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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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    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
    Bob 09-16-15
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    "Loved it"

    Loved it!! I would recommend this book to everyone. The story line is a fantastic read.

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    Schuyler A. boulder, CO, United States 09-15-15
    Schuyler A. boulder, CO, United States 09-15-15 Member Since 2016

    An audio book fiend

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    "WOW. WOW. JUST.... WOW."
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    Theft of Swords became one of my top 3 favorite books, over R.R. Martins Series, because of the fabulous balance between world and history building and character development that Michael J. Sullivan has put into this work. The two main characters are not the only ones you follow throughout the book and each one of his characters is wonderfully thought out and developed. The Pace of the story between books grows on itself so perfectly that at the end of each book you are sure there couldn't be a way to improve on the story, until you get part way into the next book when you realize that the world is much larger and more splendid than you could have imagined.

    I have never been a heavy fantasy lover and like books with some balance between a human world and a world with fictional races. This book does a great job doing just that. I will warn you that before you start, look up some maps of the world and keep them handy as you listen, it helps a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Perkins 09-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent mythical adventure"

    Great story, excellent narration, voice characterizations were top notch.going to continue to follow the story, and look for other stories by this author.

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    Brent 09-02-15
    Brent 09-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "You will not regret listening to this awesome book"

    This is my 2nd time listening to this book and it's even better the 2nd time around. No other high fantasy book can compare to it. The author makes you fall in love with his characters right from the first chapter and by the last chapter you can't get into the next book fast enough. And the reader is spot on doing as good of a job of reading as I have heard. You will not regret listening to this book!

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    Jess 08-29-15
    Jess 08-29-15
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    "Absolutely loved it! Wonderful and entertaining!"

    Two fantastic and endearing characters! Royce and Heydrin, a great pair who compliment each other with each being strong where the other is weak. Maybe a good example for our American governmental leaders to follow; surround yourself with strength where you are weak, and stand firm where you step. Ty Michael Sullivan for these fantastic books, that contain too many adjectives to list!

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    Eliza 08-27-15
    Eliza 08-27-15
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    "could not stop listening"

    I absolutely loved every word of this book! As a bonus, it's quite long, and can completely envelop you in its world.

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    Amazon Customer 08-26-15
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    "Captured my attention"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Great action


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

    The hobbit because of the personal journey's each character takes. They each are learning about themselves and finding more than they thought they new or were comfortable with.


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

    Hadrian


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book

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    Booknerd 08-19-15
    Booknerd 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice story"

    first story 3.5* second story 3.5*
    I can't wait to read the next books :)

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    Christi 08-17-15
    Christi 08-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun story."

    Didn't think I would like this. Doesn't take long to get to know and enjoy the characters. There are 2 books in this book.

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  • Patricia
    7/7/14
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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
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    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
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    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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