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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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    JS914 03-22-16
    JS914 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"

    Great writing! Great Story! Great performance! I'm listening a second time because I missed the pair of thieves so much.

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    Amazon Customer 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very entertaining"

    Great character development and interesting story. Tight interweaving of details and plot development. It was fun!

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    Rachel 03-17-16
    Rachel 03-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely enjoyable!"

    This book was very, very enjoyable with a cast of extremely fun characters. Royce and Hadrian are on an adventure, and they are taking you with. Their personalities are so arrestingly charming (even if Royce isn't trying to be that way haha!) that you will immediately become sucked into the book. You'll root for these characters. You'll laugh at and with them.

    Don't expect some deep, introspective character study in this book. While the characters are well-rounded and dynamic, the book does not provide a deep look into their heads. This book is less about the characters and more about the adventure. I wouldn't let this steer you off though, even if you are looking for deep characters in a book. Normally that's what I want--if a book doesn't have deep characters I'm not interested. But I make an exception with Theft of Swords because the book was so darn fun. Additionally, the friendship between Royce and Hadrian is rather "cute."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Daly 03-17-16
    D. Daly 03-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This was fantastic."

    I loved everything about this book. From the characters to the narration it was all I love in a fantasy novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    plugnickle 03-15-16
    plugnickle 03-15-16 Member Since 2015

    I am a retired firefighter. I enjoy learning in all of it's forms. I'm new to audible but I love it since I can listen while I drive or work

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    "A spellbinding book"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Oh my goodness!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book only has a few lag time chapters.


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

    The different characters were recognizable through out the book.


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

    Don't miss this one!


    Any additional comments?

    I usually only listen to audio books when I am driving and sometimes working in the yard. I listened to this one while going to sleep, walking through stores and every other opportunity like waiting in doctors offices..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 03-13-16
    Scott 03-13-16 Member Since 2012

    still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.

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    "young adult fiction"

    the first volume, at least, is highly derivative of Tolkien, the Thief series of video games and the Shannara series.

    it's a fun read (or listen), but don't expect to have your intellect challenged.

    the reader is excellent, the story is hackneyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Hopton Casa Grande, AZ 03-11-16
    Timothy Hopton Casa Grande, AZ 03-11-16 Member Since 2015

    Gamer galore

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    "great story"

    I liked it. there were some odd pronunciations but overall good. takes a little while to get started.

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    Tom P - Colorado saratoga, wy United States 03-11-16
    Tom P - Colorado saratoga, wy United States 03-11-16 Member Since 2009

    wyoming road warrior

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    "keep reading..."

    this is a good book! but go for at least 30 minutes - it's starts a little slow - dialog is a little lame in the beginning but if you stick with it takes off and you won't be able to put it down!

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    Patrik 03-08-16
    Patrik 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No one can match this:)"

    Best ever!!++++++Story is great and ever so captivating! Tim is of course awesome as always. A must for each and every fantasy fan. You won't be dissappointed;)

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    Karen C. 03-08-16
    Karen C. 03-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome book!"

    awesome recording! this is my first time "reading" michael sulliven's book and im planning to continue reading it. love love love.

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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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