Never enough books
Even though this series was nice and long. I just didn't want to leave the characters when the books ended. The characters all felt like family. I usually only just listen while walking the dog,but found myself listening every chance I could get. There are only two other authors that can pull me into characters like this ( JimButcher and Michael Hearne)
Full time mom, avid reader - epic fantasy is my favorite but will read almost anything
The characters came to life beautifully and the story was captivating. I found myself holding my breath, holding back tears, and tapping my fingers in anticipation!
I can't choose a favorite - his narration gave each character their own personality. They were full of life and emotion.
Great series! Will be purchasing The Riyria Chronicles. A shame this followup series is half the listening time as Revelations. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator. Not sure if the series or the narration was the most impressive.
One of my favorites. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this series and how much I would recommend it. Sullivan very effectively ties up the various sub plots and presents surprise after surprise as the final book progresses. Reynolds was simply outstanding with his narration and added a dimension and richness to the story that was extraordinary. When I finished the story, I wondered how Sullivan might continue the story as the main characters went on with their lives, and concluded that it would just be anticlimactic. The story clearly pits good versus evil though the characters are not always one or the other. The characters are, well, human. But, with few exceptions, good triumphed. I really liked that. If you are reading this review without having read the two preceding stories in this series, start with Theft of Swords or the first book. You will not be disappointed.
This is the second go-round for me on this book; the first time was in print (and I loved it then, too). The beautiful thing about a well-done audiobook is how it brings out things from the text that came across differently when you read it. That's what makes this item so worth the purchase.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is an excellent reader, doing a solid job of altering his character voices (but keeping those internally consistent) and injecting the story with a sense of excitement over and above what was on the page.
But what comes across best is just a fun, exciting, lovable story. Sullivan is a quality storyteller, and some of the most intense moments in the Riyria Revelations come in this book. I don't know what I was doing instead of paying attention to the scenes of Princess Arista in the dungeon when I was reading it, but listening to them was amazing. I stopped everything else I was doing and just payed close attention, my guts roiling in horror at her predicament.
And that is the combination of good writing and good reading that makes this audiobook a huge favorite.
The author wrote all three books in the trilogy before publishing so he was able to wrap everything up so smoothely. Even the characters who may seem insignificant can wind up playing major roles in these stories - none are there to be a placeholder.
I love them all! The obvious answer would be Hadrian...he is so loveable and easily relateable....but i do think Magnus is a real Gem...i love the way Reynolds portrays Magnus' dwarvish attitude.
I did! This book was one of two books ever to bring a tear to the eye (the other being Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever - highly recommend). It wasnt the very end..and wasnt due to some major event....i think at some moment (with maybe 3 hours left to listen) i realized how epic this story truley was - the way the whole thing came together was wonderful. Everything you could hope for and more.
This is the first review i have done on audbile. I have read/listened to more than 50 audible books so far, but this was the first that i felt i owed to write a review...this book will remain with my memories forever. I hope and wish that Sullivan continues to write his 12-part Prequel Chronicles to this trilogy as i have recently started the first....The crown tower...I just cant get enough of the world of Elan.
I enjoy books that are longer, full of detail. This was one of those books you look forward to listening to. You find yourself running a little more or taking it to the store with you.
This series did not disappoint. The writing was fluid and the characters were were personable. The leads Hadrian and Royce could fill up several other books. You grow to like even the smaller parts, such as Magnus.
This series is worth a try.
adult fantasy lover
Yes, in fact I intend to do the whole series again before Christmas - now that I know the ending I want to see all the little things that set it up - brilliant!
the interweaving of 4 or 5 stories in one
solid - good flow, good characterization in his voice - it fit the story
no - way to complicated - have to sift through it and savour it, like a really complex but fine wine.
Highly recommend this one to anyone who appreciates really well written work.
overall great performance
Fantastic final to a fun series. Royce and Hadrian are a great team and would be great characters in any genre. Just the right amount of magic timed perfectly. Locked in by suspense I could not put it down. A very good read.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
I am definitely going to need to catch up on sleep having finished the entire trilogy in record time. I could not turn it off. As soon as I come back to consciousness I will be listening to the entire trilogy again.
Michael Sullivan is a master of story weaving and is teamed up with one of the masters of narration, Tim Reynolds. The strong male & female characters bring the story to life.
Even after 2 books the reader/listener is still gaining new insight into all the lead characters, their pasts and their abilities. Listening to their inner struggles to be true to themselves and others was shear nail biting pleasure, even those who lost their way for a time.
Riyria Revelations should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor.