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.
Long, gritty, well paced.
With the exception of some odd choices for the pronunciation of certain common words, the reader does a good job with distinct characterization.
Impossible. I have a life.
I am enjoying this series. My major complaint is the phony upper class British accent assumed by the reader. Some of the pronunciation is labored and unnatural.
The character gets repetitive in self loathing and incompetence of skills. Couldnt even finish series and it started out really well.
I enjoyed book one. It was a time of growth and learning for a very gifted child. I could understand his shortcomings in the first book. Book one works because it seemed to promise that Fitz would become this powerful skill user by the second book. Some things just do not make any sense at all. He has all this training on how to kill people silently and becomes wicked good with an axe, but is constantly punked by Regal and any other skill user. We only see the story from his point of view so why can we see what's happening but
on numerous occasions but he can not. The first book seemed to give us the promise if he could only live to grow up he would be a force to reckon with. All the good guys are really dumb and all the bad guys are really clever. There is no gray area the good guys are good and love the king and the bad guys are bad and want to follow Regal and bring down the kingdom. Thankfully I read some of the reviews for the next book and see that he will never reach his potential. I am not sure if I have ever been so disappointed with the sheer ineptness of a character with so much promise as I have with Fitz. I will not be reading any more of the books in this series.
This series is worth a listen. While it is not super fast paced it does somehow keep you engaged and never bored. I would have to place it in the top 15 of the hundreds of audio books i have listened to.
The fact that the main character is not always right, makes lots of mistakes, is immature at times, all while feeling like he is in control and knows exactly what he should be doing, really makes him feel like a normal guy.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I first stumbled upon Robin Hobb thanks to the Liveship Traders books and fell in love with the writing style. The only reason I gave them a shot was because my favorite author, George R R Martin, said anything written by Hobb was gold (or something similiar).
Slowly over the years I have read more of Hobb's books and the Farseer Trilogy is becoming a favorite. Fitz is just a great character and the narrator does a great job. I'm definitely looking forward to listening to the third book in the series.
Do I think the trilogy worth a listener's hard earned credits? Yes I do! Think medieval fantasy with a hint of magic, not high fantasy, which I have found I like best.
For background, my other favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.