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Theft of Swords Audiobook

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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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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    Amazon Customer 10-05-15
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    "entertaining, well written"

    a well written and entertaining story. lots of potential for multiple plot lines in the series.

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    Daniel 10-04-15
    Daniel 10-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My new favorite fantasy short series."

    this volume is a fantastic opening for what has become a favorite of mine in the genre of fantasy literature. Engaging, full of action, and packed with memorable characters all of whom the author expertly flushes out with personality and mannerisms. already went through the whole series twice, in tend to go through it at least two more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Roelofs VA 09-30-15
    L. Roelofs VA 09-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "So Entertaining!!!! 😺"

    Great Story line told in such an easy to listen to manner by one of THE BEST Narrators!! And there are TWO book in Theft of Swords. What a nice surprise! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 09-29-15
    Chris 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Well paced, good characters, fun story twists. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

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    johan 09-25-15
    johan 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Simply great it was fast paced but not rushed it was grand but not to big and the two main characters were simply great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 09-23-15
    Paul United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "A Buddy Cop story with Theives"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is a great story with awesome characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a great job narrating the story as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. Royce, Hadreon, Ezra are all great. Even most of the minor guest characters are interesting and feel well written. The real villains are serviceable, but to me don't do a ton to stand out.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great start to the series. It's two books in one, but at 22 hours, they're long enough to be complete stories without going dragging on. It does have some common fantasy tropes, but I think the buddy cop(thief) plays expertly. There's an ongoing plot with the overall villain(s)? that drags a bit for me, and that's what knocks it down from a 5-star book. It reminds me a lot of "The Good Guys" tv series.

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    Dan 09-19-15
    Dan 09-19-15
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    "Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, Political/Religious Plots"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, Intertwined multiple story lines, frustrating.


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

    Storyline is similar to and yet varied enough from that of "Return of the King" to be its own story.


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

    Royce - I enjoy the emotions that Mr. Reynolds conveys through his interpretation of this character. You can hear the "smart a$$" attitude in this character as he interacts with others.


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    Jen Hughes 09-17-15
    Jen Hughes 09-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"

    These stories have so much humor, in addition to the adventure, and I particularly enjoy Hadrian and Royce's friendship. This is really a fun series to listen to. We have the books, too, but the narrator does such an excellent job that I really want the audio, too.

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    Tom C. 09-17-15
    Tom C. 09-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"

    I'm pretty picky when it comes to fantasy books, so I was presently surprised to come across this gem after so many bad choices. kept me entertained from start to finish. also, the narrator did a great job.

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    Bob 09-16-15
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    Loved it!! I would recommend this book to everyone. The story line is a fantastic read.

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  • Patricia
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    "Great, brilliant. A must for fantasy lovers"

    I have finally got round to stating how fabulous these books are - all hail Royce and Hadrian brought to life by the fantastic Tim Gerard Reynolds from the mind of Michael J Sullivan - I have lost track on how many times I have listened to these books and I am never bored - to all new readers get these books and I guarantee it will be money well spent 😊

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    London
    11/11/14
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    "Worked - in parts"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.

    However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..

    For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.


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

    The narration was great.


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

    No.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amo
    UK
    5/2/14
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    "An Old-fashioned Same Old Same Old"

    To be honest I'm only a third the way through. Nothing has grabbed me and I'm forcing myself to listen to more of it. It really is all the other books from the '70's and '80's re hashed. I think this is one to send back. Even the narrator is mildly annoying and would do better in children's books. Perhaps it grows further along but I'm not willing to grit my teeth any longer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Circos
    Beautiful North Yorkshire, England
    2/22/15
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    "Good story, aweful reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I enjoyed the story, but the reading was incredibly distracting. The story pulled me along to the point where I had invested too much of my time to give the story up, although the reading often made me want to.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance?

    Tim Gerard's performance ruined this story for me. I found his intonation/inflection hugely distracting and inappropriate. It often trivialised the point and shaped characters into something I'm not sure the author intended. I haven't checked his CV, but I suspect Tim has done a great deal of theatre work, if not perhaps he should. I feel he over played each part and as a result the characters weren't natural or believably,


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zac
    tunbridge wells, United Kingdom
    2/4/15
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    "Childs book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.


    Has Theft of Swords put you off other books in this genre?

    It hasn't.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    No thankyou


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

    Not really, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because of the great reviews. I lasted longer than normal, presuming things to pick up, but alas they didn't. It is like a children's book, and the narrator talks as though he is reading a children's book to children. My tastes are abercrombie, Martin, Sanderson. This is nothing like them and i'll be returning it i'm afraid.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BURES, United Kingdom
    12/3/15
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    "Solid Fantasy"

    I liked this book so much I downloaded the next ones in the series to follow on with. I thought the two main characters were interesting and had room for development in further books. This is not as good as Joe Abercrombie in my opinion but that could have been the narrator. I liked Tim Gerard Reynolds narration of Red Rising, but felt that he was wrong for this book. I got used to him but I think his voice lacked the characterisation needed to carry this off well.
    This is a good solid fantasy series to get stuck into but it's no Patrick Rothfuss or Joe Abercrombie. This is not going to stop me from listening to all of his stuff though!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    Woodstock, United Kingdom
    7/22/15
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    "Fun"

    A well crafted story that is really fun to read/listen. The next two books only improve. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Superbly Entertaining"

    My first experience of Michael J Sullivan and I will be returning for more. The adventures of Royce & Hadrian kept me entertained for hours. I really like the pace of the story and how it quickly unfolded but kept the intrigue there, beckoning me on wanting to know more. Hadrian's optimistic character is a good balance for Royce's darkness. A great adventure story with a dark side.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debs
    6/6/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Having picked up The Jester on Audible, simply because it was free, I had to get the full story. I was instantly hooked and loved the two main characters and had to find out more. The Theft of Swords contains the first two books of the six part series and they lived up to my expectations of a great story, and more! Highly recommended if you enjoy fantasy/action and read brilliantly. Now I can't wait to get the rest!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/19/16
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    "Brill will be starting the next book straight away"

    Great fantasy book very well read would recommend ,not for a young age though has a lot of adult material . The books seems all too follow on after each other making you want too know more about the world and the events that are soon to follow .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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