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Theft of Swords Audiobook

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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    booklver Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-19-14
    booklver Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "This Series is Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. I have fallen in love with this world and the characters. I have given this book as a gift to 7 people after reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hadrian, but I love Royce too. They are a team, I cannot imagine one without the other.


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

    All the characters were awesome. I have never listened to this reader before these books. He has a new fan. He made the books come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The best thieves in the world have been caught, but nothing can interfere with destiny.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an exciting, action packed adventure. The series reminds me of "The Princess Bride" meets "Game of Thrones". Except there is no incest, and you only lose a few of the characters instead of a majority of them. I loved these books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Andover, NH, United States 07-12-14
    Alan Andover, NH, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Royce & Hadrian = Gray Mouser & Fafhrd?"

    We all know that characters and storylines are all in the telling. Volume One has a two solid stories told so well that they will keep you listen on well after you should have gone to bed. Many avid fantasy readers will recognize that the characters, Royce and Hadrian, are similar to (close clones?) Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser characters - however, you know that many superhero and sidekick duo adventures are purely archetypal, and honest fun - Despite the cliche pairing, the two characters become more than your typical duo for they are interesting, troubled, fun and attractive. The telling of the story matters: Volume one is rich in detail, plot setup (the first story is a whooper! And the second monstrous!) and character development. The stories are wonderful and fast paced making them a perfect escape from the lame bickering reality of our current world. Fantasy fans will enjoy the archetypal familiars (elves, dwarves and enchantments oh my) as well as fresh new storylines Sullivan weaves his thieving duo into. I will be reading more of the adventures of Royce and Hadrian because it's a great escape.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-06-14
    David 07-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice story. Somewhat predictable."
    What did you like best about Theft of Swords? What did you like least?

    Easy listen. Would have liked more depth.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael J. Sullivan? Why or why not?

    Certainly going to continue the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hidden prison.


    Could you see Theft of Swords being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to see more background on the elves and dwarf history.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-27-14
    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes I would recommend this book although I realize not everyone loves fantasy. But if you do, it's perfect.
    I have so enjoyed this book....the sort of fantasy I loved when I was younger, but obviously I haven't outgrown a great story. The magical world of wizards, heroes, villains, elves, etc. Not a bit corny, all the characters are believable and memorable.


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

    Have to classify it with Tolkien, The Narnia books, Harry Potter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had more than one favorite, but the ending, though somewhat predicable, is compelling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Epic Fantasy of the Highest Order.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to begin listening to the second book, Rise of Empire and then the third book. I'm already sorry it will have to end after that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dazed 06-14-14
    Dazed 06-14-14
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    "Very enjoyable performance and fast paced"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, wouldn't the next several questions answer this question?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characters and their interactions with each other and others. The pacing of the story is pretty fast and the author doesn't spend a lot of time giving detailed descriptions
    of things that aren't pertinent to the story, he gives enough to let your imagination fill in the blanks. This would make a good television or movie series.


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

    A tie between Hadrian and Royce


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered the next in the series, before I finished this one, because I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila 06-08-14
    Carmila 06-08-14 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    "Great listening !!!"

    I love these books. They are so incredibly well written and alive. The characters are my friends now and their sense of humor is wonderful. Hadrian and Royce are such a great team. I can't imagine finishing this series.

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    Scott United States 06-02-14
    Scott United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Start"

    Theft of swords is broken into 2 separate stories in one book. Story 1 is an instant classic that makes you need to finish the entire series and the prequels. Story 2 is just a filler but Sullivan is such a great writer that he keeps you both interested and entertained! Highly recommended.

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    Mathew 05-30-14
    Mathew 05-30-14
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    "A Predictable And Shallow Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would focus on giving the story and characters more depth. The entire first book reads like it was written by a novice writer, while the second book remains shallow despite a few improvements.


    Would you recommend Theft of Swords to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - it's not worth the time, even at 3x speed.


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

    I enjoy many of the voices he created for the characters (which stayed consistent between books), and his pacing was good.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to use my credits more wisely, and to not always assume I will agree with a high user rating.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to give this series a chance, but it was too shallow for my liking. Compared to some of the great fantasy epics on here, this series felt flat and predictable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    docrbk 05-28-14
    docrbk 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great fun...surprisingly good."
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Twists, turns, fun.


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

    Interaction with old thieving "friends"...no longer friendly.


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

    Royce and Hadrian both.


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

    Laugh more than cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Please note my review of Rise of Empire is/was premature, and really meant for this book! Will update when appropriate!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 05-18-14
    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 05-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.

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    "New convert. Hooked from the beginning."
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the top--Right up there with Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series for grab you conversation and storyline and perfect fit of voice reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Royce of course. His witty reparte. And he has skills- none are social of course, but then I tamed wild kittens as a child too.


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

    Royce is wonderfully read as tongue in cheek smarmy and scathing, in turns. But he does Hadrian dead-on in a wonderfully cheery, friendly optimistic voice that is the perfect offset for Royce's dark sarcastic pessimistic viewpoint.


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

    It made me immediately purchase the rest of the series and the next one and I read them straight through in five days! I HAD to know what happened!!


    Any additional comments?

    This series was recommended by amazon a long time ago, but I wasn't in the "mood" to start something new then. Now I am kicking myself. This story took over my life for a time and stories rarely do that. They make you want to declare them to everyone you know-- and a few you don't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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