I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (Epic fantasy) I have never listened to a fantasy audiobook before, but I read several reviews that mentioned this was not the typical dark, depressing midieval tale that I so dislike. I decided to give it a try, and I'm really glad I did. It's not depressing, but it's not cute or silly either. The main characters, Hadrian and Royce, are very likeable thieves who constantly attempt impossible tasks to help people in trouble. They get into all kinds of sticky situations, giving the story exciting twists and turns. And don't forget that a fantasy must have a kingdom, a wizard, a dragonlike creature, elves, dwarves... that also keep things interesting. It is a long book that never, ever drags down or gets boring.
There is sword-fighting and killing, but I wouldn't consider it overly violent or gory. While the names of some characters and places are unusual, they're not so difficult that you can't keep them straight. The book comes to a satisfactory "semi-conclusion" that ties up a lot of loose ends, but you will definitely want to continue the series.
PERFORMANCE - Good job distinguishing between multiple voices.
OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 4.5) Highly recommended for men, women and older teens. There is no sex, and I don't remember any bad language.
This was a good book with a well thought out plot, interesting and like-able characters, and terrific narration.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a good story and the characters are ones that you can enjoy. There is enough comic relief that it doesn't become to dry and you can actually like the characters. It was a fun listen.
Any classic thief become hero's book.
He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.
As an avid listener of books, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did other ones, it doesn't take long to get into it and you can guess the bad guys but the writer has done such a good job that it really doesn't matter. I look forward to audible getting the next book or books in the series.
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Michael Sullivan is a master at bringing the listener (or reader) into the world he has created and quickly sucking the listener into an emotional bond with the lead characters. The beginning of the book had me so hooked that I had trouble turning the ipod off and had me purchasing the next book in the trilogy before finishing the previous book.
Tim Reynolds was outstanding at bringing the words to the world of audible books.
Riyria Revelations should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor. Spend the credit, you will not be disappointed.
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!
Overall I would give the first volume in the trilogy 4 stars for the enjoyment factor. The first half especially felt fresh, with plenty of wit and humor, and a plot that unraveled at just the right pace to keep you interested. This is a much lighter and more positive fantasy than the dark, gritty, "realistic" stuff that seems to be taking on out there, and to me that is a good sign. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, really grow on you and become more and more fully fleshed out as the story progresses. Most of the side characters aren't as developed as one might expect in an epic fantasy, though there are a few standouts: the wizard Esrahadden, the princess Arista, and the monk Myron (though he is frustratingly absent from the second half).
The second half was an interesting quest that tied into the main story and expanded the world quite a bit, even though I felt it dragged on at times and had a few too many common fantasy tropes. But the ending had a couple of twists that redeemed it and gave us a great set up the next books. I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
I also love how the author, Michael Sullivan, interacts with his readers, more so than I've seen any other author. I love that, and love that it seems to be a growing trend among authors, especially those who have started from a self-publishing background like Sullivan. They seem to connect better with readers, remembering that they were once in the same position and appreciating how hard it actually is to get published.
I think Sullivan is off to a great start, and am looking forward to seeing him and his work grow as he puts more titles under his belt.
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.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
This book spends quite a bit of time talking about magic, but almost none is ever shown. It's a good book overall, but not great. For me, the narration brings it down a notch. I can normally get past most narration, but the narrator has an odd way of highlighting sentences that are meaningless and giving a deadpan delivery to the exciting bits which serves to remind you that someone is "reading" this book to you. Most narrators fall into the background and become the voices of the book, that didn't happen for me.
My biggest impression is that the book is just not that smart. Not many surprises, the characters are fairly standard for a fantasy book, they have one or two dimensions at most, and at the end I was left with the feeling that the author left many things out on purpose because he knew he was writing another book. Characters are introduced, not fully fleshed out, and some even go away (when they logically would not). Overall, the characters, plot, narration, and lack of detail left everything feeling a bit contrived.
I'm not a literary snob by any means, but I do have two fully function brain hemispheres that I like to have engaged when reading. This book was good enough so that I have purchased the second book, so there is plenty to enjoy here, just not as much as I wanted. What I really wanted was less talk about magic and a little more actual magic.
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.
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.