I would recomend this to any in need to get lost in agood tail.
An exelant reader very expresive with good character portrail
Sullivan has said that in writing the Riyria Revelations, he was attempting to create a fast-paced, easy-to-read adult Medieval fantasy about likeable characters that make the reader laugh and cry, with an ongoing mystery that lasts until the end.
As a result, the series offers readers/listeners a rare find: a lengthy fantasy tale with compelling and well-developed characters, a rich and carefully constructed flow of major and minor plot lines, a fair amount of suspense and drama, and a great sense of humor. The story and its tone never grow too light, nor too dark.
All of these things (and many others you'll read about in other reviews) make Sullivan's Riyria Revelations an inviting and enjoyable escape. As far as narration goes, with only infrequent exceptions, Reynolds did a great job of helping the listener (me) to get to know the characters and to envision the world they occupy.
This story is entertaining and amusing. The heroes are reluctant however they are credible . The story is realistic in terms of human behavior but it does not employ an overload of violence. This helps to make The Theft of Swords and enjoyable read..
I found the story quite delightful and it was given voice in a way that added even more to the experience. The descriptions of the country side, the overwhelming odds against which are heroes stood, and the irony and humor all come to life in a splendid way in the voice of Tim Gerard Reynolds!
I am off now to the next episode! Enjoy!
This has to be one of the best, if not the best, books I have listened to.
My favorite character was Hadrian Blackwater. He seems to always want to do the right thing regardless of the consequences.
I especially liked his rendition of Maximus, the dwarf.
I chuckled a few times, gasped a few and thoroughly enjoyed all of its twists and turns.
I will be listening to the sequels.
Ive read most of the great fantasy novels out there or so I thought. When I started reading this book it felt different than the tipical fantasy novel . The more I read of it the more I liked it. The only weird thing about this book is it seems like it was two books or two not so short stories. The thing about this book is you have to realize it was writen in five different books and compressed into three. It was very well writen with twists and turns that suprised me. You dont find this well writen of a book very often. A very lucky find for a fantasy fan. Must read all three they only get better.
I devoured this story as quickly as possible. It is an adventure story with some mild fantasy elements. The story is quick moving, with lots of surprises, and the author has constructed a deep underlying story that is gradually revealed here and in the sequels, which I am currently listening to. The narration was very good, too.
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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.
Characters were interesting - dialogue was often funny but always in character.
Adrian - I liked the way the character actually grew from the beginnig to the end of the series.
I am a trucker, and I keep myself occupied behind the wheel by consuming audiobooks. I lean towards series and sci-fi and fantasy, with an occasional dip into thrillers.
This is my first review, I decided to participate in the process simply because so many of my purchases are driven by the reviews of my fellow listeners.
Theft of Swords is excellent, a genuinely compelling tale with very rich characters.
As the first book of the trilogy, it very ably sets up the greater story.
The narration was excellent, and enhanced the tale instead of detracting from it. Royce and Hadrian are a memorable pair. I don't really know how else to go on without digressing into spoilers, but the character development over the series as a whole is wonderful. I always am drawn to series over stand-alone novels for this very reason.
It was edge of the seat listening, and length of the story (which attracts me) flew by.
Much better than average
I found myself really getting into the story.
I had run out of books to listen to and downloaded this on a whim. It turned out to be well worth my credit and I have really been pulled into the series. The book is very long but well broken up so i stayed into it.