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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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    Matt 07-21-15
    Matt 07-21-15
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    "Very entertaining."

    Theft of swords is not a complicate, epic tale, but don't let that deter you. I've listened to it many times. It's quite entertaining and doesn't require the investment of books that are 25-30 hours long. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Jarrett 07-07-15
    N. Jarrett 07-07-15
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    "Fantastic; imagination, dreams & wonderment"

    Time well spent and worth every minute; that goes for whole series. I feel like it's been too long since I've enjoyed an ending as much and so I'm adding this review to first book also.
    If you enjoy this genre, in this the characters come alive, you forget that you are reading or listening and you are seeing the action, tears, embraces and kisses.
    I feel that our world today could really use a lot more thought on forgiveness, inner nobility, honor and the fact that 'sometimes people are just people for goodness sakes'
    Please don't give bad reviews if you don't like the idea of Knights, elves, dwarves, magic and long ago... This story isn't for you so don't ruin it for those of us who remember that almost childlike way to imagine, dream and get lost in wonderment.
    Thank you Michael J. Sullivan

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    Kerry Stratford St. George, UT USA 07-03-15
    Kerry Stratford St. George, UT USA 07-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"

    It was very entertaining and I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Lord of the Rings, Eragon, and the Davinci Code.

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    Amazon Customer 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful classic fantasy with a twist."

    My daughter and I listened to this together during vacation and were pleasantly surprised. Classic fantasy with a special twist since the heroes are thieves.

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    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 06-29-15
    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent Novel Slightly Spoiled by the Reader"

    My Opinion of the Book: B-
    First, this is actually two books in one. For sake of clarity, I will refer to them as "part one" and "part two" if needed. Second, near the end of the book I realized why the flow of the story seemed familiar to me - it's like a classic initial adventure in Dungeons and Dragons, where the Dungeon Master has to bring characters together. If you have any experience with D&D and you keep this analogy in mind, it makes reading the book more enjoyable.

    Both parts are primarily centered around two characters, Royce and Hadrian, but the second part has some significant focus on other characters as well. The author, Michael J. Sullivan, does a good job at throwing this complex duo at the reader without any background whatsoever. While it takes the entire two-part volume to accomplish, he develops these characters with just enough mystery that it will keep you reading... if you can make it through the first part in this volume.

    Once I figured out why the first part was hard to get through (read My Opinion of the Production below), the rest of the volume was enjoyable, if a little boring at times. There is something about Sullivan's writing style that I get bored with - I still have not put my finger on it.

    The first part has humor, adventure, and some small political intrigue - it's written as a complete story. The second part is more of what old-school gamers would consider a side module. Oddly enough, the second part had more character development and pulled me in more than the first. By the end, there are a handful of characters written well-enough to be intriguing.

    All that said, the first part was enticing enough to have me continue to the second. Moreover, the second part, which is the better of the two in my opinion (in contrast to what many reviewers feel), has me wanting to read the next volume in the series. I should clarify that this desire is not like a burning desire to immediately start the next book (which I did want to do after reading many books in the Wheel of Time series, the Iron Druid Chronicles, or The Mistborn Trilogy). In fact, I likely will take a one- or two-book break before starting the next in this series.

    My Opinion of the Production: C-
    If you can't tell, I struggled listening to the first part. In fact, I had such a miserable time listening to this book that I had to take notes every so often to try and ferret-out what was making it such a drudgery. It was not until the very end of the first part that I figured out that the reader, Tim Gerard Reynolds, makes this book boring. Having heard much better voice acting on recent books, I am jaded. All the characters sound too similar and the reader gives very little personality between characters. Additionally, his pacing and phrasing completely ruined certain passages. I had to constantly re-imagine the voices and the emphasis to truly get into this book. This is a case where a reader can really ruin a perfectly good book. I found myself "shelving" it while I listened to other books. It was tough to get through.

    The audiobook was produced by Recorded Books and is of good quality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ratsika 06-28-15
    Ratsika 06-28-15
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    "Narrator very badly matched!"

    I have no idea if I would have liked the book or the author because the narrator was so very distracting. He read it like a children's book, putting emphasis in odd places and using a strange meter. Don't get me wrong, he was very easy to understand and given the right genre would be an excellent choice. But for this book I kept getting so distracted by the narration I couldn't follow the storyline.

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    Jim Romrell 06-10-15
    Jim Romrell 06-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantasy that returns to its roots--without crude language and explicit sex"

    I came across this book purely by accident, but I was pleasantly surprised. While it clearly draws upon the conventional archetypes of elves, dwarves, wizards, magic, knights, princesses, and kings, the story is fully engaging, if somewhat predictable. The narrator is excellent, and the story is pleasantly and uniquely clean. Great to see an author who relies on the merit of his story to engage readers rather than attempting to shock or entice them into reading with sexuality, vulgarity and gratuitous violence.

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    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 06-10-15
    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 06-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Just plain awesome!"

    A fantastic combination of interesting storyline, great character, and laugh out loud moments of humor. Simply brilliant. Don't pass it up.

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    Laura R 06-09-15
    Laura R 06-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good story"

    This book was hard to put down at times. I did sometime wish some of the narrative would go faster

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    Nichole 06-02-15
    Nichole 06-02-15 Member Since 2005
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    "infantile story line"
    What disappointed you about Theft of Swords?

    The plot was too predictable with all the complexity of middle school essay.


    Has Theft of Swords turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I enjoy the narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed, especially given the high reviews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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