The characters and the plot kept me intrigued throughout the entire story -- I could not wait to get in my car again and listen to more. Mad long commutes enjoyable and something to look forward to. The intricately woven plot was well formulated.
Maybe it's me....I cannot get past the frustration of a plot wherein the characters know who the villan is, know how the villan functions, and choose not to do anything about it; but when bad things happen they are taken by surprise.
I listened to Assassin's Apprentice and it was fine, despite the menace threatening not only to end the life of the main character but also destroy the existance of the 6 duchies. The narrative is compelling and description is used very effectively. I was okay to bide my time while the characters presumably gathered the evidence needed to ensure the right villan was identified. But enough is enough!
Maybe it's me....but when someone is out to do murder and the characters have the capabilities to stop it and choose not to, I feel pretty frustrated - frustrated enough to turn it all off, put the book away, and say "The heck with this!"
The unfortunate thing is that the narrator does a wonderful job. The performance is almost enough to carry me to the end but the slow and frustrating plot line keeps interferring. Far from creating dynamic tension, the misunderstandings between characters, the protestations of nobility (which ring stupid as opposed to noble), and the seeming inability to put clues together to come up with treason and murder, create tension alright - the tension that speaks of having spent my credits on a less than engaging couple of books.
It is in my top 20 audiobooks
He brings the Bastard to life
He tells the story like you read it in your own mind
All three books should be downloaded so you can continue from one to the other
Possibly it was a great story and well preformed.
Chade he was the man in the shadows, who knows everything and pulls the strings.
Burich the old gruff, no nonsense man.
The ending where Fitz tried to kill everyone.
...for the listener, if not for the hero of the story. A very enjoyable fantasy story with a well-defined couple of systems of magic and a believable world. The pain and struggles that the main character goes through make the story both painful and very good.
In the first story, I rated the narrarator only at 4 stars, but as I continue listening to him, his voices grow on me and he does a great job of bringing the story to life.
Some people dismiss fantasy as escapism, as not being serious. Well, folks, this story is serious. Your emotions will be dragged up and down, you'll think about human nature and what's really important in the world.
Boehmer's rendition is top notch. Each character is unique. His delivery ranges from forceful to subtle and more than once I found myself pausing and rewinding just to marvel in a narrative moment he created.
I am very excited to dive into book three of this trilogy!
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Finding Fitz skills!!
When it all clicked, Fitz opened up to the skill. And he bonds with the wolf he accepts the wit.He becomes a man a"prince"
He does a great voice for the fool,he make you see him as you listen.
Laugh,it's a great middle book,cry,no. But you get mad at times you just know how ruthless prince Regal is. All his spies and Wallace,the whole book your just waiting for Fitz to kill him!!!
Can't wait to finish the third book,I've been surprised by this trilogy it's really good!! And different from the other books,it's not just the same old magical fantasy book. Try it!!
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
Not many times does a second book in a series live up to the first, but in this case it did. The Royal Assassin was arguably better than the first book of the Farseer Trilogy. I'm in a rush to download the 3rd and final book. If you liked the first book in the series, don't hesitate to get the second. A+
In this story Fitz Chivalry comes into his own. He has bigger challenges to undergo and his loyalties tested. Worth the listen.
Robin Hobb has created a complex world that integrates everything one hopes for in a fantasy novel: strong characters and story full of depth and believability despite the elements of impossibility. I have both read and listened to this series. Each experience has left me thankful for having done so.
The narration is outstanding!!! I can not emphasize the importance of this fact. Boehmer flavors each character and the story as a whole into something unique. One of the sad facts of the audio genre is that a bad narration can destroy a good book. The best narrators become one with the stories themselves, so much so that one can't conceive the part having been done without the other.