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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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    Mrs. D. Rose NJ 08-28-16
    Mrs. D. Rose NJ 08-28-16

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    "Mystery, Magic, and Higinx all in one!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    This book is well written with a good mystery, good character development and certainly some laugh out loud moments. I could not stop listening to the story.


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

    The fighting scenes are not drawn out and overdone. That is one thing about other similar books that make me fall asleep or fast forward.


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

    Great voices.


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

    Many moments of hilarity.


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    Naeema A. 08-26-16
    Naeema A. 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "it's entertaining but..."

    overall this was entertaining. But the plot was predictable and while the Ryria characters were well developed- the supporting cast was a bit flat. I struggled with caring about them and would skip ahead often when a chapter was dedicated to Arista. I will buy the next in the series as Royce and Haydrian have so many secrets yet to tell not to mention the narration was amazing!

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    Libella 08-25-16
    Libella 08-25-16
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    "My second time listening..."

    Tim Gerard Reynolds brings this novel to life with his incredible narration. Each character has their own voice and style of speaking...and the story is fantastic. Sullivan writes with an incredibly devious mind that I thoroughly enjoy. This book is worth your time.

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    Amazon Customer 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enthralling epic"

    Story that captivates, twists and turns. Characters who are so real you look over your shoulder to see if they are there. Terrific performance. Will be repeating this listen event many times to enjoy over and over.

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    Patrick E. Polk 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Narration"

    The narrator is fantastic. Exciting story too, I love how you learn things about the history of that world as the story progresses.

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    JEveland 08-21-16
    JEveland 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "simply fantastic!"

    Great story and characters narrated in a beautiful way. The two heroes(?) will keep you captivated with their banter as much as their adventure.

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    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 08-19-16
    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 08-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun yarn"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed this book.


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

    Spoiler alert. I liked when they helped the great wizard escape.


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

    He is a wonderful narrator with a gift for drawing you in, you can really hear all the different characters speaking.


    Do you think Theft of Swords needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely! Has that sort of ending that tells you that there is more to come.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems to steal bits and pieces from other fantasy novels, especially, the grand masters, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but, who doesn't?

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    Charles P. 08-16-16
    Charles P. 08-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story"

    such a fantastic story. kept me interested from the beginning to the end. can't wait to read the next volume.

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    Douglas Horst 08-13-16
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    "Pleasant read - some nice character development"

    Good enough for me to want to listen to the next volumes. Next month ...

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    Teresa 08-13-16
    Teresa 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic fun!"

    A mighty tale of intrigue involving the mysterious murder of a king, an imprisoned ancient wizard, & a very pissed off dragon. All the action revolves around two enigmatic theives who always seem to land in the center of the action. Reluctant though they are, the rogues attempt to help their employers to sort out all their troubles, eventually thwarting the attempts the Church to keep kingdoms & rulers under their own control.

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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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