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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,693

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Marvelous in all ways!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-16

Charming - yet intense, too - from start to finish! Narrator superb, story delectably crafted!

  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great series, misses the old reader

  • By Andrew on 08-20-15

SERIOUSLY???!! Please fire the narrator!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-15

What would have made Fool's Quest better?

A different narrator - almost ANY other narrator - but preferably James Langton or Paul Boehmer. Didn't this guy listen to the previous Fitz/Fool Trilogies to get a feel for the personalities, voices, and accents of the characters that also appear in this new trilogy? I've listened to all Robin Hobb's books and she's one of my very favorite authors but this narrator grates on my nerves almost like nails on a chalkboard. The story is very good but Elliot Hill is so terrible it makes it almost unbearable for me to listen to it. It has nearly put me off this series and author and still may have - I'm just not quite sure if I can go on listening to this dude murder this series and author! He actually changes the meaning of what the characters are saying with his awful accents and inflections. So sad...

What other book might you compare Fool's Quest to and why?

Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders, Rain Wilds Chronicles, Tawny Man, Wheel of Time, The Inheritance Cycle, The Licanus Trilogy, Hangman's Daughter...

What didn’t you like about Elliot Hill’s performance?

EVERYTHING! There's nothing I DIDN'T like about Elliot Hill's performance! Sheesh!

Any additional comments?

Please get rid of Elliot Hill for the 3rd book in the trilogy and replace him with James Langton or Paul Boehmer - or practically anyone else!

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Haven

  • Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very LITTLE better than the first book

  • By Joe on 05-13-10

Up to Hobb's Usual High Standards!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-10

This is a great book, consistent with Robin Hobb's usual high standards! Of course, Anne Flosnik's narration only adds to the story - it seems to me that Hobb's and Flosnik's styles are perfectly suited to one another and combine to make Hobb's book even that much better.

I must disagree with the other reviewer - having read/listened to the first book in Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy, I would NOT recommend it. Weeks does not possess the maturity as a writer and I kept getting the feeling that portions had been written by a 15-year old male. The first book in the trilogy was tolerable at best and I do not plan to read the other two. I feel like I wasted time reading the first one.

However, after finishing the second book in Hobb's The Rain Wilds Chronicles today, I feel a warm glow when I think about the progression of the characters from the first book and excitement as I look forward to the third installment!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,592

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but once it gets going...<br />

  • By Dallas on 04-10-18

Great writing, great narration! New fave!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-09

I'm in love with this book! It was original, well-written, and the narrator was FANTASTIC! It has replaced the Wheel of Time books as my new favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy read and narrator Nick Podehl has replaced my former favorite Michael Kramer! WOW! Loved it! Am anxiously awaiting book two... :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful