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.
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 love Robin Hobbs. I read in Kindle format the Assassins Apprentice series and the Fools Errand series. At the time I did not realize that the Liveship Traders was supposed to be read prior to the Fools Errand series.
This book introduces you to Bingtown and to various trader families, their servants,the political climate of Bingtown, pirates, slaves, and social class issues and Jamailia cities influence that is forcing the town to change. Robin Hobbs is intricate in her detail to the story so there are many suprises. It sets up quite a story and you will not be disappointed.
I noticed there is some critique on one of the main characters, Althea Vestrid, and how she is not very likable. I would disagree. She grows on you. I understand the frustration as we meet her as a willful and somewhat self absorbed teenager. Stick with it; she grows up. All Hobbs characters are flawed. It's part of what makes them realistic.
The magic system is believable. If you read the Assassins Apprentice series, it provides another layer with the liveships and the rainwilds. You could read this series as a stand alone but it will be more enjoyable if you read the series mentioned above first.
Anne Flosnick does a beautiful job narrating. I sometimes have a hard time with the narrators of some fantasy and have to give up and read it rather than listen, but I believe Anne Flosnick added to the deliciousness of the book rather than detracted from it.
The Robin Hobb created world of the Rainwilds...the 6 Duchees....Bing Town...Calzidia...etc... I can't get out. What a facinating trip it all is!
the performance was way over the top
i kept wanting to say - ya think captain obvious
a different narrator
I've listen to other books by Robin and enjoyed them but this one leaves you disappointed.
yes, not as good.
Anne does a outstanding job.
Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.
Rolled the dice on this used book about 3 years ago - a wonderful story with incredible depth of character with a methodical, staying on track, type of tale; always moving forward with the story.
Fantasy at its best and yet, its doesn't fill itself with imaginary evils that take the place of the epic human storytelling. My god, I kept feeling for the players and the author just kept expanding their grief or their joy. By the time I was through this listen, I found myself wanting NOT to pick up Book 2 just so this story would linger.
Narrator was stellar - totally believable and very easy to get lost....can't tell you how many times I fell asleep to her and dreamt I was being chased by pirates or talking to a pitiful, sorrowful, grounded Liveship. Her dramatization of grief and anger was unique and the best I've heard - period.
The Liveship (a ship that is "alive") dialog was at times epic and at times beautiful...the ramblings of the elders or the other lesser known players had a unique and distinctive qualities.....sometimes I would just take off the headphones and think about what I just heard. A rare event to stop a grown man in his tracks and wonder why I don't talk like that.
I don't know who Robin Hobb is, but tell her to keep her day job.....and tell her thank you for the words she put together in this, my opinion, masterpiece.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
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.
This is the first of Ms. Hobb's books I've read but it won't be the last. Her plot lines and characters are well-developed and and interesting, and I found I didn't want to stop the story to get out of the car. Ms. Flosnik adds her considerable talent and expression to make this a thoroughly engrossing read.