I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This is a good fun fantasy story that you could read to your kids if you want or just enjoy yourself. This is nothing profound or too deep, but it's like watching a good action/adventure film.
Story moves nicely and the characters are rather likable. For what ever reason the narrator is a little bit annoying. His voice during dialogues is often irritating - to me.
A much easier read than LOTR but I enjoy the leading duo. They are interesting, with a past that is slowly being revealed. Their report with one another is entertaining and believable. You get the sense that they been on many adventures. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
The story was a bit predictable, but it's a notch above the lionshare of fantasy being written. I agree that the story seemed to be a slow starter, but wraps up nicely. I was interested enough by the end that I will continue the series.
Very early the author blurred the good and bad I was second guessing who was good and who was bad thought. I loved it. The author treated the reader as intelligent and left me guessing well into the book. This is a book I will recommend to my friends!
What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?
The characters and the plot. The characters were unique and each one leant something to the story. While most of the story seems to have common fantasy tropes, they are done well and in a way that the story cannot be guessed from page 2.
The narrative was occasionally a bit plodding and awkward, but not so much that I ever thought of "putting it down". Just a minor annoyance at times.
What did you like best about this story?
The scheming characters. The entire first half was hard to "see in advance" because we kept getting told different things by unreliable characters. Even by the end of the book there are several characters whose motives are almost completely hidden from the reader.
Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, the accents for each of the characters was unique, some had queen's English, some had foppish-royal accents, he was wonderful at creating those different voices.
But I'm going to be picky: I completely disagree with his cadence at times, since some of the narrative is a little stilted. One of the main characters comes off as a bored teenager rather then menacingly aloof. And then there's a female character who comes across as a whiny brat in the second half... even though I think it's a little unjustified to portray her that way...
But again, it's really me being picky. He's not a bad narrator and I'm not going to "return" the book because of him.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both. The dialogue between several characters is definitely chuckle-worthy at times, and there were several sad moments in the second half of the book.
Any additional comments?
It's a worthwhile "read" for anyone who likes epic fantasy.