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.
This narrator's accent, pronunciation, and rhythm required me to concentrate to understand her. After a while I got somewhat used to her voice, but she narrates soooooo slowly I found it annoying. In addition to the slow narration, the author dragged out the story well beyond my usually high tolerance level. This needed a different narrator and some disciplined editing to fix what would otherwise have been a fine story.
I'll probably skip the rest of this series and move on to Golden Fool books.
I would have to really want to follow the story to put up with another of her performances.
I loved it! The reader is a bit dramatic but you get use to it. :-) And the story is a great read.
Absolutely excellent story telling, character development, mix of action vs. story development. Hobb spins a story and develops the characters so that you connect with them. The story line isn't interrupted with skips back and forth in the timeline, always hard to grasp.
The characters he develops have depth, and you can picture them. You yearn for them, feel for them, hope for them, despise them. He gives enough interaction in the peaceful scenes to propel you through the action scenes.
This book satisfies the desire for characters through description and conversation while balancing action with anger, fighting, and battle.
Patently, he wrote this as a beginning book in a series, but the lack of answers in this first book doesn't leave you banging your head against a desk. Somehow he manages the frustration of lack with a burning desire to purchase the next book to get the answer.
I have read the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy and liked it much, much, much better than this book! That's why I thought I'd try this one!
Certainly not the next in this series! Maybe the tawny man series, or fool's assassin.
I think she did a good job; there were so many characters, you can't help that some end up sounding like others.
I don't think this is a good question to ask as it will be a spoiler no matter what scene you say.
What is the magic? It's called the ship of magic; I understand wizardwood, but there just didn't seem to be magic in this book. Who is the protagonist in the book? There seem to be many which makes it confusing. I didn't feel that most characters were very fleshed out and I didn't really care about anyone, especially enough to continue reading the next books. Very disappointed by the author's attempts compared to the characters in the Fitz books! Wasted hours on this one!
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.
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.