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John

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  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5229)
    Performance
    (4813)
    Story
    (4810)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Highly Recommended"
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    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Yes, in fact, I already have listed to the first chapter several times as it is a great introduction to characters that I enjoyed "getting to know."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Hadrian and Royce, their action/adventure, and most of all their humor. The author did a great job of giving these lead characters depth, and the narrator brought them to life.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian and Royce. The narrator made listening to the "trilogy," in a word, fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I do not have the luxury of listening to books in a single sitting, but I looked forward to opportunities for listening to these books


    Any additional comments?

    This book has one of my favorite first chapters in recent memory, and it is a great introduction to the characters. I can think of few books that compare. The book is good for a wide range of ages (from young teen to adult), and I highly recommend the series. You will not be disappointed.

    Other favorite books in no particular order (so that you know if I am on the same page as you): Way of Kings; The Final Empire/Mistborn; Ender's Game; Ender's Shadow; Wizard's First Rule; Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, particularly books 8-12

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (2322)
    Story
    (2308)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Highly recommended"
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    Where does Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this book up at or near the top of my list of favorite audiobooks. It is fun, easy, enjoyable book brought to life with great narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    I'm not going to divulge details of the book, but the dialogue and even the inner-dialog were imaginative and well-narrated.


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    It was great. It was an animated reading that was as memorable, or almost as memorable, as the Potter series, which is high praise to me.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and why?

    Hard to say. There were several.


    Any additional comments?

    This book defies easy explanation, but I highly recommend that you download it.

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