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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

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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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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    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 05-12-13
    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A favorite"
    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Paul Boehmer did a fantastic job on the books. His superior performance was up to the high level of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The Farseer story is one of my favorite fantasy series. I love the characters and the way the story unfolds. I'm hoping the final three books in the series become available on audio book soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 01-29-13
    Connor 01-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "More Enjoyable Than Expected"

    I like this book. As foreshadowed by the Title and book Graphics, this is a medieval fantasy about a young man finding his way in the world. The writing style is exceptional and the characters are well defined.

    One of the book’s themes is to “try” to succeed when all hope seems lost. Not trying means accepting a bad ending. While trying against all odds might not prevent pain, dismemberment or a cruel nickname, there is always the chance of good luck or even a decent outcome that was not expected.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 12-27-12
    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 12-27-12 Member Since 2016

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).

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    "Assassins and Intrigue, oh my."
    Would you listen to The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice again? Why?

    Yes I would. I've read many Robin Hobb books in the past and the Farseer series was on my list to read like so many other but my time is limited so audio books has allowed me to get to books I haven't had time to before. This book has the beginning of a story that I look forward to hearing the rest of. The characters were interesting and it made me laugh, cry and wince right along with Fitz. I think the narrator did a decent job of bringing the characters to life as well, his performance certainly didn't distract me away from the interesting story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fitz, as the main character you get to see this whole world by his eyes as he learns what it means to be the bastard son of a royal and a King's Man. Hobb's writing easily draws you in and want more but that is how I have always found Hobb's books to be.


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

    Yes there was and I hate to really detail it in any way other than saying it happened during Fitz's Test with the Skill.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have listened to or read any of Hobb's other books, you will not be disappointed by this one. If you haven't? Well this is fantasy without a whole lot of magic and what magic that is used is barely talked about. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    heather LAKE WORTH, FL, United States 12-06-12
    heather LAKE WORTH, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Bringing to Life the Assasin"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, one of my favorite books of all time, hearing it on audio only solidifies my opinion of this amazing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


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

    no


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

    OH DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE THESE BOOKS A FILM!!!

    -besides the title? Farseer's or Fitz and the Fool, or The White Prophets Catalyst


    Any additional comments?

    Robin please write more.... send fitz to find his fool....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie West Palm Beach 10-26-12
    Marie West Palm Beach 10-26-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great story, Characters, and Wonderful Narration"

    Great Book! Great story, Characters, and Wonderful Narration.
    The previous reviews really helped. The narrator was wonderful and the characters were well developed story line and plot. I look forward to reading book 2.

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    Janet Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-06-12
    Janet Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A new favorite author!"
    Would you listen to The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice again? Why?

    Yes, the story is engaging and has many suble story points that I feel that I would enjoy making sure that I did not miss anything


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

    The relationship between Fitz and his uncle developing was moving to me but it was very subtle although it was apparent that it was going to be a key element in the story


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a newish fan of Patrick Rothfuss. I've listened to the books twice and am impatiently waiting for the next one. I was not looking for a new author but this was a GREAT find! SO, if you like Patrick Rothfuss or Brent Weeks you will probably LOVE Robin Hobb, as I do.

    Narrator is perfect and after having Scott Brick run me off from some of my favorite authors I am a bit picky about narrators. This is a highly recommendable combo. I hope this narrator is here for the duration. I am looking forward to the rest of this series and would hate to have it ruined :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12
    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a great book, but it hooked me enough to go on"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book spends most of the time having a pity part for the "bastard" boy. There is some decent character development and some interesting intrigue. You get some hints that the protagonist is more powerful than he is aware.

    I'm hopeful that this book will pick up the pace a bit in the next installment. The stage is set.


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

    There are other books I would advise them to read first, however I am starved for finding a decent fantasy series and anything is better than the last two duds I tried "Name of the wind" and "Sheep farmer's daughter" which are quite possible two of the worst books I ever suffered through.


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

    I have not. The performance and reading were quite excellent. Nothing can sink an audio book faster than a bad narrator and Paul did a great job here.


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

    I would rather see the word and void trilogy or possibly a Dark Tower HBO series.


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    Shazid Montreal, QC, Canada 09-24-12
    Shazid Montreal, QC, Canada 09-24-12
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    "Good Somber story"

    Its not an Epic setting, or grand scale like game of thrones or lord of the rings but here thats a good thing. It helps focus on the main charecters and build them. Still theres a lot of intrigue and twists and turn. Overall a great book

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    Elizabeth 08-20-12
    Elizabeth 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D

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    "Excellent story & narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were very interesting and engaging, and the narrator really brought everyone to life. Very cool accent as well. :D


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character depth and development was very interesting. In many ways, it's the life story of the main character (up to around age 14-16 or so); there's not necessarily a specific plot, but as the main character grows, he shapes and is shaped by the world around him in unexpected ways. Creative storytelling that keeps you guessing!


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

    He has a rich voice with a really fantastic accent. He gives each character their own individual voice and vocal pacing so you always know which character is speaking. Brings a lot of depth to the listening experience.


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

    Fitz's relationship with his two hounds, first Nosy, then Smithy. I didn't realize I was such a sucker for "a boy and his dog" stories. There is so much else going on in the book, but I really was touched by the descriptions of his interactions with the dogs, as well as other animals to a lesser degree.


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    Anne Oakland, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Anne Oakland, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, ok performance"
    Would you listen to The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice again? Why?

    Yes, I loved this story, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the reader did a good job of subtly distinguishing between the voices of different characters, but every once in a while he would put the wrong emphasis in a sentence or use a strange rhythm to say a sentence, and I found this distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you looking for lots of action or a concise storyline--this book may not be for you. The story moves kind of slow, and the story arc is not very clear. It is, however, a wonderful telling of the life of this very interesting boy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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