It's a great story and I found Anne Flosnik's performance to be extremely good. It was a joy to listen to, perfectly paced and Anne's interpretation of character mood and emotion is wonderful. If you've read the Farseer Trilogy don't skip the Liveship Traders. I ended up binging or is it bingeing, I don't know but, I just couldn't stop listening. It's that good
Having a better narrator
Absolutely not! The woman reading the book was terrible.
All the dialogue was done in over the top voices, as if you were being read a cutesy child's book. Also, inflection didn't match with the story. There were times that the story says how somebody asked, yet the narrator made a statement. I didn't finish the book because I couldn't stand listening to her. I'd rather listen to any of the candidates running for president. They wouldn't/couldn't be worse.
A mix of all. I didn't finish the story, and I heard it was a good one.
I definitely recommend this book for the story and characters. If it wasn't good I would not have made it all of the way through because the narrating was so bad. It was soo slow and it was hard to keep track of who was speaking. It often seemed like every character was being negative and evil whenever they spoke. Listen to it at 1.25-1.3 speed or you will go mad and break things. I have read some pretty terrible books in my life and this one is probably the closest I ever came to quitting part way through and the book itself is amazing. That is how bad the narrating is. How it made it into a finished product is beyond me. 2 minutes in and I would have thrown it out and hired a new narrator if I was editing it.
Loved the Assassin's Apprentice Trilogy, and decided to read the Live Ship books before moving on to the next Fitz/Fool Trilogy. Like others, I found Ann Flosnik's reading to be almost unbearable. I found it... to beeee ...a loooong draaaawn out reeeeading with an irrrrritatinnnnng brheathyyyy finishhhh to nearly everyyyy sentennnnnnce. (spelled as read by Ann) I took the advice found in several reviews and listened to the audio playback at 1.25x speed.
Performance aside, I enjoyed the entire trilogy and found it to be well worth the read. I have just finished the Tawny Man Trilogy as well and recalled that I had not yet left a review for this series. For those wondering if they should read the Live Ship books prior the Tawny Man books, I heartily recommend doing so. If you loved the Assassin's Apprentice Trilogy as much as I did, you will not regret reading these before setting out on the next adventure. Good reading to you!
awesome beginning to the Liveship Traders. .. The narrator is pretty good, I'd probably give her performance 4 stars except that I was spoiled by the 5 star performance narrative from the Farseer Trilogy, Paul Boehmer.
I loved this book! The narrator was very strange but once I started listening at X1.25 speed it was perfect. At this speed the narrator was great and not distracting to the story at all. Highly recommended.
The irritatingly drawn out vowels at the ends of sentences. "He watched heeeeeerrrrrrrrr." So distracting.
A good story, well written. I particularly like the element of live ships and wizard wood. I look forward to reading the rest in the series to find out about the serpent/dragon element.
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