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.
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
Creative, Different, Intriging
Unfortunately, I will have to. I will listen to books that she does because I like the authors
The narrator is slow, hurts words, and can be incredibly annoying in her style. I found a solution though. If you listen at 1.5 speed, her long drawn out words are normal and you can stand to get through the book and it's like listening to it at normal speed.
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.
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.
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 love Robin Hobb, but truly struggled to listen to this story at some points due the narrator. She over-emphasizes her vowels and H's and distracts away from the story itself, which is unfortunate since the story is generally wonderful
I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.
This is an adventurous story full of interesting characters and a complex plot. Robin Hobb has written another excellent trilogy well worth your time and attention. I also enjoyed the narrator's performance. She brought the story alive with her vivid rendition. I highly recommend Ship of Magic to any fantasy fan who loves action and a multitude of evil and heroic characters.