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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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Great engaging short story

Great narration of this short story. It painted a great picture in my mind & has sparked my curiosity for the complete works.

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fun short story

a fun short story. I didnt like how they argued and wasted time in the cave for so long while it filled with water. I think any one else in that scenario would make a choice quickly! other than that, it was an enjoyable listen.

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The only thing I have to say the same as well done ✔✔

The only thing I have to say the same as well done ✔✔✔✔ ✔and construction industry

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love riyria

the narrator was average but the last line was magical - well worth an hour of your time!

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Beautiful stOries

Thanks this book was really interesting to read. This tale had beautiful process.. the author was extremely good with the story... such a warm story to listen.. thanks once again for this beautiful stories. We are expecting more stories from the author...

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  • 13-04-2016

Great short story

Easy listen, will definitely be getting more from this author & narrator, best of all this title was free 👍🏼

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Read this book ! RIYRIA will CAPTURE YOU!

EXCELLENT IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES I WAS HOOKED. YOU MUST READ ALL THE RIYRIA BOOKS IN ORDER.

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enjoyed the time

the story line was enjoyable enough ... wasn't quite my cup of tea. .... nevertheless it was ok

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  • Randall
  • 30-12-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-11-2018

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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  • Troy I
  • 30-10-2018

Michael Sullivan's writing is fun and exciting .

love Hadrian and Royce - the adventures they work through and all the characters they interact with - never shallow.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 14-09-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-2018

Captivating yes. I will SHARE

It was an intriguing tale with excitement throughout. I will certainly continue to FOLLOW Sullivan

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  • Prime Customer
  • 13-11-2017

Perfect for Anyone Who Hasn't Read Riyria!

This short story is perfect for anyone who hasn't read Michael Sullivan's Riyria novels. It showcases the two characters, Hadrian and Royce, who are beloved by Sullivan's fans. They interact, jest with each other, and work through a puzzle all while in a very precarious predicament - something they always find themselves in!

The one hour story also showcases the skill of Tim Gerard Reynolds in voicing the unique styles, character, and interaction of the pair. Listening to Mr. Reynolds is a pure joy on any quiet afternoon or drive to work. My bet is almost any fantasy fan will jump into the many books of Hadrian and Royce after enjoying The Jester!

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  • Lundy
  • 15-10-2018

so great to have a visit from royce and hadrian.

michael sullivan can say so much in so few words. this is an excellent example. loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2018

Nat a bad book

story ok performance was grate length could have been longer not to sure what else to say

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  • Emily
  • 02-04-2018

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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  • Bonnie Buchanan
  • 27-12-2018

Short, Fast Paced, Interesting, w/a Twist!!

What more can you ask from a short story than to contain a Fast Paced, Interesting Plot that holds Your attention during Your Wild White Water Canyon Ride?, add a Twist onto the End, and well, You’ve covered not only the standard requirements for a Good & Enjoyable Story, BUT, also, for a GREAT & MEMORABLE LISTEN if it’s an Audio Book. And THAT Dear Reader, is what I found within the sounds, sights, and personalities within “The Jester”.., I would definitely RECOMMEND this ‘Read’! While it may be short, I believe that You’ll Enjoy the Ride. It’s sort of like one of those very short rollercoasters at an Amusement Park, full of darkness, odd smells, and Your senses unable to pick out or up on all the sharp details that surround You as You travel pellmell through the obscured darkness, unsure where You’re journey will eventually take You or You’ll end up; BUT, once those last doors fly open, and You’re unceremoniously dumped back out into the full light of day, You’re left saying to yourself.... Well, Hell’s Bells, that was kind of Fun!, I think I want to Go Again! ...so, If You’ve read this review this far, then stop hesitating, go on and select, “The Jester”, and ENJOY YOUR RIDE!!

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  • Pendrian
  • 29-04-2016

Well worth a listen

Enjoyed the characters especially the two main ones. It was fun to listen to and well constructed.

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  • 28-12-2015

Nice short story

I enjoyed this and thought the characters and narration were very enjoyable. How they got into the situation wasn't made that clear. Overall I liked it. Good for a free one.

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  • smiffy31
  • 12-11-2015

fantastic story

Great fun to listen to. I got this as I wanted to get an idea of the story series. haven't regretted it.

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  • Susan
  • 08-02-2014

Entertaining

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

I enjoyed this short story so much that I have ordered the first book in the series. Very entertaining, and manged to delineate the characters and back story in a short space of time, often by what was not said.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)?

Stuck in the sealed room discussing the murder of the old man to get the pieces of the treasure map.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not listened to any others

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

The ending. Though I thought the greatest treasure might be life.

Any additional comments?

Excellent entertainment, and a slightly different take on the sword and sorcery genre.

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  • Salter
  • 01-12-2014

Didn't enjoy it....

What would have made FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) better?

Okay for a freebie, but I wouldn't have paid for it.
Narration was poor, and the story could have been SO much better...

How could the performance have been better?

It was simply poor across the board.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)?

Sorry, but I'd have to re-write it. Just didn't enjoy it at all.

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  • Culwen
  • 13-12-2016

An amusing affair in a D&D style

If you could sum up FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) in three words, what would they be?

Dungeon
Treasure
Fools

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are unique (although perhaps stereotypical ~ but that in itself was quite amusing). A fighter, a thief, a candlestick maker and a pig farmer!

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

Expression of voice, accents.

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

Made me laugh and made me eager from suspense.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this short story. Would recommend. Will probably look into the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2016

Neat and tidy story.

A very enjoyable story that encapsulates the whole series. Narrator could be better I reckon.

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  • Graham
  • 08-11-2016

Small but perfectly formed

Short but Intriguing, perfect as an interlude between other stories. Found myself thinking about it after the end. Certainly worth a read.

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  • andrew dodgson.
  • 03-11-2016

Blooming Surprised!!!

I didn't. Think it was going to be as good as it was, boy what a surprise I got ,I'm a massive reader off e books and I've never heard an audio book before I cannot wait for a full one rather than a short story

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  • T
  • 10-11-2015

Only Half a Book

Whilst you may not have to be familiar with the world characters, or world in which they live, it would have been nice if they had included the start of the story!

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