Golden Son Audiobook by Pierce Brown (Review)

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Review of: Golden Son Audiobook
Pierce Brown

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On January 13, 2015
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Golden Son Audiobook

By: Pierce Brown

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Published by: Recorded Books 01/06/2015

Golden Son Audibook by Pierce Brown


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Red Rising Trilogy #2

19 hours and 2 mins

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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Golden Son Audiobook Sample

My thoughts of Golden Son Audiobook

  • must read icon

    Yup, it’s a must read/listen! You would think that after reading gushing reviews of Golden Son over at Kimba Caffeinated Book Reviews, The Bookaholic Cat and Christy’s Love of Books my expectations would have been unreachable.

  • On an epic continuation Pierce Brown takes us in another thrilling and mind blowing journey where every chapter is a mini cliffhanger, ones that culminate in mother of all cliffhangers! The politics, the betrayals, the cunning, the plays for power and the fight to bring the Golds to their knees will give you whiplash…But Oh boy! Did I love/suffer every minute of it! All told with the voice of a hero whose inner struggles between  the red he is and the gold he’s pretending to be will prove “trust”  his biggest fault, while finding himself getting closer to those he has vow to destroy.
  • well written

    The way, in which Brown’s injects Darrow’s inner-monologue with the right words to convey his struggles with his duplicity and the deep emotions is just magical.
    The characters are perfectly fleshed out (new and old), and if you thought some alliances were questionable in Red Rising, you have seen nothing yet! I’m totally invested in this cause, and I lived Dorrow’s ups and downs with raw emotions, not to mention at the edge of my seat.

  • Out this world

    There’s really not a lot I can say about what goes on with the plot without giving spoilers. Two years have gone by, and a lot has changed and then again nothing has changed. We find Darrow while he continues his path towards revenge and the liberation from the Golden tyrants. And while he navigates a political minefield that can really quickly turn into quicksand, you feel spent. All to reach an ending that rivals that of the Red Wedding (if you’re a fan of GOT, this is a must) when it comes to shock and surprises, it blew my mind!
    I can’t recommend this trilogy enough, don’t let Sci-fi label scare you away (I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi), if you a fan of fantasy, political intrigue, and cheering for the underdog, then this series is for you!

  • Golden Son Audiobook Narration

    Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds truly puts you there!
    The second guessing I did with Red Rising when it came to his voice not conveying a 16-year-old was all forgotten in Golden Son.
    His interpretation of the novel lets you experience the world as it’s meant to be. The vigor in his interpretation of the actions and suspense scenes creates the perfect atmosphere that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
    His array of voices gives the novel true authenticity, and it’s commendable.
    I can’t say his female voices are the best I’ve ever listened to, far from it,  but in a story where the author hardly gives time to take a breath they are hardly noticeable.
    This was all around winner for me, and I hoping it’s for you too!

Author Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown
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Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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Narrator Tim Grard Reynolds

Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds

Tim Gerard Reynolds trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center, Trinity College Dublin, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, New London CT. His acting work has taken him from the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, to the London fringe, the Official Avignon Theatre Festival, and to the U.S., where he participated in Regional Theater, as well as on and off Broadway. In recent years, Tim has become an established audiobook narrator, working predominantly for Recorded Books, and Simon & Schuster Audio. Titles include, but are not limited to, “The Legend of Broken,” by Caleb Carr, “The Heather Blazing,” by Colm Tóibín, “The Infernals,” by John Connolly, the latter half of Hugh Howey’s epic Sci-Fi series “Wool,” and Michael J. Sullivan’s best-selling “Riyria Revelations.” In 2010, he received an Audiofile Earphone award for the thriller “Faithful Place,” by Tana French, and his performances was named one of the best audiobooks of that year. In 2013 he has been nominated for an Audie Award—the industry’s highest—for work in the Fantasy genre.


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  1. Great review! I couldn’t agree with you more.
    I’m waiting couple of weeks to listen to this one. My book hangover is still too fresh (after I finished reading it), I need more time to recover.

    • Thanks Marcela! I know the waiting is going to be just horrible! I’m I’ll have you by my side..LOL You know, misery loves company 😉
      I started a new Fantasy and it was a mistake, I put it down and read a different genre, it’s hard not to compare.

  2. I’m starting to think this is a series that I need to try. I’ve seen the series for a while, and my thoughts are always, “Not another YA Dystopian”. But I think I have to try this one out.

    • Just forget about the YA lable, I think this story is very adult (just not sex) but plenty of violence. And Golden Son feels even more adult than Red Rising, and it maybe b/c of the narrator.

  3. I have the first one on audibook. I will put it in my YA month bag (which I have a goal of 12 again this year) and see if it fits my picky taste. I think from what y’all are all saying that I would enjoy it 🙂

    • I’m still surprised about the YA label for this one, and also is the author (Someone asked him on the interview) It’s very adult themed, yes he was 16 in the first book but he was already married, so sometimes the publishers do that for marketing reason, but I’d wouldn’t give this book to my daughter yet and she read the Hunger Games.
      I hope you do enjoy it as much as I have 🙂

      • 40% done with Red Rising and loving it. YA shouldn’t be on the label — you are so right! I am not sold on the audio though. I did check out the ebook too and might end up switching back to that.

        • I felt like that at first. And I actually was only OK with his narration, but then I listened to another fantasy novel read by him, and I started to appreciate his work. I did really enjoy it this novel more. But the books are great! So anyway that works for you, it’s fine 🙂 As long as you get to enjoy the ride 🙂

  4. Great review, thanks. This has been on my radar it’s a definite yes now! 🙂

  5. I have read nothing but outstanding reviews for this series. I finally purchased Red Rising last week, and I plan on tearing into it this weekend. Can’t wait. So glad this sequel delivered.

    • OMG! I’m going to be praying that it delivers for you, and that you enjoy the same trip 🙂

  6. I can’t believe he’s only like…four years out of college. What am I doing with my life?! lol This sounds fantastic though; I really need to get the first book!!

    • It’s a rough world, so actually to me he was 16 going into 30 in red Rising, and I don’t know if is the narrator’s interpretation, but I’ve never seen him a young boy. I hope you love it too if you decide to give it a shot 🙂

  7. Great review! PS: I also like that you tossed in the little icons 🙂

    • I love those icons (I bought them at Parjunkee) but I only use them on special like a Sunday’s
      Thank Lily!

  8. I keep hearing amazing things about this book and I confess that I’m starting to be very very very curious! I really should try them! So late! Great review and glad you had a wonderful time with it!

    • They are great! If you liked the The Hunger Games, you’ll love this, although this is not child’s play at all, and I can’t say enough about how the YA label doesn’t belong here. And also the story is so much more than that in the Hunger Games, they are more Game of Thronish.
      I hope you love it too if decide to check it out 🙂

  9. Great review, Loupe! I love this series, and I may actually listen to it one day. I was a little thrown by the narrator’s British accent, but I’m sure that would only last a couple of minutes as I immersed myself into Darrow’s world once more.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy listening 🙂

    • I had already read 5 chapters when I found Red Rising on audio, so I switched right away. I was also surprised by the accent, I wasn’t 100% happy at first, but then I just got lost in the book. For Golden Son I was ready, and I just loved the book and narration.
      I hope you love it too Lexxie!

  10. I don’t know why I thought these books were YA! I’ve been reading blogger reviews and everyone seems to really enjoy this series so I’d adding it to my list. Would you recommend audio vs. reading this one Loupe? Just read Lexxie’s comment and saw there’s a British accent involved? I think that answers my question 😉

    • They are label as YA, but they are nothing like any YA I have ever read/listened to. The hero is 16 in Red Rising, but he’s already married, is set in a world where they are not expected to make it past 35, so he’s a very mature 16. In Golden Son he’s in his 20’s.. So don’t let the YA label scare you away.
      I read the first 5 chapters that’s it, so I couldn’t tell you if a better read. Red Rising was a 4.5 listen for me b/c it took me a little to get used to his accent, he sounded older and I was expecting a younger sounding person, the accent was a shock too since it’s set in the future, I didn’t expect any accents, with that said by the end I really enjoyed his narration, and I loved it in Golden Son 🙂

  11. I like that the tone of the book grows up with the character apart from the other epicness y’all are mad gushing about! At least I won’t be stuck with a bunch of YA characters and their annoying teen-ness for the duration of the series LOL

    • Oh no! there’s none of that here, that’s why the YA lalbel surprises me. If you like Game of Thrones kind of stories with a lot intrigue, betrayals, violance and a lot imagination, then I”m sure you’ll enjoy Red Rising, the first in the trilogy.
      I think is YA b/c there’s no sex scenes, but there’s rape as in a brutal occurrence. The world is pretty dark.

  12. Yeeeeeeeess! This definitely rocked. I just listened to the sample audio though … ugh, I couldn’t have taken 19+ hours of that. I felt like I was being put to sleep while listening to something from Masterpiece Theater. lol. Those huge pauses are killer for someone like me. 😉

    • Hahaha! Is alway hard when you read the book prior. If you ever find that the long pauses bother you, try speeding up the audio to 1.5, sometimes it makes a world of difference 😉
      Mr Snoozer did a great job for me, I had not shot about going to sleep..LOL

      • I usually do have it on a higher speed when I listen. Last week I listened to a 5 hour audio book in 3. lol. When it’s faster, I’m able to focus more on it. But those big pauses that guy does is weird. I couldn’t even read like that. 😀 But I’m damn happy it worked for you.

  13. It definitely sounds like a must read! I have the first book in the series and hope it’s gonna rock my world just like it did yours. Great review, Loupe! 🙂

    • Oh I hope it does, and it’s always hard to push a book even if we absolutely loved it, “no two people ever read the same book” but I’m really hoping we do 🙂

  14. I heard some good things about this series, I might have to check it out. I like it when characters are well fleshed out, so I think I would like that aspect of these books. Great review!

    • Very well written, and the story is top notch. I highly recommend it if you enjoy fantasy books and dystopian stories 🙂

  15. Oh, Loupe, he left me bereft! You’ve captured everything that needs to be said in your review. We need to form a therapy group to get through the coming months until the final installment of this incredible trilogy.

    Fantastic review! I think I’m going to switch to audio for the final story.

    • Thank you Jonetta 🙂
      The waiting is going to be agonizing, it already is! I was left speechless! I know we need group
      I hope the narration works for you too 🙂

  16. Yes..this series, this author has ruined YA for bar is so high I am so happy you enjoyed this. I loved that the tone was different and Darrow slays me.

    • My expectations were through through roof Kimba! I read nothing but great reviews prior to lsitening, and oh boy! Did he delivered!

  17. Ooh, Loupe! Now you’ve gone ahead and done it! I’m all kinds of excited about finally starting this series, but I refuse to start another audiobook before Tuesday for fear that it might interfere with my Burned listening. SOON (but not soon enough)!

    • Actually, it might be a good thing to wait until it gets closer to the final installment to come out, than you don’t have to suffer like (if you get to love it as much). Which I’m really hoping that you do :))


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