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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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    Adam D. Austin, TX 12-14-15
    Adam D. Austin, TX 12-14-15 Member Since 2016

    Old Bear likes the honey

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    "Amazing!"
    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among my absolute favorite audiobooks!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice?

    Although there are a lot of memorable moments in this book, I would argue the climax is the most exhilarating and memorable moment (particularly the prince's words from afar to our protagonist).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a fantastic book filled with memorable scenes. I think my favorite scene is again the climax.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book resonates with me because I can think back on my own childhood and have the experiences of our protagonist remind me of my own experiences. The scene that sticks out to me at the moment of this writing is the awkward scene between Fitz and Molly seated together on the shore.... I've been there Fitz! I feel for you!


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic audiobook! A perfect story that is very well read. If you like fantasy, it doesn't get much better than this! I can't wait to listen to the next one! (after my obligatory return to Pratchett - I read a Discworld novel every other book to cleanse my palate as the richest sorbet!)

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    Diana 12-06-15
    Diana 12-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful Story Telling"
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    I have been listening to books on a very regular basis for 2 years consuming about 100 per year. Believe me when I tell you the entire series is a masterpiece of story telling. All three books are seriously excellent with sweeping graphical descriptions and the ability to invoke very strong and deep emotions. The main character is likely to be with you for life. Enjoy.

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    S&E 11-17-15
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    "Fantasy nearly devoid of the Fantastic"

    More like Martin's royal dramatization than a book of sword and sorcery. Quite good too.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great first book of an excellent series"

    great first book of an excellent series. I was given the first two books of Fitz and the fool and now I'm starting at the first of the whole journey.

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    pisces2libras 10-08-15
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    "What a great story!"
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    I love fantasy and I am so glad that I stumbled onto this series! I am not sure why this story has captured me so completely, for the characters are predictable (good are good and bad are bad) but the plot is interesting and the pacing is done masterfully.

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    Debra 09-07-15
    Debra 09-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    Hours of suspense this thrilling adventure kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to complete the series.

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    Brandon Rodd 08-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating story."

    My first Robin Hobb book, I am hooked I think. Not my first Paul Boehmer reading, and it won't be the last.

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    OBX351 08-26-15
    OBX351 08-26-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantasy thriller"
    Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or Paul Boehmer?

    yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    good ending


    Could you see The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no, the book's always better


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, a little predictable, in parts disappointing and a little long. However I do recommend it because it does have twists and turns that make it enjoyable and make you want to listen to the story.

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    Amazon Customer 08-20-15
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    "Was decent. I wish it had a different narrator."

    I wish it had a different narrator. This guy's voice just kind of threw me off. The story line was alright

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    DMac 08-12-15
    DMac 08-12-15
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    "Great beginning to a series"

    Enjoyed it. Good characters and story and narrator. Will be getting more books of this series.

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