I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
Love the characters.
I'm not sure what book compares to this...
Listen to it... you'll like it.
Haven't read the print version
Utterly engaging from the very beginning. This first novel in the series is comprised of two "books," the first of which could very well stand on its own. This first book brings the reader into this world, introduces the characters and has its own amazing plot and culmination. Thereafter, all the various plot lines and story arcs merge seamlessly together. You can tell this is a well thought out story, with plenty of action, good humored banter between the the two main characters, mystery and intrigue, and deep, deep plot. You have to love the exchanges between straight-laced Royce and the jovial Hadrian (the "Odd Couple," perhaps?)
The final scene of book one (which I will not spoil) that puts a nice stamp on what it means to be Riyria.
Thrace's unconditional love for her father was especially poignant, and helps set up the culmination of the plot of this book.
Get this book! Can't wait until the third and (I think) final book comes out on audio!
I listen or read to escape. This book has allowed me to do that. Reynolds does a fantastic job of reading the book, and has me laughing out loud! I can't say enough about Michael J. Sullivan. His characters are great, as is his writing. I listen to the book riding back and forth from work each day, and it just makes the time fly! You won't be disappointed. I sure wasn't!
This is the beginning of a saga set in a fairly typical fantasy world - although there are a couple of surprises. Magic is shunned, and elves are both the enemy and a despised underclass. The two main characters are a pair of rogues who hire themselves out to nobles for odd jobs that nobody else can do. There's a real sense of camaraderie between them, as well as a constant but restrained sense of humor throughout the books.
This audiobook is really two books in one. The first book has a simple, predictable plot with overpowered main characters and two-dimensional villains...but it gets better. The second book picks up where the first left off, and now it really begins to shine. Details from the first book that seemed unimportant or incongruous come back and take on new meaning. The characters from the first book get more back story and personality. While I never quite lost the idea that I was listening to someone's RPG campaign, I ended up enjoying myself quite a lot. It's no grand literature, but what it is isn't bad - a bit like how fast food can hit the spot, but will never replace a fine meal.
I'd definitely recommend this series to a fan of the fantasy genre. It's essentially a buddy tale about a warrior and assassin, each one masters of their craft who make their living as elite thieves. Their abilities are renown and sought by the wealthiest clients, letting the pair rub elbows with upper crust nobility. Yet they also know their way in the criminal underground.
The two have hearts of gold though. So one can't help but grin when their clashing personalities cause them to banter and bicker while they get into and out of trouble, despite being fast friends.
The setting is fantasy-familiar with enough new perspectives on magic, other races like elves and dwarves, and geography to keep things interesting. Add to that murder-mystery intrigue, action-adventure rescues, and a relatively lighter air than Joe Abercrombie or George RR Martin, and this makes for a really nice listen.
An additional bonus is a great narrator, and a pretty impressive length that stays engaging. Add to that the fact that this is only the first in a trilogy, and I think you'll find it's a great deal.
Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.
The Riyria Revelations series begins as enjoyable if not light adventure fantasy, but grows into much more. The story initially centers on a pair of elite thieves for hire who are renowned for doing the impossible. Following one ill advised job their lives become much more complicated as they're swept into the middle of an ancient struggle for the fate of humanity. As the story progresses you are introduced to more characters and a complex intriguing world emerges.
Michael J. Sullivan has a real talent for feeding you a lot of detail mixed in with action so you don't feel burdened by the number of names or individual histories. While the characters and world are well developed at no point did I have to study the story to make sure I didn't miss anything(ie GRRM). There are no long winded descriptions or data dumps but at the end you realize how much you've learned about the history of the world.
The author strikes a nice balance between moral ambiguity and an overall sense of right and wrong. While no one would claim that a pair of professional thieves are model citizens it's clear that they are good people when it really counts. In fact it's somewhat refreshing to read a fantasy series that doesn't center on backstabbing politics. There are evil characters and betrayals of course, but this isn't one of those stories where you feel conflicted rooting for the main characters. You really feel as though you get to know the cast of characters and grow to love many of them.
If I have to admit some criticisms it would be based on a few of the romantic elements. While he does a great job with some of the character's relationships(ie Royce/Gwen), some of the series' early love interests seemed a little forced. I found this improved as the the story goes on so don't worry.
These books are so much fun they feel much shorter than they really are. Be careful, the hours fly by as you listen. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. I think any fan of fantasy will really fall into these books.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
Id like to begin by saying I have purchased The Lord of the Rings, and fully intend to read it one day. I came to the fantasy genre by way of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which this certainly is not. And let me say, as much as I loved those hefty tomes, I couldn't be any happier about it.
What we have here is a far more straight forward narrative with good guys and bad guys and some people in the middle who'll break one way or the other as the plot requires. It is full of action, people doing the right thing, a touch of intrigue and a dash of romance. It isn't that complicated but it is well-developed and most importantly, it is a whole lot of fun. And when I say it isn't complicated, I don't mean the author hasn't taken his time building this world. You will find plenty here worth your time, particularly a good sense of humor and characters you can't help but cheer for.
This first installment relies heavily on plots involving linear journeys and fairly direct conflicts but does throw in enough twists to keep things interesting, which sets up the characters and overall setting for a much grander adventure. I was incredibly impressed by the narration, particularly the characterization of the two heroes from the sample alone and am not surprised that it has since garnered an Audie nomination.
It's hard to express just how much I enjoyed this entire series. I can only hope the author continues to put out such great stories and finds the right vocal talents to bring them to life.
Professional truck driver. Avid reader. I love series. I love long books.
The story was pedantic, boring, predictable. There was nothing original about it. As I listened I kept feeling that I had heard this story a thousand times before, but done poorly. Character dialog was stiff and stodgy. It had no flow and didn't have a natural rhythm. It wasn't clever. Better similar story lines would include The Princess Bride or The Lion King. It seemed really juvenile to me. I couldn't even finish listening to it. The narrator was okay. I don't think he is to blame for not bringing the story to life, I just don't think there much there for him to with which to work.
In my view, this book was disjointed. It feels like two separate books because it probably was. Without researching the back story about how this book was originally published. I would guess that the book was first published as an ebook on Amazon as two separate books.
The two main characters are fairly genetic and lack depth. By the end of the book I feel like I knew pretty much what the story in the next book would be. Unlike Mitch Rapp stories which are equally predictable, the pacing and writing are not suspenseful. There are some decent parts of the book, but there is not enough to enjoy tip make it worth the time.
If the characters had been something other than completely predictable. If the dialog hadn't been so turgid. If there'd been any novelty or imagination present.
Nope, I doubt it very much. I've had an Audible Gold account for a couple of years and this is the first time I've bought a book that I can't bear to listen to. It doesn't take much to please me, but this is like hearing nails on the blackboard of my soul.
Anyone. My cat. Tim Gerard Reynolds just doesn't know how to read a story. Dramatic voicing in the most mundane descriptive passages. "I have TO use MY dramatic VOICE now!" "in FACT its THE only VOICE i HAVE"
I keep coming back to it like a child who's found his hamster dead in the morning, poking its little cold corpse to see if it's just asleep. But no. There's no life left in this book.
Whoever reviewed this and said it was a "fast moving" and "original" epic fantasy needs to widen their reading more than a little. Listen to The Lies of Locke Lamorra for a great story, well written with brilliant narration. That, and they should send me a cheque for $15....