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Fool's Fate Audiobook

Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy, from the author of the best-selling Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart.

A small and sadly untried coterie - the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz - sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska's challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth. Only with the completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms. It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just beneath the surface.

Thick is constantly ill, and his random but powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while Chade's fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the Fool's death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them....

©2003 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"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)

"Robin Hobb writes achingly well." (SFX)

"Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible." (George R. R. Martin)

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    Redwing Uk 23/05/2014
    Redwing Uk 23/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Loose yourself in this amazing story!"

    I have not lost myself so deeply in a story since I was a child. Robin Hobbs intricately woven story of Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool Fate was so heart achingly , beautifully written, that i found myself going to bed early to get 4 or 5 hours listening before resigning to sleep. I have fallen so in love with the characters of Fitz and the Fool, their trails throught quests and deepening of the relationship is incredibly moving and poigniant. I have cried more with this book than any other i can remember, and am kind of dazed now I'm at the end. I am in awe of Robin Hobbs writing. It may sound over dramatic and sentimental, but this book has changed me. I heartily recommend the journey!

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    Mimi 02/05/2014
    Mimi 02/05/2014 Member Since 2013

    Comic and fiction aficionado and part time art student! Currently residing in Falmouth Cornwall

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    "The Harrowing and Epic Conclusion"
    Would you listen to Fool's Fate again? Why?

    I certainly would. Hobb has made me care so much about these characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't want to give away spoilers but I have to say the ending is exceptional. At so many points while listening to this I thought the situation was beyond redemption. But the conclusion was perfect. Hobb has a genius for knowing exactly what needs to happen to her characters and why.


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

    I almost did! This is a deeply addictive trilogy (so I recommend you listen at a time when you need a VERY sizeable distraction). I cannot wait for the next Robin Hobb release this August, I'm desperate to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like many many of Hobbs writings, does not shy away from fantasy stereotypes. If you were to pick apart the events of her "Realm of the Elderlings" saga, I'm sure you'd find many of them. However, please do temper your judgement, Hobb doesn't just manage to reinvent these tropes but uses them as weapons. Her narrative is enthralling, rich in detail yet open to the imagination. She tackles epic high fantasy, rooted in real modern society issues, and anchored by a rich multitude of developed and colourful characters.This book makes for an intense listen (many fans get emotional about it, and rightly so). I cried like a child. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster, though do trust in Hobb's dazzling prowess. She's an author that, no matter how convoluted the situation, never loses her absolute control of the story, finishing the Tawny man has left me in no doubt of that.I must also say that i found Nick Taylors narration to be spot on. I loved Beomer's farseer but Taylor was even better. He pronounces "Burrich"'s name properly (i.e. the way the author does) and even starling's voice is closer to what I envisioned. The ageing up of Nighteyes' voice was appropriate to his 20 years: unnaturally old for a grey wolf. And the rest of the cast is wonderfully distinct! Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dawes Birmingham UK 11/12/2013
    M. Dawes Birmingham UK 11/12/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent timing...."

    in the sense that it won't be long before we get further tales of Fitz and the Fool from the wonderful pen of Robin Hobb.

    Needless to say that you should just stop whatever it is you are doing and listen to all six of these glorious books. I think you would be hard pressed to find any novelist anywhere quite as good. Immense and immersive, lovingly read, and chock full of life.

    Treat yourself.

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    Havgar 19/06/2017
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    "god damn."

    irritating as fitz is, it was a good, neat ending to this series. still kind of feel like he could have done more with himself though...
    a good read all in all.

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    Amazon Customer Hinckley, United Kingdom 12/06/2017
    Amazon Customer Hinckley, United Kingdom 12/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic end to the trilogy"

    while this book is great it definitely needs a bit of editing there are lots of repeated phrases that haven't been edited out. it happens more towards the end of the book , I think the editor fell asleep!

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    Amazon Customer 19/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book"

    Wonderful journey and very well read. It took me a while to get used to Nick Taylor as the narrator but he is very good at allowing you to build an image and shape the character into your own imagining. There are a few odd repetitions of lines throughout the series and this book which is disappointing but overall this is still a 5 star book

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    Jd 25/04/2017
    Jd 25/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration for an epic end to the trilogy"

    Nick Taylor's narration is exactly how I saw Fitz in my mind and his diction, pauses and nuances are brilliant. I loved reading this series and this audiobook was just as enjoyable.

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    Dionne 17/03/2017
    Dionne 17/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    A fitting end to the trilogy. Very well read and easy to listen to. Looking forward to listening to more.

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    Ladygreygold 13/02/2017
    Ladygreygold 13/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Immersive"

    I read the first Farseer trilogy, in paperback, over a dozen years ago and I loved it's vividly imagined world. I discovered that the hero Fitz had new adventures when I searched Audible for something to get into during the hours alone at work.
    I was delighted to find the story as colourful and immersive as it ever had been, well delivered by Mick Taylor.

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    RJB1 UK 17/01/2017
    RJB1 UK 17/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A good finale to the trilogy"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if this trilogy is a better than the first trilogy (The Farseer Trilogy), as in my opinion the first one was poorly narrated. Nick Taylor does an exceptional job at narrating this book and the rest of the Tawny Man Trilogy. It was difficult to stop listening and I would find myself taking a longer path to get where I was going just to listen to a bit more.

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  • Petter
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    "good shit"

    good narration, lovely story. nice quality in the production. i recomend this over the other version

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  • Katrina
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    "Terrible quality production"

    This is yet another totally brilliant series by Robin Hobb, building perfectly on the previous Liveship Traders and Assassin series.

    But the audio editors left MANY instances of repeated lines often with the narrator giving a sigh of frustration before starting the line again.

    The first time gave me a giggle, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book as though the editing job was rushed. By the end I felt truly annoyed. I've not had an audio book from here with so many issues like this.

    I hope it will be re-edited. Robin Hobb books so rock and Nick is a fair narrator.

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