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Publisher's Summary

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife.

Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home---the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.

©2010 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

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Quick ending, not even a cliff hanger! just done!

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I enjoyed it

It was a little slow but the author had a lot of background to set up for the future stories. I haven't read or listened to anything else from this author so it was good to have all that background. I love this narrator. She puts a lot of feeling into the story. I have enjoyed her reading other books too.

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  • Christine
  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 11-28-16

Endless droning on about the status quo

Perhaps it is an aspect of my personality, but I was not able to get past the first couple of hours.

The plot plodded along at an excruciatingly slow pace and I found myself not paying attention to what was going on in the story; phasing back in several minutes later to find that nothing of significance happened.

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Love Robin Hobb...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

but this narrator needs to go. She makes the story BORING

If you’ve listened to books by Robin Hobb before, how does this one compare?

As I said, I love Robin Hobb.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

NO, not if I can help it.

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Love Robin Hobb

Ever since I first read Assassins Apprentice some 18 years ago I have been entranced by her world. Another great addition! Looking forward the others.

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Length :(

Loved it like the others, just wanted more of it. :) Was not sure at first as they were new characters but now I'm hooked on them as well.

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Another great story by Robin Hobb.

Same world as others, but completely different storytelling, details and surprises. Loads of intrigue of which even Shade would approve.

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Narration is distracting

Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

Not really...the way she narrates the story is strange. I'm not really sure what/how the narrator decides is the best way to tell the story but in this instance, she was totally wrong for the book. The bad thing is, in order to finish out the series, I have to deal with the same narrator--almost makes me not want to spend the credits--but I will so that I can find out if the dragons make it to Kelsingra...

Was Dragon Keeper worth the listening time?

The length was definitely worth the one credit price...although the narrator wasn't.

Any additional comments?

I like Robin Hobb's books...have read about half of her books but with this story, it seemed to drag...there was too much descriptive fluff and not enough meat to the story---not to mention the ending....goodness, it was abrupt; no kind of wrap-up or such. I'm all for spacing it out if you want to keep the reader hooked for the next book but this ending was horrible.

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There is NO ending!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Well, the story was way to slow to start and the story completely cut off in the middle of the plot, so starting the book around the time where the (story, adventure, publisher's summary, etc.) begins would be a great start and INCLUDING AN ENDING would be a great clincher. These two traits and the premise of damaged dragons (might) make it a 4-star book. Robin Hobb needs to write more engaging characters and clean up the over-abundance of flashbacks before I consider 5 stars.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Lock In by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil Wheaton. After that, I'll probably re-listen to Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Cary and narrated by Anne Flosnik (the same narrator here). I love the world-building in those novels and Anne Flosnik brings so much emotion to the main character Phedre. It's honestly one of my favorite audiobook performances ever.

What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

I love Anne Flosnik. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life. If you want a better example of this, she did an AMAZING job narrating Jacqueline Carey's novels.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme Rage. I was expecting the next chapter of the book and heard the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this production" instead.

Any additional comments?

I am returning this stupid book.

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Horrible Narrator

Could care less about the characters. last few chapters the best. Skip the story. It is nowhere near the quality of the Fitz and the Fool story line.