlebnis, das Seinesgleichen sucht, besonders in diesem Genre.

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  • Jürgen
  • 05/03/2018

Very good Audiobook - Clear Recommemdation

A Little Bit of a boring Start but after 20Minutes or so the Story starts to really capture the Listener until the very end.

I am looking forward to Part 2

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  • gucky
  • 16/08/2017

An average book - but I kinda want to read on

The narrator wasn't brilliant but did a fantastic job. The book itself has a slow start but soon gains momentum and is told faster and more exiting. The book hinges around some ideas which are pretty unbelievable in my opinion. Many decisions done by the people in power in this story make no sense. Its like they really gave some thoughts in how to rule and then just did the opposite. Not even stupidity or disinterest in their subjects could explain this, and those people are described as superior in body and mind. But if logic problems don't annoy you like they annoy me you will get a nice experience after the first chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/12/2016

Gorydamn book. And what a great narrator!

Loved every minute of this book!
Very cleverly told, poetric at times.
The narrator conjures up the perfect atmosphere.

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  • Stefan
  • 19/10/2016

Spannend, hart, gut.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Die Einteilung in "Farben" - also gewisse Kasten in der Gesellschaft - erscheint etwas unglaubwürdig, aber davon abgesehen ist die Geschichte packend, gut erzählt, realistisch und man fiebert mit. Ganz großes Kino!

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  • Bel
  • 14/08/2016

As red as the planet

I took part in a book discussion of this book the other week. I'm not sure I'd have discovered it otherwise, but boy, am I glad that I did!. This has to be the best scifi story I've read (listened to) in quite some time! It has a dystopian touch, too. The characters are great, not predictable at any given time, and they develop, but not just in one direction. The idea, the plot, the pace, everything is perfect, and I really, really loved the narration. I was so drawn in that I immediately continued with the second volume in this trilogy, but I'll write more there.

Out of five stars I'd give six, for the book AND the narrator. I'm very impressed and can recommend this to every reader, you don't need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this book, cause it is so much more than scifi.

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  • Florian
  • 21/07/2016

Epic

This is simply one of the best series I have read in a long time. The story is epic, characters and the whole theme of the universe simply fantastic. It starts off a little slow, but get's pace quickly, so just hold your horses through the mines.

The best book of the series is part 2, "Golden Son". There are scenes of such epic proportions in this book, you will not believe it until you read it. Glorious.