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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice | [Robin Hobb]

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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.
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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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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 03-01-12
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow Start"
    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This was one I almost abandoned a few chapters into the book. I stuck with it and found it very entertaining kept my attention. After finishing the first I thought back as to why I had struggled getting into the book.

    I believe the narration was part of the issue. The narrator's pace, and pitch is much different than most of the books I have listened to lately. It may have to do with the first person perspective, but I come back to the rhythm of the read. Listen to the narrator first in the sample but do not let that deter you the book is worthy and I am purchasing the rest of the series.


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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 02-22-12
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 02-22-12
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    "Extremely engrossing, and awesome reader !"

    I just loved this audible. I don't know when I've listened to a more engaging reader. I see that he reads Brent Weeks trilogy, and would have snapped that up, had I not read that wonderful trilogy in book form.. Paul Boehmer would be the perfect reader for that book.
    I love fantasy books, and have read many. I would highly recommend this fresh,new twist on the fantasy reads. You won't be disappointed,

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    tina cokato, MN, United States 02-20-12
    tina cokato, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but no Robert Jordan"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. But I have to say that it shouldn't be compared with Robert Jordan. It was entertaining and I found I was really interested in the characters and the story line. If your looking for RJ quality of work, I believe this falls short. It is still worth a listen. I think the narrator did a great job.

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    Dana Knoxville, TN, United States 02-10-12
    Dana Knoxville, TN, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Intriguing"

    I am not usually a science fiction fan because I always seem to lose the trail of crumbs to follow the author lays down for me, but this book surprised me! I found it easy to keep up with whose who and still picture the world Ms. Hobb's created. Well write and well read, and just a little sad. I cried a couple of times and expect to cry during the second book. I am an avid animal lover and love the added connection to dogs in this book of coarse they are the same reason I cried! I can't begin to tell anyone else wether or not they will like this book, but I sure did.

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    james Maplewood, MN, United States 01-31-12
    james Maplewood, MN, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The end caught me, enough that I will try the next"
    What made the experience of listening to The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    Not impressed with the narrator (it is


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

    Lies of Locke Lamore. Mistborn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last hour.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A slow start, but well worth the wait.


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    Steve Warrenton, VA, United States 01-19-12
    Steve Warrenton, VA, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story but not for everyone."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an ok listen, good for my work commute. The plot was good and had some depth that could be explored. The narrator was unique, with what I took for a rather thick historic English accent that took a little while to get used to. The character development of the main character was adequate, but the supporting characters lacked depth. Further developing these characters would have dramatically improved the overall read and story.


    Would you recommend The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice to your friends? Why or why not?

    I probably would not. It was an average read, but there are so many really good audible books out there that this one probably wouldn't make my


    Did Paul Boehmer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He differentiated them, but as mentioned before they generally lacked depth that could have been provided with a little more background or exploration of the characters.


    Do you think The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does - the end of book one left many unanswered story threads.


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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2015

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Wow great start!"
    If you could sum up The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Really promising series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different magics and mood. Nothing like the Robin Hobbs other series.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Fitz


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

    Enter a world of new magics and unexpected secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to every book in this series

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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-24-11
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A little bit slow"

    I found this book a little bit slow. Every time I thought it was getting good it would fall short of my expectations.It was a decent story, but too much time was spent explaining everything.

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    Paul 11-10-11
    Paul 11-10-11 Member Since 2014

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "2nd Half Winner"

    I think the writing style of this book is over-narrated. The writer tells way too much of the story in narration instead of just allowing the story to tell itself. Maybe it would have added a few extra chapters, but there were many times that I felt the narration should just get out of the way and let the story flow.

    The first half of the book follows a fairly predictable plot if you've read more than five fantasy novels. But, much to my enjoyment, the writer really hit his stride in the second half of the book and sprinkled in several surprises as well as a good dose of action as well. The first half was "okay", but only the second half convinced me to read the next book.

    I have listened to several other books narrated by Paul Boehmer and this is probably my least favorite of his simply due to the accent. It's not irritating, just overdone enough to take focus away from the story. Also, his style tends to be a little boring for my taste and the long sections without any really engaging action made me zone out while listening sometimes.

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    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 11-05-11
    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"
    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If not for the narrator, I would have given this book 5 stars. The story was very good. One of my favorite fantasy novels I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Boy, the main character. Early on I began to route for him. The author does an excellent job of making you relate and feel everything he is going through. All though I must admit I quickly found myself a fan of Burrich and went on all of the emotional rollercoaster rides the author puts you through with him.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance of this book was VERY weak for me. I almost turned it off early on as the audio was so bad. It would go from loud to extremely quiet, to where you could hardly hear. That proves how good the book was, because I was involved in the story and decided to press on. Eventually I got used to the shoddy audio, and found myself lost in the story. The narrator does not do a good job at changing his voice, and several characters sounded the same. Often I wasn't sure at first who was saying what.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to audio books in my car, and of course this one would be too long to listen to in one sitting. But I do admit that I couldn't wait to get back in my car so I could jump back in to the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a chance, despite the poor narration. You will eventually get used to it most likely. This story was very engaging and having just ended it a couple of days ago, I realize that I am disappointed knowing it has come to an end. I enjoyed spending time with these characters.

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