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Fool's Assassin Audiobook

Fool's Assassin: Fitz and the Fool, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife, Molly, these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more....

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead and one long-missing. Then one Winterfest night, a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger? Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

©2015 Robin Hobb (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    kdsshrub 23/02/2016
    kdsshrub 23/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Pity about lee and avita"

    Good book to set the seen, but narrators lacking in Quality, past narrators have made these books amazing - everyone sounds the same in these :(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian 28/06/2017
    Adrian 28/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "good but a bit harder going with new narrators"

    I enjoyed the previous books and got used to the narrator and characters so this change made the book a bit of a drag to start but great story all the same

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    B.Watson 05/12/2016
    B.Watson 05/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Spoiled by narrator"

    The narrator isn't bad but is unfortunately handicapped by not being the same narrator as the previous series. No matter how good they are they are not the same as the previous books so it is jarring, unfortunate as the performance is actually pretty good they are just set up to fail by being compared to previous narrators. Characters have different voices and it is hard to get used to.

    The book is just as good as you would expect in all other aspects, the narrator isnt a deal breaker in this instance and its well worth buying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 19/03/2016
    Ben 19/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as engaging as the previous books"

    This felt like one long intro to the new series. The narration could have been better, the narration of fitz seemed young and lacked depth for me and the female narrators little girl voice could be grating at times.
    I don't regret buying, as I think the story will hot up in the next book and Hobb is always good, but I had very high expectations that weren't quite met.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RedMonkey80 26/11/2015
    RedMonkey80 26/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Fitz & The fool return"

    Fitz and the Fool return to one another. But this book brings together years of Fitz living out his dream. time passes quickly through the beginning of the book like no other chapter in their lives. This almost feels like it is from another author. But eventually once the story catches up with the time line the great storytelling returns. This book is focused on Fitz and his daughter Bee and takes time to get going but like all the chapters I have moved straight on to the next installment with anticipation.

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    Matt Hancox 16/10/2017
    Matt Hancox 16/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Brilliantly read and as always fantastically written. On to book two now with great anticipation

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    Rebecca Otto 06/09/2017
    Rebecca Otto 06/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Memory of a better story"

    The majority of this book is the main character vaguely remembering events in his life that would have made a much more interesting story. Also despite the fact he supposedly has magical abilities to sense the world around him and was trained as some kind of ninja, spy assassin I've rarely come across a character who is so clueless as to what's happening around him. I saw every single twist in this book before it happened.

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    Cook 14/07/2017
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    "Disappointing"

    For transparency I did not finish listening to the book. It had been heading this way from the previous series, but Hobb makes her characters dumber over time rather than thinking up a more challenging plot. therefore, while her characters can't figure out what is going on it is blindingly obvious to the reader and makes for a boring story.

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    Amazon Customer 10/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "very good book, not a lot of action but worth read"

    definitely worth reading the book. Robin Gibb is a great story teller, I am definitely looking forward to other books.

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    tanya 03/07/2017
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    "marvellous"

    The narration was fabulous. looked forward to my journey to work to listen. captivating

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    "Utterly brilliant"

    What a delight to be back with Fitz and the Fool! I have sorely missed them. Robin Hobb has crafted another masterpiece! Can't wait to read the next one!

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