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Summary

Theft of Swords contains The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, books 1 and 2 of Riyria Revelations. The Crown Conspiracy is the first book in the captivating Riyria Revelations. 

They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.

There is no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out...and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend. Avempartha is the second of a six book series entitled the Riyria Revelations. 

The secret is in the tower. The problem is the beast. The answer is two thieves.

When a destitute young woman hires Royce and Hadrian to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are once more drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. While Royce struggles to breech the secrets of an ancient elven tower, Hadrian attempts to rally the villagers to defend themselves against the unseen killer. Once more, what begins with the simple theft of a sword places the two thieves at the center of a firestorm - but this time the outcome could change the future of Elan.  

Performed by Bradley Foster Smith, Chris Genebach, Jonathan Feuer, Henry Kramer, Nick DePinto, Todd Scofield, Laura C. Harris, Andy Brownstein, Sasha Olinick, Bruce Alan Rauscher, David Jourdan, Lawrence Redmond, Bradley Smith, Terence Aselford, Christopher Walker, Michael Glenn, Jeff Allin, Amanda Forstrom, Chris Stinson, Dylan Lynch, Andy Clemence, Ren Kasey, Nanette Savard, Nora Achrati, Andrew Quilpa, Michael John Casey, Colleen Delany, Ken Jackson, Mort Shelby, and Richard Rohan.

©2008 Michael J. Sullivan (P)20217 Graphic Audio

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loved the cast and performance, even having listened to other versions, which I also enjoyed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-22

Could do without the commercials throughout it

I love the story! But hated the advertisements that kept coming up! I bought a book not stupid ads!

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  • Jerry Morelock
  • 11-03-22

Great Voice Acting Ruined By Narrator

I own literally dozens of GraphicAudio titles I bought directly from them over the last 12+ years or so, and have to say that the guy narrating this--Bradley Smith--is by far the worst narrator of one of their titles I ever heard. They had at the time this was produced at least 5 better narrators--one who's since retired. What makes it even worse is this fellow's the director and has several other narrations/directions--he must have dirt on somebody is all I can imagine.

The voice actors are excellent, as is the overall production other than narration, which is almost always what you get with GraphicAudio. Just be aware of Brad Smith narrated titles, and if you avoid them you should be ok.

Still having a hard time believing GraphicAudio let this one be released with this narrator . . .

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  • Paul
  • 18-01-22

Impressed

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this audiobook. But this is one of my favorite stories and if they did it well then it would be something I would enjoy listening to for a very long time. The audio production is done very well and I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to listening to more audiobooks produced by Graphic Audio

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  • Guy
  • 04-03-22

As good as the original and refreshingly different

I have six hundred and thirty books in my library and only three are dramatized adaptions. I didn’t think that I’d like them as well as I do with a good single narrator; but I was nicely surprised.

This book was an extra bonus because I was able to go back into one of my all time favorite books and enjoy it all over again. It had a different sound and different emphasis in certain scenes due to the sound affects. The dramatization helped keep this version interesting as opposed to hearing the same book twice. The reverb was mixed into the voices a little to much but you’ll get used to it. The characters voices were similar to what I expected which helped also.
I recommend this to anyone, and say that it’s a must for Michael Sullivan fans.

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  • Garnelle Atkinson
  • 31-07-22

Narrator would be better off reading for True Crime

I absolutely love this series. I have read and listened to the OTHER version of this ENTIRE series at least 20 times… I am currently only 39 minutes in and this narrator is killing me. So far he’s mispronounced Spidone. And HIS READING tone is driving me nuts! He would be perfect for True crime but it’s horrible for this series. Granted he’s up against Tim Gerard Reynolds but it’s like an ice pick in my brain every-time he opens his mouth. Maybe once I’ve listened to the rest of the book I’ll change my opinion… as it stands right now… I want to cry. I love this series. I ABSOLUTELY love this type of dramatization but this narrator is just ruining it for me.

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  • Kirstyn
  • 19-05-22

fantastic.

It is amazing. The voice acting is phenomenal. The narrator take some getting use to. I recommended it to my mom and she thought it was awesome.

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  • Gael Dalton
  • 09-04-22

Impressive version of a favorite series

This entire series has entertained me several times and I still enjoyed the dramatized version almost as if it was new to me. The character voices sounded right and the whole experience was enhanced. I haven’t always liked dramatized versions so I was hesitant about this one - now I’m a fan and willing to try more like this.

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  • Tyler Fox
  • 21-03-22

fun all around

i thought it was great, the dramatized version is just cash money guys. totally worth your monthly credit.

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  • Kazren
  • 06-03-22

Absolutely love this version!

I have the audible version of every single book about Royce and Hadrian that Tim Gerard Reynolds read, but this cast acting out the book is so incredibly exciting, I just love it. The cast is perfect, although the main narrator, who doesn't voice a character, is rather pedestrian, compared to the actual voice actors.

I highly recommend this to those familiar with the Riyria books (and heroes) and anyone who wants a rip-roaring adventure filled with high audacity and daring-do.

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  • Jane
  • 22-02-22

Great fantasy adventure. Narrator not so much.

I thought the character actors gave good fantasy adventure performances but the story was almost ruined for me by the narrator who sounded like he wanted to be in film noir or a Sam Spade flick. His cadence was off and often monotonous.