This is my first read of one of Robin Hobbs' books. The foreshadowing of events is magnificent, as well as the character development. My major issue, is the lack of geographical knowledge, and perhaps that is because I have started with the wrong set of books.
As to the comments about the Narrator, I envision Dragons to have very different voices and pronunciations then we do, so the accent works for me.
If you are debating listening to this one, I suggest you give it a shot. I was unsure at first, and actually for several hours into it. But I couldn't stop. I could see the shadows of the future, but had to go on to see how it all came together. I'm looking forward to the next one.
meandering story with poor character development
not robbut I liked all the fool booksin hobb
good narration but tedious writing
about 30% of them
Most of Mrs. Hobb's stuff is great. This is book sucks. Do not pay for it!
Not have a terrible book. No mystery, no fool
Anne needs to be a guy with more range in character
DO NOT BUY!
While I've read a number of Hobb's books and enjoyed them, I listened to this for over 5 hours and couldn't find any of the plethora of characters I cared enough about to continue with the book. I kept hoping it would pick up, but when I checked reviews on another site, I found many folks felt the same. What were her editors thinking? despite the signature, this review is written by a female reader.
Well, the story was way to slow to start and the story completely cut off in the middle of the plot, so starting the book around the time where the (story, adventure, publisher's summary, etc.) begins would be a great start and INCLUDING AN ENDING would be a great clincher. These two traits and the premise of damaged dragons (might) make it a 4-star book. Robin Hobb needs to write more engaging characters and clean up the over-abundance of flashbacks before I consider 5 stars.
Lock In by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil Wheaton. After that, I'll probably re-listen to Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Cary and narrated by Anne Flosnik (the same narrator here). I love the world-building in those novels and Anne Flosnik brings so much emotion to the main character Phedre. It's honestly one of my favorite audiobook performances ever.
I love Anne Flosnik. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life. If you want a better example of this, she did an AMAZING job narrating Jacqueline Carey's novels.
Extreme Rage. I was expecting the next chapter of the book and heard the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this production" instead.
I am returning this stupid book.
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I give this 2 stars because it was ok. It wasn't bad, but not a whole lot happened either. Frankly I think 200 pages could have been edited out and it would have been much better.
When a story is slow and then finally moves incrementally at the end, having 200 pages or more of bloat just doesn't help.
I will continue reading the series I hear it picks up in the second book, but I'm not exactly over thrilled to pick up the next volume either. because there weren't any characters that I felt really attached too, in fact there where a few I didn't like at all, but I do like Hobbs method of developing characters, so that will keep me going.
The whole series is full of padding. The same events shown several times from different viewpoints, or the same past events described over and over. I felt treated like a goldfish that is unable to remember anything that happened more than a few pages back. Listening to the entire series back-to-back made it even worse, since each new book assumed you remembered nothing of the previous one. I suspect the author was simply trying to fill her word quota and didn't really have enough story for four books.
I wish I had time to read books on paper, it would have been better if I had been able to skip/skim through the endless repetitions.
Narrator was slow, making it even more tedious.
If the plot moved at all, if there were any joy to be had with any of the characters or situations, if any of the four (five?) storylines actually met up...
Odd emphasis on words, but by far the worst was the stalled out story.
I think I would cut the first 11 hours of the book, save for the prologue, and actually get to the meat of the story as advertised on the back.
I've heard good things about Robin Hobb.It must be other books, because after this I won't be listening to this author again.
the narrator unfortunately kind of threw me off from the story. maybe it was meant to be read this way and if it was. it gives the whole story a different feeling. like your readings your moms pg romance/ on the edge of super strict porn mixed with a child's story. its too. confused talking about older themes in side storylines like Heste's relationship with Cedric. I don't know if i should be happy she's shining a light on that type of thing , but if so go there all the way? I don't know. it just wasn't smooth and you didn't know if you were in a children's fantasy or mothers sci fi super soft porn.