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Golden Fool Audiobook

Golden Fool: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2

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Audible Editor Reviews

"[Robin Hobb] ranks near the top of the high fantasy field.… [She] juggles all the balls with aplomb, besides providing spot-on characterizations.” (Publishers Weekly)

Publisher's Summary

Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.

Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread "beast magic." Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.

©2003 Robin Hobb (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

What the Critics Say

"Fantasy as it ought to be written.… Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 08-30-14
    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Nothing like hanging out with Fitz"
    Where does Golden Fool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool


    Any additional comments?

    Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-21-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-21-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "The Boring Years, Part 2"

    A MINUTE OR HALF A YEAR, I CAN SCARCELY TELL WHICH
    This is not the Robin Hobb, I fell in love with. No wonderful magic and heart wrenching conflict as in Liveship Traders. No dragons with complicated personalities, as in Rainwild Chronicles. No, empathy for a coming of age boy with a weight problem, as in Solider Son. No empathy for a coming of age bastard boy as in Farseer. There is a reason these books are a fraction of the cost of her other great and unforgettable series. After struggling through Fool's Errand, I let this one go after 4 and a half hours. The first time I have ever given up on one of my favorite authors, Robin Hobb. Ths most exciting part of the first four and half hours was a dance, in which everybody who shows up is described in excruciating detail, clothes, heritage, and disposition. With a 4.6 rating it is loved by some, mostly those who are happy with hearing how Fritz walks down a street. Nothing wrong with that, just not for me.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 12-28-14
    Keith 12-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    It leaves me wanting his next book. Once you pick up the book you can't put it down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joe 08-08-15
    joe 08-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Fitz the Fool"

    Maybe it is series fatigue but Fitz just makes so many of the same mistakes and is a "woe is me" character. I'll read the third book, but it might be a year long break between.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Smaug 02-12-15
    Smaug 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Robin Hobb is a marvelous story teller."

    Wonderful story, rich in detail, magic and feels. I have read this series multiple times and look forward to hearing it many more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 10-29-15
    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 10-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Why Am I Still Reading This Series?!"
    Has Golden Fool turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but this series itself is really starting to wear on my soul. Seriously, she just doesn't know how to write a good story in my opinion.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to the first book in this series that her narrated. His performance is just fine, I have no issue with how he told this story, my issue is with the story itself.


    Was Golden Fool worth the listening time?

    No, no it was not. 21 freaking hours that could've been distilled down to about 8. Robin Hobb has WAY too much filler and descriptive text in her stories. Hours and hours of just telling me how Fitz feels about something, a something that she's ALREADY told me about. I already KNOW that Fitz is hesitant to interact with Nettle. You don't have to have 3 different Skill/Dream sequences of her in this book repeating this fact. YOU ALREADY POINTED THIS OUT IN THE LAST BOOK. Stop wasting page time repeating plot points you've already hammered home multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't understand. Robin Hobb seems to think that the only way to have a heroic character, is to have him be depressed and pathetic all the time. Seriously, Fitz has never got anything good going on. He's depressed about how his son is behaving, he's depressed about everything. I could ramble and list them by point, but it would make this a huge post, and I'd rather keep it concise.

    Basically, every plot point in FItz's life is terrible. He's terrible to his one true friend, and apparently almost violently homophobic for no real reason that is explained. He just...is. He stumbles through everything like an idiot, avoiding actually doing anything until he's basically forced into it by events. And then he whines about how terrible his life is, and how events work against him. Well yes you idiot, you avoid any responsibility for your actions, and avoid trying to involve yourself in anything in a way that might make it better. He hides from his children, thinking somehow that if he just ignores them, they will be fine. He ruins the one friendship he does have. He lets characters walk all over him. It gets so bad in fact, that Robin points it out in the story several times. One character calls him pathetic (which he is, though not for the reason she said), another chastises him for taking personal responsibility for everything that goes wrong around him, because he's just a moody prick that way.

    When the author herself points out how pathetic and moody her own character is, I can't help but agree, but I also can't find any energy to give a crap for his problems, since they are all self-inflicted. The one time something actually improves for him, the ONE TIME, something else gets even worse, and for no reason whatsoever. One character that was perfectly fine with him, suddenly becomes super suspicious of him for no good reason. It's like the author just refuses to have anything positive happening for Fitz. She had this problem in the first trilogy of him, and it was terrible. Apparently this series is more of the same.

    I really am angry with this series, but I can't seem to stop listening, because like and idiot, I keep hoping it will get better. I keep hoping I will eventually care about what's happening, but I am afraid I will be disappointed like the last trilogy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-23-17
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-23-17 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "A middle book with a purpose."

    Book two of the Tawny Man series finally ties the events happening in the Six Duchies to those that occurred in the earlier Liveship Traders series. Now that Prince Dutiful has been rescued from the Piebalds he must face the fact that his life is not his own. He has been promised in marriage to the Narcheska Elliania of the Out Islands in the hope that such a marriage might heal the wounds between their kingdoms after the recent war.  The two of them do not hit it off when they finally meet and neither of them wants to follow through on the arrangement. This angst leads to Dutiful carelessly offending the Narcheska and in return she publicly challenges him to prove he is worthy of her. She demands that Dutiful slay the Dragon Icefyre that legends say sleeps beneath the ice back in her lands. Before anyone can stop Dutiful he agrees to the challenge to show that he is worthy of this bride that he doesn't even want. Kids.

    Preparing for this quest becomes the focus of much of this book and of course things are not exactly straightforward. While the Out Islanders are in the Six Duchies for the betrothal ceremony the Jamailians also arrive in an effort to court the Six Duchies into an alliance. If you have read the Liveship Traders trilogy then you know that the Jamailians have hatched a single Dragon, Tintaglia, and they hope that she will enable many more to return to the skies. In order to accomplish this they need the help of the Six Duchies to hold back their enemies while Tintaglia watches over an ailing clutch of young.  The Out Islanders oppose any support of the Jamailians and there is no way for the Six Duchies to please both sides and their opposing desires. 

    The complexities in this book extend well beyond political and it is actually the relationships of the characters that take center stage. Fitz manages to alienate just about everyone important to him and finds that, much like the Six Duchies, his fate is intertwined with that of the Dragons. The two closest people in his life, the Fool and Chade, both expect him to support them in their conflicting allegiances. The Fool is certain that helping the Dragons return to the skies is his destiny and he expects Fitz, his Catalyst, to ensure that it happens, while Chade adamantly supports his Prince and the commitment to slay Icefyre. Fitz tries to straddle the line between the two and that goes about as well as you would think.

    As happens in many trilogies this book suffers from being the middle book of the series and winds up being mostly set-up for book three. I do like the fact that Robin Hobb brought the two prior series together into one consistent story line and I feel she did an excellent job of setting the stage for an interesting finale in Fool's Fate.

    James Langton continues his excellent narration and he has done a great job enhancing the personalities of the characters across the board.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shana cox 02-11-17
    shana cox 02-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "DocNp45 Review"

    Another action filled book with suspense and adventures
    Can't wait for the next book.

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    Eveline Howells 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Golden Fool"

    Amazing piece of writing. This is book 2 of the Farseer Fool series. Wonderful performance by James Langdon. I can't wait for the next one in the series.,Fools Fate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. B. Pemberton Crawley, West Sussex, England. 01-17-17
    C. B. Pemberton Crawley, West Sussex, England. 01-17-17 Member Since 2014

    Badash777

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    "Not great"

    A true middle-of-a-trilogy book with little to offer itself. Could have been trimmed substantially without losing anything; leaving the pace slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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