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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This is my favorite Fantasy Book by my favorite fantasy writer of my favorite fantasy series.
This is a character driven book. The characters are all interesting. None of the characters are perfect and you love them all the more for it. Life is not fair and boy to these people find that out. If I have a complaint it would be with so much tragedy happening to these people, why can't Hobb give them a break every now and then. It is very similar to the character development in George R.R. Martin's books, only I believe Hobb does an even better job. It is interesting to see how people think of themselves and then how the people around them think about them and the surprise of some of them when they realize that they are not as well liked, hated, loved, etc as they thought. Each character in the book has struggles and you struggle with them. I can easily relate a lot of my struggles with the struggles of these characters. Hobb knows people and how they think.
The magic in this is different from most books, such as living ships. Hobb builds a different fantasy world for you, but there is no confusing time trying to get into the development of the world, you feel at home in it right away. It is exciting right from the start, no long periods of trying to explain the world to you. This is 35 hours long and there is not one wasted minute. (Read some of my other reviews and you will see I never go on about any authors like I do Hobb.)
I read the hard cover of this years ago and I am so glad audible came out with it. Some people claim they hate the narrator. I will admit that she has a different style, but I believe she is perfect for this book. I enjoyed this almost as much the second time around as I did the first. The only reason I didn't is that I already knew the surprises and the book is full of them. This is my favorite series of Hobb's and then is the Forrest Mage series and then the Farseer trilogy. Did not care much for the first book in the Tawny Man series and hope it comes out in audio, so I can listen to it. I have one book left in the Dragon Series, but the first two books were real good, so I am looking forward to listening to that soon.
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.