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  • 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 2,972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754

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

Great addition to the world - TERRIBLE voice actor

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

What did you love best about Fool's Quest?

I love how Ms Hobb is slowly weaving her worlds together and binding it all into a cohesive whole.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character was Perseverance. He seems to embody all the qualities of a real hero.

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

His accents were terrible. Every time he said "Oh, Bee" or "Oh, Fitz" I thought of the bad acting in porn movies. And so many of the voices were modeled after Mr. Howell from Gilligan's Island. Also after listening to the Rain Wilds books, the change in the Keeper's voices - esp the wheedling of Rain - it was just terrible.

  • The Dark Thorn

  • By: Shawn Speakman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Beneath the streets of Seattle, a long-forgotten war is about to be renewed...Richard McAllister, a spiritually destitute homeless man and Knight of the Yn Saith, protects one of seven portals linking his world to that of Annwn, where the fey Tuatha de Dannan of antiquity have been relegated by a long-running religious war. Unknown to Richard though, powerful forces are aligning against him and all he stands to keep safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let The fact Podehl read it influence you!

  • By Lisa on 03-12-14

This is an example of how bad self publishing is

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Would you try another book from Shawn Speakman and/or Nick Podehl?

Probably not.

What could Shawn Speakman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The dialog was right out of a mediocre renaissance festival skit. The young protagonist is supposed to be a street kid - I have never known a street kid who used vocabulary like that.

The main protagonist was whinier than Luke Skywalker in A New Hope. Every time he lamented be 'used' I just heard 'I ws going to Toshi Station'.

I think he needed to have an editor that had a clue about narration and how people talk.

What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s performance?

He was ok.