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 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.
Relaxed readable epic
The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.
He's a great narrator.
"Not your ordinary pair of thieves."
The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.
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.
This was a good book with a well thought out plot, interesting and like-able characters, and terrific narration.
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.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
First of all, I think it's admirable how author succeeded through self-publication. Way to go! That in itself makes a good story for believing in yourself and your product.
The story itself is a good yarn with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles... It's one giant and true love short of being the Princess Bride. To make up for this, Sullivan offers the intrigue of an evil church conspiracy bent on remaking the world to conform to their will. So it is a very interesting story that keeps you engaged.
The characters are well composed and endearing. Both the author and the reader play their parts in bringing them to life. Reynolds really brings the individuals into contrast with very subtle changes in voice. His characterizations are not super bold, but they are enough to make individuals recognizable. I am not the largest fan of his overuse of the British, West Country for low-born accents, but that is a very minor thing. Mostly very good.
My only issue with the book is that it lacks a bit of polish. Sullivan tends to overuse the word "guy," which sort of messes with the medieval setting. There are also editing flubs in the track, where words are repeated. The text could be tightened up a little bit. But all this is just quibbling; if you don't sweat the small stuff, it is a really fun read.