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
I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.
This is an adventurous story full of interesting characters and a complex plot. Robin Hobb has written another excellent trilogy well worth your time and attention. I also enjoyed the narrator's performance. She brought the story alive with her vivid rendition. I highly recommend Ship of Magic to any fantasy fan who loves action and a multitude of evil and heroic characters.
Great story as all of Robin's books.
Many comments, some negative, have been made about the narrator in this and other of Hobb's books. I thought she was fine and glad I was not put off by the negative comments.
Anne is not the narrator to use
Other Fools series
Love Robin Hobb books have read the books and listen to some while traveling.
The story is great, the narrator is terrible. She does this bizarre extended breathy exhale in the last word of every senteeeeence. So everything sounds like thiiiiiis. The more dramatic the scene, the more she does iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. It's super annoyiiiiiiiiiing.