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.
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.