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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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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.

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  • Andrew
  • FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
  • 01-27-16

It was ok

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I give this 2 stars because it was ok. It wasn't bad, but not a whole lot happened either. Frankly I think 200 pages could have been edited out and it would have been much better.

When a story is slow and then finally moves incrementally at the end, having 200 pages or more of bloat just doesn't help.

I will continue reading the series I hear it picks up in the second book, but I'm not exactly over thrilled to pick up the next volume either. because there weren't any characters that I felt really attached too, in fact there where a few I didn't like at all, but I do like Hobbs method of developing characters, so that will keep me going.

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  • Sarah
  • Placerville, CA, United States
  • 05-24-15

11 hours in and the plot has yet to start.

What would have made Dragon Keeper better?

If the plot moved at all, if there were any joy to be had with any of the characters or situations, if any of the four (five?) storylines actually met up...

Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

NO.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Odd emphasis on words, but by far the worst was the stalled out story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dragon Keeper?

I think I would cut the first 11 hours of the book, save for the prologue, and actually get to the meat of the story as advertised on the back.

Any additional comments?

I've heard good things about Robin Hobb.It must be other books, because after this I won't be listening to this author again.

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mom's sci fi super soft porn or children's story??

the narrator unfortunately kind of threw me off from the story. maybe it was meant to be read this way and if it was. it gives the whole story a different feeling. like your readings your moms pg romance/ on the edge of super strict porn mixed with a child's story. its too. confused talking about older themes in side storylines like Heste's relationship with Cedric. I don't know if i should be happy she's shining a light on that type of thing , but if so go there all the way? I don't know. it just wasn't smooth and you didn't know if you were in a children's fantasy or mothers sci fi super soft porn.

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  • Kirsten
  • RIDGECREST, NC, United States
  • 09-06-14

I hope you have some time off!

A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

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