Library Audiobook Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Posted April 22, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews, Snagged @ The Library / 21 Comments

Library Audiobook Review: Red Rising by Pierce BrownSource: Library Borrowed

Format: Audiobook

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins

Date Read: January 2015

Genre: Dystopian, YA

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

More Information:
Publisher: Del Rey, Recorded Books
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1

Snagged at the Library Review


JUST A NOTE: These are books that I have Snagged @ The Library . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.

Read/Listened for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 2.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Red Rising by Pierce Brown was such a surprise to me. I LOVED IT!

Overall Thoughts: I am going to admit that when I read the synopsis I wasn’t sold. If it wasn’t for Jessica from Rabid Reads and Lupdilup from Hot Listens I wouldn’t have looked twice. It sounded like another typical YA Dystopian (which usually let me down on the final book) BUT this didn’t read YA at all. Yes the characters are young in age but that is where it stops. What they do, how they do it, how they think, and how they live are all very adult. The violence is VERY adult rated. There is marriage, death, love, sex, jobs, and life happening to these young in age characters. They treat all these things more like adults than teenagers. Someone asked me how would I describe this: Think of it as a very violent Tale of Two Cities (caste system breeding disdain) with a bit of The North and The South (slowly watching a country being torn apart by a break in ideals but where in the beginning it is small pockets of people growing to larger numbers). It really is about war but in Red Rising it is more pre-war when all the maneuvering, spying, and ground work is laid. I think this is going to be a crazy wild ride.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds / Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins

Time Gerard Reynolds really did a good job but I had a hard time wrapping my head around the narration. This is a strong case where the audio didn’t work for me book 1 but I am guessing it will book 2 (the characters are older and I am more familiar with them). We will see because I plan on giving it a shot.

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Final Thoughts: Read this book! You will be surprised I think!



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Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
2.5 / 5
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21 responses to “Library Audiobook Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

  1. I am not going to lie..I held my breath while reading your review. I love this series so hard’s almost freaky. Bummer about the audio..hopefully book two will listen better.

    • I am reading it this weekend during Dewey’s. I have been warned about the major cliffhanger so don’t be surprised if I grrrrr in your direction at the end 🙂

  2. I loved this book! It was one of my favorite books of 2014. I have the audio, but haven’t listened it because I have heard many complains about the narration, and I don’t want to risk loving this book less because of the narration.

    • This is one of those narrations where I think it is either love or hate (generally happens with ones with lots of accents). Didn’t work for me but I can see where it worked for others.

  3. Ugh. I still can’t believ e I haven’t read this one. I bought it in January when it was on sale and I was going to read it… it is on the list for summer. I will stick to reading it and not do the audio since the audio didn’t quite work for you.

  4. After Jonetta and a few other non-YA readers loved this one I grabbed while it was on sale for my Nook. I don’t know that I could get into the audio judging by the sample. But I’ll read it once it’s pulled from my TBR Jar.

    • I really liked it. It wasn’t YA at all other than the number on the page. I forgot until they mentioned it again. Otherwise it is more adult than the 3 NA books I tried to read.

  5. I have this on my pile for the 24 hour readathon this weekend and am glad to hear it is not just another typical YA Dystopian novel. Great review!

    • I think you will like it. It is very different and I admit it won’t fit everyone’s taste. I thought it had a very classic book feel of Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men—gritty storytelling and richness.

    • Some people have loved the audio. I am always iffy about accents, they have to be done in a way that my ears are ok with it. Didn’t work for me on this one.

  6. I wasn’t sold on this book until now, too. I may have to listen to the audio though, because the little snippet posted made me fall in love with the accent (though, yeah, it’s not super YAish). Okay, okay, I’m caving. I will read this book… possible soon!

  7. I wasn’t sold on the synopsis either but downloaded it from NetGalley last year after another blogger friend raved about it. Loved it, too, and the second book is even more exciting. This is not your typical YA dystopia.