I've really enjoyed the Robin Hobb books and have been devouring them. I think I'd like this one but the reader is, I'm sorry to say, just awful. She has this weird way of stretching out words, even in fairly straightforward descriptive sections and her efforts to be dramatic just grate. I think I'll give up on the audio version and buy a paper copy of the book and see if I (probably) will like it as much as I have the rest of Hobb's books.
I like the story, but not the style of narration. Sped up the replay to 125%, shazam... I don't mind it all now. Just thought I'd throw that out since many were compaining about drawn out words.
I read this series in paperback a few years ago, and I fell in love with it then(So did my mom and sister!). Listening to the audio book has been equally as enjoyable. I am a big fan of fantasy, and for me this series ranks with The Wheel of Time. The narration is perfect! I look forward to seeing the rest of Robin Hobb's books on audio.
This is a book I would have enjoyed immensely, except for the narrator. Her inflexibly purring accent was grating, and it was sometimes difficult to tell the words of one character from those of another because the narrator was unable to create distinctive voices. I see that the same narrator has performed several other Robin Hobbs works, and I'll stick to reading those from paper books rather than listening to them via audible.com.
Creative, Different, Intriging
Unfortunately, I will have to. I will listen to books that she does because I like the authors
The narrator is slow, hurts words, and can be incredibly annoying in her style. I found a solution though. If you listen at 1.5 speed, her long drawn out words are normal and you can stand to get through the book and it's like listening to it at normal speed.
I bought this story because other Audible listeners had recommended it so highly. Unfortunately, I found the narration difficult to listen to and the plot line just plain boring. I almost never quit reading a book part way through, becuase I am always hoping that it will somehow get better. Sadly, this book was so dull that I couldn't even get half way before I had to give it up.
I would recommend this book to friends who like sweeping epic fantasy
I enjoyed the Farseer trilogy so much I decided that I wanted to work my way through the other books by Robin Hobb. This series is from multiple view points. Initially I was not sure I would be able to get into it because of the nautical setting and the premise seemed iffy. However, Hobbs manages to make the culture, port towns, merchant families, and the action onboard ship interesting. The sympathetic characters are more interesting than the villans because the are less predictable and better developed. The villans are one dimensional but they serve their purpose. Anne Flosnik, horrible and annoying. For example, the way Flosnik would draw out words got to be like nails on a chalkboard. I am reading the second book in the series in hardcover and have pulled all the books she narrated out of my wish list.
First the narration is horrible. Even in my native language I cannot understand the reader.
Second, maybe the story is great but I don't have time to read it and find out. That's why I buy Audible.
I suggest you never purchase an Audible narrated by Anne Flosnik.
I am going to see if I can get my money back.
The book is very good. It's typical of Hobb with complex plot lines and well developed characters. Some of the secondary characters seem a little... I don't know maybe just "on the nose" or one dimensional. Perhaps they will be further developed in subsequent installments.
The narrator for this series is someone to be lived with, not someone I enjoy. After listening or a half hour or so I can get into the book well enough to kind of ignore her and that's the best I can say.
I am stunned by how positive the reviews are for this audiobook. I enjoyed reading Robin Hobb's assassin series so I figured this would be equally enjoyable.
I understand that Anne Flosnik is an award winning performer but I felt her voice was too strained and that at times it was difficult to get over words that she dragged out unnaturally. Overall, her voice was unpleasantly matched to the characters in this book.
I'm not sure whether it was Anne's voice or the lack of anything interesting in the story line that preventing me from finishing this audio book but either way, I wouldn't recommend it.