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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 22,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,042

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Great writing, great narration, great story!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

The writing is just amazing, there are no annoying author "habits" that can get on your nerves, like catch phrases or bad characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator and is as smooth as glass to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

It's just good. I mean really good. Fantastic characters, amazing writing, just a perfect book.

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

This is my first time with Tim Gerard Reynolds, but it won't be the last. I plan to listen to the whole series as well as the follow up series the Riyira Chronicles.

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

These thieves will steal your heart!

Any additional comments?

I couldn't be more happy with a book and I'm so pleased that this is a series so I can get to know all the wonderful characters and backstory even more.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,775

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Fabulous Story - REALLY BAD Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

No. I would read it next time. The story was great, but the narrator was as cold as a dead fish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spirit. He was complex, intelligent, amazing under pressure. He persevered in the face of repeated and increasingly difficult situations.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jack Garrett?

Michael Kramer. Of course. Jack Garret has as much emotion and inflection as a bag of frozen fish. He sounded like he was reading the phone book. There was no emotion, no sense of building suspense, he did very little in the way of unique voices for each of the characters. One of the worst narrators I've ever listened to. I only stuck with the book because the story was so good. I will most assuredly avoid any book narrated by him in the future.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I work in a data entry job and listen to books, literally 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. This was an amazing book, despite the abysmal narration.

Any additional comments?

Please do not let Jack Garret narrate another of Brandon, or any other fiction writers book again. I'm sure he would be wonderful for non-fiction work. He did have a good voice, and was very clear. But his complete lack of any inflection or pacing made a wonderful story fall almost flat.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,319

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • irritatingly engrossing

  • By David on 03-16-10

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire the most enjoyable?

The story was sweeping, detailed, full of depth, suspense and drama and the narration was top notch.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. Seriously, Everything.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simon is probably the beset narrator I've ever listened to. His ability with voices is unmatched and I ended up picking many of my next books based on the fact that he was narrating them, rather than picking the book itself. The man is a perfectionist when it comes to narration.

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

It's a shame the Hobbits didn't have Lisbeth along.