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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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Publisher's Summary

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father's gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man's blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as another, even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission, a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target---for Fitz is a threat to the throne...but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured...at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.” (Kirkus)

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    Amy newport, WA, United States 04-08-15
    Amy newport, WA, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading is my passion...but life as a working single mom, listening to books better fits my busy schedule! LOVE Audible!

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    "NEW FAN!!"

    If you are looking for a new series full of adventure, interesting characters, and twists and turns - pick this book! If the length seems daunting, don't let that stop you. That time flies by and I couldn't wait to get the next book. I just completed book 3 and after every book, I have been more and more impressed! I am definitely a Farseer Fan now!

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    Randall Scott 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best."

    I love this series incredibly . Robin Hobb knows how to tell an amazing story.

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    E Goodling 03-17-15
    E Goodling 03-17-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable but done it before"

    While I enjoyed this and will read the rest of the series, I wasn't wowed and didn't find anything I haven't read before. A pleasant diversion.

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    Michael Shumate 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the finest books I've had in years"

    In the tradition of Dickens, a powerful story gently told. Not the last Robin Hobb book I shall get. Highly recommended.

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    1000M Shot 03-02-15
    1000M Shot 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    This is a very good book. Some of the writing in it gets a little bit convoluted when being read back, they need to learn to add some pauses and breaks to their sentences. But overall a good story, so now I'm not moving onto the next book in the series.

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    joshua 02-20-15
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    "Rainey Risher loves this"

    the poisoning was very intensed. tedail amazingly done story well lets just say this, I couldn't put it down.

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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-16-15
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-16-15 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Surprisingly Compelling"

    This is the first Hobb book that I have listened to or read. It certainly won't be the last. What a find!

    Hobb creates a well constructed world, believable, yet not common. The story easily held my interest throughout. I won't summarize the story line, others have done that quite well. Suffice it to say that this is a very well done coming of age story about a young boy who has a lot to discover about himself. I knew I liked the book and was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I finished listening. What I did not anticipate was that I was still thinking about the book and the characters for several days after I finished it. The only reason I'm not listening to the 2nd book in the series right now is that I don't want to gobble them up too quickly. These deserve to be savored.

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    Michael 02-16-15
    Michael 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Starts slow ends with a bang!"

    The narrator was good for the most part hard to hear at certain points like he was backing away from the mic.. Story started out slow but by the end was thoroughly enjoyable. Will be reading the next installment!!

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    Tom 02-16-15
    Tom 02-16-15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Good narration and story, was captivating to listen and I plan to listen to the next one in the trilogy

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    James Burns 02-02-15
    James Burns 02-02-15
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    "Poor Writing"

    This was a very poorly wrtten work. I realize it was intened to function like a journal, but the author glossed over far too much. A lot of it read like snippets of a travelogue. In addition, the main character was unrealistically blind to the machinations around him. I can't understand the good reviews. The only upside was that the narrator was good. That said this was a waste of time and money.

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