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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
    (5073)
    Performance
    (4669)
    Story
    (4668)

    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!!"
    "Will probably ask for a refund"
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    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is very talented and makes a lack-luster book more tolerable.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally not one to complain and I rarely write reviews, because invariably, someone will write a hate letter to/about me and frankly, I don't need the abuse. However, I'm feeling compelled to write one here, given the lack of negative reviews. I have returned one book since Audible started the "no questions asked" return policy and knowing this policy is available, I have taken some chances on books that I normally wouldn't want to risk my hard-earned cash for. I took that chance on "Theft of Swords" (TOS) and I'm probably going to return it.

    I'm new to the fantasy genre, being prompted by HBO thinking that the "Game of Thrones" series was for the average person. I devoured the Audible books and put the quality of the writing at the top of my all-time list. Looking for something to fill the void, I bought TOS due to the rave reviews. I really don't mean to be insulting (I'm a follower of the golden rule!), but the writing is amateurish at best. The first story is so predictable that I kept thinking, "Where's the twist?", but it NEVER came. I gave up on the book about halfway through the second story. The author is trying so hard to make the main characters wise-cracking super heroes that all I could think of was a pimply high school kid writing for his English class. As someone who appreciates the value of sarcasm and smart-ass comments, I found the snark forced and sounding like a writer trying waaaay to hard to be cool. Sorry Mr. Sullivan, George RR Martin is in the 'cool kids' club and you're not invited.

    Now that I've written this and remembering how annoying I found the entire book, I'm going to return it immediately. I'm feeling generous for giving the writing 2 stars, and the overall performance 3 stars. If you're looking for a worthy replacement to fill your "Game of Thrones" void, KEEP looking, and let me know when you find it!

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