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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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    scott 09-29-16
    scott 09-29-16
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    "Great read. fascinating story."

    Extremely well written! never any boring parts. characters are well developed and you feel a kinship with them, and their adventure.

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    Susan DeWitt, MI, United States 09-28-16
    Susan DeWitt, MI, United States 09-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Theft of Swords better?

    Less of the tedious, annoying legal proceedings and more story. The plot seems to be very simplistic, and full of "just in the nick of time an amazing unprobable thing happens".


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

    Doubtful.


    What three words best describe Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance?

    Adequate at best.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Theft of Swords?

    90% of the lawyers examination that seemed to go on and on.. And much less of the monologue that the churchmen engage in.


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    Meena 09-27-16
    Meena 09-27-16
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    "Loved it - Listened to the WHOLE series 3 times"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Favorite Series Ever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I agree with Michael J Sullivan's wife, I love Hadrian but Royce is the best character.


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

    Tim Gerard Reynolds does an amazing job of characters. I search for books where he is the narrator. That should explain how much I enjoy his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series. I enjoyed it so much that I really did listen to it 3 times. It wasn't 3 times in a row but both Riyria series are my favorite. Michael J Sullivan did prequels to this series and then another prequels to that series. I recommend going in publish order but you do not have too. Listening to them in publish order you appreciate how far ahead he thought on some of the details. Wonderfully written story, entertaining for all.The book is low fantasy with thieves, kings, princesses, wizards, dwarfs, and elves.

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    Daniel 09-27-16
    Daniel 09-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great new take on the unexpected hero"

    Very interesting take on magic & power. Lots of fun. New twists & turns throughout. Couldn't stop listening, & can't wait to start vol 2!

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    Spaden Oredroc 09-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "spectacular story"

    These books are amazing Royce and Hadrian are extremely lucky well written characters who portray an adventure that makes you laugh, worry, and cheer all at the same time. highly recommended

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    Tim 09-23-16
    Tim 09-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Opposite of George R. R. Martin"

    Theft of Swords presents an interesting, engaging, and original story that lacks much of the detailed descriptions characteristic of other books in this genre. In a way, it reads more like an Aesop's fable than modern fantasy.

    While the characters are well defined by their actions, the author's style is overwhelmingly event-focused, rather than environmentally, situationally, or emotionally focused. This causes the story, while riveting, to lack a certain sense of gravity.

    For those looking for light reading, I would recommend Theft of Swords without reservation, despite its intimidating length (it is two full length books combined into one).

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    PsychoticSmiley 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, Amusing, and Fun"

    A romping good time through a masterfully crafted world filled with the smart antiheroes Hadrian and Royce. You'll laugh out loud, cheer at success, and curse those in their way.

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    Christopher Burris 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the characters in this book"

    I'm not much of a reader. It's rare that a book will grab me and keep my attention more than a few chapters. After completing both the Revelations and Chronicles Series, I am going to miss Hadrian and Royce. For me, a good book is all about me caring what happens next, and this series has been great from start to finish.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds did a great job bringing Hadrian and Royce to life. My only complaint is when he read female voices I felt the characters always sounded slighty weak or almost dumb, which didn't do the characters justice.

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    John A. Donovan 09-19-16
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    "Really enjoyed this story"

    Picked this book up on sale looking at the reviews and rating. This is a great story that I think appeals to anyone whether they're into fantasy or not. The main characters are wonderfully developed and bring some pleasant levity. Already picked up the other two books and one of the prequels, looking forward to hearing them.

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    nathan fisher 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story"

    Great world to get lost in on my long rides to nd from the city. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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