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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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    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 01-12-15
    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2016

    I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.

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    "What fun!"

    Gripping story, solid protagonists, dastardly villains, courageous female characters, sinister plots within plots, adventure, humor and a wonderful reader. Thoroughly hooked and very much looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Cummins 01-11-15
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    "Love this book!!"

    This is a great story that is extremely well told. The actor who reads the book is wonderful. He brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gaute Tangen 01-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Suspenful and humerous Fantasy"

    The story is excellent, with a few surprises and interesting tvists. The humour and the fantastic narration puts this on my favourite list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a good fun fantasy story that you could read to your kids if you want or just enjoy yourself. This is nothing profound or too deep, but it's like watching a good action/adventure film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel N. Matustik Studio City, CA USA 01-07-15
    Pavel N. Matustik Studio City, CA USA 01-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Decent story"

    Story moves nicely and the characters are rather likable. For what ever reason the narrator is a little bit annoying. His voice during dialogues is often irritating - to me.

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    jane wiley 01-06-15
    jane wiley 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Great epic story, without getting too dramatic. The main characters are wonderfully written and the narration is superb.

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    Stephen 01-05-15
    Stephen 01-05-15
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    "Great series."

    If you are interested, check out his free short story "The Jester" and you'll be hooked like me. Keep the chronicles coming, Michael.

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    Hawaiian Steel 01-03-15
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    "Likeable leading characters"

    A much easier read than LOTR but I enjoy the leading duo. They are interesting, with a past that is slowly being revealed. Their report with one another is entertaining and believable. You get the sense that they been on many adventures. I'm looking forward to the next volume.

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    Brock 01-01-15
    Brock 01-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A good read."

    The story was a bit predictable, but it's a notch above the lionshare of fantasy being written. I agree that the story seemed to be a slow starter, but wraps up nicely. I was interested enough by the end that I will continue the series.

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    Russell Arlington, Texas USA 12-31-14
    Russell Arlington, Texas USA 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This kept me guessing until the very end."

    Very early the author blurred the good and bad I was second guessing who was good and who was bad thought. I loved it. The author treated the reader as intelligent and left me guessing well into the book. This is a book I will recommend to my friends!

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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
    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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