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.
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.
So many horrible things, each even worse than the last. Makes your own live seem positively charmed. The author is pretty good at thinking up horrors. If there is anything to be learned from them, you won't find it in this book.
No. It is an example of the author who has not hit her stride as a writer.
no, it was too slow
This author has written some great books. This wasn't one of them.
This is one of Hobb's best works. I truly enjoy any story with Fitz & the Fool but these characters and their stories are well balanced and concieved masterfully. It's well worth the read and or listen.
While I loved the far seer series, this showed a cool world and set up a second book,but there was no real central story. . I will keep going g because others have called this their favorite trilogy in the elderling series. But so far, the assassin's apprentice is much better.