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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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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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    Anne Cutrell 02-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written, but can be tiresome"

    I really wanted to like this book better than I did. It's well written, great descriptions and interesting characters and situations.
    However, the denseness of the main character sometimes drove me nuts. I understood where that denseness came from (you'll know what I mean if you've read the book) and intellectually, it made sense, but I just couldn't get over the damage that was done. I don't want a Mary Sue, but I do want a main character who can accomplish SOMETHING, for goodness' sake!
    In a way, it was very realistically done (which is why, even though I got frustrated, I gave it 4 stars). I'd like to know what happens, but I don't know if I can do it.
    As an aside, I found Boehmer's voice to be a little high-brow sounding for a narrator who, in the beginning of the book comes from humble origins, but I got used to it by the end.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-01-12
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Diary of a Wimpy Assassin"

    I ended up buying all three books, and I enjoyed them, but it was really hard to like this hero. He is not much of an assassin. The only assassinations he does are by poisoning and those are mostly zombies, and he feels guilty about it. He kills in self defense and feels guilty about it. He doesn't take out the really bad people, even though everyone knows they are the really bad people and he would have saved thousands of lives and endless suffering if he had poisoned them too, because of some promise he made... but mostly because it would end the story too soon.

    He has magic ability he doesn't want to use and doubts himself constantly and really hates himself... but ends up saving the kingdom anyway... and gets little credit for it. He spends a large chunk of the third book on a useless quest, and all the while he is thinking (and I was thinking) this is a bad idea. And it was.

    Conan he is not. He is more like Conan's half-witted baby sister.

    Despite all that, the plot was good, the world was rich, and the narration was very good. There is magic and herbology and animal kinship woven in here. I enjoyed it overall. I just wish the main character had more backbone.

    29 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    K. 04-02-12
    K. 04-02-12
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    "Ponderous"

    I feel trapped by this book. I want to know what happens to Fitz, but I can't stand to listen to it for very long. Unfortunately, I can't tell what the problem is. The narrator certainly doesn't give the characters or performance much life. It reminds me of a speech communication class I had as an undergrad over 30 years ago; we non-actors read books in front of the class with much the same effect. Thank the universe that I can speed up the narration on my Kindle Fire! But the story may also be the problem; there may be too much detail and not enough plot to make it truely interesting. Given the problems I have with the narrator, I can't really tell. The plan is to rent the the subsequent Kindle book from the library. Then I'll know if it's the story and won't feel I have to finish the sequel to get my money's worth. (FYI, I downloaded the book about two months ago and still have 6 hours to go!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Rob Augusta, GA 08-18-10
    Dr. Rob Augusta, GA 08-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great...And Can Share it With My Kids"

    This is an intelligent and engaging book that appeals to the adult fantasy readers/listeners. But as opposed to those like George RR Martin, who have a lot of graphic content not appropriate for kids, this has none of that. I am so glad that Robin Hobb doesn't see that as necessary for a good tale. It is just as good as these others, but without the unnecessary baggage. Highly recommended!

    28 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    John MS 12-29-11
    John MS 12-29-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Good start to trilogy, but"

    I really liked this first book and performance. Well conceived universe that was somewhat contained in size and scope. The main character spends much of book 1 as a child/youth. The unfortunate BUT is books 2 and 3 become unbearably inconsistent and leave you wanting to slap the main character half the time for being so dense and stupid.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 01-27-15
    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "WORST BOOK EVER"
    What would have made The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice better?

    If i had picked up this book in Barnes and Nobles, it would have been clear within a few pages how poorly written this book is. A boy is raised and acts as a dog. Of course ,it is more sinister, but the narration is so poor I had difficult time listening to more that part of 2 chapters. If possible, I would have returned this book.
    This purchase illustrates the weakness of purchasing books essentially blindly from Audible. The plot reviews are poor and limited. The samples are so limited as to rarely to reflect the true insides of the book. Usually, the reviews will guide me but not this time. STEER CLEAR, if you like adult plots, with adult sentence structure and narration that at least is comfortable reading instead of over dramatic reading with poorly placed inflections and grating tone.
    Also, this book illustrates how I settle for substandard books with Audible often because it is so hard to search title for authors I like on my I phone. I rarely have time to sit down at a computer to figure out the Science and Fantasy Section that clearly has more male authors and older titles emphasized. I have to put in every female author I like every time to find something I like.
    Overall, I have been satisfied with Audible. I am dissatisfied with being stuck with this terrible title.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Hobb’s story?

    Bad Plot. Immature. Never caught my imagination because it was so silly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less grating reading. Tone more regular. Not mellow dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had picked up this book at Barnes and Nobles, I would have known in a few pages what a bad read it was, The plot synopsis did not reveal the silly characterization of a boy raised and acting as a dog. The short sample did reveal to me that the narration was bad. A longer narration would have convinced me not to buy this recording. Very disappointed. Overall, I am happy with Audible but this purchase points out the weaknesses of buying a book essentially blindly.
    Also, I have a number of authors that I love, many of them female, I have a hard time finding them using the mobile app. I wish I could favor authors so that their titles would come up preferentially. I would be much happier with Audible. Indeed, I have gone back to the library because the titles I like are so hard to find or are lacking.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Magikarp Salad 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series!"

    I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...

    Get this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Miller 04-19-10
    A. Miller 04-19-10
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    "I love this series"

    This is a great book. The series is outstanding.
    I hope they put out the Tawny Man series as well.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Clint salt lake City, UT, United States 03-07-10
    Clint salt lake City, UT, United States 03-07-10
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    "Great series"

    I'm just finishing the first book, and it's great. It has the same narrator as Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy, who does an amazing job. I became a huge fan of Robin Hobb years ago with the Farseer trilogy and now it's an audio book, awesome!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mike st paul, MN, United States 06-27-12
    Mike st paul, MN, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series!"

    I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...

    Get this one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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