Great character development, fast paced, innovative, Loved it.
Liked it better than The Spirit Thief, but loved them Both!
This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!
I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.
It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.
While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.
This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!
Absolutely! The story was fun to listen to and the narrator was very good.
It was predictable but not Too predictable. Good wins but not in the ways you expect.
His character voices are absolutely perfect.
I laughed quite a few times
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good listen
I would focus on giving the story and characters more depth. The entire first book reads like it was written by a novice writer, while the second book remains shallow despite a few improvements.
No - it's not worth the time, even at 3x speed.
I enjoy many of the voices he created for the characters (which stayed consistent between books), and his pacing was good.
It inspired me to use my credits more wisely, and to not always assume I will agree with a high user rating.
I really wanted to give this series a chance, but it was too shallow for my liking. Compared to some of the great fantasy epics on here, this series felt flat and predictable.
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.
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
I'm afraid I might be done with Mr. Sullivan's works. I was caught up in the great reviews, ratings, and I hate to admit it the expense of this book. I took a gamble thinking it must be a wonderful read and lost. I first purchased the prequel as it was very inexpensive. It was ok at best. I just expected much more from this title. The narrator was fine and I would listen to him again.
Unrealized potential was my greatest disappointment. The story never really seemed to get moving. Perhaps if I read the entire series I might end up loving it however I really felt the author should have been able to pack a better story into the vast volume of expended pages.
As I've stated the narrator did fine and I would listen to him again however he was no Mark Boyett.
Maybe a renter.
What gives man? The most interesting character in the book was a wizard oh but wait, he can't do any good magic as he has no hands. Pffft!
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