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Dragon Keeper | [Robin Hobb]

Dragon Keeper

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.
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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

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    Elizabeth Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-26-10
    Elizabeth Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-26-10
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    "Dragon Keeper"

    Not up to Robin Hobb's earlier books. Narrators voice makes the book difficult to listen to.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Normal, IL, United States 04-26-12
    David Normal, IL, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Painfully Boring"

    Kept waiting for a story to develop but it never did. I don't even remember who any of the characters are and I've listened for 5 hours. Read the Assassin's Apprentice series but skip this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William San Angelo, TX, United States 08-04-10
    William San Angelo, TX, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Waste of time and money"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Placerville, CA, United States 05-24-15
    Sarah Placerville, CA, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "11 hours in and the plot has yet to start."
    What would have made Dragon Keeper better?

    If the plot moved at all, if there were any joy to be had with any of the characters or situations, if any of the four (five?) storylines actually met up...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    NO.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Odd emphasis on words, but by far the worst was the stalled out story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dragon Keeper?

    I think I would cut the first 11 hours of the book, save for the prologue, and actually get to the meat of the story as advertised on the back.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard good things about Robin Hobb.It must be other books, because after this I won't be listening to this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly macy 02-01-15
    Holly macy 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "mom's sci fi super soft porn or children's story??"

    the narrator unfortunately kind of threw me off from the story. maybe it was meant to be read this way and if it was. it gives the whole story a different feeling. like your readings your moms pg romance/ on the edge of super strict porn mixed with a child's story. its too. confused talking about older themes in side storylines like Heste's relationship with Cedric. I don't know if i should be happy she's shining a light on that type of thing , but if so go there all the way? I don't know. it just wasn't smooth and you didn't know if you were in a children's fantasy or mothers sci fi super soft porn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten RIDGECREST, NC, United States 09-06-14
    Kirsten RIDGECREST, NC, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I hope you have some time off!"

    A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
    As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
    There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
    Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Humboldt, TN, USA 05-23-14
    Albert Humboldt, TN, USA 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great once you get past the first half"
    If you could sum up Dragon Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    In a whole its well worth the listening. It is slow and I admit I almost stopped listening after 10 minutes in. But if you stay with it. You will be rewarded with a interesting story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Richfield, OH, United States 01-28-14
    Laurel Richfield, OH, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Third Series in the World by Robin Hobb - Amazing!"
    Where does Dragon Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Dragon Keeper and the Rain Wild Chronicles is presently my favorite - and also longest series of books I have read by one Author. There is one more related series - that is not offered by Audible - or I would be listening to it instead of writing this review.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Keeper?

    The story of the hatching - is beautiful, but also heart rending. The Dragons hatch to an audience of curiosity seekers. Some people are immediately caught up in the drama of helping the creatures survive - others feel no kinship at all with the dragons. It is interesting to see how from the very moment of their hatching - each dragon and each spectator has his/her own individual personality.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The first series I listened to (Assassin's Quest) was my first experience with Anne Flosnick. I read reviews that complained about her slow speed and how she drags out the last word in sentences and/or paragraphs. By the time I got this far into the series - I no longer noticed it. I also came to feel that the speech pattern was perhaps cultural and that made it okay. Robin Hobb has created a new world, and several new cultures - each unique. Why should I expect it to have the flat tonal, rapid pace of the midwest. Her voice became a part of the whole experience that I became very comfortable with.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. The whole series is excellent. This book was not a "high point" in the series but it was essential to answer our questions about the RainWilder-ers and their culture and to come to understand how they were "created" and in part ruined by their relationship with the dragons and the citizens of Bing and the Duke.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    auroragb New York, NY 01-13-14
    auroragb New York, NY 01-13-14
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Dragon Keeper?

    Wasted a lot of verbiage doing world building in a slow SLOW fashion. One of the main character, Thymira, has a mother who is described as talking all around a main point out of spite. Feels like this was written by Thymira's mom! Why does it take 2/3 of the book to cover what was described in 1 paragraph of the books description.Everything was discussed in the most roundabout way possible. In the end of this, the story barely got started. Felt like there was only about 100 minutes worth of material and spent the rest 1100 minutes on padding


    What could Robin Hobb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Book 1 of a series should focus on events which will make readers want to know more about the characters and what happens next. With all the dialog and so many narrators, the reader is lost in the streams of consciousness and have no idea what's actually "happening". By the end, I stopped caring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Luttermoser MI 07-29-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Kind of a let dowm"
    What did you like best about Dragon Keeper? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting just never really went anywhere. I love that it dumps you right back into the realm created in the previous books and contains characters from the live ship series! Her take on the growth and development of dragons is quite unique and exciting. However this book just seemed to meander on and then just came to an abrupt end. Its understandable that there are several books in the series but I feel like when a book ends there should be some type of plot resolution or at least a cliff hanger to make you want to read more. I was really disappointed after really enjoying some of Robin Hobbs other works.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really found the readers "male" voices to be odd and distracting. I feel like if she just read it in her normal voice it wouldnt of been as bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Im going to give the next one a try but only because im hoping the story will enthrall me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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