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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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    Barb 02-06-16
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    "What a great adventure!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many friends and family


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    I love the narrator, his voices MADE the characters come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you listen to this one you will be hunting for more. The good news is the series is complete and every book is as good as this one!

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    Picpatt 02-05-16
    Picpatt 02-05-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book....Great Series"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Royce and Hadrian


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    I enjoyed the entire story!!!


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Tim does and awesome job of bringing the main characters to life...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass this one up....It's a great series of books! You can take them in chronological order or the order of publication. Either way these are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alysia 02-04-16
    alysia 02-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read!"

    I love these characters! The narration is excellent! I would buy as many sequels as he would write!

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    Alex 02-03-16
    Alex 02-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"

    This is not my usual type of story but this book and series is awesome. It moves ahead of the likes of game of thrones in my opinion. I recommend to anyone who is looking for new series to get into. There are 6 books split into 3 audiobooks give them a try u won't regret it.

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    Whitney 01-31-16
    Whitney 01-31-16
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    "great fantasy story, very we voiced"

    he does really good voices for all characters also just has a pleasant voice in general, story takes place in a wonderful world full of terrific characters

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    Spike 01-31-16
    Spike 01-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "worthy"

    the book and series is worth your time, no Tolkien but what is.? narrator is good just wish

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    Vera Canada 01-29-16
    Vera Canada 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "As they say,"A Great Romp""
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 15%


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between the lead characters Hadrian and Royce. The dialogue is fabulous. It takes you to this world and you are fascinated as the story reveals itself.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian is an excellent character. A kind of glass half full person. I like the way he explains sword fighting.


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

    Hard to say, probably something like The Lost Emporer


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely want to hear the next novel as this one was so enjoyable. Have to find out the secrets of Hadrian, Royce and the Lost Emporer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Xan Rogers 01-17-16
    Xan Rogers 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love the book!"

    not to keen on the narrator, but he did a really good job narrating it.

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    Meg E Dobson United States 01-16-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 01-16-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The Jester Daily Deal Sucked Me In to my delight!"

    The Jester and the Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan

    Ah, a lovely romp through the mind of fantasy writer Michael J Sullivan is a new guilty pleasure. Again, Audible sucked me in with an inexpensive free short story. Once addicted, I moved on to book one of his Riyria Revelations. Michael hit the reading world through self-publishing. Someone figured out that his wonderful series was strong enough for the ‘real world’ *cough, cough*.

    I can’t be more delighted. The Jester is a short story that proved to be an excellent hook. It is witty, clever, enjoyable, and the world emerges as a rich tapestry without the boring pages and pages of set up. Thank you for that Michael.

    In the short story, The Jester, his male duo of thieves ends up in deep shit, which is a common enough problem for them. The interaction between the warrior with the kind heart and the rascal thief who is heartless (yeah, I didn’t buy that as he is too easily persuadable) is humorous and they are a perfect foil for each other. Faced with a Lady or the Tiger decision, they do manage to survive to steal another day.

    Equally strong is his development of his female characters, which take a stronger role in the first Riyria Revelations series. Theft of Swords was a 100 best library recommended book in 2012 when his stories went main stream.

    Funny and heartwarming and yes, warmed over LOTR tripe, but 100% enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keir 01-16-16
    Keir 01-16-16 Member Since 2013

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    "10 stars of 5. WOW."

    Cocaine.
    The one word that I can use to describe this amazing series. Michael J Sullivan is a genius. He has created an addicting world I am obsessed with. It is filled with characters that I love, dialogue that I can relate to, and an epic story that gets more and more intricate the farther it goes.

    It is now my favorite series, and I've gotten many a friend an family member addicted to this series. Comparable to Narnia and Harry Potter.

    Some fantasy series can come off as pretentious and pompous with their over the top paragraphs and long winded sentences. Not this one. The Riyria Revelations is humble, relatable, and freaking awesome.

    You definitely need to listen to this one.

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  • Patricia
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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
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    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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