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Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013

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.

Theft of Swords contains The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, books 1 and 2 of Riyria Revelations.

©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Lars Trondheim, Norway 03-19-13
    Lars Trondheim, Norway 03-19-13
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    "Slow starter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Well the narrator does a good job so maybe


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    There are some nice subtle hints that tells you something about what going to happen later. Its fun to try and pick up on them and see if your correct.


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

    He does a good job giving the different charcthers a voice, and avoids making silly or annoying voices. He has a good voice and its very comfortable to listen to him read.


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

    i laughed a few times


    Any additional comments?

    The book is really 2 books. The first one is decent but not very inspired. And if that had been the end i don`t think id want to get next release.
    The second book is much better here the story really gets going and it sets up what looks to be some very interesting story lines for the future. Already bought the 2 next releases and can`t wait to start listening to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    j BLAINE, WASHINGTON, United States 03-17-13
    j BLAINE, WASHINGTON, United States 03-17-13
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    "Decent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyable by the end of the trilogy that you wished there was a subsequent trilogy


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't much into the first book but after I sped the narration up to 1.5x, I didn't mind it as much. Still, each subsequent book gets better so that by the very last book you'll wish there were more books. This is a lighter type of book such that my 15 year old son also enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 03-12-13
    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2003
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    "A True Gem!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in years! The performance of Tim Gerard Reynolds is outstanding and the writing of Michael J. Sullivan is superub! What makes this even better is I would not cringe if my teenage son were to pick up this book and start reading it. I suspect that even my wife who is picky about her fantasies would enjoy this one. I just finished this book and have immediately used my credit to get the next volume in the Riyria Revelations series. Royce and Hadrian are two characters who you instantly like but what is even better about them is you grow to like them even more as the tale continues. This is a great book you will not be disappointed in the least. In someways it is almost like two books and you will love them both!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Jeffrey HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent narration, spot-on accents!"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    the plot thickens...


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

    He was extremely talented at doing many different accents and making the dialog easy to follow, even through much back-and-forth conversations between characters.


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

    Yes, the writing is done very well and there are many cliff-hangers which make you want to keep reading a few minutes longer.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-11-13
    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Generic, out of time, fantasy epic"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    children under 5.


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

    All the characters done by Reynolds were of high quality. He was the shining exception to this mess.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are so one-dimensional and dated. ALL the women in the story are portrayed as weak beauties needing men to rescue them. The protagonists are brigands with hearts of gold. The prince is a spoiled brat whose time amongst the commoners teaches him some maturity, blah, blah, blah.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-10-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "It takes alittle while but it does get going"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Don't know I enjoyed this version and look forward to the next book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    Well, when they both were strung up in the dungeon and both escaped was pretty interesting


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

    Who wouldn't like both Royce and Hayden he did a great job on all of them a serious professional reader


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

    No Too long but did get as much as I could when I could


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next one great story line

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Byrd KISSIMMEE, FL, US 03-10-13
    Gina Byrd KISSIMMEE, FL, US 03-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wordy"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, action wordy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good and the characters likeable. The reader did very well. But I got the strong impression she was being paid by the word and trying to make as much money as possible. I was getting frustrated by the end of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jayden NY 03-09-13
    Jayden NY 03-09-13

    Jayden

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    "Outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't reviewed many books. I felt I needed to with this particular book. The story was excellent. Some parts dragged a little bit, but Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was one of the best that I have ever heard.
    Too me, the narration is just as important as the story. After all... it is an audio book. Most of the fantasy narrators are over the top. Reynolds was spot on. Great work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lakisha Portland, OR, United States 03-08-13
    Lakisha Portland, OR, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I really, really, wanted to like this book..."

    I read so many positive reviews about this story, I was pretty excited to get started. I was very disappointed unfortunately. The voices in the narration were forced, and the accent sounded like a really bad imitation of british accent. Some of the voices given to people seemed inappropriate, too. the young monk Myron sounds like an old man, and a bit of a moron.
    The story itself was a little heavy-handed. Sullivan seemed to HAVE to tell you everything about completely dumb details- who cares that Myron can't figure out stirrups? Glad you mentioned it, but you don't have to spend 10 minutes of narration on it. It was like he felt he needed to prove he had really thought about the backstory by writing it all down.

    I think there is a really good story in here, and I really want to hear it. I just think that a really good editor needs to look at it first.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 03-07-13
    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 03-07-13
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    "Excellent Fantasy Adventure"

    Excellent world building, great characters, interesting use of standard fantasy lore and a great story! Narration provided by Tim Reynolds was also excellent. Looking forward to the next in the series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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