After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife.
Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home---the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.
©2010 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
This is my first read of one of Robin Hobbs' books. The foreshadowing of events is magnificent, as well as the character development. My major issue, is the lack of geographical knowledge, and perhaps that is because I have started with the wrong set of books.
As to the comments about the Narrator, I envision Dragons to have very different voices and pronunciations then we do, so the accent works for me.
If you are debating listening to this one, I suggest you give it a shot. I was unsure at first, and actually for several hours into it. But I couldn't stop. I could see the shadows of the future, but had to go on to see how it all came together. I'm looking forward to the next one.
meandering story with poor character development
not robbut I liked all the fool booksin hobb
good narration but tedious writing
about 30% of them
Most of Mrs. Hobb's stuff is great. This is book sucks. Do not pay for it!
Not have a terrible book. No mystery, no fool
Anne needs to be a guy with more range in character
DO NOT BUY!
While I've read a number of Hobb's books and enjoyed them, I listened to this for over 5 hours and couldn't find any of the plethora of characters I cared enough about to continue with the book. I kept hoping it would pick up, but when I checked reviews on another site, I found many folks felt the same. What were her editors thinking? despite the signature, this review is written by a female reader.
Same world as others, but completely different storytelling, details and surprises. Loads of intrigue of which even Shade would approve.
Not really...the way she narrates the story is strange. I'm not really sure what/how the narrator decides is the best way to tell the story but in this instance, she was totally wrong for the book. The bad thing is, in order to finish out the series, I have to deal with the same narrator--almost makes me not want to spend the credits--but I will so that I can find out if the dragons make it to Kelsingra...
The length was definitely worth the one credit price...although the narrator wasn't.
I like Robin Hobb's books...have read about half of her books but with this story, it seemed to drag...there was too much descriptive fluff and not enough meat to the story---not to mention the ending....goodness, it was abrupt; no kind of wrap-up or such. I'm all for spacing it out if you want to keep the reader hooked for the next book but this ending was horrible.
Well, the story was way to slow to start and the story completely cut off in the middle of the plot, so starting the book around the time where the (story, adventure, publisher's summary, etc.) begins would be a great start and INCLUDING AN ENDING would be a great clincher. These two traits and the premise of damaged dragons (might) make it a 4-star book. Robin Hobb needs to write more engaging characters and clean up the over-abundance of flashbacks before I consider 5 stars.
Lock In by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil Wheaton. After that, I'll probably re-listen to Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Cary and narrated by Anne Flosnik (the same narrator here). I love the world-building in those novels and Anne Flosnik brings so much emotion to the main character Phedre. It's honestly one of my favorite audiobook performances ever.
I love Anne Flosnik. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life. If you want a better example of this, she did an AMAZING job narrating Jacqueline Carey's novels.
Extreme Rage. I was expecting the next chapter of the book and heard the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this production" instead.
I am returning this stupid book.
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I give this 2 stars because it was ok. It wasn't bad, but not a whole lot happened either. Frankly I think 200 pages could have been edited out and it would have been much better.
When a story is slow and then finally moves incrementally at the end, having 200 pages or more of bloat just doesn't help.
I will continue reading the series I hear it picks up in the second book, but I'm not exactly over thrilled to pick up the next volume either. because there weren't any characters that I felt really attached too, in fact there where a few I didn't like at all, but I do like Hobbs method of developing characters, so that will keep me going.
The whole series is full of padding. The same events shown several times from different viewpoints, or the same past events described over and over. I felt treated like a goldfish that is unable to remember anything that happened more than a few pages back. Listening to the entire series back-to-back made it even worse, since each new book assumed you remembered nothing of the previous one. I suspect the author was simply trying to fill her word quota and didn't really have enough story for four books.
I wish I had time to read books on paper, it would have been better if I had been able to skip/skim through the endless repetitions.
Narrator was slow, making it even more tedious.
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