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Blood of Dragons

The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 4
Narrated by: Avita Jay
Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Summary

The final instalment of Robin Hobb’s Sunday Times best-selling series The Rain Wild Chronicles.

Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.

If Tintaglia perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her. And the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive. Their keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to coexist. In doing so they risk losing their own identities, even their lives.

And danger threatens from beyond the city, too. For war is coming: war between dragonkind and those who would destroy them.

©2018 Robin Hobb (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)

"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)

"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)

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Another narrator change

Disappointed with 3 narrators in this series really makes it difficult to get into it.

The story is solid and brings it to a decent not great but decent conclusion.

This has been the weakest series so far in my opinion.

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Pronouncing

This performance is much better than the previous version of this book which was so bad that I had to return it. However I have to point out that they are LIVE ships not liv ships.

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distracting inconsistencies

It was clear that the narrator did not listen to any of the previous books, changing the pronunciation of key names and places and not even being consistent herself. I found this distacting and frustrating. A couple of times I was confused between 2 characters whose voices were too similar which was not the case in the first three books. It would also have been less confusing if a short pause was left between moving locations. Overall I enjoyed the book and the series, it's a shame more effort was not put into making it a more enjoyable listening experience.

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Editing was awful. Paragraphs fed in to each other

Half a story for the price of a book, but this I can forgive.
The editing drove me crazy!
A paragraph would end and flow in to the next with no pause. The story would make no sense and then you'd realise that two different characters were talking in a different city and you'd have to rewind it to get the gist of what was going on!
Time and time again! I had to laugh cos otherwise I'd cry.
I'm sure it was slowed down to bolster the length of the recording as well. It was painfully slow and when I uped the speed to 1.3, it sounded natural.
So in reality. I reckon the book is actually around 8 hours long. A whole credit for half a book.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I liked Avita's reading. It was just a bit of a rip off and I didn't appreciate having to clock it back all of the time whilst driving!

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Good book, not a great narrator

Narration on this one really bothered me. Accent & pronunciation very different to the 3 prior books. Nearly all conversations are delivered with a creepy intense tone, often at odds with the context. Accents of keepers in prior books were generally working class/northern which worked well I thought. This was not continued which was regrettable. It bothered me so much I had to abandon it & finish it in a text copy.

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Love all the Robin Hobb books but pronuciation!

It is very irritating when you listen to the first three books in a series and the word Chalced is pronounced with a 'ch' like in 'chuckle', but when you get to the last book this phoneme is suddenly pronounced as a 'k'. Made me think of calcium deposits, not a helpful association in this context. Why hasn't Avita Jay bothered to listen to at least some of the first three books? They're pretty good.

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storyline gaps

great storyline as always.
it's always a shame when the narrator changes between books unfortunately this time there were no gaps between scene changes. you could be with one character watching something about to happen... and in the next breath you change to a new scene, different characters and different part of the story.

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Another very enjoyable Book

An excellent if not slightly predictable endimg to this series. My only issue is not necessarily with this narrator, but like many of the RH series narrators or productuons, there seems to be no proper punctuation (a proper pause between what i suspect in the book is a new paragraph ), so you you suddenly go onto another topic and become a little discombobulated, other I love these books.

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Excellent pacy story. Holding your attention

My gripe was that the space interval between the end of chapters or when changing scenes was very quick. It needs to be lengthened ever so slightly to act as an unconscious nod to a chapter change.
My other grip is that I was enjoying this story so much I didn’t want it to finish. Really enjoyed it. My four star overall was because of the lack of being able to identify when a chapter ends or starts from the reading.

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Brilliant story awful narrator

The narrator did all characters in one voice, so you could not tell when characters change d.