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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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    Hoss Daleville, Alabama 07-04-16
    Hoss Daleville, Alabama 07-04-16 Member Since 2014

    I love Scify, History and Christian Fiction.

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    "Wow"

    I tried out this book based on a recommendation and all I can say is WOW! I love it and will start on the next book in the series .

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    DCor 06-30-16
    DCor 06-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The Fantasy Falls Flat Without a Sense of Wonder"
    Would you recommend Theft of Swords to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I'm not an expert but I read a lot of fantasy. This was a frustrating experience. The characters, setting and plot are good. The dialogue makes me want to throw something. If the other components of the story weren't as strong, I'd give this book 2 stars.

    There are times when a character translates what another character says in case we're not smart enough to understand words with more than 2 syllables. There are several times when the characters sum up what's happening to each other in case we missed it. This is insulting to the reader.

    The author uses the plot device of having a character conveniently well-versed in random facts fill us in on lots of details to push the story forward so we don't get to feel like we're discovering things. This is a huge part of the experience of this genre.

    These feel like rookie mistakes. It's perplexing because so many other aspects of the story are really good with tons of potential. At one point, the book says a comment is made by a character who isn't even In that scene.

    There's no sense of wonder in this book. The fantasy reader wants a moment to feel some wonder or intrigue about the story, but, in this book, it's spelled out quickly.


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

    I could not possibly go through another book written this way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 06-28-16
    Tom 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The most unlikely of heroes"

    I did enjoy this story and look forward to the other books to see how things turn out.

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    Francis Singapore 06-27-16
    Francis Singapore 06-27-16 Member Since 2009
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    "This is my second time listening to this book."

    I found the book is even more enjoyable on second time round. Worth every single star, solid 5.

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    Theodore 06-25-16
    Theodore 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome series"

    Love this series, the characters are well developed. Looking forward to the emperors blades. Again Awesome.

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    Geraldine 06-23-16
    Geraldine 06-23-16
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    "Wow"

    Great story, though a bit predictable at times. Reynolds is a stellar reader. I'm buying book 2.

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    Jason Thomas 06-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "2 Thieving Friends Rollicking Adventures"

    I loved this book! Fun character dynamics between the two main protagonists. A different take then the other fantasy books I've listened. Outlaws getting mixed up in political intrigue with patriarchal religious organization vying to subtlety pull all the strings and have ultimate power thru brokering deals and using kings and such as pawns. 2 am, gotta work early but getting next in series right now to start..Thus, can't write any longer of review and have to listen to what happens next. Stoked to have another author in my wheelhouse and love the narrator too. A must listen if you enjoy this genre. Indubitably you will enjoy this epic adventure of how the two thieves look to mess up the Church's plans by accidently getting involved in this complex political and war torn medieval fantasy world so artfully created by Michael J. All Livan. ☆☆☆☆☆

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    TJunk 06-22-16
    TJunk 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, but keep reading"

    It started pretty slow, but got much better as the story went on. Look forward to the next volume

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    Molly moucka 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read, unexpected new find for me"

    i branched out and got a book i had never heard of and trusted the good review. i loved the characters, got into the story fairly quickly and cant wait to get the next book in the series

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    Steve Waterman 06-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun story great characters"

    Spend the credit and enjoy it's really that simple with this entertaining story of fun and valour

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  • Patricia
    7/7/14
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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
    London
    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
    UK
    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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