Kept waiting for a story to develop but it never did. I don't even remember who any of the characters are and I've listened for 5 hours. Read the Assassin's Apprentice series but skip this one.
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.
It was a little slow but the author had a lot of background to set up for the future stories. I haven't read or listened to anything else from this author so it was good to have all that background. I love this narrator. She puts a lot of feeling into the story. I have enjoyed her reading other books too.
Loved the book and the story. However, when I read who the narrator was I was super disappointed. Ruins a good book like no other. You have to speed up the book in order to keep from smashing your speakers or headphones and then it just BARELY keeps that from happening. It makes me wonder if those in charge really even care what the narration sounds like because unless they didn't listen to it at all I can't imagine them deciding this was the best narrator for the job. It is downright terrible.
After finishing everything FitzChivalry I went ahead and started Rain Wilds over Live Ship. I liked it, really cool setting. Story meanders for a bit and the ending feels really abrupt so I'm sure that super sucked for people who read the book right after it published. But since the series is finished, not that big of deal for me. I miss the first person narration style of the Fitz books, but this book was still cool and I'll definitely finish the series.