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Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of the Farseers… Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy.

Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken’s effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15 year old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another ‘Piebald Prince’, a Farseer tainted by Wit magic? As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." ( The Times)
"A gleaming debut" ( Publishers Weekly)
"Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy" ( Locus)
"Robin Hobb writes achingly well" ( SFX, Praise for The Liveship Traders series)
"Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible" (George R R Martin)
"Hobb is a remarkable storyteller." ( Guardian)

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Editing not perfect

Biggest complaint would be that there is 0 downtime between end of a chapter and start of the new one, resulting in no room to let the chapter to sink in.

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Change in narrator!!

Unfortunately the narrator clearly never listened to the first trilogy in the series on the same character thus pronounces many of the characters names differently. Additionally, there are no pauses between chapter headings and the end of the preceding chapter.

Great story which is to be expected from the author. Sadly the narration of this audiobook has really spoilt it for me!

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should of stuck with the orginal narrator.

should of stuck with the orginal narrator. but you do get use to him by the end of the book.

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An amazing continuation of a splendid series.

Not much to say, other than enjoy your read. If the Narrator bothers you, don't worry. He grows on you over time. While not as excellent as Paul Boehmer, the narrator manages to put his own interpertation on the characters in a way that does The Farseer Trilogy justice, while setting up The Tawny Man trilogy to be the wild ride that it is.

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  • Tomas
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 02-10-13

Awesome. FITZ is back

What made the experience of listening to The Tawny Man Trilogy (1) – Fool’s Errand the most enjoyable?

After loving the Farseer trilogy, Fools errand puts you straight back into Buck all be it quite a few years later and delivers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nighteyes - His wolfish way of looking at life which is more human than some of the actual human characters.

Which character – as performed by Nick Taylor – was your favorite?

FitzChivalry

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

If you loved the Farseer, you'll love this. Could not stop listening and had a few close encounters with the misses because of it. All worth it.

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  • Richard
  • 06-29-17

Brilliant once again

Once again the author captured me from the beginning! My only thought is that the narrator should have listened to the series to get the name's and accents right! However this does not take away from the story!! Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!

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  • julia harrold
  • 01-08-17

Changes in narrators

The book is brilliant!! Unfortunately,change in narrators from the farseer books was quite annoying! Firstly unable to pronounce peoples names either correctly or as pronounced in the first books so took me a while to even realise to whom they were referring to! Secondly, confusing at times as to which character was speaking as there was no real change in voice,also confusing.lastly,poorly edited as a few mistakes were left in.the story is brilliant but i wish they could keep the original narrators as these become the voices and demeanour of the characters. Its Burrage not boregauge and Ket-trican

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  • Loubytee
  • 03-22-13

Bring back Paul Boehmer!

Having just finished listening to Paul Boehmer's narration of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy (which I found absolutely epic) I excitedly bought The Fool's Errand assuming (stupidly) it would also be narrated by Paul Boehmer as a continuation of Fitz's story. Instead, Nick Taylor's is the narrator and while I'm sure he's a lovely person his narration is so bad I can't even bring myself to listen past the first chapter. While Boemar's over the top English accent took a bit of getting used to in The Assassin's Apprentice, I found that in a fantasy setting, the theatrics kind of worked and three books later I was completely immersed in his creation of the Six Duchies world. Now with these new audiobooks instead of Nighteyes sounding like John Hurt whispering in your ear we've got Ray Winston after 6 pints and 20 Benson & Hedges. It's like someone told him, "just make your voice growly, that's what wolfs sound like." Not only that all the pronunciations are wrong - Burridge in now 'Burrig' and Kettricken is now 'Ktriggin' and Starling has gone from being a willowy seductively voiced minstrel to a Devon Farmer's Wife - ooooh aahhr. Wish he'd just listened to the Farseer Audiobooks before he agreed to take the gig. Anyway, rant over, I have decided to re-listen to the end of The Farseer Trilogy and while I have a proper sounding Nighteyes fresh in my mind, start reading the Fool's Errand paper book instead. I'm sure the actual book itself is grand - 5 stars etc. etc.

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  • Garry
  • 08-05-14

Great story/ frustrating lack of consistency

A great story and nice to see and experience Fitz's life post the initial trilogy.

The only problem is with consistency in the narration.

Nick is a good narrator with lots of different voices but lazy not to have listened to the previous books. The change of pronunciation of ketricken to k'tricken and burritch to burrick grated on me the whole way through and detracted from the quality of the story

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  • DannieJ
  • 04-12-18

Robin Hobb does it again.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes absolutely but I would recommend they read the Farseer books in order, starting with Assassins Apprentice.

What does Nick Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Personality. I'm extremely impressed with his narration. Plays very well at x1.25 speed too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Took me two and half days.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to book two and three. After reading The Farseer Trilogy and The Liveship Traders, Robin Hobb has really taken hold with me. A certain part of this book was heartbreaking and will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Mr C.
  • 02-23-18

Great Store, Good Performance, Shoddy Editting

What made the experience of listening to Fool's Errand the most enjoyable?

The Story, being a continuation of characters that I love is what makes this book. Seeing how the characters have progress over the 15 year time span since the last book is of great interest to me.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing how the characters have progress over the 15 year time span since the last book is of great interest to me. The progression of past events culminating in a number of new event in which the main characters get swept into kept me hooked.

What about Nick Taylor’s performance did you like?

Whilst Nick did not narrate the characters originally, in the previous trilogy he never the less brought them to life is a believable way. Although he does pronounce certain character names differently that the narrator in the previous trilogy. A small thing to get used to.

Unfortunately Nicks editor kind of let him down a little. There were several moments in the narration of this book where Nick had obviously received direction from his producer or had tried different pronunciations of the same sentence or paragraph which the editor did not catch. Leaving Nick sounding as if he repeat himself with different inflections. This also happens in Book 2 of this trilogy which Nick narrates.

At one stage Nick stopped talking altogether moved some papers around and tried the whole paragraph again. I do not blame Nick for this as its a necessary thing, but I feel he was let down by the editor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No!! Its far too long to listen to or read in one sitting.

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  • matt
  • 01-30-18

voice is not good

the voice acter isnt quiet right.voices are not fluid they are samey and do not flow.

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  • Dave Watts
  • 01-12-18

Well narrated

The book was enjoyable but the audio version was even more so. Well narrated and brought the story to life.

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  • Colin
  • 11-10-17

Back to the best

Loved this book, Fitz is a brilliant character, as is Nighteyes.

Best narrator of the series so far, though I have liked the other two as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

Fantastic book, GREAT narration!

Please don't let the change of Narrator put you off! I was only prompted to write this review when I saw how many listeners were complaining about the change in Narrator for this second Trilogy. I can only say I can't imagine how I could have struggled through another three books with the last horrendous narrator, with his forced plummy accent, weird pronunciations and strange expression. New guy is awesome in comparison!

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  • Kassandra
  • 11-07-16

Poor editing

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The editing was very frustrating - the last words of the chapter are hardly finished being said before "CHAPTER 2" etc booms out at you. Quite startling when the previously uttered words are quite soft. Also very annoying was the change in pronunciation of some character names - particularly Ketricken and Burrich. I found myself correcting the book each time at first lol. Otherwise I did quite enjoy the narration in this trilogy.

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  • Mr. Peter J. Wilcock
  • 11-30-17

Great story, terrible narration

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I'm not commenting about the story, as I don't wish to ruin it for anyone, however I will say it's another trilogy well worth the read/listen. Unfortunately, the change in narrator from the Assassins Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) almost ruined it completely for me. I'm dreading the next series after this :'(

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  • Cary
  • 10-17-17

Bad Editing

One minute I'm in the throws of tears because of the storyline, and the next I'm jolted to real life and the story spoiled because of the sudden loud CHAPTER XX. For goodness sakes a bit of time to cheer or grieve at the end of chapters PLEASE!!!!!!

Not the fault of the author - love the story. Not the fault of the reader, quite enjoying his voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-17

pronunciation

loved the book, robbin hobbs work will always do that for me. Words and names like kettricken and chalsed were prounced differently to the previous 6 books. Please please please! keep the pronunciations the same! Loved the voice though, very nice Nick

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  • Tegan
  • 09-11-17

Freaking chapter announcements!!!

Just as it was getting to an emotional bit, as the chapter was coming to an emotional close the narrator would change tone and announce the next chapter, destroying what the author has just created!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

More Fitz!

Nick does a wonderful job of bringing our favourite characters to life.
The story itself is captivating and leaves you wanting more.
while not as intense as the farseer trilogy, lacking the major climax that was present in each of its stories, this book was still not without.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-17

Great story good narration.

As always the story is great. The narrator is good though his ending of one chapter and start of the next is very abrupt, a breath between may have been good,

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  • Maria
  • 05-03-17

Takes some getting used to

I struggled at first with the difference in narration between this and the farseer. I'm glad I pushed on though, this is a beautiful story, Robin Hobb weaves magic with her words. There are some issues with editing, the start of each chapter is jarring. Far too loud and too quick after the soft ending of the previous chapter.

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  • Roland
  • 03-23-17

A thrilling fantasy story

Robin Hobb has created a vivid and beautiful world in the Farseer books and this series is a great follow up to her first in this world. Picking up the story of Fitz and Nighteyes and the Fool is seamlessly done and the new adventures are just as captivating as the first series. Also, a great job by the reader to help you immerse yourself in the story.

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  • Johnny Hill
  • 07-11-16

Joy & Heartache

Answering the many questions left of what had befallen Fitz & Nighteyes. Robin Hobb brings you back into the Six Duchies and back into the life of Fitz Chivalry Farseer, older and wiser and now known as Tom Badgerlock. A new trial at the beckon of The White Prophet, concerning Fitz's children will bring him back into Buckeep, and back into the service of the Farseer.