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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (38,413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Farseer Trilogy Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400184354
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Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life. With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened. Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands-and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice. Download and start listening now!

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  • Another spellbinding installment, built of patient detail, believable characters, and mature plotting. Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad | 8/17/2017

    " This is the second book of the three, I only purchased this book because I could not get it for free but it has been one of the best if not the best audio books I have ever listened to. Great story and great narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 2/20/2017

    " I enjoyed this book following Fitz threw his life and it's a very intestine life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 PK | 7/20/2016

    " I agree with many of the above reviews, both positive and negative. On the positive side, the characters are very well written. Robin Hobb's writing is vivid and engaging. But the story is, as others have said here, depressing, emotionally draining and 90% of it consists of a great and extremely slow and relentless building up of angst. I'm currently on the third-last chapter (Ch 31) and it is a real slog to get through. I'm going to need to see a shrink after this one - it is that depressing. There are very few triumphs in the story so far, and each one comes at a greater price. There is always some disaster following a victory that sinks the reader into a deeper state of despair. Every time I feel like this is it - this is as low and depressing as it can get - something worse happens. I think it will be a VERY long time before I try to take up the third book to complete the story. And then, only because I'm a bit obsessive about finishing what I've started. To be honest, the reason I came searching for reviews was to see if there were others that shared my opinion. I can't understand why so many of the reviews are positive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " A must-read, and back in print!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fani | 2/5/2014

    " I'm speechless. While the whole book was great, the ending was nothing sort of magnificent. I can't wait to read the final book of the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/31/2014

    " What a fantastic book! I couldn't put it down. The character development is wonderful. The plotting is unique and exciting. And you are kept guessing as to how everything is going to come out until the very end. Can't wait to read the third and final book of this trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirin S | 1/16/2014

    " one of the best fantasies i've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chitra R. | 1/14/2014

    " Damn the wolves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/31/2013

    " ...and the series continues strong and fabulous! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek Howe | 12/12/2013

    " This book was really depressing, I had to stop reading it and read another book because it was to depressing. I was enjoying the book but it became to much for me to take and had to stop. It seem like it was just one bad thing after another and nothing good ever happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jule | 9/20/2013

    " this series is so amazing. I love these characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauma Lapa | 7/31/2012

    " Engaging, well-balanced plot. Interesting solutions to the Chinese box narrator institute. Very enjoyable travel and thought trough a landscape of imagination and human relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lobo | 2/21/2012

    " my high school libray had an editors edition and noone else has heard of these i will read more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/12/2012

    " An interesting story line, though frustrating and a bit lengthy in parts. I really want to find out how it ends but find myself annoyed at how long its dragging out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/9/2012

    " Story is very interesting. Good characters, and nice pace. I'm not a first person type of fan, but the story was so good I had to keep reading anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flik | 8/15/2011

    " These books are so addictive. They're not very good but I can't seem to stop reading anyway! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Murphy | 7/12/2011

    " Less interesting than the first, and less exciting than the third, Hobb fleshes out the characters in this but it was pretty boring - FitzChivalry is still immature and if anything seems to have stepped backwards from who he was becoming in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/14/2011

    " Read this immediately after the first book, Assassin's Apprentice, and indeed it just felt like an extension to the first story. Definitely read the first book first. It's addicting enough that if you make it to the end, you'll probably end up reading this one as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 4/5/2011

    " More like the first..not much to say here except excellent!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/2/2011

    " A must-read, and back in print!! "

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

    " Robin Hobb is an excellent writer and does an excellent job creating the characters plot lines. I thoroughly enjoy reading his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Great plot and brilliant characters! A joy to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simplenothing | 2/25/2011

    " Such a great book. Before reaching the last chapter, I went out and got the 3rd book so that I could readily continue without experiencing any signs of withdrawal. If only I could put aside the rest of my life and finish this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/20/2011

    " A great follow up of the story set in the first book and, I hope, a good start point for the last book in the trilogy so it can be all wraped up.

    It is, though, 700 pages fo evolving angst that left me a little bit emotionally exhausted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 2/13/2011

    " This is another great book in the series. The end is very surprising and awesome. I cant wait to start the next one!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moritz | 2/8/2011

    " I liked it even more than book 1. Great plot, memorable characters. On to the final book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.E. | 2/1/2011

    " I lost interest early on and got on a Jack Vance kick instead... and, well, my library ebook expired. I enjoyed Assassin's Apprentice well enough, but I don't think I'll continue on with the series. "

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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 Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.