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
but this narrator needs to go. She makes the story BORING
As I said, I love Robin Hobb.
NO, not if I can help it.
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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.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
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.
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...
Odd emphasis on words, but by far the worst was the stalled out story.
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.
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.
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