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.
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.
I like the story, but the way the narrator draws out the last word of each sentence grates on my nerves. Especially when a sentence ends with the word "her" she really draws the words out, prounounces it more as haaaaaer. Drives me nuts. Otherwise I like the story.
With a narrator that doesn't sound like my gps
I lasted a few minutes before deciding I'll have to read this one in print since there is no alternative narrator. I know this will be a good story since it's by Robin Hobb. Supposedly this one can start slowly according to the person who first recommended the farseer trilogy to me - but she recommended I not skip this series.
I love Robin Hobb. I have yet to read a book of hers that was less than engrossing. The book and the story are fantastic. This one has characters at their most obnoxious in the overall story-arc, but her storytelling skills keep it engaging. The Farseer trilogy had a narrator with an accent, but his intonation and inflection were English and let it add to the fantasy feel of the story. This narrator's intonation and inflection are off from standard English patterns enough that I have to think a bit about what she is saying before I can let the story flow. (E.g., some vowels are stretched out more than they would be in standard English speech, her intonation might drop on a syllable where it would normally rise, or stress might fall on just slightly the wrong part of a word.) This might be less of a problem on a road trip (planning to test it in the coming week or two), but I usually listen at work and let audiobooks serve as background noise that holds a story for the non-work part of my mind. I find that this narration is just off enough from standard English patterns that my less-conscious brain doesn't fully interpret it as speech. Unless I focus, I don't hear the story, just sounds.I think this narrator works quite well for the story being told and the people she is voicing. It certainly differentiates Bingtown and the Rain Wilds from the Six Duchies. But, I suspect, the narration requires more conscious focus on the story than I will be able to maintain given my audiobook use.
I'm disappointed. I'm going to continue trying to hear this audiobook, but I fear it's going to be more noise than story while I focus on work.
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.