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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rain Wilds Chronicles Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400183333
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After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife. Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home-the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore. Publishers Weekly
  • “Hobb’s meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel Yu | 2/18/2014

    " I'm a big fan of Robin Hobbs' other trilogies, especially the Farseers, but I didn't like this one as much. Hobbs didn't seem to do an adequate job of describing this "new world" and its fantastical nature, as she's done in other books. The characters are three-dimensional, but there wasn't really one that you can attach to or admire. The book also lacked action, which is probably partly because it's part I. I still want to read the other two books based on her past writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Stokes | 2/15/2014

    " More mature than it seems at the start - very interesting take on the typical dragon-human relationship! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/28/2014

    " Didn't know if I was going to appreciate this book at the beginning, but did get quite irritated when I saw that it wasn't going to be concluded before ending; at least an ending of some sort would have been appreciated. However, I do find that I need to read the second book to see if there is some form of ending before going to the third and hopefully conclusion of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/27/2014

    " I didn't care for Robin Hobb's last series. I'm glad to see that she's gone back to the Bingtown traders and Liveships world. This was another book that I could get lost in and forget about the real world for awhile. Sometimes books are the best pain medication for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lora | 1/21/2014

    " I was so looking forward to this. But it's like Ms. Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy which I disliked -- still written brilliantly, but with far too much ugliness and violence against her characters for my own taste. Even the love interests were full of violence and silly quarreling. With this book I'm sad to say I'm finished with this writer. I had hoped for so much more, since it ties into several of her other trilogies which I enjoyed -- though since it especially ties into the Liveship trilogy I guess I should have known better. It was nice to see a teensy tiny bit more about the dragons and their Elderling people but I was reading this to get an awful lot more about them, in an enjoyable book -- this disappointed on both accounts. I hope Ms. Hobb's writing is not reflecting a particularly difficult or depressing life, but I no longer have an interest in following it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayla | 1/18/2014

    " Not as good as "the tawny man" or "the liveship traders" trilogies, but great in itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Bailey | 12/12/2013

    " I just love Robin Hobb. I've been looking forward to reading these books for ages, and I wasn't disappointed. I love the characters she creates. She gives you heroes with real flaws and villains with real motivations. And DRAGONS! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 10/29/2013

    " I appreciate that I don't always know where Hobb will take the story. I appreciate surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Stewart | 10/25/2013

    " Maybe it's my bias toward Robin Hobb as a writer, but I loved the story she set forth in this book. She has a way of intertwining several stories which doesn't seem trite. That said, this is NOT her best book and I like her Liveship Traders trilogy far more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalind M | 10/18/2013

    " A bit slow starting, especially with so many characters and story threads to follow, but I got so caught up in the experience that I was startled when the book ended. It'll be interesting to see which of the characters are the first to crack under the weight of the lies they're telling themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/25/2013

    " This is a closer look at the Rain Wilders, a people who were touched on briefly in other books. It answers some questions and introduces new mysteries. A good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marti | 8/16/2013

    " This was a $1.98 download on itunes and in the end it was worth just about what I paid for it. It was really long and then in the end basically just said, to find out what happens, read the next book. It did have some good sections, mainly with the character Alise but overall it was unsatisfying "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leif | 3/24/2013

    " I didn't love any of the characters in this book. The situations were interesting, and there was some drama, but that is about all that this book had going for it. Without someone like Fitz or The Fool to anchor me, this story had trouble reeling me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasi | 1/10/2013

    " Not as good as the rest of her books. I had liked the Liveship Traders trilogy but the Rainwild chronicles isn't as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiré | 1/1/2013

    " A nice edition to the Farseer book family. I really liked the characters, I always love Robin's character development and I wasn't disappointed. I wish she would have left out the homosexuality, but it was easy to overlook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daddy | 6/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like the way the author paired and reflected the personalities between the humans and the dragons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bartee Natarajan | 5/27/2012

    " Interesting start.. Doesn't quite match the Liveship trader's trilogy but we shall see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 10/6/2011

    " I m reading it again as the final book is out !! Robin makes those dragons so true and believable you can actually see them in your garden ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Levi Tinney | 7/8/2011

    " I love how Hobb characterizes Dragons--entitled, self-centered, similar to the way she's portrayed cats, but unique in their intelligence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Citra | 7/1/2011

    " This is an okay book. The story starts out slow, but it's still a page turner. I am little bit dissapointed with the ending the because "a sequel" is too obvious.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherisse | 5/31/2011

    " I loved it it was quite interesting "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kyle | 5/23/2011

    " It was really slow at the beginning but towards the end it got a little better. But I would not read it again. I would not recommend DRAGON KEEPER to any one. It might be good, but when I read it it was bad. I still read it all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mietta | 5/21/2011

    " i loved this book i read in year 3. it was a beautiful book. highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvina | 5/18/2011

    " Naga!! Entah kenapa saya suka banget sama makhluk satu ini.. :D
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/11/2011

    " It was very simple yet I couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miquela | 4/24/2011

    " My only gripe about this book is that I want more, more, more. :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma1271 | 4/22/2011

    " THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/21/2011

    " Robin Hobb, your books always keep me up late at night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 4/15/2011

    " Too little plot, too much drama! Still an enjoyable read, but I definitely found myself getting frustrated at the characters as they keep making the same mistakes and obsessing over the same problems as in book one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbd | 4/8/2011

    " I really enjoyed this adventure and I hope that Robin will continue with these characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridgette | 4/6/2011

    " poorly written. so it is not upto my standard of fantasy books. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/31/2011

    " The Rain Wilds Chronicles is amazing! You have to read the 'Liveships' books to understand but the writing is wonderful and creates that moving picture in your mind that just isn't there in many books. Great Job Robin Hobb and cannot wait for the conclusion to this trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 3/30/2011

    " this was (and is) an awesome book :) if you really like asian culture, dragons and adventure, you'll like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/28/2011

    " That is a good book. Ping is very poor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/27/2011

    " This second book of the Rain Wild Chronicles was well written. I do like the way Robin Hobb writes and look forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 3/12/2011

    " starting to read it tonight,i am sure it will be great as the previous part

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    finished it yesterday and i must say the book is awesome..the kind of book you don't wanna
    put down until u get to the last page.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/7/2011

    " I love this lady's writing style and what a wonderful, imaginitive story! I will be reading more of her stuffand I look very forward to more in this series... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 3/2/2011

    " Gave up somewhere around the midpoint. Easily the most boring book I can remember reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/16/2011

    " I really enjoyed the book, can't wait for the next one!! "

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About the Author
Author Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska, where she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, the Farseer trilogy, the Liveship Traders trilogy, and the Tawny Man trilogy. Her books under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm include Wizard of the Pigeons, The Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. She is also the author of The Inheritance, a collection of stories written under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award and been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.