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.
Well.. I had high hopes for this! Have listened to many fantasy type books and this was 1 of the more disappointing! Just plain dull. Took too long to get to what I guess will be the biggest part of the series :the strange people that aren't really people any more.
I listened to the entire trilogy, and was met with dissapointment at the end of each book. The story was interesting enough to pull me in, but overall, the main character just made it a doozy. This series had all the makings of a really fantastic story, but I felt like the main character was just victimizing himself the entire time. With each new book, the plot would thicken and I would think "well maybe in this book he'll mature, or his character will grow," but it never happend. The end of the third book ended so abruptly, I felt like the author just got bored with the story and gave up. With how detailed the entire series was, I was expecting a more fantastic ending, but the character, his general attitude throughout the entire series, and how his life turned out was just super depressing. It had all the makings of an exciting main character (so much promise!), but I was just so disatissfied with the main character, that it ruined the whole series for me. :(
It did not. I read the entire series hoping that it would get better with each book. This never happened, and now I am unfortunately turned off from reading other Robin Hobb books.
Ok....I have to admit, I laughed often through the first few chapters and it took me a while to get used to his voice. He has such a dramatic british accent, and the writing was so detailed, that I couldn't help but narrate everything in my own life in a dramatic british accent for weeks. "As she slowly turned on the stove to fry her eggs, she could not help but notice the varnish on the cast iron was turning a most distuuuurbing rusty brown!!" After I got over the childish hilarity of how he pronouced his vowels, I thought he did a very good job of making the characters distiguishable.
If the main character wasn't such a flop, and the women characters were more badass, this book would have been really good.
It is neither better, or worse.
Like most good reads like _Harry_Potter_ and _The_Name_of_the_Wind they start off dreadful, but if you give it a chance it becomes a real thriller.
Yes, but not its main character's voice.
The Life of a True Assassin.
Glad I gave this series a chance. I'm a big fan of violent action. Like Joe Abercrombie. But this series has very little, but I fell in love with the characters and wanted to see what happens next. Excellent story telling with a competent narrator.
I guess it would depend on the friend and what they liked.
I had so many and don't want to give anything away.
I love the way he did all the different voices; everything was extremely well enunciated and spaced. Wonderful narrator! I wish all my books were narrated by him.
Yes, but sometimes it's nicer to make it last longer, the pleasure of exploring a story, not rushing to the end and being so bereft that it's over. Especially if you don't have another credit yet! Plus you want to share it with others, just like anything wonderful.
This is my first experience with Robin Hobb, but rest assured, I'm going to get my hands, or ears on everything she writes!
It turned out to be an ok listen in the end. At first I was a little afraid that it wouldn't get better, but I did enjoy the book. I bought them all at once so I'm glad that it turned out to be a good if predictable story.