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Age of Myth Audiobook

Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire

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Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

©2016 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Sterling California 06-30-16
    Sterling California 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stop what you are doing and buy this book."
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    Let me start by saying that I read a lot of fantasy books. I read a lot of books period. We are at the end of June and I have finished nearly 70 books this year. That being said AGE OF MYTH IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. It is already one of my favorite books ever. Oh and the last few chapters are an absolute roller coaster ride, and I didn't want to get off.
    Michael J Sullivan is such an amazing storyteller. He does such a brilliant job painting a picture of this world and these people. Not only that but the story is fresh and unique. I read so many stories that just seem to be a slight deviation of the same old story. This book is not like that. If you want to read a book full of adventure and deceit with strong male and female characters, but not full of violence and sex, this is the perfect book for you.
    I had just finished a book right before this came out so I was able to start listening the morning it was released. I couldn't put it down. I just had to keep listening. It was so good and I was so invested in the story. Have you ever had a meal that was so good you just couldn't stop eating? As you get closer to finishing the meal you realize that it is almost gone and you won't have anymore, so you want to slow down and savor each bite. Maybe you will leave a little piece so you can enjoy it later. But it is just to good, you can't help yourself. You finish every last bite. You are completely satisfied, but down deep you are sad because it is gone forever, you may be able to eat it again but it may never be this good again. That is how I feel about this book. It was so good I didn't want to stop reading, but I kept getting closer to the end and I was panicking because I didn't want the story to end. Thank goodness their is a series that is already written. I don't have to worry that the next book will be years away, or possibly never released. Their are 4 more books in this series and I can't wait to see where this all ends up.
    Tim Gerard Reynolds is a brilliant narrator. I have never heard him do a sub par job on a book and he was brilliant reading this one. He does such a great job with emotion and communicating the feelings and emotions of the characters. I can't think of a better author/narrator team than Reynolds and Sullivan.
    Simply put this book is a must read especially for fans of epic fantasy. Let's see how this series plays out but if the rest of the series lives up to Age of Myth, this series will be a masterpiece.
    Age of Myth gets my highest recommendation.

    110 of 117 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 07-01-16
    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 07-01-16 Member Since 2014

    My name is Chris and I am an addict.

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    "A great look at the past and a good start."

    Some of us read Michael's other books and were interested in what happened in the early years of the empire. It was kind of odd listening to this book since I believed that I knew at least a good amount of what happened before, but there are actually many surprises. I am waiting for certain things to happen that i guessed from reading the authors other books. This book does start out a bit slow, but it is worth it in the end. There are a couple twists that I was dumbfounded that I did not see. The only gripe I really had with this book is that some of the romance in it seems like it will become annoying in later books. If you are looking for a new fantasy book though, this one is a good one to start with.

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    David 08-03-16
    David 08-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story from Michael J. Sullivan."
    What did you love best about Age of Myth?

    Michael J. Sullivan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He is a great story teller and has an amazing knack for bring out the personalities of his characters. The story was engaging, fast paced, and at the same time showcased the triumph of the human spirit against overwhelming odds. The exceptional writing skills of Michael J. Sullivan are wonderfully brought to life with the incredible voice of Tim Gerard Reynolds, who is one of the best narrators I have listened to. He brings such life to the story and represents the characters so uniquely, at times it is hard to believe it is the same voice. He is a master story teller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Age of Myth?

    I don't want to spoil the many memorable moments in this story but I will say the final confrontation in the Rune village is epic!


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    He is simply one of the best narrators I have listened to. He does such a great job with character distinction, his accents and voice control make each character 3 dimensional. He is a master story teller.


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

    Yes, At times I would take the long way to work just to extend my listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend anything written by Michal J. Sullivan or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Harbison 07-01-16
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    "The True History of Elan---Is Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Abso-freaking-lutly. The narration is on point as always with TGR and the Story was amazing. Whether you're first entering Elan or if you've read/listened to his previous series, this is for you. I cannot recommend this enough


    What other book might you compare Age of Myth to and why?

    Shannara Chronicles, would be a good fit. Both have Human, Elf/Fhrey, and Dwarf relations, the differences, similarities etc.


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

    Raithe and Malcolm, and Suri were my favorites. The banter and interaction between Raithe and Malcolm is different than Royce and Hadrian's but just as fun to listen too. Suri is just completely upbeat and fun. She steals every scene she's in


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nesirabad!Finish the book and you'll get it.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who DID read the previous books, know this. Sullivan states in the first chapter (Kind of a note to the reader) That the legend of Nefron, the battle with the Fhrey, and the history of Elan was purposefully distorted for that series. This is the beginning of the True History of Elan not what it eventually becomes. My only issue is that, although Michael Sullivan writes all the books at once and sets them out a year at a time and not all at once so I can Binge like a Netflix Original Series

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    shirley 07-03-16
    shirley 07-03-16
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    "Familiar but Unique"

    I'm not sure if 3000 years separation between events constitute a different world or not. The Ryeria books happen 3000 years after the events of this series. Sullivan brings a familar bantering tone to character interactions. There's some sword fighting, political maneuvering, outrageous tale telling and a solid storyline that moves forward steadily. This series also brings magic...or the "art"...and rather than window dressing, it plays a role in plot development.

    Most importantly, this book is downright fun! if I understood correctly, this is a 5 volume series which is already written in its entirety. (author note at beginning) Next book is scheduled to be released Summer 2017 (see end of recording) I wish the release schedule would be faster, but it won't keep me from the rest of the books.

    Get the book and settle in for some fun

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 06-29-16
    Sandra 06-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Outstanding"

    Magnificent read as we fans expected... The story is beautifully layered and woven w plot elements that continue asking questions that are answered w/ some seriously action packed consequences... The pace is excellent and had me gobbling up the story in one complete sittin... Very tired now, but absolutely worth it... The characters and narration are nothing short of superior, w/ intensity and adventure leaking out everywhere... An outstanding book that only gets better as the engaging story ramps up, and it ramps up constantly... The last quarter or so of the book has some masterfully accomplished twists and turns - just when you think you have a handle on things, you're wrong, or at least not entirely right;). Worth the credit and I can't wait for the next relese in this sequence...

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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 07-22-16
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 07-22-16 Member Since 2005

    With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.

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    "Good Job, Not Riyria , sigh"

    I loved the Riyria books, Hadrian and Royce, so much. it would be hard for this series to live up to my first love.I listened to them each three times. I enjoyed The Age of Myth, but definitely have the feeling that it is written with the series of five books in mind. It was a great treat to have the females with the most interesting and heroic roles. I missed a focused plot from the beginning. There were too many characters at the outset for me. I will have to go back and listen again. The story has shadows themes of the first series. I found my self comparing them all the time. Like -The heroic young girl who saves the day, the animal that is going to destroy the village. the evil established enemy, an unlikely pairing of male heroes. So I did not find that it was nearly as interesting and unique. Michael J.S, has a good format and he is sticking to it. He is a good story teller, and Gerard Reynolds is a terrific narrator. I especially admire Michael j Sullivan's writing style. It seems very brave to mix current diction with what one would imagine to be ancient times. He is able to pull it off without it seeming to be silly. I got lost several times in the story, not being able to follow the story line. I found it to be covering too much territory, with too many characters. Of course I will look forward to the next installment, and hope that it feels more cohesive because of this first introduction of the characters and theme. all in all the story was good. it lacked the depth of character development and authenticity that was so enchanting in the first series. It was a good listen whereas, the Riyria Chronicles was so exceptional.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-04-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Sullivan Takes Us Far Far Away"

    There are so many wonderful things about this work, its hard to gather my thoughts. Perhaps I should start with a personal note. It made me feel part of a new world. Fiction, particularly great Fantasy can do that. Sullivan may not be another Tolkien, but he doesnt try to be. His writing is modern, clever and relevant.

    Second, the combination of Sullivan's story telling and its interpretation by narrator Tim Reynolds creates an audible masterpiece. Wit and humor require timing when performed and these two are a perfect combination.

    The story's timeline is set 3000 years before the Ryira Chronicles occur. Though the characters are far different, Sullivan's wit and flair will be familiar to fans of both Ryira series. And Sullivan explains in the opening that he wrote a completed series before publishing the first. So those of us who love his work will not have to wait as long for additional stories.

    Age of Myth is a pure joy to behold.

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    Real Director Los Angeles, California United States 07-01-16
    Real Director Los Angeles, California United States 07-01-16 Member Since 2013

    Jimmy

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    "Wonderful New Series, Wished it Was Longer"

    Since the author writes his entire series before publishing them, it would not be so bad if he released 2 books, since Sanderson's books give one a great story for your dime. I feel a bit cheated by separating them out into smaller books that sell at full price only to learn the next mini installment will be in one year? But the book is good I just wished he took after Sanderson and gave us a large manuscript that gives us a greater sense of fulfillment. I only started this series when Theft of Swords supposedly included two books, but really that entire series could have been one or two books. Especially since he writes them all ahead if time, so why do we wait? Coin? I want the author to get paid, but starting a new series of novels, he should have given us a bit more in my opinion, but I like the epic style. I feel the separate books would make sense if he were still writing them. So I must assume it is a cynical way to milk the most money from each installment. Hint to author The more time goes by, the more people forget your enchanting worlds and characters. This book was premium priced but very short, and leaves one bewildered. An additional book might have sealed the deal more since he has five books in the can already. Sanderson can take his time. He writes 45 hour books in the first volume! So come on, guys. Theft of Swords was on discount for four bucks recently. As a result, I bought every sequel. The first book needs more of an experience, at least over 20 hours.

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    Kerin 07-30-16
    Kerin 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So happy I could cry"

    when I first heard of this book coming, I was extatic. when I found out that this was actually the first of five new works in this universe, I nearly wept.

    as with the Riyria series, the planning and pace of this story was excellent, and it didn't follow a canned storyline. the new characters (well, kinda new!) are well fleshed out, and little details were scattered throughout to hint towards, or at least play a part in, future events.

    just like the rest of Sullivan's works, I couldn't stop listening, and went through it in a little over 24 hours. my only complaint is that I have to wait another year for the next installment!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Mads
    7/9/16
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    "Sullivan + Reynolds = Gold"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Age of Myth to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version as I only listen to audibooks lately, due to detteriorating eyesight.


    What other book might you compare Age of Myth to, and why?

    This one is hard.. It's quite different from other works by Sullivan, even though it's the same narrator. I feel like it has a slight resemblance in pacing to The Lies of Locke Lamora. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Lies-of-Locke-Lamora-Audiobook/B004K4EMHE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025799&sr=1-1 )
    Though the plot is quite different. The portrayal of characters and humor resemble in part what I loved in The Cycle of Arawn. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Cycle-of-Arawn-Audiobook/B00W8DHWPS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025917&sr=1-1 )
    Though so far it's less... Visceral, less brutal. With kinder characters. It doesn't help to sepperate the two that they're performed by the same person.


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

    Giffard. Don't know if I'm spelling that correctly, but he's.. Fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The scene involved Giffard and a woman. It was.. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Made me sit down and write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    VERY different from the other books Sullivan has written, yet in a good way. The pacing, humor and strong characters are still there, yet the story is completely different, the world is different.. It's just really fresh.
    Even if you've not read any of his other books, read this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    6/30/16
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    "Stunning - a memorable tale"

    Initially I was worried that this new adventure could be a let down given the superb standard of the Ryeria books. I can state absolutely that this is not the case. Michael J. Sullivan has created a whole new story with excellent characters and a plot which leaves you wanting more. I have ran out of superlatives for Tim Gerard Reynolds narration but again with this book he has raised the bar again. For those of you who will read this review and have not read any of Mr Sullivan 's books I would suggest that you have missed reading/listening to one of the best fantasy authors for over the past 20 years - for those who know his work download now it has been worth the wait. One slight criticism - I have to wait until summer 2017 for the next installment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Euan
    9/4/16
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    "A great start"

    This is the first book in what will be a 4-5 book series, set 3000 years before Sullivan's other books. First things first Tim Gerard Reynolds is amazing as always, I'm at the point that I will buy an audiobook purely because he is narrating it.
    As for the story, it's a solid start. For a story that forshadows a grand and finely woven tale, the first entry is very straight forward. However there is a clear pathway to expand the story so I still have high hopes for the volumes to come.
    The other main point I would like to bring up is the comparison ( which I'm sure Sullivan would hate) between Royce/Hadrian and Malcolm/Raith. The large and only real problem I have is the similarities Raith is written exactly like Hadrian, and because Hadrian has 9 books behind him Raith ends up feeling like a lazy copy. There are far more distinctions between Royce and Malcolm but the partnerships feel to much alike. I do hope he manages to build both of them up to distinct characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle Brown
    8/8/16
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    "Lovely"

    Another fantastic story by Mr. Sullivan. Filled with plot twists that I did but not see coming, and more then a few characters I couldn't help but fall in love with. Can hardly wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gary oldfield
    8/4/16
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    "Dreary over complicated ,absurd"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not for anyone over the age of 12


    What will your next listen be?

    No idea


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

    Malcolm


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The origional books were very funny in places and great chemistry from the main characters, totally lacking opinion this book


    Any additional comments?

    Deeply disappointed , so loved the other books, I kept listening waiting for it to get started and it just never did,,,and became very predictable. Just dreary

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/15/16
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    "A Very Enjoyable Mystical Read"

    This book grips you from the first page. You can roughly figure out where the story's headed but in no way predict how it'll get there! At every juncture you will be filled with lots of questions but continually satisfied with the ongoing story. You can tell that there is a lot more of the story to come, to be told but you'll never be left wanting. I actually thought to myself how glad I was that all the key characters were undermined because it meant the absence of full scale and multiple battles on multiple fronts. I think the series has been written in this way in order for us to absorb all the intricacies at each stage of the story which promise to be relevant much later in the series. That said, there is sufficient action, humour, mysteries and conspiracies to keep you engaged from start to finish (and when you do reach the finish line of this book, you'll immediately feel and know that the journey's just begun!!).
    The narrator is one of my favourites so no doubt, he gets full marks from me!!
    I desperately look forward to the next book in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnjit
    7/9/16
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    "Winning combinations..."

    Having enjoyed the stories about Hadrian and Royce I was extremely pleased that Sullivan has kept up his own high standards of storytelling, pace and character chemistry in the start of this new series. On top of that I'm even happier that Reynolds continues to perform for these audio books. He has a great range from sensitive to humorous to dark reflecting what the characters are experiencing as well as what is going on. Looking forward to listening to the rest of these.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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