Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Rise of Tim Gerard Reynolds

In six days, I'll be one of the happiest people in the world, because I'll be sitting in a recording studio in New York, listening to Tim Gerard Reynolds bring the characters of my new series, The Legends of the First Empire to life. Being the first to hear the narration makes me a very fortunate person and one of the best perks about this whole "being an author" thing.

Tim's career has really taken off in recent years, I'd like to think I had something to do with it, but the reality is Tim did it all on his own by providing some amazing narration of some wonderful properties.  And the listeners agree.  On audible.com's Top 100 Best-selling Epic Fantasy list he currently has 8 titles...and that includes spots #1 and #2!! But Tim has also made his mark in Science Fiction and has 4 titles on the Top 100 Best-selling Contemporary Science Fiction list including two in the top 10.


Here's a little bit about the books on those best-selling lists.  Just look at those ratings and reviews!

Genre
Rank
Book
Author
Series
Book #
Length
 Rating 
Reviews
 Fantasy 
1
Son of the Black Sword
Larry Correia
Forgotten Warrior
1
16 hrs and 26 mins
4.6
2,646
Fantasy
2
Theft of Swords
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Revelations
1 & 2
22 hrs and 37 mins
4.5
8,738
Fantasy
4
Dawn of Wonder
Jonathan Renshaw
The Wakening
1
29 hrs and 51 mins
4.7
331
Fantasy
16
Arawn Omnibus
Edward W. Robertson
Cycle of Arawn
1 - 3
66 hrs and 1 min
4.3
3,497
Fantasy
20
FREE: The Jester 
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Chronicles
2.1
54 mins
4.0
4,053
Fantasy
22
The Red Sea
Edward W. Robertson
Cycle of Galand
1
16 hrs and 55 mins
4.7
619
Fantasy 
23
Professional Integrity
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Chronicles
2.2
1 hr 18 mins
4.5
2,192
Fantasy
58
The Death of Dulgath
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Chronicles
3
13 hrs and 57 mins
4.6
1,185
 Fantasy 
68
Heir of Novron 
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Revelations
5 & 6
31 hrs and 49 mins
4.7
6,544
 Fantasy 
72
Rise of Empire
Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Revelations
3 & 4
26 hrs and 30 mins
4.6
6,635
Sci-Fi
4
Morning Star
Pierce Brown
Red Rising
3
21 hrs and 50 mins
4.8
3,651
Sci-Fi
6
Red Rising
Pierce Brown
Red Rising
1
16 hrs and 12 mins
4.6
9,153
Sci-Fi
11
Golden Son
Pierce Brown
Red Rising
2
19 hrs and 2 mins
4.7
6,812
Sci-Fi
91
Shift
Hugh Howey
Silo Series
2
18 hrs and 22 mins
4.3
2,556

And those are just a few of Tim's body of work. Consider some of his other notable speculative fiction titles:

  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Dust (Silo Saga #3) by Hugh Howey
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Viscount and the Witch (Riyria Chronicles 1.5) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Barbarians at the Gates (The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire #1) by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • The Liar's Key (Red Queen's War #2) by Mark Lawrence
  • The Shadow of Cincinnatus (The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire #2 by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War #1) by Mark Lawrence
  • Dawn (Legend of the Galactic Heroes #1) by Yoshiki Tanaka
  • Against All Things (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #3) by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Highwayman by R.A. Salvatore
  • The Secret (A Broken Empire Tale) by Mark Lawrence
  • Ice Forged (Ascendant Kingdoms Saga #1) by Gail Z. Martin
  • Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
  • A Song for No Man's Land by Andy Remic
  • War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin
  • The Hurricane by Hugh Howey
  • The Infernals by John Connolly
  • Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wigley
  • Forces from Beyond (Ghostfinders #6) by Simon R. Green
  • Spirits from Beyond (Ghostfinders #4) by Simon R. Green
  • The Creeps by John Connolly
  • Enki (Lord of Earth #1) by V.R.R. Richards
  • Hell Ship by Phillip Palmer
  • Patchwork by David Tallerman
  • A Taste of Agony by Tim Marquitz
As you can see, Tim has been a pretty busy guy. In fact, he recently told me that his success has made it so that he can do narration full-time. Something that is VERY good for all of us ;-)

So, if you are looking for a good listen, please consider checking out one of these Tim Gerard Reynold's titles. I'm sure you'll find something you'll enjoy. I know I always do!

7 comments:

  1. Nice; congrats to Tim on his success.
    There is something I can't understand though. Why are "Rise of Empire" and "Heir of Novron" so far down this chart, compared to "Theft of Swords"? :/ No offense to the latter, of course, but in the Revelations series each next book is better than the previous one, and the two novels comprising "Heir of Novron" are among the most amazing books I have read in my entire life. #68, seriously? o.O

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    1. The rankings change all the time - based on selling of course. I've been very fortunate in that I have more than one work in the top 100. Most authors are happy to have even one title there. The Riyria Revelations are pretty old (in the grand scheme of things. Several years in fact so for them to be on the list at all is a great sign. Theft of Swords is actually the one in the wrong place. It usually hangs out in the 60 - 100 range and is as high as it is because there was a recent sale at audible.com for their best-sellers and top-rated titles and Theft of Swords was included in it. The Riyria story that should be at the top (other than the free shorts, of course, is the most recently released, which is Death of Dulgath and that is holding true on this list. Once Theft of Swords returns to it's "normal" position the ranking will pretty much be (a) free shorts (b) most recently released (c) older stuff pretty much in a close-knit group.

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  2. You definitely hit the jackpot with Tim! He's quickly become one of my favorite narrators. Good stuff!

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  3. Tim is incredible. To be completely honest, it was listening to Tim narrate Pierce Brown's Red Rising that made me go into Audible and search for the other books he had voiced. The Theft of Swords was my next listen, and I have been obsessed with Tim, and with you, ever since! If you keep making stories, and Tim keeps adding his voice, I will continue to be a fan forever. Who am I kidding, I will be a fan of you guys no matter what! Keep up the awesome work!!!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! I went just the opposite way. After listening to Riyria I then shifted to Red Rising and waited as they came out on Audible. Both are very well written series and Tim does an amazing job! Thank you Michael for pouring your time and talent into some of the best story telling I have ever heard. Looking forward to Age of Myth. Preordered and ready to listen!!

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  4. Tim is amazing. His narration is so unique and comfortable to me that I no longer search for authors when looking for my next audio book. Instead I look for Tim. He absolutely brings the books alive and for the most part he must be selective of what he works on because I haven't found a bad one yet. His voice introduced me to Riyria (my personal favorite), the Cycle of Arawn, the Red Queen's War and many others. Now I am very excited to dive into Age of Myth. Tim can literally make or break a mediocre book and he catapults a great one to fame in my eyes. Don't loose him as he is now the voice of your works in my head and anything else will just be wrong. His narration together with excellent writing, you and Tim are an epic duo.

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