Don't know haven't read the print version.
First time listener
Haven't heard him before. Great performance and I think he nailed the characters.
Good book, keen to try the others.
It's so much fun, so good. The story doesn't fail or falter to please. From a story point of view, Sullivan is true to his characters and weaves, without error, a complex, exciting and romantic story. Women are strong yet feminine, enduring and victorious. The heros charming while deadly. I'm in the middle of the third volume and wonder what life will be like without this story wandering on.
This series is by far my favorite series right next to "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Mistborn" series.
There are so many favorite moments I simply can not choose one.
It usually takes me 30 minutes to an hour into a novel to get used to the reader. However, with Tim i was hooked from the opening lines.
All parts that had the two main characters in conversation with each other.
I have read several books of all genres and Fantasy series are my favorite. This entire series ranks at the top and I highly recommend this read for everyone adults and teens. The several plots and story lines that are intertwined and leading you through the story will keep you on the edge of your seat listening.
Towards the top best listens.
I love the interaction between Royce and Hadrian. This is the true wit of the book and realistic action between good friends.
It was hard to put this book down and I chaffed waiting until I could reasonably return to the book; and once I started back into the book I would be annoyed if I was interrupted, including by one of my family!
I will be looking for other books by this author and hope that Tim Gerard Reynolds will continue to do the narration.
The way he writes, paints such an amazing picture of these characters that you feel like you know them personally, and I like them all because of that.
He gives every character a voice and feeling.
It has made me laugh, cry, it has my make my heart beat faster and even drive faster during times that I had to set my cruse control because I was so into the story!!
Do not pass this book up
Honestly, I had to stop listening! I did listen to the first story and got part way through the second, so feel it's enough to write a review on.
The story was quite good, though a little formulaic, with some decent characters and good action. It has the bones to go the distance over the next couple of books I would suggest.
There was just something about the narrator's intonations that was wrong and really off putting. His voice was quite easy to listen to - the problem was how he would say sentences and stress various words, particularly in dialog, which sounded unnatural and a jarring. In the end I had to stop listening.
I'd suggest you listen to the sample prior to buying.
I know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.
Definitely near the top, I look forward to listening to this series again.
Political intrigue and convoluted conspiracies. Feels like you're on the verge of figuring out what is going when a completely different explanation is given making the story that much better.
Narrator was great! Some of the characters get a little confusing in spots but overall he did a very good job. Narrators are usually the kiss of death for me and Mr. Reynolds was very entertaining.
No. There is so much deceit and plotting that you really need to take your time to ponder what's going on before getting more clues.
This story started out slow while learning all the different characters and locations, kings and queens, prisons and towers and castles, bad guys and good guys, etc. Once I got down who was who and where they belonged I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
This was an enjoyable book. It tries to walk the fine line between classic fantasy and the newer, Game of Thrones inspired political intrigue / everyone's a bad guy (and no-one thinks that about themselves) style of fantasy. It bridges the two fairly effectively, but tends to drift towards the classic fantasy elements more--which is good! There are genuinely good characters in this book, and virtue and heroism ARE rewarded with something other than a knife in the back.
It's a good palate-cleanser after OD'ing on Game of Thrones and other darker, more gritty fantasy.
TG Reynolds' performance was good in that each of his characters had a memorable voice AND a subtly different accent. Sure, some of the accents were cliche (where is it written that all Dwarves are Scotsmen??!?) but then, so are many of the tropes and elements of the book, so that fit.
Quite worth it. Could it have been better? Sure--but, it was a good way to spend some quality time with an interesting world and interesting characters. It's also nice to see a fantasy world where the Wise Old Mentor character spends most of his time NOT revealing things rather than simply existing as Exposition Man.
I'm looking forward to the next one.
Maybe. Its a good book in it's own right, but it just doesn't hold a candle to the truly great fantasy novels like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or The First Law. If you're expecting greatness you'll be disappointed.
This was my first read by Sullivan.
Just about everything. His very fake English accent was obvious from the get-go and he has no depth or range making it hard to distinguish one character from another (including female characters). A reader like Roy Dotrice or Steven Pacey could have done this book justice. I found myself being consistently annoyed by Reynolds performance and it really subtracted from this audiobook's potential.
Yeah, find a book with a better narrater next time.
Like i said, a very good book in its own right, but the narration ruins it and makes it worth far less than the $41 price tag.