Have not read the print version. Thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.
Too many to say!
Yes, the narrator brings the characters to life and just gives an amazing performance
Yes and he performed just as well if not better then the previous ones I listened to.
Can't recommend this book enough. Such a good fantasy series.
Michael J. Sullivan and Tim Gerard Reynolds are the perfect team. Never a dull moment in this audiobook.
I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.
As part of the series of Riyria Revelations, it is one of my very top because it is wonderfully crafted and perfectly voiced. As a single novel, I disliked immensely what my favorite characters went through in this novel-- but it is an intense book.
One of Robin Hobb's Assassin series books (can't remember exactly which one.) The terrible things the main character went through wrung my heart but I was so caught up I couldn't walk away and leave him in that condition. It made me want to extract revenge on the author for doing that to such a great person.
I love his dramatization of the characters. I even think the cover art looks like his voice would BE Tim G. Reynolds' Hadrian.
Gwen's last moments. I knew they were coming, cause I already understood Royce was being treated too much like Fitz, I knew Royce would have to be alone. But I HATED it.
I won't say the ending was worth it. I really wasn't satisfied with the ending. But there is a future for Royce. One he will have to learn and grow with with his daughter. But I didn't like him being alone with a child without any other anchor in a new society at the end. But it is a completely new and fresh slate. He could write on it however he so chose.
Way too engaging
The two thieves. They are funny
Hadrian. When he talks, you can feel the confidence. It seems nothing can affect him
The heir and the guardian, two thieves, will guide you to the wonderful world.
Too short. Don't want it to be ended so soon.
The main ingredient (it seems) for an adventure story is a bit of missing information. That might be something misunderstood (or rather poorly explained by the author) or confusing and protagonists and antagonists rush around trying to figure out what that missing piece of information actually means. This story is no different. The hidden information is not particularly well hidden (or surprising) giving the story a bit of blandness - it would help if there was some significant meaning behind the actions of the elves. There is little complexity in the characters - they are all true to (a very simple) form. There is a grand adventure (to find out the truth) wherein most of the characters that we have come to know are regarded as expendable. Every one of the long line of bad guys meet their demise during the story. And since their characters are not well developed its a bit hard to shed any tears. This is not a book for those who want a well developed story and characters. But not a bad listen if your expectations are not too high.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I find myself wondering what Hadrian and Royce are up to now. The narration was terrific. My one complaint is that on occasion I really wished the description would wrap up and get back to the action.
Yes. I read the print version a while back (before getting into audible books) and loved it even then but for some reason Tim Gerard Reynolds just brings the characters to life.
Michael Sullivan just weaves a fantastic tale of adventure that reels you in. I loved the characters and their growth on their various quests and adventures.
He does such an excellent job of narrating and his voices for each character are consistent and fit well with the characterization in the novel. I can tell who is speaking by the voice and there are a lot of characters in the book (male, female, dwarf, eleven etc).
Definitely. I usually only listen to audible books on my commutes but with the Riyria Chronicles I was annoyed when I had to stop listening for real life responsibilities. I even played it while exercising instead of music and at home with my headphones while people watched tv around me.
My dread grew as the conclusion of the saga grew nearer, but ultimately I was satisfied with the ending and and was willing to let the characters go. I love the way the author weaves in details and has them reappear significantly later in the story. There are no "come on" moments, when you feel you've been cheated because new information was sprung on you. What a wonderful storyteller Michael J. Sullivan is.
From other reviews, it seems like it's just me, but I could not always immediately tell from the narrator's voice which character was speaking. Specifically, I would think Hadrian was speaking and it would turn out to be one of the less prominent male characters. That was my only minor issue with the narration. The voices of Hadrian and Royce were definitely distinguishable from each other.
All in all, a very fitting conclusion to a wonderful series. Bittersweet - sorry it has ended but ultimately left smiling.
I would. It's so well written that I feel like I'm close to Royce and Hadrian. I miss them already.
Could be Hadrian or Royce. Both such rich, multi-dimensional characters. Both skillful and what they do. Both always true to themselves. Both searching for meaning in their lives.
I can't possibly narrow this down. If you read this, you'll see what I mean. Such a great adventure!
Not sure I can pick the tag line, but I know it'd rival Game of Thrones on screen!
I stumbled across this series by accident. How luck I was!
Michael J Sullivan - you are a genious! Such complex yet elegant plot. Such rich characters. Just a great story. Thank you.