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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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    DirtyDee 05-17-15
    DirtyDee 05-17-15
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    great loved it its a fun catching story you will want more and more

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    Mary M. Watkins 05-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A little long in the tooth"

    Good story overall. Seems like the author was finding his feet as the story moved on. Also, it seemed like there was quite a bit of filler as descriptions of some things seemed too long and didn't move the story along or turned out to generally be irrelevant IMO.

    What I liked best was the pacing. The characters were never just rushing around doing things needlessly despite long rambles by the author. I plan to buy the next book, so I'm not trying to be overly critical. Just thought I would pass along my observations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Dilworth 05-07-15
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    "Well done"

    It was well done and a good novel. Very entertaining and fast paced. No boring chapters. Give it try if you enjoy fanasty fiction.

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    Leonard 05-06-15
    Leonard 05-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Listen"

    Michael Sullivan has written a fantasy tail that keeps you wanting more all the way through it. I came for the narrator, and hung around for the adventure.

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    Dan 04-24-15
    Dan 04-24-15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Can't wait to get started on the next one in the series. Loved the interactions between the two main characters.

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    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 04-07-15
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.

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    "Good start! Goes downhill from there."
    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    First I have to say the first book is pretty good. On its merits alone I would recommend it. However it seems that they rushed to finish the series. The rest of it becomes very predictable, overly dramatic, characters start behaving unrealistically and do things simply to support the plot. Tired literary devices are prevalent. You have prophecy. You have people not saying things they should say just because it would get in the way of the plot. You have people standing around for "a minute" while they are in shock or thinking and everyone else? Just stands there. Like freeze frame. No one move or say anything until this person finishes standing around for a minute or "a few" even. Oh, you're bleeding? I'm sorry we'll get to that but I have to explain, in narrative format, how I just realized what is going on all along. Shocking! Ok now lets bandage you.


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

    Maybe. Like I said, it starts strong in the first book. There's a lot I liked but the plot and story just falls apart.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good performance. A little excitable. He yells things out when someone would probably be talking in a normal voice or quieter. Some statements are subtle undervoice rather than declarations to a whole room.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This question is not helpful to an audio book review.


    Any additional comments?

    The predictability got a bit annoying. Honestly if *I* can figure out what is going on, you're telling me these highly intelligence characters living this together wouldn't notice? Can't say I buy that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 03-27-15
    Kelly 03-27-15

    I am a hopeless bibliophile and audiobooks are perfect for me. I get to read and keep my hands free. Perfect for a busy mom/ nurse.

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    "Great series--second time thru was awesome"

    Really enjoyable, second time thru now I realize how well woven the story was. Highly recommend. Glad I found this.

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    garunk 03-22-15
    garunk 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awsome"

    Awsome awesome awesome awesome awesome such a good book i loved it it's good script read so good thank you

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    Linden 03-14-15
    Linden 03-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story, Great Narrator"

    I enjoyed this first book in the series. The author writes with a lot of dialog, which I enjoy. The two principle characters are interesting. But the thing that will make me hang in for the whole series is the narration. Great voice. Wonderful selection of accents.

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    Casey Rose 03-14-15
    Casey Rose 03-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfectly predictable!"

    Theft of Swords is the opposite of the song of ice and fire by Martin. It's cliche story is fantastically entertaining, and I say this with complete sincerity. Good vs evil and the like is a told story but Sullivan gives it a wonderful new polish that I found refreshing and fun.

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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
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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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