I bought this audio book because I was trying to spend some points. I had not read anything by Robin Hobb and so I wasn't sure what to expect. At firs..Show More »t, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the story. It is not your typical fantasy story. It is definitely a story about a boy growing into a man with a little magic thrown in. As soon as I got to know the main character I started to care about what happened to him. The author spends a lot of time developing his characters and his world building is top notch. The story takes a little time to get going but once it does get going it is engaging. The narration by John Keating is pretty good. He does a good job of providing differing voices for the characters which ensures the listener is not confused. I love his scottish accent! I can highly recommend this audio book. It is well worth your time and your credit.
I really wanted to like this series. The setting is awesome. There is a wonderful political landscape, a fairly original system for magic, and interes..Show More »ting peoples. The problem is that the individual characters are mind numbingly dull and painfully lacking in intelligence.
The main character of the novel is so amazingly un-dynamic that you wonder if he has any memory for the past events of the books. Three-fourths of the the way through the second book, we have watched him go through a vast number of experiences and been forced to tediously read his moaning and self-reflections on them, and then he repeats the same verbal responses, preforms the same actions, and gets the same results. We are told by other characters that he is smart and fit to go out on his own to explore and be a "Scout," but all the evidence we witness makes me wonder how anyone could reach that conclusion. Honestly, the book would be much improved if it randomly ended with, "And he fell in a hole and died. The End."
The other major issue is Hobb's inability to get to the point. I can't decide if Hobb wants us to see Burvelle as an idiot, or if she thinks the readers are so stupid as to need the same point to be retold to us 10 different ways. I guess it's one way to fill up space.
I journeyed with Nevare Burvelle because I wanted to see more of the world he inhabits, but seeing his world through his eyes while listening to his inner monologue is far to painful to continue into another book.
All of that said, the narration gives this tedious work some life. I'll be looking for other books read by Keating.
The narrator did a great job differentiating between characters with his use of pitch, accent, and even speech impediment! The story itself was wonde..Show More »rfully written. Unless I have missed a recent release, I own all Robin Hobb titles that Audbible has to offer. I feel that this series of books did the best job of being a series (e.g., one story that took three books to tell), and yet also retained each book as a distinct step along the character's progress (e.g., each book had a natural breaking point and didn't leave me feeling unfulfilled because of too many loose threads).