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
I read so many positive reviews about this story, I was pretty excited to get started. I was very disappointed unfortunately. The voices in the narration were forced, and the accent sounded like a really bad imitation of british accent. Some of the voices given to people seemed inappropriate, too. the young monk Myron sounds like an old man, and a bit of a moron.
The story itself was a little heavy-handed. Sullivan seemed to HAVE to tell you everything about completely dumb details- who cares that Myron can't figure out stirrups? Glad you mentioned it, but you don't have to spend 10 minutes of narration on it. It was like he felt he needed to prove he had really thought about the backstory by writing it all down.
I think there is a really good story in here, and I really want to hear it. I just think that a really good editor needs to look at it first.
This book popped up a few times when searching for books like Warded Man or Game of Thrones. But boy were those recommendations off.
Because some reviews said it picked up in the middle I listed for 6 hours. The story line had potential (not breaking any new ground, but hinting at depth), but the characters and dialog were stilted and superficial. I finally gave up due to the extreme predictability, regurgitated characters, and general milk toast nature of the book.
Not for adults. Perhaps pre-teens?
Based on the reviews, I was expecting something much more impressive. However I soon realized this book is aimed at the young adult crowd....which is fine, unless you're looking for something a bit more 'put together'. The story was entertaining, but I just couldn't get past the fact that I was listening to something better suited for my 12 yr old....
Trite characters battle a lackluster plot. Questions are not asked, because if the characters were smarter the story would never happen. How can a man, after being interrogated about a recent murder, not ask ANYONE who died? Or, anything else about the murder - all leading to misunderstandings and lots more bodies? This is just the beginning of a bunch of contrived plot points that leave the listener to shout at the absent writer.
The cliches mount up, just as the body count, and the reader needs some chemical assistance to enjoy it.
Less obvious format, cliche story and a reader with more depth and less kitsch on the narrative.
No. It's not that his voice is unpleasant. If it was just his own voice narrating, it would probably be fine. His characterizations just grated on my nerves and I found myself turning the story off very quickly.
Easy to follow, and certainly light enough to accomplish tasks while listening.
I'm not sure what I was missing that everyone else who reviewed this book seemed to love. Having recently listened to the first 3 books of Game of Thrones, I guess I expected more of the same calibre.
Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
The performance could have been better: the reader didn't sound like he had an authentic English accent! He made the best of it, but come on, it was not genuine.
The story was, at times, interesting; however, the dialog was stilted and mundane. "Show, don't tell" is something I learned long ago, but this author did not. (I'm sure he is a far better writer than me, but he didn't hold my interest)
No, God no.
The Monk, what's his name?
I tried, really I did. I listed to 3/4 of the book, but for the love of God, make it stop!
The book ends with the hint of more adventures for the character. I would certainly want to hear about those adventures and buy the following books if this story wasn't told so poorly. The story held no cohesion. It played out very much like a Dungeon and Dragon game complete with a game master that continued to alter the story with every installment. The three or so quests that the protagonist embark on don't naturally evolve and often seems forced. The main thief characters are introduced as mysterious with no real discussion of their personalities which often change through the course of the story. Their acquaintances are introduced here and there but forgotten then remembered for a line or two later.
The narrator didn't do anything to help this book. I don't understand why all medieval fantasy stories have to be done with accents from the British isles. I don't understand it but at least I can accept it. The performance here is done by someone with a British accent but he is equipped with just variation of other bad British accents. The accents were so bad I was hoping that it was an American doing bad accents but it's not. The narrator often goes from Irish to Sottish to London accents and characters sometimes lose their accents as it goes. Family members from the same household don't even sound like they're from the same reason.
The characters are agreeable and like I said I wouldn't mind knowing more of their stories. But they were poorly put together here in Theft of Swords in a very disappointing manor.
This book is trying to be something like the Lies of Locke Lamora but it is a weak execution diluted by simplistic plot contrivances and shallow character development dropped into thinly imagined world. It lacks grit, substance, and elegance. I wanted to like it but it just never got down to business.
The narrator is very talented and makes a lack-luster book more tolerable.
I'm generally not one to complain and I rarely write reviews, because invariably, someone will write a hate letter to/about me and frankly, I don't need the abuse. However, I'm feeling compelled to write one here, given the lack of negative reviews. I have returned one book since Audible started the "no questions asked" return policy and knowing this policy is available, I have taken some chances on books that I normally wouldn't want to risk my hard-earned cash for. I took that chance on "Theft of Swords" (TOS) and I'm probably going to return it.
I'm new to the fantasy genre, being prompted by HBO thinking that the "Game of Thrones" series was for the average person. I devoured the Audible books and put the quality of the writing at the top of my all-time list. Looking for something to fill the void, I bought TOS due to the rave reviews. I really don't mean to be insulting (I'm a follower of the golden rule!), but the writing is amateurish at best. The first story is so predictable that I kept thinking, "Where's the twist?", but it NEVER came. I gave up on the book about halfway through the second story. The author is trying so hard to make the main characters wise-cracking super heroes that all I could think of was a pimply high school kid writing for his English class. As someone who appreciates the value of sarcasm and smart-ass comments, I found the snark forced and sounding like a writer trying waaaay to hard to be cool. Sorry Mr. Sullivan, George RR Martin is in the 'cool kids' club and you're not invited.
Now that I've written this and remembering how annoying I found the entire book, I'm going to return it immediately. I'm feeling generous for giving the writing 2 stars, and the overall performance 3 stars. If you're looking for a worthy replacement to fill your "Game of Thrones" void, KEEP looking, and let me know when you find it!
the narrator was very difficult to listen to, and after a few hours into the second download I just deleted it
I kept hoping the book would spring to life for me, but it didn't; I don't know if it is the flow of the writing or the narration, probably the narration more than anything else was the turn off for me. Even though it seemed to drag, I would probably listend to the end with another reader.
I didn't like his accent, or weak attempt to change his voice with different characters
Over all I was disappointed because I could see the potential of the story line, but just couldn't get through the narration. I wish I had listned more closely to the sample instead of paying attention to the description of the novel.
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