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Fool's Quest Audiobook

Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy

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Publisher's Summary

Ranking alongside George R. R. Martin as a groundbreaking master of fantasy, New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb delivers the second book in her long-awaited Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

Long ago Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz's own daughter.

Distracted by the Fool's perilous health and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard...and in a horrible instant, his world is undone, and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool - as a weapon.

But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.

Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.

©2015 Robin Hobb (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    M. Casale 08-11-15
    M. Casale 08-11-15
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    "What's with the Fool's weird accent?"
    If you could sum up Fool's Quest in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, bad perfomance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Fool is my favorite and Elliot Hill is ruining him! He sounds like a Nazi in a bad movie. There's nothing in the books to suggest he speaks Fitz's language with any accent at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elliot Hill’s performances?

    Not if I can help it. I'm seriously considering turning this off and just reading the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, until the performance started driving me nuts. He doesn't do Bee well, either, and his Fitz is kind of lackadaisical, but the Fool is really the last straw!


    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 08-14-15
    Elizabeth 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "First time I've quit an audiobook because of the reader"

    I am a huge fan of Robin Hobb and have listened to all her other series on audible (and read all the Fitz books on paper as well). This is the first time I've ever quit an audiobook because I found the reader unbearable. His character voices and accents are way over the top and the voices he does just don't match the characters. Queen Kettricken's voice is just horrifyingly pompous in this recording - utterly out of character. And the Fool's accent is so intense that it's distracting. I feel like I'm reading about characters I've never encountered before. It's ruining the story for me, and I'm stopping. I made it about 2 hours into the recording.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-20-15
    Andrew 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great series, misses the old reader"

    loved the story but it should be a requirement that the reader listed to the prior books for pronunciation and accents. the fool should not sound like an elderly Asian man.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R 08-13-15
    R 08-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "SERIOUSLY???!! Please fire the narrator!"
    What would have made Fool's Quest better?

    A different narrator - almost ANY other narrator - but preferably James Langton or Paul Boehmer. Didn't this guy listen to the previous Fitz/Fool Trilogies to get a feel for the personalities, voices, and accents of the characters that also appear in this new trilogy? I've listened to all Robin Hobb's books and she's one of my very favorite authors but this narrator grates on my nerves almost like nails on a chalkboard. The story is very good but Elliot Hill is so terrible it makes it almost unbearable for me to listen to it. It has nearly put me off this series and author and still may have - I'm just not quite sure if I can go on listening to this dude murder this series and author! He actually changes the meaning of what the characters are saying with his awful accents and inflections. So sad...


    What other book might you compare Fool's Quest to and why?

    Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders, Rain Wilds Chronicles, Tawny Man, Wheel of Time, The Inheritance Cycle, The Licanus Trilogy, Hangman's Daughter...


    What didn’t you like about Elliot Hill’s performance?

    EVERYTHING! There's nothing I DIDN'T like about Elliot Hill's performance! Sheesh!


    Any additional comments?

    Please get rid of Elliot Hill for the 3rd book in the trilogy and replace him with James Langton or Paul Boehmer - or practically anyone else!

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 08-14-15
    Sandra 08-14-15 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Excellent Story, Execrable Narration"

    I loved this story, as I've loved all stories in this world setting... A great story line, punctuated w/ intrigue and adventure... Characters like old friends... I particularly liked the new character Motley, which was imaginatively and humorously done... All that being said... The narration was just plain awful... The poorly done accents were distracting at best... Nearly unlistenable at worst... Being blind didn't have the option to switch to print, which I would have done... Listening to an Ebook version spoken aloud in a robotic voice was a tempting option... Sincerely hope narrator is replaced for 3rd book!!! The setup and cliffhangers have me excited for said book, but the idea of the same narrator has me considering other reading options...

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 08-20-15
    Lisa 08-20-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Can't wait for the next book!!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Robin is connecting all her books together with this new series. Such a great story. I enjoyed the story a lot (just not the narration) and I can not wait for the next book! Especially since she left us with a couple cliffhangers!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elliot Hill?

    In my previous review of the first book in this new trilogy, I rated Mr. Hill higher and thought he was ok but just not the narrator for this series. Well, he is even worse for this book. Please consider a different narrator. Perhaps Paul Boehmer...? And re-narrate book 1 and 2. The first book was mostly just Fitz and Bee's voices and I was okay with putting up with it...even though the Fool's voice was appalling...he gave him a crazy accent. But in this book....pretty much every character (except the women) sound like whiny, sniveling, weak, spoiled annoying men! From Chade, King Dutiful, Lord Vigilant, Riddle and more. But the final straw was...***spoiler alert if you don't want to know about the appearance of certain characters***...his voices for Reyn and Tats, and other Bing Town/Rain Wild characters! Oh my gosh...so bad! I mean really bad. Ok if he was going for whiny but so not them! I felt like the narrartor was clenching his teeth the entire time he did their voices. He is not the narrator for this series and I really feel like they are doing Robin Hobb and her great books a huge disservice by keeping him as narrator...and I think that I will just buy the print version (or Kindle version) for the next book.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 08-22-15
    Rachel 08-22-15
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    "Frustrating"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has been very frustrating. I've immensely enjoyed Hobb's Fitz/Fool and Live Ship Traders trilogies. I wanted to love this book. I've tried to love it. But there are two issues that I can't seem to ignore. First, the characters lack insight into their situations. The most glaring example is Fitz's inability to recognize the nature of his daughter, Bee. Second, the plot is often driven in a certain direction because the characters don't communicate basic information or they keep secrets unnecessarily.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Miles Reseda, CA, United States 08-14-15
    Miles Reseda, CA, United States 08-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slower and slower"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator, I was so confuse by the narration.


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

    Once again Robbin Hobb has made fritz a whiny character. I have been waiting for this book to come out over a year and sad to say i was so disappointed. Where were all the action it promised, I thought we were suppose to see Frits kicking butts and take names. All that this was is a bunch of whining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Get another narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No because I would fall asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm don't with this, going to get out and save to good memories of the passed books.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Suh 08-17-15
    Jason Suh 08-17-15
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    "A Worthy Addition to the Series"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool's Quest?

    I really liked it when Chade winked at Fitz while acting like a senile person.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator's choice of accent for the Fool was unfortunate. I also wanted to kick Dutiful in the teeth every time he spoke because he sounds like a spoiled, arrogant muppet of a monarch and it really just drove me insane. I just don't understand why narrators feel the need to "show us they're real actors" or something and go all crazy with the accents. Are there directors for book readings? Maybe there should be. Despite all of that, I did not think the narration rendered the book unlistenable. Still worthwhile, imho.


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to find Fitz's slow uptake on the nature of his own daughter to be a little ridiculous and unbelievable. I'm going to need the story to reveal that he's been the target of a Skilling to make that part ok. I don't think these two novels in this trilogy are quite as good as the earlier trilogies, but I think that's to be expected. I think there are perhaps too many sappy emotional moments, but that didn't bother me because I like that kind of stuff more than I like to admit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kim M. Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-15
    Kim M. Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible -- Hobb has OUTDONE Herself!"

    I'm absolutely thunderstruck. I've been completely spellbound from the moment the words began spilling over to me. From the very first page, Fool's Quest completely took me in, and, despite the fact that I'm a huge fan and I've read the entire series with voracious abandon, this is in every sense, the best of the entire series to date.

    First of all, you should know that it will pull new readers back to events from earlier novels. If it seems a lot, it's because the Farseer books and their companion series, while connected, are distinct in their stand-alone ability. They are incredibly rich and worth the time to explore on their own. Yes, you can still follow along through the masterful retelling of those events throughout the story arc... but having read the others, you will find yourself rewarded with an honestly amazing read.

    I have cried twice already, damn it.

    This series takes the best of it all and revisits Fitzchivalry Farseer at precisely the moment where the first book in the Fitz and the Fool series left off. This is our reward for being left gasping, "What on earth just happened?" at the conclusion of Fool's Assassin.

    You will barely have time to catch your breath.

    It's that good, and that incredible.

    More than that, Hobb makes the transitions between the chapters incredible -- those delicious, tantalizing "excerpts" from old ballads, letters, texts and observations from histories and characters both unknown and well-known to those who follow Hobb's work. They are beautiful and quotable and they will leave you in delighted amazement. Hobb is a poet every bit as much as she is a spinner of epic fantasy, and her sense of humor and dramatic irony are an added bonus.

    Her character building is among the best of any book series I've ever read... and I've read widely and continue to be amazed at the quality and breadth of writing she produces.

    In terms of narration, it may be a bit of a jar initially if you're used to the different narrators between the series. However, Elliot Hill delivers fantastically. He seems to flawlessly transition between characters -- both human and non-human -- and has a depth of storytelling ability that truly enhances an already wonderful book.

    If you have credits to use, do not hesitate to use them on this book. My only regret is that, once I've devoured it, I have to soldier through the long wait until the third book's release!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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