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The Crown Tower Audiobook

The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.
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Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    James H Fuller, Jr Lexington, Va USA 03-14-14
    James H Fuller, Jr Lexington, Va USA 03-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "best two so far"
    Would you listen to The Crown Tower again? Why?

    yes. I enjoyed the flow of the story, balancing between two lines before they converge.


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen K Hudson 03-14-14
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    "Fall into the world of the Riyria"

    Michael Sullivan creates a world with characters that are brilliant, fallible, warty, beautiful and all-consuming. Tim Gerard Reynolds gives perfect voice to them.

    These tales are the King Arthur sagas with a sense of humor. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 03-11-14
    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice distraction"
    Would you listen to The Crown Tower again? Why?

    I seldom go back to a book, but this may be on that short list.


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    Pillars of the Earth


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

    All charades had a believable and recognizable voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was informative and make me snicker a time or to.


    Any additional comments?

    May consider at the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-11-14
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An Exception to Typically Bad Prologues"
    Any additional comments?

    Well, would you look at that, an exception to my rational hatred of prologues.

    This is a 4.5 star rating, that I feel goes ahead and deserves the rounding up. Again, this is a swords and sorcery (light on the sorcery) novel that does nothing new, nothing unique, nothing more than a good vanilla fantasy novel. And it works. I mean it worked for Tolkien and the Hobbit, and this is somewhat in the same vein. It is just a light, entertaining story.

    If you read the Riyira Revelations, then don't be scared off by this being a prologue. Just because you know how it ends won't ruin it one bit. Supposedly there are some nods and easter eggs to those who have finished his original trilogy. I don't think I caught them all, but they are there.

    But if you like reading books chronologically, and haven't read the original series, fear not! Fore there isn't even a hint of a spoiler in this book.

    If you like the genre, start this book, go, go now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 03-09-14
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Like Coming Home"

    So, I just finished a book, and need a new book to listen to before the release in one of my favorite series comes out in a few weeks. I need something not to long, but that I know I will enjoy. I decided to come back to the Riyria series that I loved so much with the first trilogy.

    Beginning this book, it was like coming home. While the Riyria books aren't complex like the Wheel Of Time or A Song Of Ice And Fire, there is something endearing about these books that just simple make you happy when you read them. The tales of Royce and Hadrian are like following along with two old friends on grand adventures.

    Author Micheal J. Sullivan has created a wonderful series in the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles, especially in the audio format. It's just the right mix of setting, characters, and narration, that makes you want to come back again and again.

    Hope for many more of these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada 03-03-14
    Stephan Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada 03-03-14
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    "Michael J Sullivan+Tim Gerard Reynolds=CAPTIVATING"
    Where does The Crown Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the narration. An excellent study of human nature. A great listen!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "Great Back Story"
    Where does The Crown Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really like them. Great to listen to.


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    the first set of 3


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    everything. I can never actually read these books he is that good. perfect!!!!


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

    Friendship


    Any additional comments?

    Thank You Michael J Sullivan!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14
    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the Story, Characters, and Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Crown Tower to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


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

    He gives each character a personality.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every book featuring Hadrian and Royce and have loved them all. These share the number one spot with just a few other great reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-17-14
    John 02-17-14
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    "Wonderful Series"

    I would reccommend reading "The Crown Tower" and "The Rose and The Thorn" before reading "The Riyria Revelations".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-16-14
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "My Favorite Series"
    Any additional comments?

    This has been my favorite series that I've listened to on Audible so far. The friendship between Royce and Hadrian is very well written and entertaining. The writing and narration effectively bring them and the world they live in to life.Its a fun series with lots of action and a variety of interesting characters. I would highly recommend this, and the other audiobooks in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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