I enjoyed reading the book when it was first published and was hoping for a great audiobook. Unfortunately, the narrator completely ruined the listening experience. I quit listening after an hour because the narrator's emphasis and pronunciation was too annoying to continue further. Sad that a good story and good author had their book ruined by the audio version.
I love Robin Hobb and this is a great book but the reader is making it almost impossible to listen to. Anna Flosnik puts dramatic emphasis on the last work in every sentence as if she's making a royal proclaimation and it's making me cringe. I'm not sure I'll be able to get through the whole book with her reading it and I most certainly won't be using my credits for the next two books, I'll read those the old fashioned way.
Anne Flosnik would make a fine childrens book narrator... Loved the Farseer trilogy... won't be able to listen to this one though.
Pacific Northwest Gardener
I am a huge fan of the Robin Hobb stories ... especially the Farseer, Live Ship and Golden Fool trilogies. This one only got three stars from me because of the narrator. Just a very annoying listen. Will keep to the written word for these three books. A shame.
I was dubious after reading the reviews but I am a true fantasy reader in all its forms. That being said I like the hopeless situation that Hobb has placed the characters in, the unknown of the auxiliary characters, there is no tralala everything is wonderful in this book actually the plot though fantastical is peopled with realistic characters no perfect good or evil. Another thing is Flosnik is very easy to listen to and after a while she allows u to "hear" ur characters. I actually am looking forward to the next book.
The story line is really good, Characters are incredibly formed, conflicts are intriguing with some ironic twists. I don't like the narrator. I strongly don't like her. She reads like a slow British slug. I have young children, and this is one I can't play around them on certain parts. Too much vulgarity and sexual content to be comfortable to me. I did like Robin Hobbs "Assassin's Apprentice", so I thought I 'd try this one. I do want to finish the series, because I want to know how it ends up, but I think I'll do it on hard copy instead.
I loved these books when I read them 10 years ago. It seems a lot slower and the characters more frustrating. I couldn't deal with Wintro's character, he always pissed me off for some reason. Over all I do like the book but this first book is tedious.
Found book 3 in the book recycle bin at work and it looked interesting so I looked up the firs two books and found that audible had them all so purchased the audio. This is a GREAT read/listen. Not my favorite fantasy series but it's def at the top of my list after Wheel Of Time and Mistborn. Highly recommended. 3.5 stars!!!!
If I'd known it was going to end so abruptly, I would have waited to see the rest BEFORE downloading. Also, I disliked the 'purrrrr' of the narrator. It was unnecessary and annoying. Hopefully the next parts will have a different narrator. I WILL continue with the story because it is a good one apart from these points.