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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
    (5067)
    Performance
    (4663)
    Story
    (4662)

    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!!"
    "Welcomed"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    A pleasure to have a first book of what could be called a fantasy epic. Extremely entertaining. The author is building characters with furtive escapades that have resolution in "books". Like it a lot.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    I am a big fan of Wheel of Time, Kingkiller Chronicals etc... (Jordan, Rothfuss)


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1431)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "Redemption!"
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    If you could sum up The Desert Spear in three words, what would they be?

    Thank you; fruition!


    Any additional comments?

    Seven (7) hours in and The Warded Man returns! Finally... My review of the first book was admittedly short sighted. You must take the long view of this series. The author is detailed and thorough. I believe this outstanding series would rise to the top of the fantasy book list if he ran the plot lines simultaneously. In my lowly opinion, the average reader (listener) would appreciate the suspense and action metered out in pieces. I am glad that I stuck with the story and look forward to future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1937)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "I hoped for a "fantastic" series. (pun intended)"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I recently finished Micahel Sullivan's series which I found engaging in its adventure, action and humor. This book was recommended at the end of the third book by the publisher. Having already purchased it my library; I delved in. Fantasy ought to have some adventure. The first six hours were spent waiting for something to happen. If you like Robert Jordan as I do, you may recall that the early relationships in "the Two Rivers" blossoms into great dynamic connections explored throughout the series. It was a backdrop for the author to begin the adventure. The greatness of that series is the authors' ability to build momentum like a crescendo in a great symphony.

    In this book, the story finally gets going as it ends. I was hopeful that the warded man, once made, would serve as the protagonist in a host of adventures. The stage is finally set after a dozen hours and we are left with one tiny battle with characters we just meet. The warded man is prepped to get on the road, meet his new clown and begin the adventure. The story is open for exploration into the entire world now that we know his entire mundane childhood. (I felt as though I was doing his seven year apprenticeship). There is the whole underworld to which he now has access, which the author could explore. IT NEVER CAME! The warded man spends time in an an oasis to prepare himself for what? I began the second book and no mention of the warded man. Not one. The publishers summary mentions a "new hero". Why take 12 hours of 18 to develope an intricate background and never use the character you have built? The author has a great imagination but the adventure never gets going with steam. There is a great character out there and the author would have a real winner if he decided to set him on the road above and perhaps the one below ( he can access the underworld but never goes) with his newly found group! Can you imagine if Robert Jordan spent his first book entirely in the Two Rivers discussing the daily life of the village and the family strife? If the trollocks never came but you waited, listening for hours and hours? Well, that is what happens here. I hoped that with a character so fully developed, there would be an adventure with a hero. It just came at the end for a brief battle in a little hamlet and then it was over. You will wait and wait but the adventure is not the point of the story. I am really, really disappointed since I was so hopeful for a "fantastic" series.

    One other pet peeve. If I hear "he said" or "she said" one more time, I would have erased the book right then. I think that Pete Bradbury had a button he could simply push with the sample "he said" or "she said" so he didn't actually have to say it so many times.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter V. Brett? Why or why not?

    Yes, he sets up a great plot ... But that is all he did - set it up.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Bradbury’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Bradbury has a great voice. He did a great job with what he had to read.


    Was The Warded Man worth the listening time?

    If and only if the author pens a sequel exploring the adventures of the character so meticulously developed. Waited and waited. So disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Brett, if you pen another book after the warded man with an adventure outside of one hamlet exploring the world you created with a group of travelers; you are assured success. I wish you success in this endeavor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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