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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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    Jacob Salem, OR, United States 06-24-12
    Jacob Salem, OR, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a frequent traveler in the automotive industry. Please feel free to seek me out on twitter @PacificFoodie. Thank you for reading!

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    "Entertaining Tolkienian Fantasy"

    Sullivan is a fan of the Traditional Tolkienian Fantasy and it shows. There are dwarves, elves, and wizards. If you're like me, that doesn't bother you when the mood strikes to read familiar or predictable mythologies. Just don't anticipate Sullivan breaking any new ground in Fantasy story telling like an Abercrombie or Rothfuss.

    That said, the story is fast paced and action packed. The characters are believable and likeable. The main characters feel familiar, a brotherhood of thieves that follow a conveniently honorable code of ethics a la Steven Lynch. There is an occasional chapter that is full of mythology--necessary, but extremely boring.

    Tim Reynolds projects his voice well and is intelligible. He has above average accents and character voicing. However, a couple of his character are so similar, there are times it is difficult to tell which character said what.

    43 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 04-30-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Do yourself a favor and listen to these books!"

    I just went back and listened to the entire series again (something I almost never do) after the Riyria Chronicles came out. I'm so glad I did! I had forgotten what a treat these characters were. I had also forgotten how sorry I was after it was over. You know something is good when you mourn the loss of the characters in your daily life.

    Enough people have given a synopsis of the books, so I'll skip that part. I'll just say if you're on the fence about whether or not to buy these books, don't be. You'll drive further or sit longer at your desk (I listen to books while editing photos) because these stories are like visiting with wonderful old friends. You never want them to go home.

    If you've had a bad experience with fantasy, don't worry, you'll be fine with these books. The story and the characters will carry you straight through any willing suspension of disbelief you need during the process. And Tim Gerard Reynolds is superb at rendering the different voices. I would recognize Royce and Hadrian anywhere, just by hearing them speak.

    A note to Michael J. Sullivan: More please!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-18-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Tremendous Work of Fiction. Fascinating and Clever"

    I'm not sure how I found this, but it's one of the most fun stories I've ever experienced. With clever and humorous banter, two thieves (in the tradition of Dumas' Musketeers) take on a job that quickly goes horribly wrong. A King is dead. Treachery is everywhere.

    This is a great fantasy, but the book (and hopefully the trilogy), is is a rare gem for any genre. If you've ever read or listened to The Three Musketeers, youve experienced the timeless humor of Porthos, which is simply priceless. Sullivan's duo are every bit as resourceful and fun as any of Dumas' characters.

    There are elves, dwarfs, a impaired wizard, evil priests and political intrigue. 20 hours simply flew by. The narration is good, never getting in the way of the story.

    For me, it's a solid 5 star listen.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Jackson United States 04-23-12
    Jeff Jackson United States 04-23-12

    I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.

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    "An Adventure With Depth ... Sometimes Too Much"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    I liked how the characters stayed within their characters from start to finish and did not wander from their mannerisms in order to get around potential road blocks. I also liked the depth of the main characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hadrian because he has that cocky swagger of knowing he is better than everyone else with a sword and only shows it if necessary. Royce is his straight man through the entire novel.


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

    Heck no. Way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Story drifts at times and doesn't leave a lot of intrigue as the author pops in and out of the minds of secondary characters to let the reader know all the nuances of the politics going on in the world. Often I wished that much of this was left out but what can you do?

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Theblackersheep 02-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantasy without detailed battle scenes?"

    I like the fantasy genre. A lot. Unfortunately, much of the time fantasy=detailed, long, drawn out battle scenes that I usually wind up pretty much skimming (in the case of audio books, ignoring). That's why I was so pleased to find this series. I'm working on the last one right now and all the way through it's been about the story, not about the fighting. Leaving out the bits about who whacks whom with a sword when and which flank is being attacked by which of the enemies leaves Sullivan time to really develop the story and the characters. He gets the reader to become emotionally involved, or interested, in the characters and then puts them in situations which create all of the suspense and drama needed. It's a really good listen and I can recommend it to anyone who doesn't thrive on the violence. Not that there isn't any violence at all, but at least he doesn't go on and on and on and on about it like so many fantasy writers seem to do. I've loved every minute of the whole series.

    The narrator is really good. Easy on the ear and well spoken. A good choice for these books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 01-22-13
    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Adventure!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    100%. If you are a lover of great adventure stories that are witty and have great characters then you will love this book.


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

    The main characters, Royce and Hadrian. They are humorous and sharp-tongued master thieves but they have the hearts of heroes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The freeing of Ezra Hardin. I loved his dialogue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Royce and Hadrian taking on the mission for the girl in the second part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a sweeping epic like Lord of the Rings,you won't find it here. But, if you want rousing tales of adventure with lovable scoundrels who are really heroes in disguise and action that is very well paced, I would highly recommend this book. I found my self smiling and laughing from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-26-12
    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a good story and the characters are ones that you can enjoy. There is enough comic relief that it doesn't become to dry and you can actually like the characters. It was a fun listen.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Any classic thief become hero's book.


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

    He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.


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

    Swashbuckling adventure


    Any additional comments?

    As an avid listener of books, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did other ones, it doesn't take long to get into it and you can guess the bad guys but the writer has done such a good job that it really doesn't matter. I look forward to audible getting the next book or books in the series.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 05-23-13
    Ryan CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice fantasy series, well read!"

    I'd definitely recommend this series to a fan of the fantasy genre. It's essentially a buddy tale about a warrior and assassin, each one masters of their craft who make their living as elite thieves. Their abilities are renown and sought by the wealthiest clients, letting the pair rub elbows with upper crust nobility. Yet they also know their way in the criminal underground.

    The two have hearts of gold though. So one can't help but grin when their clashing personalities cause them to banter and bicker while they get into and out of trouble, despite being fast friends.

    The setting is fantasy-familiar with enough new perspectives on magic, other races like elves and dwarves, and geography to keep things interesting. Add to that murder-mystery intrigue, action-adventure rescues, and a relatively lighter air than Joe Abercrombie or George RR Martin, and this makes for a really nice listen.

    An additional bonus is a great narrator, and a pretty impressive length that stays engaging. Add to that the fact that this is only the first in a trilogy, and I think you'll find it's a great deal.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-06-12
    Paul 09-06-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Magic Tease"

    This book spends quite a bit of time talking about magic, but almost none is ever shown. It's a good book overall, but not great. For me, the narration brings it down a notch. I can normally get past most narration, but the narrator has an odd way of highlighting sentences that are meaningless and giving a deadpan delivery to the exciting bits which serves to remind you that someone is "reading" this book to you. Most narrators fall into the background and become the voices of the book, that didn't happen for me.

    My biggest impression is that the book is just not that smart. Not many surprises, the characters are fairly standard for a fantasy book, they have one or two dimensions at most, and at the end I was left with the feeling that the author left many things out on purpose because he knew he was writing another book. Characters are introduced, not fully fleshed out, and some even go away (when they logically would not). Overall, the characters, plot, narration, and lack of detail left everything feeling a bit contrived.

    I'm not a literary snob by any means, but I do have two fully function brain hemispheres that I like to have engaged when reading. This book was good enough so that I have purchased the second book, so there is plenty to enjoy here, just not as much as I wanted. What I really wanted was less talk about magic and a little more actual magic.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 12-30-16
    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 12-30-16 Member Since 2014

    My name is Chris and I am an addict.

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    "Best protagonist I have read about."

    I really love all of the Riyria books. They are very well narrated and I enjoy the main characters more than any other book. I am not saying that they do not have faults, because they do, but they just feel very real to me. They have good banter and are fun to read about.

    The actual story can be grim at times, but overall it was a feel good series for me. Horrible things happen at times, but it doesn't take away from the story. This is just a truly great fantasy series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Nothing you've not heard before"

    Full of clichés & improbable coincidences. Reads like it's written for teens. Narration is a bit flat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr MacKenzie Barker
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    "great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."

    can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
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    "A stunning start to a Rising start of a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    as ive never read it ill assume yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    the seamless interaction of the two main characters royan and hadrian to thieves who are two different sides of the same coin.


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

    he is a great narrator i highly appreciate his work


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughter. some of the quip are stunningly good.


    Any additional comments?

    two men one a mast swordsmen one a master assassin are the dual team of extreme odd jobbers who steal anything or any one for the right price. this book follows their first adventure ( well their first written adventure). please listen and enjoy people you will enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chey
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    "Outstanding"

    Series is outstanding. Totally involved and have a bit of a crush on Hadrian Blackwater he is perfect Royce loveable too

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Hughes
    Bristol, UK
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    "Thrilling engaging characters"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best fantasy books I have read / listened to in ages. Its the start to an excellent story that is easy to read / listen to and keeps you coming back for more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's very difficult to choose between Hadrian and Royce, they are alomst opposites and both can make you laugh, feel for their position, Hadrian's endless optomism and Royce's cautious cynicysm creates a good blend for the pair of adventurers.


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

    His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • George
    March, United Kingdom
    11/27/14
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    "Literature this is not ."
    Would you try another book written by Michael J. Sullivan or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    No , if I wanted a comic I would have bought a comic , this is more along the lines of Jack and Jill went up the hill , it has about the same literary content .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

    No .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I suppose he did his best .


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me .


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!


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

    Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.


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

    Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G. Steele
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    "Excellent book and a joy for gamers."

    Firstly, let me clarify that I rarely - if ever - give 5* reviews. I like to have somewhere to go if next week I hear a better book so four stars should be treated as an "excellent".

    Michael J Sullivan's work is a joy to listen to, especially since Tim Gerard Reynolds does such a good job on it. There are a couple of errors but nothing that slightly better editing wouldn't have fixed and he has instantly shot into my list of favourite readers, alongside people such as Steven Pacey and Toby Longworth. The stories in this volume hit all the right fantasy tropes without overusing any or feeling too cliched and the characterisations are interesting and well rounded. I like the heroes and loathe the villains just as I'm obviously supposed to. The stories motor along reasonably well and there are just enough twists to stop them getting predictable and dull. Overall an enjoyable, workmanlike performance from both writer and narrator.

    My review title said this was a joy to gamers and I stand by that. If there are any role-players reading this review then I urge you to buy this audiobook, you'll not find another book which feels more like a game session. The heroes act like PCs, the better PCs at least, and this is a grand inspiration to have playing while you write up plot for something like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder or even Rolemaster.

    As a final note, congratulations to the narrator for not having the dwarf speak with a cod Scottish accent, I never understood that. Tolkein's dwarves were obviously Welsh in inspiration and yet there is an inexplicable trend to make dwarfs Scottish. I am very glad that doesn't occur here.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Chris M.
    11/4/16
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    "great listen"

    this is the second time i have listened to this volume and it is still quality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bashy
    9/28/16
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    "Brilliantly funny"

    A very well written fantasy, great fun with two of the best leading characters I've come across. The performance adds to the story, extremely British which is as it should be. Looking forward to the second volume which I've downloaded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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