I got into the Liveship Traders trilogy after hearing the audio sample on the website, intrigued by Anne Flosnik's style and the unique feel of the world Robin Hobb had created. I was so drawn in by Robin's detailed creation, and could almost feel like this was the recounting of things that really happened somewhere, not something made up. So many characters' viewpoints are integrated to make a sweeping and absorbing whole, it is truly an awesome work. There are many frustrations and tragic turns, much like we all experience in life, and nothing seemed contrived or pointless, and the characters grew and learned as the story went along. I was riveted from start to finish. Fortunately, there are satisfying resolutions to many of the threads by the end of Ship of Destiny, but I did not want the story to end!
I thought Anne Flosnik's style was very appropriate for this set of books, and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance, though I must admit I used the 'faster' playback setting on my Ipod to get the pace up.
A great use of a credit!
This is a very satisfying series and a lot of fun, as a super-intelligent, clever, and beautiful orphan girl is thrust into a world of immortal elves and hideously cruel monsters. It is very moving at times to watch this loving, conciliatory girl find love and use for her talents with the fantastic beings she finds herself among after a dimension-altering space gate moves her city into the world of the elves and oni. Many bizarre and wonderful creatures find reason to support her fight against prejudice and treachery as they fight some brutally sadistic enemies.
Sporadic jarring lapses into vulgar profanity were the only negatives I noticed, as the love sequences focussed more on the parties feelings and fulfillment and not on clinical anatomy descriptions.
This is a very enjoyable performance, once you adapt to a new way of pronouncing names and locations by this narrator. I actually found her voice characterizations to be quite good. The author continues to develop the contributions of many characters and groups as they deal with the reappearance of magic and the growing threat from an ambitious outside conquerer.
This is obviously an installment in a large unfolding story, especially in the way it ends, so I anxiously await the next book. This is a very involving series, and I really like the way it mainly follows the story from the good peoples points of view.
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