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  • Fool's Quest

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series. Happy endings never last.... Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration

  • By Jack C on 12-05-16

Warms up towards the end

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This does feel a bit stretched out, and i agree with other reviewers that the Fools voice is annoyingly pathetic.

Having said that, I have just bought the next in the series...

  • Fool's Fate

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 611

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loose yourself in this amazing story!

  • By Redwing on 23-05-14

Superb, moving, though-provoking at times; what more can you want?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-17

The books involving Fitz are, I think, the best and this Trilogy is so good, I really didn’t want it to end.

Very well read; Nick Taylor uses voices with subtlety and this just adds to the overall experience.

Whilst the three can be read independently, I strongly recommend reading the earlier ones, which are just as good, and make this trilogy better still.

  • Fool's Errand

  • Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 612

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Changes in narrators

  • By julia harrold on 08-01-17

Back to the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

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

  • The Mad Ship

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, not sure about the narration

  • By Kusameh on 13-04-13

Cracking stuff!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-17

And great narration too, despite lots of adverse comments on line

Can't write more, need to download the next book in the series!

  • Ship of Magic

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable, a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story, disappointing narration

  • By Eli on 15-11-12

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Really engaging story-line, characters you love to hate (I shouted at the car stereo once when driving and listening I was so annoyed with one particular character - K)
Ignore what everyone says about Anne Flosnik, she is fine. She definitely improves over time, and with familiarity. I really like her reading after an hour or so, and thought she gave just enough variation to the various voices of the characters.
Just downloaded book 2....

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

Excellent in every way!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Really good storyline, excellent narration, and James Bond brought to life better than in any film

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 968

Patrick Rothfuss narrates The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a companion novella to his bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels that shares an enchanting new perspective on the Four Corners realm. Renowned as a bastion of knowledge, the University draws the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex web of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magnificent and delightfully joyful book.

  • By Angus Milner-Brown on 06-11-14

Odd, but good

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Author starts by saying this is an odd book that you may regret buying. It is certainly a very different sort of book, but none the worse for that. Just don't expect action,adventure etc; more a slow burn and an intriguing ending...