Story keeps jumping around and is hard to follow in a audio book
I like a lot of Robin Hobb's books... Just not this one
If your personality doesn't clash with the narrators (i think she's awesome) and your an audio fantasy book junky (like me) you WILL love this book.
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.
Robin Hobb produces excellent material. Anne Flosnik should be a greeter at Walmart, with duct tape over her mouth.
Sing song voice. Terrible inflections. Drawn out speaking. Makes the mature characters sound immature.
It was a good story, little bit winded but like ever bit. i would suggest you read it.
It was an adventure you can image, with a prelude to the dragons, I loved all the ships as they were real to me in the story.
I can't usually slow down enough for the super-detailed plot/character development novels (e.g. Wheel of Time) but I found this one to be Ok. The story is certainly told in a measured pace but it constantly (perhaps inexorably) moves forward and you receive a lot of background along the way.
Character actions and entirely consistent with their beliefs and they don't ever seem to do something unnatural, just to move to plot in a certain direction.
I see that others didn't like the narrator. Hmm, well she certainly narrates a measure tale in an ever more measured and deliberate style but I found she seemed to compliment the writing. I thought she did a great job of giving the characters personality and individuality, so I was happy with her.
The performance of this book was dry. Anne's attempts at drama just sound forcibly smokey. I also had to speed up the narration to 1.5 to keep from outright falling asleep.
The book in general is very depressing! You get a glimmer of hope just before you reach the 33rd HOUR into the book. Everyone makes poor decisions and there is very little redemption. This is not entertainment. The concept of the book is great and I can see how some interesting things might happen in the rest of the series, but I just don't think I can do it. Especially since it is the same narrator. I do not need to waste a credit for 35 hours of wanting to bang my head into a wall. I absolutely hate to give up on a series, but this book has successfully turned me off. The only thing I can say is that the author does a great job and portraying characters with both an internal and external perspective. You come to love certain characters when it is coming from their perspective and you just want to face-palm yourself when you see how they are from another character's eyes. If the characters had any real feeling of depth, I would think more highly of this book.
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.
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
This one took me a little bit to get going. I was listening to it and the reader has such a great soothing lilt that I kept getting caught up more in her voice than the story. Once things got rolling I enjoyed the characters and really liked the honesty that comes through each one in different situations. I won't read/listen to the rest right away but I will eventually. Great if you are looking for a marathon read not a sprint.
Robin Hobb again creates a complex series building the pieces of the world a bit at a time. Just as you start to lose interest another fascinating development comes along. I'd rate the story higher except that the transitions are awkward..... The reader is great with good voices, but seems to switch from one event to another without taking a breath. I'm moving on to the second book in the trilogy any way