Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've already done so, several times over. This is the first book in a fabulous action-adventure fantasy series that hits the ground and doesn't stop. The basics of the story are that, basic. Standard archetypal characters, typical questing story in a world that feels, familiar. However, where I think the author succeeds is in writing a fun, fast-paced story with well-written and vibrant characters. I was totally engaged and found myself looking for every available opportunity to sneak a listen!
Harry Potter series (Jo Rowling), Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, Inheritance series
Hadrian, Myron and Thrace
Yes - I got completely caught up in this story and felt a lil' bit like a drug addict waiting for a fix while I was waiting for Rise of Empire to download. It was bad in the best way possible.
I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!
It is so amazingly good.
Hadrian (sp?) - he is just so whimsical and good.
Really I can't pick out 1 scene because I marvel that the whole book is so riveting.
When you have gallant swashbuckling heroes Royce and Hadrian, a bright underestimated princess and a waif for the unexpected heroine, plus a wizard and a mythical creature, it all adds up to a great listen.
Fun, energetic, just the right amount of suspense and surprises. I enjoyed it and have already downloaded the next two books in the series. I had to order those via Amazon to Audible.
Hadrian. Part was the narration, but he seemed likable. Has his own problems, but not going to sit there and whine about it for 30 pages.
This trilogy (Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron) seamlessly follows several main characters is a plausible (for a fantasy plot I guess) way. Too often, a plethora of characters tangle themselves when narrated aloud, and it's hard to keep the strands of story detangled. Not so here. The characters have depth, the dialogue is interesting, and the narrative limited to show more than tell. Although you might think you know where the plot is going... it keeps you guessing right up until the very end. Plenty to love.
The fight scenes were somewhat realistic, as much as possible I think, and not too long or complicated. When you're trying to form your own mental reel, it helps when the fight scenes are compact and vibrant.
On the narration... fabulous. All the characters had very distinct voices. As a side note, Reynolds does a fairly decent woman's voice. Although only one main character, and two very central characters, are female, I've found male narrators often give all women the same voice, are overly comical, or just end up with an annoying female voice.
I didn't have high expectations coming into this book as the reviews had said it's a good intro but not much depth but I found myself looking for excuses to listen to Theft of Swords any chance I had! The characters are believable and well written, the plot moves forward through every scene and the depth of the book gets more and more involved the further in you get.
I'm typically more Sci-fi than fantasy but this book is very well written and while there are fantasy elements, mostly it's a fun adventure story set in something like the middle ages meets Lord of the Rings. Well thought out and descriptive, if I could give 4.5 stars I would!
Enjoyable plot line, with enough twists to keep it from being predictable. Just enough irreverence to give light moments. Good narration.
Great performance, twists and turns keep you reading. I have read this series twice and listened to it twice. I love this series. The characters are believable and have enough personality and depth to keep you not only entertained but connected. Well worth your credits or cash.
Addicted to Audible
The narrator has the perfect cadance for the action and humor for this series. Tim Gerard Reynolds is why I began this series. He did a such wonderful narration of the Tana French novel "Faithful Place", that I sought out other narrations by him. I understand that the author is trying very hard to keep Tim Gerard Reynolds the narrator of the two new prequel adventures of Royce and Hadrian due out later in 2013.
Fantasy is not the usual genre I listen to; but enjoyed it so much that I am downloading similar authors suggested from Michael J. Sullivans web blog. If you are sitting the fence about Fantasy don't hesitate to try this series. Action, Humor, and yes, a little romance (chaste kiss only), well written characters with lots of dialog. Also, there is a printable glossary and map on the authors web site to help keep everything straight, I know seasoned Fantasy readers won't need it; but I am a Fantasy newbie.
The opening few chapters kind of threw me a bit and I thought I would not like the story but I was wrong, just finished the third book and really enjoyed the whole thing, well worth the time.
This is the very best Fantasy series I have heard or read.
It made me laugh and cry
The descriptive prose is outstanding. The dialogue is tight and witty and never became boring or confusion.