The final installment of Robin Hobb’s Sunday Times best-selling series The Rain Wild Chronicles.
Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.
If Tintaglia perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her. And the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive. Their keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist. In doing so they risk losing their own identities, even their lives. And danger threatens from beyond the city, too. For war is coming: war between dragonkind and those who would destroy them.
©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"In today’s crowded fantasy market, Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination" (Conn Iggulden)
"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
If you have followed this Tangle since The Liveship Traders prepare yourself for some very happy listening. I have come to love all the keepers and their dragons over the previous three books and it was wonderful to spend time with them again. I felt like each of their victories were my own and to finally take flight with the dragons made me tear up with joy.
There is a new narrator, which is distracting, but give her time and you can get into the swing of it.
"why change the narrator AGAIN?!?"
The first book in this series was read by Saskia Butler, then it changed to another, and ruined it, went back to the first for the third book, and now its changed to a third? Seriously why? Its ruined the series for me, as it feels 'wrong'.
I've given up listening to this series already.
"A good story, but not CAlced CHalced"
Really good story and really well read for the most part but the choice of pronounciation of key character Alyss into ARLyss and CHalced into CALced?? After listening to the first three in the series by another narrator it took me a while to work out who Anne Flosnik was talking about. You may not get what I am trying to say. Its not the end of the world by a long shot but it just wrong footed my listening. I enjoyed it and am not asking for a refund as the story was fantastic as I always expect from Robin Hobb
I looked forward to the release of Blood of Dragons on Audible but this is not what I was expecting. Not only has the narrator changed again but she sounds like she has a cold! Very nasal and hard to understand and the narration sounds very fast. The sound quality seems to be poor as well. Very disappointed.
"the best story ever murdered"
I'm a huge fan of the Rain Wild books. This was to be the best of them all with dragons finally taking to the air and so many loose ends to tie up. It utterly beggars belief that you'd get Anne Flosnik to read this. She reads like she's being paid by the word and her rent is overdue. I've never had to listen to a book at half speed before just to make it sound at least vaguely dramatic. I'm utterly and completely at a loss to recommend this to anyone based on that performance. If anything this has murdered my experience of Robin Hobb's writing and audio books in general.
If I was trying to read a book while skiing very fast through a slalom, this is what it would sound like. Is the narrator trying to break a world record for speed reading? As others have pointed out before me, why does the publisher change narrator yet again and why choose Anne Flosnik? Dont narrators have to go though a selection process? If so, then I am GLAD Anne Flosnik was chosen because surely the others in the line up must have been even worse. This is a study in how to ruin a good book with poor narration. Ah me, I'll just buckle up my seat belt for the revved up ride though the last few pages....
"again the read has changed"
Please get the next 2 books with the same reader.......these books are to good to mess around with
Love Robin Hobb, and the Rain Wild Chronicles.
Hated the narration by Anne Flosnik, had to listen to find out what happened as had invested in the others in this series. Frankly was glad when it ended.
"Down but not out"
I think I would only recommend this book to a friend if they had read all the others in the Rainwilds Chronicles - it's good to hear the ending of a tale that was very good in parts. Overall it was below what I would expect from RH (I rate Robin Hobb's books VERY highly) ... it wasn't helped by rushed narration and poor delivery.
Low, yes low I'm afraid. Going on storyline alone, this was not up to reasonable expectations.
Liveship traders / Soldier son trilogy, absolutely fantastic. Stories of such imagination & excellence. Her books can be out of this world, literally.
I got used to AF's narration as time went on, and when she paced herself a little slower (particularly between sentences) it was ok. But I wouldn't seek her books out.
Re-read the Liveship traders trio - I am so looking forward to meeting the serpents again!
Fool's Assassin? Bring it on!!! I already have it on order.
"Nice continuation of series"
Compared to other audiobooks this seemed quite average it never really gripped me at any point. The story was ok not the best ending and performance seemed a little too dramatic for me.
I've not read too many books with dragons, only the inheritance cycle and that is much better than this.
Like I mentioned above it seemed a bit too dramatic for me.
No, it didnt really draw me in as a lot of audiobooks previously have.
The simple method that could be employed to make this great series an entrancing listen would be to have never allowed Anne Flosnik anywhere near it. Her delivery is abysmal, her characterisation slips and mispronunciations are only over matched by the awesomely inept Roy Dotrice. Who managed, by a titan like effort to ruin the game of thrones series. Seriously someone should be attempting to learn from the mistakes of the past!
I loved the rainwilds stories, as i have loved the whole world of the elderlings. The story itself is great. The narration not so. I will be adding Flosnik to my narrators to avoid list.
the problem is that suspension of disbelief and the bubble of wonder that forms as a great fantasy tale is told is so easily burst by jarringly inept narration. Thusly moments that should be filled with gravitas are just irritating, those escalating the tension turgid. I was absolutely over the moon when this came out. Now I have bought the paperback. which is as round an indictment as I can deliver to an audiobook that promised so much.
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