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  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,571

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

A Great Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Another great story from Michael Sullivan! with lots of twists and turns it keeps you going right to the end. I loved it!

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,888

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Another great installment in a great series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-18

The story swept me along from beginning to end. I loved it! I'm starting the next one today.

  • The Hills Have Spies

  • Valdemar: Family Spies, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 221

In this new series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily must continue to protect the realm of Valdemar while raising their children and preparing them to follow in their footsteps.

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Peregrine, has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech—he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Perry's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps as a Herald Spy, but he has yet to be Chosen by a Companion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Tammie Patrick on 06-07-18

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

A great story added onto a great series. I was afraid it would be a little weaker as some time stories get the longer they go on but this one was great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ink Mage

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat. But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Chars, Weak Story

  • By Jenny on 01-12-16

Offensive Language a total turn off

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Any additional comments?

The language was so foul in the first 5 minutes that I turned it off! There are so many great words in the English language, why would an author knowingly choose those that are so offensive to some readers???

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,359

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

A Fantastic Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-15

A fantastic ending to a great series! It kept me guessing right up to the very end. You'll love it!

  • The Secret

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 1
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,792
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Historical Highland Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-13

"Rasby" Scottish men spoil a fantastic story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-13

Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

Julie Garwood writes the best stories from the Scottish highlands I've ever read! I watch faithfully for the audible versions to come out on Audible. Consequently, it was extremely disappointing to listen to this one and hear all of the male Scottish characters "speak" in a gruff, hoarse whisper instead of a rich, deep brogue. Whether the character was yelling or talking softly, the dialogue was spoken in a rough, gravely whisper, with barely a difference in tone between the different characters.
The female characters were read a bit better, but the high pitch of the voices was almost the same in the dialogue as 4 year olds as when they were married adults.

How could the performance have been better?

This book definitely needed a more skilled and versatile narrator!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret?

None!

Any additional comments?

Please have Rosalyn Landor rerecord the audible version of this story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful