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FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Publisher's Summary

WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find.

©2014 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Its an awesome free audio book .. good for a first listen.. engaged with the book throughout the listening experience

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I loved this short!

Definitely going to be looking at the whole series now! held my attention 100% and very vivid descriptors!

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hilarious. best performance for a freebie

hilarious. almost felt like part of a monty python series with dungeons and dragons involved (hilarious)

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Good book

At first I thought this listen was going to be a bit dull, but minute by minute I fell in love with wonderful, quirky Eleanor. Prepare to shed a tear as you take a healing journey with her.

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A Dungeon with a Deadly Lesson

A brief dungeon crawl, which ended shortly after I felt it got interesting. Something of a bittersweet ending.

Not my favourite of Riyria short story. This one was a little harsh, and a little hollow for me. But I encourage anyone who isn't sure how they feel after, or hasn't given this one a shot yet to listen to "Professional Integrity." I found it gave our heroes more time to shine and show their personalities. They story was also more dynamic, and the side characters had more of a personal stake.

What I mean to say is, if you enjoyed this, great! Read more from the author. If you didn't, give these two heroes a second shot from the other free short story, "Professional Integrity." As a new fan, I found it gripping and well characterized.

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Great short story

A short story from the Riyria Chronicle and fits between books 2 and 3. I really enjoyed this short story about an eclectic group of treasure hunters who find themselves in an unexpected situation. The choices the well crafted characters make and their motivations for making them result in an interesting and engaging storyline. I look forward to reading more from this series.

Wonderfully read.

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  • Randall
  • 2018-12-30

THANKS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FREE SHORTY

Once again Michael J Sullivan gives us a free short
story. This shorty is another Riyria tale, and is an
excellent introduction to some of Sullivans best works.

If you haven't tried this author, I suggest try the 2 freebies,
while they are still available .

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2014-08-20

What Jester?

This was okay, but nothing to get all excited about. I am certainly glad it was free. I have read the first book in both of the series he has out right now and I like them and will continue the rest of those two series. I just believe MJS does better in the long form then he does in short form. It is free, so your only investment is 54 minutes and it is certainly worth that.

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  • Carol
  • 2014-01-29

Short and Very Satisfying

To me, one of the most best things about the three volumes of "Riyria Revelations" was the seamless way everything came together over the course of the saga and, especially, at the end. There are no bewildering meanderings by pointless characters; the whole enterprise is beautifully conceived and well written (and the narration is also very good). "The Jester" encapsulates all these qualities into a short, neat 1-hour package. Immediately, we are plunged (literally) into the adventure with no idea of what's going on, but over the course of a few pages all becomes clear and winds up in a poignant "wow" moment that's very satisfying.

It probably helps to have a little "Riyria" background -- at least enough to know who Hadrian and Royce and Riyria are -- but in terms of the story "The Jester" stands alone. Well done, Mr. Sullivan!

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  • Robin
  • 2014-01-28

Short story with no shortage of events

Remember the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark where a whole adventure happens before the opening credits? This is sort of like that, plenty happens in a brief time. It's probably not as much fun for those who don't already know our heroes, but I hope people try it out and go on to listen to the whole series. The ending made me laugh out loud. I hope there is a law that Tim Reynolds is the only person allowed to read Riyria books, as I wouldn't be able to stand any different voice.

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  • Janice
  • 2014-03-09

You have chosen wisely

The write-up for The Jester assured me that no prior knowledge of the characters or their previous stories is necessary to enjoy this short story. So for free and less than an hour it seemed like a good bet to test drive what sounded like interesting new (to me) literary territory. And what a ride. From the first words, thrown top speed into action that had already started and never let up, yet caught the reader up on the events with clean direct writing. To survive, they need to solve a puzzle that reminded me of Indiana Jones having to choose the right cup in the "The Last Crusade". Loved the characters and the narration. If the author hoped to attract new readers, he certainly attracted me. I'm adding to my Wish List now.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-11-08

Good listen

I am going to look for the full version because this kept my attention and was very interesting for the hour.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 2018-09-14

Great short

I mainly got this short story as a time filler between books. It was free and the narrator is one of the best! This was a great short and works well as a stand alone story but I'm sure I would enjoy it more if I listened to the whole series and knew a bit more about the characters.

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  • Ccbilbo
  • 2014-01-29

Just pure bliss

What did you love best about FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)?

I can't even put into words how I was excited about learning that Michael J. Sullivan had written something new about Royce and Hadrian. For the first time, I had been depressed when a series ended. I got so emotionally wrapped up in the Riyria Chronicles, that when I read the last word, I honestly didn't want to read another book for a few days.

When Mr. Sullivan informed me that there was a new short story out, "The Jester," I was actually jumping up and down for joy. Then to find that this was in audio book format made me even more excited. Once checking out "The Jester" I noticed it was free! There was nothing that was going to stop me from getting this story RIGHT NOW! I had always used the text-to-speech mode on my books when I was working around the house or driving. The mechanical voice that my kindle uses can sometimes drive you mad.

There is no way to explain how blown away I was when I finally listened to the opening of this story. There was this beautiful and magical voice of Tim Gerard Reynolds flowing through my ear buds. I have no clue what dialect I was hearing, English or Irish, but it made me just melt. The smile that I had plastered on my face was making those around me question what I was listening to. It's unfortunate for those that I made listen, because they didn't appreciate what was being spoken the way I did. But then, they also don't appreciate books the way I do.

"The Jester," is a stand alone story that falls between the books of "The Rose and the Thorn" and "Theft of Swords." We find Royce and Hadrian in stuck in the middle of another adventure that is turning into a huge mess. They have fallen into a cave that holds some sort of treasure that belongs to "The Jester." Along on this adventure, Royce and Hadrian have Wilmer, the pig farmer and Myra the candlemaker. (Sounds like the set up of a joke.)

Royce being the dry witted man that he is, tries to find the path that they are to follow. Hadrian, now suffering from a broken leg and other injuries, is trying to make sure that Wilmer and Myra are safe from their fall into the cave. Once everyone is accounted for, and that all has survived, the task of the treasure is at hand.

This is such a short tale, only 7,200 words, I can't give much in detail of what is going on. All I can say is that Royce and Hadrian have their hands full with the two additional companions on this trip.

I was laughing at how Myra and Wilbur were bickering between themselves. The way Tim Reynolds would narrate Myra and Wilbur was just comical. I have an active imagination that has always allowed me to see and hear what I thought characters sounded like. But to actually hear this being narrated was just priceless.

This was just a magical 54 minutes for me on so many levels. I had never listened to an actual "audio" book. So the magic of hearing it being told with the beautiful voice of a narrator was perfect. Then to find that Mr. Sullivan hadn't forgotten Royce and Hadrian, just tickled me pink.

I would tell anyone that has read even one of the Riyria books, to grab this up now! It may be short, but it's just oh so sweet.

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

His voice is like honey...smooth and sweet

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

I loved when he was doing the arguments between the Wilbur and Myra

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  • Emily
  • 2018-04-02

Sucked right into the story!

Where does FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a short, free book that accompanied me on a jog. I had no previous knowledge of the world or background story of the characters, but it was still so very enjoyable.

It certainly made me eager to try more books from the author. And kudos to the narrator, he makes great voices!

Give it a try and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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  • Darren Patrick
  • 2014-01-22

Enjoyable narration and tight story (with message)

What other book might you compare FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) to and why?

I wouldn't compare The Jester to another 'book', per se, as it think it's quite unique. However, there were some elements in it that I likened to, believe it or not, the "Saw" franchise of movies. And not because there's blood, gore, torture, and the like. Because there isn't. Instead, I thought of this given the predicament Hadrian and Royce find themselves in. And like any 'ticking time bomb' storyline, they have to think fast before it's too late.

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

Everything. Tim's an excellent narrator who I happily followed through all six (three) of the Revelations books. He's in my top five narrators for fantasy, hands down. He's a "purchase maker" in my view.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-29

good and interesting

good one.Had a very different experience on listening to the audiobook.overall i enjoyed listening to the audiobbok

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-11-24

good

BOOK WAS fine. authors tells his experience brefly with experienced plans.got lot of success.good book great one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-21

Awesome title

This is quite different to any book I would have expected but still has his own brand of logic and pragmatism that I enjoyed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-08

Great book

Excellent book, worth reading definitely. Great tale and very exciting to read. Excellent book, worth reading definitely. Great tale and very exciting to read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-09

Great hearing this book. Absolutely stunning . Thi

Great hearing this book. Absolutely stunning . This is one of the best book I have heard
Great hearing this book. Absolutely stunning . This is one of the best book I have heard
Great hearing this book. Absolutely stunning . This is one of the best book I have heard