Having a better narrator may have made this story worth listening to, but I tried to ignore the terrible downtown she ends every sentence with and I still was just annoyed by the Trader/liveship owner family drama.
I will never try listening to anything narrated by Anne Flosnik.
There were parts of the story that started to interest me, and I might have really liked it if the entire old captain's daughter/new captain struggle was left out.
I enjoyed the Assassin's Quest trilogy and because of that I gave this book a chance, getting through 2 of 5 parts before I gave up.
I bought this story because other Audible listeners had recommended it so highly. Unfortunately, I found the narration difficult to listen to and the plot line just plain boring. I almost never quit reading a book part way through, becuase I am always hoping that it will somehow get better. Sadly, this book was so dull that I couldn't even get half way before I had to give it up.
Someone said something about "pirates, sea serpants and magic, what's not to like", or something like that, and I agree. It's a really good story so far, though sometimes I have to wonder why the characters do the things they do.
Ann Flosnick does a good job except for one thing. She ofen ends sentences and/or paragraphs with a downbeat phonetic. I'm not sure if I'm saying that right. What I mean is that the last word in many sentences is drawn out and tapered off. It's annoying. I know it's just a habit of hers, but it detracted at times from my enjoyment of her rendition of the story. Otherwise she would have gotten much higher marks for her performance. I hope she takes that in the spirit in which it's meant, as constructive criticism.
BTW, she's not the only Brit who does that I've noticed, so perhaps it's a regional or class thing. I don't know, but it is very annoying, at least to me.
This first booik was good enough I bought the second and third and will listen to them despite that little narration quirk...
I am an avid listener, who started listen to books instead of reading because I could not bring enough books with me on a six month submarine deployment.
It needed a male narrator for some of the parts.
The action is evenly mixed between dialog, and the characters adventures.
She did an excellent job on the female parts.
I do not think so. I would rent it, if I felt it was going to have good Cinematography, and I believable cast.
The action is evenly mixed between dialog, and the characters adventures. The characters are well developed, interesting, and introduced in all the right places. What I like most about the story is the characters are unpredictable but always consistently true to their character.
A good read
I like Brashen Trell, a fairly relatable character for many.
I did not enjoy this narrator's performance at first and almost didn't buy the books because of the sample I listened to. However, after getting well into the series it became tolerable and then even enjoyable. If the sample of her voice bugs you, just give it time, the story is worth it.
First the narration is horrible. Even in my native language I cannot understand the reader.
Second, maybe the story is great but I don't have time to read it and find out. That's why I buy Audible.
I suggest you never purchase an Audible narrated by Anne Flosnik.
I am going to see if I can get my money back.
The book is very good. It's typical of Hobb with complex plot lines and well developed characters. Some of the secondary characters seem a little... I don't know maybe just "on the nose" or one dimensional. Perhaps they will be further developed in subsequent installments.
The narrator for this series is someone to be lived with, not someone I enjoy. After listening or a half hour or so I can get into the book well enough to kind of ignore her and that's the best I can say.
I am stunned by how positive the reviews are for this audiobook. I enjoyed reading Robin Hobb's assassin series so I figured this would be equally enjoyable.
I understand that Anne Flosnik is an award winning performer but I felt her voice was too strained and that at times it was difficult to get over words that she dragged out unnaturally. Overall, her voice was unpleasantly matched to the characters in this book.
I'm not sure whether it was Anne's voice or the lack of anything interesting in the story line that preventing me from finishing this audio book but either way, I wouldn't recommend it.
Although she has a fine British accent, her slow, artificially lowered, whispery-sounding voice is hard to take. And why do some Brit narrators use an inflection that goes down at the end of every sentence, as though delivering a newscast? Really monotonous. I am halfway through and intend to struggle to the end, but she's ruining a good part of the experience.
I bought this title because I had enjoyed Hobb's Farseer trilogy -- but with the first words out of the narrator's mouth, I wondered whether I had made a terrible mistake. Anne Flosnik's reading seems (to this listener, anyway) affected and lugubrious -- the variety among character voices is slight and not always right for the person. The story was good enough to keep me listening, though I kept having the uneasy feeling that I didn't really like any of the characters all that well -- though that may have been a function of the narrator. I'll probably listen to the next book (this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions!), but I'll also be wishing it had been read by someone else.