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This is the first Hobb book that I have listened to or read. It certainly won't be the last. What a find!
Hobb creates a well constructed world, believable, yet not common. The story easily held my interest throughout. I won't summarize the story line, others have done that quite well. Suffice it to say that this is a very well done coming of age story about a young boy who has a lot to discover about himself. I knew I liked the book and was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I finished listening. What I did not anticipate was that I was still thinking about the book and the characters for several days after I finished it. The only reason I'm not listening to the 2nd book in the series right now is that I don't want to gobble them up too quickly. These deserve to be savored.
The narrator was good for the most part hard to hear at certain points like he was backing away from the mic.. Story started out slow but by the end was thoroughly enjoyable. Will be reading the next installment!!
This was a very poorly wrtten work. I realize it was intened to function like a journal, but the author glossed over far too much. A lot of it read like snippets of a travelogue. In addition, the main character was unrealistically blind to the machinations around him. I can't understand the good reviews. The only upside was that the narrator was good. That said this was a waste of time and money.
Wonderful narrator! Fascinating story. Great plot and characters. Vivid images. Loved the love of animals and the superb expressions of loneliness of the young Fitz.
Can't wait to hear more!
My only problem I have with this is that the story is quite slow. This can be expected of the first book in an epic series but I'm hoping the pace will pick up in the next installment.
On the AudioBook front there is not much too complain about. If I had to nitpick, it would be that sometimes the narrator speaks a little too quiet in comparison with the overall volume.
I heard a lot of great things about this book. The reading was fantastic - a definite 5, but the story took a long time to develop, and when it did develop (with about 2 hours left in the 14 hour book) it left much to be desired. Not sure if I'll listen to the second book on this series. The main character has a harsh life, and the whole dog connection is just weird.
I would definitely recommend this entire trilogy in audiobook. Paul Boehmer is an outstanding narrator. I loved his narration throughout.
I have yet to read any fantasy that reaches Robin Hobb's skill in writing, story telling, characterization and world building.
Paul Boehmer was a wonderful listen. The story was enhanced, rather than diminished with too much dramatization. He managed to balance it perfectly throughout the trilogy. I've read this trilogy several times and it was a treat to listen to it.
I'm a long time Robin Hobb fan and have read all of her books several times. I would now like to listen to them all, but have run into the narrator snag of not being in tune with the narrator of a couple of the series.