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.
The story is good and I recommend it. I did really enjoy the story and it did suck me in. I really do recommend reading the book.
However, the audio is terrible; like fingernails on a chalkboard. The story caught me, but I found myself continuously wanting to Frisbee my phone out of the car window. My desire to hear the next part of the story is all that saved my phone.
I don't think it is the narrator's fault because a decent producer or editor would have fixed the problems. The most annoying thing is the pauses; imagine an awkward pause of conversation in your head... Then... Imagine that awkward pause between every sentence... Every one... For 36 hours... Enough time for a deep breath or two... It doesn't matter how long the sentence is either... It could be one word.... like, "NO!"... There has to be at least 10 hours of silence due to the pauses alone.... In addition to that... Imagine every sentence ending with a downward inflection of voice... Like the exact opposite of a question... That downward inflection is the same tone you would use for the last sentence of a long book... Again, every sentence for 36 hours... To make it more irritating... the pauses and inflections get worse at exciting parts of the story.... a fight scene?.... Do you want to know what happens next?... The one steamy sex scene?..... wait for it.... wait.... still waiting.... then the next sentence begins....
Do yourself a favor: Don't get the audible version. Instead, read the book and enjoy the story properly.
Interesting primer for a trilogy.
I've read complaints about this narration and they're spot on its horrible. My only thought is that if you listen at 1.25 or 1.5 speed it's tolerable albeit she warbles a lot due to the nature of her slow drawn out reading
I loved Robin Hobbs's Assassin books so much that I wanted to read more of her books set in that world. The characters were interesting and their motivations made sense. In this book the characters don't make sense at all. I feel as if the author just conceived the characters as stick figures and then tried to throw in a few inconsistencies to round them out. And the reaader drives me nuts. Maybe I should try listening at a faster speed to see if she sounds better.
I still like the world Robin Hobbs has created.
I guess I don't have a choice, since I have decided to stick it out and listen to the rest of the liveship books.
No, I don't think it would work.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
The story starts slow-just like the farseer books, but eventually you get engrossed in the characters.
Narration left a lot to be desired-strange interpretations of many story points (too dramatic, or sad when the story was happy). An interesting accent as well-distracting for at least the first few minutes of any listen.
I loved this book when I read it years ago and I love it now. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the trilogy. I'll just have to satisfy my self with listening to her other selections offered here. I really like the narrator. Her voice is lovely.
Story and characters are developed well and quickly. Narration was awful.
The story is well written and the characters well developed. I like the hidden surprise if you read the Tawny Man series.
Use a different narrator.
It obviously has and and I'm looking forward to it, other than having to listen to the same narrator again. Might just read the rest of this series.
...not as great as the Farseer trilogy. It took me a while to get into the story but eventually I got caught up in it. The lady reading the story was ok. There were times her voice annoyed me. She drags out the last word of most sentences, it was very eye roll inducing. Overall, I got past that and started to care about the characters near the middle of the book. This series isn't crucial to the Fitz trilogies (I read the Tawny man trilogy before reading this one). But it was a good book, I don't regret the purchase.
I like that Robin is able to keep the stories of the Duchies and Bingtown separate. Lite mentions lets me know this same arena.?
The narrator is good, she is able provide different voices during the story. My only complaint is that when she speaks softly is too hard to understand her.