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.
First and foremost this an amazing series and I highly recommend that you READ them.
However, I've never listened to a sample reading before buying an audible book, but it is something that I will do with every purchase going forward. I am so upset that I paid the additional cost for the audible file for this entire series. I have never in my life heard someone be so overly dramatic and monotone at the same time. I didn't even get 30 minutes into the first book before I went in search for something else to listen to. Between the slow speech pattern and the drawing out of every third word... Just no... can't do it... completely wasted my money. I will never buy anything narrated by her again--EVER.
My love of other Robin Hobb works caused me to set this one aside as a 'reading' book and I'm very glad that I did. The character development is fantastic, the story-line is well thought out and consistent. Hobb somehow manages to paint a very developed and detailed world without getting caught up in the details. I out-read her (out listened?) in less than 3 weeks and am now waiting for her (or Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden-- I've out read both her names now) to hurry up and write something new!
Red Eyed Herbalist
the narrator at first was not to my taste, but once I got myself to keep going she ended up growing on me. I think the reason most people didn't enjoy the narrator is she was different and did some dragging out of words and the lot. People don't like change and I myself didn't like change but I kept to it and enjoyed it well enough. was worth the listen and am happy with another great story from Robin Hobb
Terrible narrator. Like a machine reading without any feelings. No way I will be able to suffer through two more books with her. A shame since I don't have time to read the books myself, the next five books is now ruined.
Painful to listen to! The story is excellent but the weird husky drawing out of every single word is just horrrrribllleee... (rrrreallllly... that's what it's liiiiiike...)
I listened to the entire Farseer Trilogy on audio book and loved the story and the narrator. Didn't even check who narrated this and just assumed it would be the same as the previous books even though this technically is a different story. It took less than 30 seconds for me to decide that I couldn't handle this narrator but it stuck it out for 15-20 minutes until I realized I couldn't even pay attention to the story because the narration was so bad. I thought 'Maybe it's just me' so I had my wife listen to a little bit and after 10 seconds she said she couldn't do it either. Guess I'll actually be reading this one.