...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.
I loved it! The reader is a bit dramatic but you get use to it. :-) And the story is a great read.
I have read the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy and liked it much, much, much better than this book! That's why I thought I'd try this one!
Certainly not the next in this series! Maybe the tawny man series, or fool's assassin.
I think she did a good job; there were so many characters, you can't help that some end up sounding like others.
I don't think this is a good question to ask as it will be a spoiler no matter what scene you say.
What is the magic? It's called the ship of magic; I understand wizardwood, but there just didn't seem to be magic in this book. Who is the protagonist in the book? There seem to be many which makes it confusing. I didn't feel that most characters were very fleshed out and I didn't really care about anyone, especially enough to continue reading the next books. Very disappointed by the author's attempts compared to the characters in the Fitz books! Wasted hours on this one!
Story keeps jumping around and is hard to follow in a audio book
I like a lot of Robin Hobb's books... Just not this one
If your personality doesn't clash with the narrators (i think she's awesome) and your an audio fantasy book junky (like me) you WILL love this book.
Robin Hobb produces excellent material. Anne Flosnik should be a greeter at Walmart, with duct tape over her mouth.
Sing song voice. Terrible inflections. Drawn out speaking. Makes the mature characters sound immature.
It was a good story, little bit winded but like ever bit. i would suggest you read it.
It was an adventure you can image, with a prelude to the dragons, I loved all the ships as they were real to me in the story.
I can't usually slow down enough for the super-detailed plot/character development novels (e.g. Wheel of Time) but I found this one to be Ok. The story is certainly told in a measured pace but it constantly (perhaps inexorably) moves forward and you receive a lot of background along the way.
Character actions and entirely consistent with their beliefs and they don't ever seem to do something unnatural, just to move to plot in a certain direction.
I see that others didn't like the narrator. Hmm, well she certainly narrates a measure tale in an ever more measured and deliberate style but I found she seemed to compliment the writing. I thought she did a great job of giving the characters personality and individuality, so I was happy with her.
The performance of this book was dry. Anne's attempts at drama just sound forcibly smokey. I also had to speed up the narration to 1.5 to keep from outright falling asleep.
The book in general is very depressing! You get a glimmer of hope just before you reach the 33rd HOUR into the book. Everyone makes poor decisions and there is very little redemption. This is not entertainment. The concept of the book is great and I can see how some interesting things might happen in the rest of the series, but I just don't think I can do it. Especially since it is the same narrator. I do not need to waste a credit for 35 hours of wanting to bang my head into a wall. I absolutely hate to give up on a series, but this book has successfully turned me off. The only thing I can say is that the author does a great job and portraying characters with both an internal and external perspective. You come to love certain characters when it is coming from their perspective and you just want to face-palm yourself when you see how they are from another character's eyes. If the characters had any real feeling of depth, I would think more highly of this book.