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Fool's Errand Audiobook

Fool's Errand: Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of the Farseers....

Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes, the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy.

When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy.

Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken’s effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15-year-old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another ‘Piebald Prince’, a Farseer tainted by Wit magic?

As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"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)

"A gleaming debut" (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Maria 03/05/2017
    Maria 03/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Takes some getting used to"

    I struggled at first with the difference in narration between this and the farseer. I'm glad I pushed on though, this is a beautiful story, Robin Hobb weaves magic with her words. There are some issues with editing, the start of each chapter is jarring. Far too loud and too quick after the soft ending of the previous chapter.

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    Roland 23/03/2017
    Roland 23/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A thrilling fantasy story"

    Robin Hobb has created a vivid and beautiful world in the Farseer books and this series is a great follow up to her first in this world. Picking up the story of Fitz and Nighteyes and the Fool is seamlessly done and the new adventures are just as captivating as the first series. Also, a great job by the reader to help you immerse yourself in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kassandra 07/11/2016
    Kassandra 07/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor editing"
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    The editing was very frustrating - the last words of the chapter are hardly finished being said before "CHAPTER 2" etc booms out at you. Quite startling when the previously uttered words are quite soft. Also very annoying was the change in pronunciation of some character names - particularly Ketricken and Burrich. I found myself correcting the book each time at first lol. Otherwise I did quite enjoy the narration in this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Hill 11/07/2016
    Johnny Hill 11/07/2016
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    "Joy & Heartache"

    Answering the many questions left of what had befallen Fitz & Nighteyes. Robin Hobb brings you back into the Six Duchies and back into the life of Fitz Chivalry Farseer, older and wiser and now known as Tom Badgerlock. A new trial at the beckon of The White Prophet, concerning Fitz's children will bring him back into Buckeep, and back into the service of the Farseer.

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    tom 20/03/2016
    tom 20/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "poetic and honest"

    a lighter story than represented in the liveship traders trilogy but beautifully written. recommend reading the first two trilogies if you haven't first.

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  • K.V.
    3/05/17
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    "Editing not perfect"

    Biggest complaint would be that there is 0 downtime between end of a chapter and start of the new one, resulting in no room to let the chapter to sink in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikael
    13/09/16
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    "An amazing continuation of a splendid series."

    Not much to say, other than enjoy your read. If the Narrator bothers you, don't worry. He grows on you over time. While not as excellent as Paul Boehmer, the narrator manages to put his own interpertation on the characters in a way that does The Farseer Trilogy justice, while setting up The Tawny Man trilogy to be the wild ride that it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomas
    London, United Kingdom
    10/02/13
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    "Awesome. FITZ is back"
    What made the experience of listening to The Tawny Man Trilogy (1) – Fool’s Errand the most enjoyable?

    After loving the Farseer trilogy, Fools errand puts you straight back into Buck all be it quite a few years later and delivers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nighteyes - His wolfish way of looking at life which is more human than some of the actual human characters.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Taylor – was your favorite?

    FitzChivalry


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the Farseer, you'll love this. Could not stop listening and had a few close encounters with the misses because of it. All worth it.

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  • Garry
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    5/08/14
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    "Great story/ frustrating lack of consistency"

    A great story and nice to see and experience Fitz's life post the initial trilogy.

    The only problem is with consistency in the narration.

    Nick is a good narrator with lots of different voices but lazy not to have listened to the previous books. The change of pronunciation of ketricken to k'tricken and burritch to burrick grated on me the whole way through and detracted from the quality of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loubytee
    Ireland
    22/03/13
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    "Bring back Paul Boehmer!"

    Having just finished listening to Paul Boehmer's narration of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy (which I found absolutely epic) I excitedly bought The Fool's Errand assuming (stupidly) it would also be narrated by Paul Boehmer as a continuation of Fitz's story. Instead, Nick Taylor's is the narrator and while I'm sure he's a lovely person his narration is so bad I can't even bring myself to listen past the first chapter. While Boemar's over the top English accent took a bit of getting used to in The Assassin's Apprentice, I found that in a fantasy setting, the theatrics kind of worked and three books later I was completely immersed in his creation of the Six Duchies world. Now with these new audiobooks instead of Nighteyes sounding like John Hurt whispering in your ear we've got Ray Winston after 6 pints and 20 Benson & Hedges. It's like someone told him, "just make your voice growly, that's what wolfs sound like." Not only that all the pronunciations are wrong - Burridge in now 'Burrig' and Kettricken is now 'Ktriggin' and Starling has gone from being a willowy seductively voiced minstrel to a Devon Farmer's Wife - ooooh aahhr. Wish he'd just listened to the Farseer Audiobooks before he agreed to take the gig. Anyway, rant over, I have decided to re-listen to the end of The Farseer Trilogy and while I have a proper sounding Nighteyes fresh in my mind, start reading the Fool's Errand paper book instead. I'm sure the actual book itself is grand - 5 stars etc. etc.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr T E Hook
    21/04/17
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    "A brilliant continuation"

    One of the surprising things about Hobb is her ability to continue stories in the world she created and not have them feel like a tagged-on excuses. Her previous Liveship Traders trilogy took a new context and made it just as interesting, whereas this book returns familiar characters with all their scars and history and achieves the same newness of purpose.
    When we first met Fitz I remember being surprised at suddenly realizing how much I cared for the characters at one point. This book takes that to new levels, and plays on your love of old characters and suspicion of new ones, suspicion which becomes fondness as the once youth fully reckless Fitz becomes the responsible one. A true classic story of growth.
    Brilliantly narrated, though some amateurish production. Changes in volume and the end of each chapter with absolutely no pause. But they are only occasional gripes which don't spoil it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alison beck
    4/03/17
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    "A really enjoyable read."

    I was really drawn in by the story and the performance. I found myself vividly imagining the story and was very moved at one point. Would highly recommend to fans of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alphabet
    22/01/17
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    "Fitz returns"

    I just adore Fitz and the dear Fool, not to mention Nighteyes. If you loved the first trilogy you will enjoy this one. Fitz is a little older, not much wiser and still frustratingly anonymous but this is a good trilogy and both characters and plot develops in unexpected ways. These are books that I am revisiting through audible and the performance in this series is so much better than the last. The narrator has changed and for the better in my opinion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RJB1
    UK
    17/01/17
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    "Great Story, Great Narration"
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    I'm not sure if this trilogy is a better than the first trilogy (The Farseer Trilogy), as in my opinion the first one was poorly narrated. Nick Taylor does an exceptional job at narrating this book and the rest of the Tawny Man Trilogy. It was difficult to stop listening and I would find myself taking a longer path to get where I was going just to listen to a bit more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Smith
    7/11/16
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    "Excellent "

    A super story, well told. Exciting. Holds the attention well, with a great cast of characters, some old and some new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss l burton
    10/08/16
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    "outstanding story telling ."

    I will never tire of this author with her rich characters and beautiful place settings and spell binding plots .I advise yiu get the full trilogies because it will drive you mad to guess what happens next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. A. Bowling
    norfolk, uk
    25/07/16
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    "love robin hobb"

    but this series always feels a little slow pace in comparison to the assassins series. reflection to remind the readers of what has happened in previous books is fine, but this can feel like treading water at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    United Kingdom
    14/07/16
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    "Sloppy Editing"

    Enrapturing story and performance let down by bad editing. Several times lines are repeated and no gaps are left between chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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