I honestly cant get enough. Hobb is a master storyteller, whose characters are real and believable. full of faults, and amazing all the same. the narrator is obviously into tge story and does a good job of varying voices and inflections. this marks the 4th time ive listened, and it will by no means be the last.
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like it. but at times it can be long wait to see what happens next. lot of twist and turns.
That other review complaining about character's stupid reasons for telling Fits not to take action against Regal are dead on. There is no doubt in my mind that I would've assasinated Regal for a third of the offenses he committed in this book. Hell if I witnessed my uncle taking actions against the rest of my family as grave as are in this book I'd go kill him right now.
This is deeply frustrating. It makes me think of Ed Stark's stupid behavior in Game of Thrones. Except this consumes so much of the book and the offenses are so grave. Hell I nearly want Regal to succeed just so I can have a "serves you right, you idiots" moment.
One of the rare series of books where things usually dont go according to plan.
Sometimes the (2 or 3) audio changes so much so that it seems its performed by 2 people but im guessing its just a different microphone or something like that.
As an avid fan of some of the later series', I was disappointed to find these earlier books, that lay the foundation of the story lines I so enjoy, to be a bit more abstract for my taste. I will finish the series, just not as enthusiastically as I would have liked.
I listened for the full 29+ hours. I could do so easily because Ms. Hobb is a good writer. The fantasy world she expertly crafted held my attention as i waited for the promising story to unfold, but it never really did. I like long form fantasy but holy crap the story should move a little. If you like a book that is 90% palace intrigue this is for you. If you think 29 hours of listening should be rewarded with story proggression you will be disappointed. The ending is surprising, but so is catching an STD from your spouse. Surprise does not always equal good and this one was a real dog. I bought two of her books on sale for $5.95 so I have another in this series waiting. The six bucks will easier to throw away that another 20+ hours of listening with no reward in the end. I am not sure if i will ever get around to listening to it.
I love the premise of the trilogy, and Robin Hobb does a very good job of character development and general storytelling. But the pain and suffering that main characters go through, and the terrible decisions they make, ruins this book. After reading reviews of the third book in the trilogy, I decided not to read it. Great performance by Paul Boehmer.
I guess if you like dark books where there is mostly pain and loss and crappy things happening, with no end in sight, this will be a great book for you.