THIS IS A GREAT LISTEN. YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION. YOU CAN'T JUST LET YOUR MIND WANDER OR YOU WILL BE LOST AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHY. THE CHARACTERS ARE GOOD AND THE NARRATOR IS GREAT TOO.
I absolutely love Royce and Hadrian! I just find them to be so completely interesting, in how they interact with each other and with people around them. They have that really strong almost-brothers type of relationship, and their personalities complement each other so well that I just can't get enough!
Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series shares the same light, psuedo-epic, adventure tones that makes it so much fun to read, and it seems I am a huge fan of thief partnerships. Both series also have larger intrigues that the protagonists get sucked into and have to deal with in unconventional ways.
It's always pretty close race between Royce and Hadrian, but I think I'm going to have to go with Royce for this book. I do admit, there are a couple of voices in this book that grate on me, but Reynolds has Royce and Hadrian down pat! Hadrian is idealistic, optimistic and basically more open, and Royce is suspicious, withdrawn, and curt, and you can hear it in how their voices are portrayed. I can't picture them sounding any other way.
Oh yes! Taking breaks for sleep and work were awful, and I put my headphones back on at the earliest opportunities! And my "sleep breaks" were basically listening to the story until I fell asleep, so those weren't really voluntary...
I would and have. It grows on you all the way through until you're completely hooked!
There are so many! The interplay between the lead characters is addictive. Harshness and humor so brilliantly mixed.
I wasn't sure about Tim's narration at first, but it grew on me quickly. I can't imagine any other talent for this story now.
Not sure, but I'd change the title. "Theft of Swords" really doesn't do it justice.
Such well-developed, multi-dimensional characters! It gave the story richness to have continued exposition of all key characters.
Loved Game of Thrones at first but it seemed to get increasingly violent and sadistic for no literary purpose other than to shock the readers.
This book is not as well written or as deep but is very entertaining with plenty of action. Sullivan does not try to shock and horrify but entertain. More a PG where Game is an R or X. The narrator was spot on and added to the enjoyable listen.
I don't read anymore!! But do I listen better??
I look for books that give me value: hours per dollar. I also like the kings and thieves era, and some fantasy mixed in. This book did not disappoint. A little predicable, but who cares. Not too complicated, but when driving and listening, that's ok. Overall very enjoyable.
finding the safe empty of the incriminating evidence and realizing the Riyria had been paid to steal the letters and then paid again to retrieve them.
Just a fun book
Make the villans interesting. They are petty and predictable.
Most of the heros are half brain dead.
Too much of the story reflects the dreariness of everyday life. That is exactly what I don't want in a fantasy story.
It's got the sophistication of pink pony story for teenage girls.
Easily it would work well for kids afternoon TV.
So much potential, so much disappointment. I skipped over the court case it was just too annoying to stomach.
I have listened to the 3 books in this series 4 times through now! I love the characters and the performance. These books have everything an adventure/fantasy lover could ask for: elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, heros, villians, princesses, dragons, magic gems and swords...everything! All the books tie together with very little repetition since this is combination of the individual books. All the characters are solid. This is the first book I've listened to where my mind didn't wander. I remember the names of all the characters, even the names of the towns and cities they visited on their journey. Hadrian and Royce reminded me of a Monty Python cast members! I would start laughing outloud to the stares of others around me. The narrator did a perfect job with the expression of all the characters, even the females. Sometimes, I've found that the narration of a female by a male is too patronizing, or over the top, but not this narrator. I would highly recommend this whole series. "Theft of Swords", "Rise of Empire", and "Heir of Novron".
former nuclear scientist
It took me a couple of chapters to get into the first book, but by the time the protagonists got the assignment to thieve the first sword, I was hooked. The author doesn't take his world too seriously, so Important Things can happen without the narrative turning ponderous. The plot moves quickly, and although its few attempts at twists or mysteries are in general easy to decipher ahead of time, I found that I didn't mind.
Trying not to give too much away: The main characters are the Riyeri, two master thieves who are basically like the A-team: the function outside of typical challenge, and you go to them when you need something difficult done. There is adventure, camaraderie, jokes, more adventure, fun and funny characters, and thieves you can root for in these two books. They are a fast listen and certainly entertaining.
children under 5.
All the characters done by Reynolds were of high quality. He was the shining exception to this mess.
The characters are so one-dimensional and dated. ALL the women in the story are portrayed as weak beauties needing men to rescue them. The protagonists are brigands with hearts of gold. The prince is a spoiled brat whose time amongst the commoners teaches him some maturity, blah, blah, blah.
I'm not sure I'd change anything. I respect the author's voice, I just think that I'm not the ideal audience for this book.
I'd most likely pass. There's nothing here I particularly dislike other than I think it's really intended for a late elementary school audience. His writing just seems to frequently parrot semi-cliched dialogue and characterization that seems too shallow and familiar to capture the imagination of an adult reader.
When listening to this book there was no moment that particularly annoyed me but there also was no moment that I particularly enjoyed. I kept waiting for the point where I would care about the characters but it never really came.
Nearly every character is a fantasy cliche. The ambitious unethical mid-level noble. The mysterious thieves who also have hearts of gold and semi-unwillingly do the right thing. The spoiled Prince who has to grow up. The hooker with a heart of gold. The naive and sheltered but curious monk.
At least so far none of the characters really seem to defy their stereotypes.I guess the telling thing about the book is that despite me wanting to find what is special about it, I found that I could rarely listen for more than 45mins before I would realize that I'm bored and stop.
I think this book will be enjoyed by children but I think it lacks the complexity and intrigue to keep adults that are accustom to the works of George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Tolkien, and the like engaged.
Lastly I'll make a note about the voice acting performance. Again there is nothing about it that I hated but I think that there is a fine line between using sterotypical voices for the sack of clarity and giving the reader something familiar to grasp on to, and having those voices be so cliched that they make already cliched characters even more one dimensional. Tim Reynold seems to periodically cross this line, particularly in the case of the monk character. None of the voices or accents seemed terrible or super cheesy but they also don't really add to the characterizations or sense of setting in the book either.
Overall I've been somewhat critical of the book but I do want to emphasize that for me it is a 2 star book. That said I can definitely see it being more enthusiastically embraced by a younger reader or adults that simply have different tastes.