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The Mad Ship: The Liveship Traders, Book 2 | [Robin Hobb]

The Mad Ship: The Liveship Traders, Book 2

Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.
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Publisher's Summary

The second volume in this superb trilogy from the author of The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love, and magic.

Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

Beyond Bingtown, enigmatic wood-carver Amber dreams of re-launching the Paragon, The Mad Ship, despite the history of death and despair that surrounds him. Secrets will be revealed - secrets forgotten by sea serpents, hidden by the disfigured Wild Rain Traders, buried deep in wizardwood coffins - secrets with startling, dramatic consequences.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics” (The Times)

“Assassin's Apprentice:A gleaming debut” (Publishers Weekly)

“Assassin's Quest: 'Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy” (Locus)

“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” (SFX)

“Praise for The Liveship Traders series: 'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible” (George R R Martin)

“Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” (Guardian)

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    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 03-02-13
    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 03-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Just love Robin Hobbs work but not this narrator"

    This narrator seems to hang onto words particularly at the end of sentences. I will certainly
    listen to series 2 but could wish for a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Sheils Wellingtom, New Zealand 07-19-14
    Jim Sheils Wellingtom, New Zealand 07-19-14
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    "The Epic Continues"
    What did you love best about The Mad Ship?

    The Restoration of the Paragon.


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

    No it is too big


    Any additional comments?

    Just as good as Ship of magic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    Shrewsbury, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Love the story, not sure about the narration"

    I knew I would enjoy the context of the story from looking at the description, reading other reviews and talking to a friend. What I found particularly enjoyable was the complexity of the characters in this fantasy novel, the way that all characters have depth and mixtures of pleasant/interesting/unpleasant characteristics. I found the narration difficult. When I first started listening it sounded like 'text to speech' with perfect diction and monotony. I still enjoyed listening but I would have greatly preferred a more natural speech rhythm with more lively inflection.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    7/26/15
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    "Assassins Quest family"

    An enjoyable if undemanding listen, following on from the first Assassins Quest trilogy. Fills in useful detail before tackling the Fools Quest series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trey Mujakporue
    4/3/15
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    "Robin Hobb is simply amazing"

    As with all her books Robin Hobb is the master of suspense, intruige,fantasy and political skulduggery. An amazing listen. i couldn't wait to get to the end. if you are thinking of reading the live ship trilogy i would suggest a read of the Rainwild triology first. if only to enjoy wave after wave of excitement as the penny drops and the realization of who the elderlings are falls into place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian K
    3/9/15
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    "If you can get past her voice, the story's great."
    Where does The Mad Ship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not Bad. But I wonder how they choose the readers.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her reading sounded slow and drawn. unlike the fella reading the next 3 books in Robin Hobb's series, She was not ear friendly, so to speak.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Ronald L. Alcock
    Derbyshire, UK
    2/3/15
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    "Riviting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mad Ship to be better than the print version?

    I don't know as only have audiobooks


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mad Ship?

    The re-launching of the moody old ship


    Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    it compares favoribly with other books of hers


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

    Its too long to listen to in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    I have the whole set of these terrific books and am not yet half way through them, I will be sorry when this adventurous story ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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