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The first volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely.

Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribbing, courtly manners, and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Commentaires

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

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For a non-native

As a french girl, it was difficult for me to understand every subtility. He uses sometimes specific medieval or ship vocabulary, I didn't knew. Besides, it feels so strange that the names are notions like Verity or Patience. I didn't understand at once what he was talking about! My second point, is about the story. I found it very slow to begin. But now I have finish the book, I may understand. We are in the head of the character and share every thoughts. It is important to understand the choices he makes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/09/2018

Superb story, excelent narration

This book has everything: adventures, captivating storyline, rich personalities, no white and black separation, just grayzones everythere. Almost always you are left to judge if something is moral or not, mostly you are left only wondering if you could make decision in those many unpleasant circumstances. I like the book when i can believe in the story. Almost in every book ilike i find some spot which i think was to naive/silly etc. But in this book those are very few (nose story for example was too stretched). I found in comments that narration was bad. But in my opinion it was very good, as non-native english 'listener' i found narrator very easy to follow and enjoyed my time. in some other audiobooks i have to adapt to narrator very long time.

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  • Evgeny
  • 24/01/2018

Gripping story, very slow reader

Excellent book, loved the story and characters. Some heartbreaking twists. Beautiful vocabulary. Believable dialogues and motivations. World building is a bit sparce. VERY... SLOW... NARRATOR... Had to listen on 1.5 speed, otherwise was put to sleep in 10 minutes :) Will get the rest of the books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/04/2017

Good story, disappointing performance.

It actually took me a while to be brave enough to purchase this book. Many friends have recommended me Robin Hobb's work but when I listened to the samples I just didn't think I could bear the narration.
I normally prefer books narrated with a British presenter, but as this book is written in a first person style the performance is spoken in a horrible upper-class English accent. H's are dropped ehverywhhere (!). Which is a shame because most of the other characters in this book are performed quite well and that's actually what makes the book ok to listen to.
The story is solid. A growing-up up story for the most part about a boy making his way in court as a royal bastard. And a few little adventures with a bit of court intrigue at the end. You can tell the author is just setting the scene for what's to come.
It's well written and the characters are multi-dimensional and interesting. Overall I enjoyed it - yes would have been better with a different narrator but it didn't completely ruin it for me.

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  • ratna
  • 01/03/2015

Robin hobb did u pick this narrator?

Read a hard copy some years ago-wonderful rich enchanting. But I really hope robin hobb rethinks the narrator....grating, classist and way to refined and constricted to create the variation in voices this story deserved😢

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  • Nokip
  • 10/01/2015

dident finnish

just cant seem care about it and didnt finish it. I think the style of dialog put me of

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30/10/2020

Slow to start but a great story.

I really enjoyed this book. I did find the narration more formal than need be but it suited the language so I went with it. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23/09/2020

excellent story, with perfect narrating.

The story is compelling and the narrator does an excellent job. I felt I was inside the world.

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  • Doron
  • 08/08/2020

No silver lining

If you like 'one man beats all' type of stories, this is not for you. There's misery and no silver lining behind the clouds. Only more misery. This book was recommended on a Reddit thread for people who like 'The name of the Wind' and 'The Lies of Locke Lamora'. Now these 2 books are simply brilliant. These stories have depth and wit. For this book though, it feels like the whole book is an intro to some climax that never comes. Perhaps in the following books but I'm out. For the narrator: it is like every last word of every sentence is faded out. The intonation feels often off. I don't understand why this book is so highly recommended. I miss locke lamora which made me laugh out loud, stopped my heart from beating, had me full of wonder.

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  • Monja Saetervik
  • 03/06/2020

Bittersweet goodness!

Really love this series and Paul brings the people and animals to life in a really good way. One of those books I’m so glad had a great narrator! Story is bittersweet goodness!

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  • Mattias
  • 02/01/2020

Intriguing

The first installment of the Farseer series does not disappoint. It sucks you right in with memorable characters and moments that makes you insists to yourself that you will only listen 5 more minutes.

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  • LorABoe
  • 17/07/2019

great

Amazing book, especially the climax is masterful. it also pulls no punches, can be harsh.

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  • Branko
  • 13/07/2016

Good book, lousy reader

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

The story is okay, but Paul Boehmers reading is not. He tries so hard to mimic an English accent that it is hard to ignore him and focus on the story. His "white" starts with a H which seems to last for 10 seconds. I would have had no problem with an American accent.

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit Assassin's Apprentice vergleichen? Warum?

Lies of Locke Lamora

Wen hätten Sie anstatt Paul Boehmer als Erzähler vorgeschlagen?

Steven Pacey, Michael Kramer or Rupert Degas. Until now all readers were fine.

Hat Assassin's Apprentice Sie zu etwas Bestimmtem inspiriert?

No

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  • Alexander
  • 15/08/2015

Grauenhaft schlechter Sprecher

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Der Sprecher klingt wie ein Computer. Betonung und Sprachfluss sind nicht vorhanden, es klingt einfach unnatürlich. Man merkt wie der Tontechniker verzweifelt versucht hat, es besser hörbar zu machen, während der Sprecher sprachlich Holz hackt, aber diese Lautstärkeschwankungen sind unerträglich und machen das nur noch schlimmer.

Das Buch kann ich nur empfehlen, aber dieses Hörbuch sollten Sie sich nicht antun.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 07/12/2019

Lieblingsfantasybuch, sehe lebendig gesprochen

Liebe die Serie, hab sie seit 29 Jahren nicht mehr gelesen, jetzt fürs pendeln als Hörbuch. Fand den Singsang des Sprechers erstmal gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber hab mich dann dran gewöhnt und die Charaktere bringt er super zum Leben...

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Simone P.
  • 10/09/2018

Much better than I had expected by far.

There are many stores that follow young boys that must grow up facing hardship. But this one sucked me in and took me on a journey that made me find myself wanting to here the next part. The only problem was that the speed of my house chores took a dive as I paused so often to listen.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 25/03/2020

hat mich nicht überzeugt...

auch nach mehreren Stunden hören baut sich keine Spannung. Die Geschichte "plätschert" auch eher dahin.

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  • Roman
  • 08/02/2017

Der Start

Der Start in eine unglaublich spannende und einzigartige Welt. Robin Hobb spannt einen unglaublich spannenden Faden und ich konnte nicht aufhören.

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  • Doini
  • 24/11/2016

What a wonderful story

This is my first Robin Hobb book and I must say that I enjoyed it and can't wait to start on the second book of the series.
This sort of plot reminds and the style of writing reminds me of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.

I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!

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  • Martin Stennert
  • 04/04/2019

Solid gritty low fantasy story well told

Somewhat uninspired but solid and mostly engaging low fantasy coming of age story of a royal bastard growing up to become a telepathically gifted, socially downtrodden king's assassin, professionally, flawlessly narrated. Not especially memorable, but thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Gordon
  • 16/01/2016

Supreme

Just a supreme book. No more words needed. Go ahead and try it, its one of the best.