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Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Posted May 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin HobbAssassin's Aprrentice by Robin Hobb
Series: Farseer Trilogy
Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Published by Tantor Audio on March 2, 2010
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 17 hours, 18 minutes
Source: Library
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five-stars

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father's gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man's blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as another, even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission, a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target---for Fitz is a threat to the throne...but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

           

 

I listened to this recommendation from an Ace Roc Star friend.  It’s one of her favorites. It’s also fantasy, which isn’t always the easiest for me to assimilate, so I got the audio from the library. The tale goes from childhood to manhood of Fitz, the bastard son of the prince, who many wish to control or kill. He has special skills and works to learn more in support of the King, his grandfather.

The characters, the story are widely varying and memorable. It may be long but it kept me intensely engaged. I wanted to know more, know everything and I felt deeply. Fitz, even in his situation, and at a very young age,  has a moral integrity and such strength of character few others can match. There is a magic which is my favorite paranormal type and it is more accurately talents of the mind, my very absolute favorite.

The narrator did an excellent job, bringing forth my emotions. The sound of his voice suited the work and the time period very well. It was so seamless I can’t tell you if he did very much with voices as I was completely lost in the Assassin’s Apprentice.  That tells me it was the best.

I loved this so much I bought it on Kindle and audio. It is the first in the Farseer Trilogy, and the first of at least three trilogies. I’m hooked and will definitely continue. I’ve already bought some audio books in the other trilogies when Audible had a sale recently.

 

Listen to a clip here.

 

 

About Paul Boehmer

J. Paul Boehmer has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, and regionally across the country. He has also worked in film and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair, three Star Trek movies, and Frasier. Paul is most proud of his award-winning unabridged recording of Moby Dick. He holds a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.

About Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is the author of three well-received fantasy trilogies: The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest), The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny) and the Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate) Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman’s Crossing. Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.

In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.

She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award. She has twice won an Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Posted April 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted January 29, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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