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Royal Assassin Audiobook

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” (The Times)

“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)

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    ratna Northam, Australia 03-08-15
    ratna Northam, Australia 03-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews.

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    "Getting used to the narrator!"

    Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.

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    Torbjørn S Seiffert 08-10-14
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    "Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer"

    The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 06-21-14
    Emma 06-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not stop listening"
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    An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.

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  • Samantha
    3/8/17
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    "Great story but readers voice changes"

    accents forgotten and wrong voices used for the wrong characters it can be a little confusing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tai Jorgensen
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    1/6/17
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    "Dont know what it is..."

    I love parts of the book, when I get involved with strong feelings towards the charcters and events of the story. I just dont think that happens quite enough.
    Not quite enough is what I think about much of this and the other Farseer books. I dont quite see it, dont quite feel it, dont quite love it.

    And yet I want to read on.
    I dont know what it is...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bundoodragon
    7/21/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shane
    6/17/15
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    "The story is long winded and little actually happens"

    The story just seemed to go on for too long, there was bouts of activity and adventure but mostly plotting, scheming and whining

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anders Munk-Nielsen
    3/24/17
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    "Good ending, too slow start"
    Where does Royal Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is about on par with book 1


    What other book might you compare Royal Assassin to, and why?

    It's a bit like the name of the wind but not quite up there. The start is too slow, although that leaves room for more development.


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  • Matthew
    1/12/17
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    "Great sequel, performance distracting at times."

    Narrator had a frustrating habit of pronouncing 'o' as 'aw'. Some dodgy accents, but not too bad overall. Did female voices well for a male. Took some getting used to, but by the end didn't mind too much.

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  • Kaye
    12/11/16
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    "A great listening"

    Enjoyable continuation of the farseer trilogy. Recommended to those who have read / listened to the first book. The ending is one of great intrigue which hopefully leads into the final book and a conclusion worthy of the first two books.

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  • Maymun Hassan
    11/30/16
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    "Amazing"

    Just as good as the first one do you know how hard that is. Most sequels never live up to
    It's predecessor. I can say that is not the case here. The only problem I have is that it ended so soon. Also there is a certain character that has evaded justice, he will die most gruesomely in my dreams tonight. Great narrator, simply the best, better than all the rest. May you live long and prosper my son. Thank you Robin Hobb for such a fantastic story, I have not felt this excited in a long time.

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  • Lisa
    10/18/16
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    "Excellent!"

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much, the story is gripping. When Paul Boehmer narrates the story, I see rather than hear the story play out in my mind. I will now move on to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria Beattie
    8/16/16
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    "Fab book and well read"

    Starts a little slow and can be repetitive in parts but it's worth it when it gets to the second half

    Slightly confusing as the performance voice changes for a few parts

    Worth a listen but only if done the first in the series as you'd miss too much by not doing so

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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