If it was a different book with a different narrator.
What was supposed to be a plot line moved like a snail through molasses. She spends an hour or two describing each scenario and the complex feelings of all the characters involved. I became bored to the point of frustration and/or tears. I am a man and I don't cry, and Robin Hobb has broken me.
Her soulless reading kept me wondering how she did not fall out of her chair.
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.
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.
A very nice tale, good character development and definately draws you into the story,,,
the book does not come to any conclusions. I imagine this happens in the next books in the series, which are not available on audible. Therefor, it might be best to wait. I found myself irritated that after listening for so long I must wait even longer to find out what happens.
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.
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.
I'm not being fair in my review when it comes to the Story and Overall rankings. I just couldn't get past the first 5 minutes. I can't decide if the narrator thinks she is being dramatic or pictures herself reading to toddlers. But either way the narration was unbearable. Shame to lose a perfectly good credit.
No idea. I couldn't last long enough to form an opinion.
It's hard to believe an editor would listen to this narration and think it was acceptable. It's not like it was recorded 20 years ago when different styles were in vogue. It simply isn't up to current standards.
A different narrator!
Who is Anne Flosnik and why did they choose her to narrate these stories? After listening to the Assassin's trilogy so masterfully narrated, I moved on to this series ready for more of Robin Hobb's writing. The narration kills me. Nasally, breathy, sing-song and strangely-paced, the narration is so distracting it's unlistenable. I see that she also narrated the rest of the Robin Hobb books set in this world. I will not be listening to them.
Interesting world with interesting characters. The narrator almost ruins the entire experience. The breathy, strange ending to most sentences, sends me over the edge.
Simply use another narrator.
I have to say I have no idea if the story is any good. after listening to the prolog and part of chapter 1, I had to give up listening to this story. The narrator grated on my nerves. It sounded like she was trying REALLY hard to sound mysterious, and I couldn't listen to her.
Only with a different narrator. I might try to read this as an ebook later.
I don't want someone sounding mysterious for an entire reading. Just read the friggin' book normally, lady, so you don't sound ridiculous.
Don't know; didn't listen to the whole book.