Not a book to read today, forget tomorrow. Three compelling stories weaving in and out. Characters fascinating and real. Settings compelling and rich. What more could one ask? Why, a sequel of course!
It took me several times to get past the first few chapters of this book.But, I am so glad I did. The story opens to a magical world, and a great spin-off series. But, I will say I could go with less chapters of serpent conversations (they are relevant to the plot).
The book cover caught my attention and so I tried listening to this book. Sadly, the first chapter did not hook me. I tried to keep reading but couldn't enjoy the story. I can't recommend this.
Increasing the playback speed slightly reduces the aggravating effect of the narrator's slow dramatic enunciation of every single sentence, and had the overall effect of making her speech pattern sound more natural. It made an otherwise unlistenable book enjoyable for me - and I'm very glad I can now listen to more books by Robin Hobb!
I love the multiple storylines and how they intertwine. An interesting and unpredictable story with well rounded characters. I know some reviewers hate the narrator, but I can't imagine anyone else doing it. She just fits, and the voices she chose for each character somehow added to their development. I'll definitely be listening to the next book in this series.
this story has something for everyone to enjoy but answers at the end. Expect to buy the second book immediately! There is so much here that is recognized...even standard, yet mixed in and among are creations shockingly original , fun and exciting.. So much so, that you appreciate the moments of standard to give you the breath of familiarity. before suddenly knocking you teetering with the unexpected. I think you will enjoy your stay in the world of the liveships.
Story and characters are developed well and quickly. Narration was awful.
The story is well written and the characters well developed. I like the hidden surprise if you read the Tawny Man series.
Use a different narrator.
It obviously has and and I'm looking forward to it, other than having to listen to the same narrator again. Might just read the rest of this series.
Writing is not my forte, but I can listen with the best of them!
...not as great as the Farseer trilogy. It took me a while to get into the story but eventually I got caught up in it. The lady reading the story was ok. There were times her voice annoyed me. She drags out the last word of most sentences, it was very eye roll inducing. Overall, I got past that and started to care about the characters near the middle of the book. This series isn't crucial to the Fitz trilogies (I read the Tawny man trilogy before reading this one). But it was a good book, I don't regret the purchase.
This narrator's accent, pronunciation, and rhythm required me to concentrate to understand her. After a while I got somewhat used to her voice, but she narrates soooooo slowly I found it annoying. In addition to the slow narration, the author dragged out the story well beyond my usually high tolerance level. This needed a different narrator and some disciplined editing to fix what would otherwise have been a fine story.
I'll probably skip the rest of this series and move on to Golden Fool books.
I would have to really want to follow the story to put up with another of her performances.