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.
The narrator is horrible, her voice is actually ok, but the way she prolongs words at the ends of sentences drives me nuts.
meandering story with poor character development
not robbut I liked all the fool booksin hobb
good narration but tedious writing
about 30% of them
A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.
In a whole its well worth the listening. It is slow and I admit I almost stopped listening after 10 minutes in. But if you stay with it. You will be rewarded with a interesting story.
The Dragon Keeper and the Rain Wild Chronicles is presently my favorite - and also longest series of books I have read by one Author. There is one more related series - that is not offered by Audible - or I would be listening to it instead of writing this review.
The story of the hatching - is beautiful, but also heart rending. The Dragons hatch to an audience of curiosity seekers. Some people are immediately caught up in the drama of helping the creatures survive - others feel no kinship at all with the dragons. It is interesting to see how from the very moment of their hatching - each dragon and each spectator has his/her own individual personality.
The first series I listened to (Assassin's Quest) was my first experience with Anne Flosnick. I read reviews that complained about her slow speed and how she drags out the last word in sentences and/or paragraphs. By the time I got this far into the series - I no longer noticed it. I also came to feel that the speech pattern was perhaps cultural and that made it okay. Robin Hobb has created a new world, and several new cultures - each unique. Why should I expect it to have the flat tonal, rapid pace of the midwest. Her voice became a part of the whole experience that I became very comfortable with.
No. The whole series is excellent. This book was not a "high point" in the series but it was essential to answer our questions about the RainWilder-ers and their culture and to come to understand how they were "created" and in part ruined by their relationship with the dragons and the citizens of Bing and the Duke.
Wasted a lot of verbiage doing world building in a slow SLOW fashion. One of the main character, Thymira, has a mother who is described as talking all around a main point out of spite. Feels like this was written by Thymira's mom! Why does it take 2/3 of the book to cover what was described in 1 paragraph of the books description.Everything was discussed in the most roundabout way possible. In the end of this, the story barely got started. Felt like there was only about 100 minutes worth of material and spent the rest 1100 minutes on padding
Book 1 of a series should focus on events which will make readers want to know more about the characters and what happens next. With all the dialog and so many narrators, the reader is lost in the streams of consciousness and have no idea what's actually "happening". By the end, I stopped caring.
The story was interesting just never really went anywhere. I love that it dumps you right back into the realm created in the previous books and contains characters from the live ship series! Her take on the growth and development of dragons is quite unique and exciting. However this book just seemed to meander on and then just came to an abrupt end. Its understandable that there are several books in the series but I feel like when a book ends there should be some type of plot resolution or at least a cliff hanger to make you want to read more. I was really disappointed after really enjoying some of Robin Hobbs other works.
I really found the readers "male" voices to be odd and distracting. I feel like if she just read it in her normal voice it wouldnt of been as bad.
Im going to give the next one a try but only because im hoping the story will enthrall me.
The reader's voice took some getting used to, but was fine after a while. Would listen to her again.
There was no attempt to wrap up anything and the book ended suddenly in mid plot. Not even any subplots were tidied up. I think this would really piss off some readers. I found it annoying but I had already planned on getting the whole series anyway.
A great continuation of this series. The narrator is why it's a 4/5 - even after over 100 hours of listening over 5 books, she drives me bonkers. The story is worth it though.