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Riyria Withdrawal

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

Reviewed: 23-05-20

I LOVED both the Riyria Revelations and the Riyria Chronicles, and I really wanted to love this series too. Unfortunately, I don't. I admit, I had reservations when I was listening to the first book, but thought, 'no give it a chance, you've only just started and we're at the introduction stage'. I got just over half way through book two, and things are still not grabbing my interest. The fault likely rests with me. I'm so used to Royce and Hadrian, (two of my favourite literary characters) that I kept expect some reference to them which is stupid, I know, as this series takes place three thousand years before they were born. Still, I kept hoping for characters with similar personalities, or characters who were as interesting as that wonderful duo, that I could learn to like as much as Royce and Hadrian, but I just couldn't find any of the characters as interesting or as fun as those two. In my humble opinion, there are just too many characters to keep track of, and I kept forgetting who was who. About half way through this book, I lost interest in who was who, and in what they were doing. I'd like to make clear that I had no problem with the narrator. Tim Gerard Reynolds did a super job, as always. I've stopped myself from listening to this series, until I had all the books, and was looking forward to a real treat. What I got was nothing like a treat. I am so disappointed. I'm wondering if I can still return this series, and get something else, as I know I won't be listening to any more of the books.

No,No,No!!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-20

Why, why, why didn't they have Christopher Kipiniak narrate this book? After six books in this series, the voices of the characters are so ingrained, you can tell who's speaking, without being told. This book has been ruined by the different narrator, plus the fact that Daniel Thomas May just isn't a very good narrator (IMO). Fortunately, I have read the printed book, and know how the series ends. I just wish the Audio version had been read by the previous narrator. Very Disappointed :-{{

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Incomplete

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

Reviewed: 24-12-19

Having read these books years ago, and loving them, I was really pleased to find them on Audible. Unfortunately, I will be returning this book (book 3) and also book 2 of this series (I already returned book 1), as it seems these are all that are available of a SIX book series. It seems redundant to me to keep an incomplete series. If, at some later date Audible release the rest of this series, I will buy them again, and will definitely keep them.

What Happened??

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-19

Maybe its just me, but this book just didn't have the 'couldn't stop listening' quality that the first three books had. In fact I couldn't finish it. I listened for about eight hours, and found myself being distracted by other things, and not really caring that I'd missed whole sections of the story. Mikael Naramore does a superb narration, as with the other books in this series. One of the things I love about the other three books, is that they are complete stories. I'll keep the first three books, but this one will be returned.

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 18-10-19

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this, and the previous book (The Wrath of Lords) in this series. I hope Audible will be adding the next two books to this collection, ('The City of Thieves' and 'The Will of Queens'). It would be a great shame if they stopped here. I for one would purchase the next two books if they were made available. Fingers crossed.

I'll Read The Book Myself

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

I've had this book, and the rest of the series for ages, and just haven't gotten around to reading them. When I spotted this on Audible I was so pleased. I've listened to half an hour, and the book is 12 hours long. I simply can not listen to it for 12 hours. The narrator, once again, ruins what might be a great book. I'll be returning the audio version, and will read the paperback copy for myself

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With Another Narrator, Maybe.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-19

I didn't really get very far with this book, as I just couldn't listen to the narrator. I'll be returning the Audio Books in this series, and will buy the paperback copies instead. From the little I did manage to listen to, it might be worth getting.

Happy that they released the whole series.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-19

I read the book years ago, and really enjoyed them. I was a little dubious when I first started listening to the Audio version; it took me a few chapters to get into Mr Cross's narration, but once I had listened for a while I was happy to continue, and even wished that Mr Cross had narrated David B. Coe's, 'Wind of the Forelands' series, as I can't listen to that, because of the terrible narrator. All in all I really enjoyed listening to this series.

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

As with the first book in this series, I read the printed version years ago, and was surprised that I enjoyed it. This, the second book in a trilogy is set in a more technologically advanced realm. I'm old fashioned when it comes to fantasy, I like my stories set in pseudo-medieval realms with all the usual dragons, dwarves, elves and other such fantasy critters. When I read this book, all those years ago, I almost stopped reading the first time it mention technology. I'm so glad I kept going. I think Pete Cross is getting better at the narration in this book too. In the first book I wasn't at all sure about him, but I'm liking his performance more in this book. I just hope Audible are going to release the final book in this series, and that Mr Cross will do the honour once more.

For Children

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Let me first say that this is not a bad story, and it was beautifully performed. That having been said, this is more suited for children of perhaps eight to fourteen years old. I wasn't able to listen to more than a few hours, as I just couldn't connect to the story or the characters. I hope someone with children to entertain finds this book, and that they enjoy it. I couldn't

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