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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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    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
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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
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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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    Karel loves to read 01-26-15

    Karel

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    "Great Story!"
    Would you listen to The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice again? Why?

    Wonderful narrator! Fascinating story. Great plot and characters. Vivid images. Loved the love of animals and the superb expressions of loneliness of the young Fitz.


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

    Spoilers!


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

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Riveted.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear more!

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    Hank 01-26-15
    Hank 01-26-15
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    "Wonderful"

    Slow start but finished strong. Looking forward to next book. Characters are well developed and interesting. I hope Fritz finds love.

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    Bram 01-08-15
    Bram 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great, albeit slow story and a great listen"

    My only problem I have with this is that the story is quite slow. This can be expected of the first book in an epic series but I'm hoping the pace will pick up in the next installment.
    On the AudioBook front there is not much too complain about. If I had to nitpick, it would be that sometimes the narrator speaks a little too quiet in comparison with the overall volume.

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    Curtis Keller 12-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK"

    I heard a lot of great things about this book. The reading was fantastic - a definite 5, but the story took a long time to develop, and when it did develop (with about 2 hours left in the 14 hour book) it left much to be desired. Not sure if I'll listen to the second book on this series. The main character has a harsh life, and the whole dog connection is just weird.

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    M. Barr Bay Area, CA USA 12-26-14
    M. Barr Bay Area, CA USA 12-26-14

    Mythicbells Persians

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    "Fabulous author, Fabulous narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this entire trilogy in audiobook. Paul Boehmer is an outstanding narrator. I loved his narration throughout.


    What other book might you compare The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice to and why?

    I have yet to read any fantasy that reaches Robin Hobb's skill in writing, story telling, characterization and world building.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Boehmer was a wonderful listen. The story was enhanced, rather than diminished with too much dramatization. He managed to balance it perfectly throughout the trilogy. I've read this trilogy several times and it was a treat to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a long time Robin Hobb fan and have read all of her books several times. I would now like to listen to them all, but have run into the narrator snag of not being in tune with the narrator of a couple of the series.

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    e davis 12-17-14
    e davis 12-17-14
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    "Boring"

    Well.. I had high hopes for this! Have listened to many fantasy type books and this was 1 of the more disappointing! Just plain dull. Took too long to get to what I guess will be the biggest part of the series :the strange people that aren't really people any more.

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