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.
Complex, great characters, a new idea
The ships are what make this story. Everything that occurs revolves around their existence. The wide variation in personality makes them more than just animated wood.
The narration was a problem. It just dragged and I nearly gave up the book during the set up of the different characters.
I bumped up the speed to 1.10x, just a small amount but it made a big difference.
Yes, it made me cry here and there. It wasn't an extreme reaction but I cared about the characters and what happened to them. I worried about them when things went wrong.
I'm a bit of a romance junky and there isn't any of that here. One couple has love (at least on one side) alright but they are nasty people. Of course, that is also what makes this a good book. No one is all good and everyone has an agenda. People do the wrong things trying to do what is right and some (Captain Kinnet, I'm talking to you) do the right things just because they are lucky and everyone misinterprets the intent.
Excellent story. Narration greatly improves at accelerated listening speeds. I started at 1.15x and eventually got to 1.3x, and will probably go faster in the next two books. Can't wait to listen to them.
I already listened to Robin Hobb's dragon series and I wish I listened to this first as it takes place before and gives a bigger history to the story. It is fun to learn more about some of the characters that were in the dragon series. I love Anne Flosnik. She does an amazing job. Some people think she talks too slow or draws out her words too much but I think she reads with emotion and really gets the characters. I especially like it when she reads the drunk characters. It is so funny.
Anything that does not involve this narrator.
The story was probably a good one but ruined by narrator.
Characters are a bunch of whiners.
Not as good as Farseer, but good nevertheless. Not quite an Epic Fantasy like Farseer either. A bit too much family bickering to be a great story, but I am hoping that is all part of the buildup for the next two books. Frustrating at times in the storyline when good people make foolish choices and bad people and abhorrent deeds flourish.
The narrator almost kept me from listening. The sample made me cringe and at first put me off entirely. Reading other similar complaint reviews about the narrator led me to feedback suggesting to listen at 1.25 speed, which I did and it made her far more tolerable. She still trails off every time she ends a sentence with something like "her" which she reads as "huhrrrrr." I got used to her voice about half way through, but never stopped having to ignore that obnoxious, unnecessary, overly theatrical drawing out of words. I am hoping there is more connection between this trilogy and Farseer, as my main interest is in how this trilogy fits in with the rest of the trilogies in the series.
Narrator: she is not horrible but I am not able to focus on the story enough to determine if it is her reading of it or me just not caring about the characters enough to focus. I confess I am only 4 hours into the book but have attempted listening several times.
I do find it difficult to engage in books where the characters you are supposed to care about are too obnoxious to care about - find Althea a snot
I am uncertain, too breathy? Too strange inflections especally at the end of some consonant sounds like er in sentence end - I find her reading distracting to a storyline I am already unengaged in.
no opinion, might be good
I am frustrated because I love the Fitz and Fool stories and apparently there is info in these books that help to develop teh Fool's character and history. I just find that I listen and in 15 minutes or so I have no idea what just happened because I am thinking about other things instead of the book. Never happened with Fitz and Fool trilogies and I have read them all available so far not knowing that the Liveship was a part of the series. I would love to know how to get the Fool's info without having to read these books.
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!