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Fool's Fate Audiobook

Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy, from the author of the best-selling Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart.

A small and sadly untried coterie – the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz – sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska’s challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth. Only with the completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms. It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just beneath the surface.

Thick is constantly ill, and his random but powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while Chade’s fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the Fool’s death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them…

©2003 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)

“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” (SFX)

“Even better than the Assassin books. I didn’t think that was possible” (George R R Martin)

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    toni 28/06/2015
    toni 28/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent story"

    loved the trilogy but annoyed at bad editing - many pauses and repeated phrases

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas 28/03/2017
    thomas 28/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "a hearty tale"

    this is one of the most complete stories I have read.
    beautiful writing. great narration.
    thanks for this experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 04/03/2017
    Angie 04/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo Robin Hobb, bravo!"

    I couldn't get enough. Wonderfully flawed characters. Fans of Fitz will love this book. There was nothing I didn't like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 19/05/2017
    Charles 19/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Small editing mistakes"

    Great narrator, subtle differences in character voices allow you to fill out the rest.

    some times where the dialogue is doubled but no more than 10 seconds at a time.

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    Kristine 10/02/2017
    Kristine 10/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Drawn out"

    The story was told about 3 quarters in. Then too much finishing off of side stories.

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    Caleb 25/12/2016
    Caleb 25/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story"

    It's so rare to find a story so heart rending and so well told, I got the impression that the reader had fallen in love with the story by the end.

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    S. J. Cooper 11/09/2016
    S. J. Cooper 11/09/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Lovely, but disappointing narration edits."

    Great and rewarding book, and series, but utterly woeful editing! So bad at times that it brings one right out of the story.

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    9/04/15
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    "good shit"

    good narration, lovely story. nice quality in the production. i recomend this over the other version

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  • Katrina
    East Lismore, Australia
    20/01/15
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    "Terrible quality production"

    This is yet another totally brilliant series by Robin Hobb, building perfectly on the previous Liveship Traders and Assassin series.

    But the audio editors left MANY instances of repeated lines often with the narrator giving a sigh of frustration before starting the line again.

    The first time gave me a giggle, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book as though the editing job was rushed. By the end I felt truly annoyed. I've not had an audio book from here with so many issues like this.

    I hope it will be re-edited. Robin Hobb books so rock and Nick is a fair narrator.

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  • Redwing
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    23/05/14
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    "Loose yourself in this amazing story!"

    I have not lost myself so deeply in a story since I was a child. Robin Hobbs intricately woven story of Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool Fate was so heart achingly , beautifully written, that i found myself going to bed early to get 4 or 5 hours listening before resigning to sleep. I have fallen so in love with the characters of Fitz and the Fool, their trails throught quests and deepening of the relationship is incredibly moving and poigniant. I have cried more with this book than any other i can remember, and am kind of dazed now I'm at the end. I am in awe of Robin Hobbs writing. It may sound over dramatic and sentimental, but this book has changed me. I heartily recommend the journey!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mimi
    2/05/14
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    "The Harrowing and Epic Conclusion"
    Would you listen to Fool's Fate again? Why?

    I certainly would. Hobb has made me care so much about these characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't want to give away spoilers but I have to say the ending is exceptional. At so many points while listening to this I thought the situation was beyond redemption. But the conclusion was perfect. Hobb has a genius for knowing exactly what needs to happen to her characters and why.


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

    I almost did! This is a deeply addictive trilogy (so I recommend you listen at a time when you need a VERY sizeable distraction). I cannot wait for the next Robin Hobb release this August, I'm desperate to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like many many of Hobbs writings, does not shy away from fantasy stereotypes. If you were to pick apart the events of her "Realm of the Elderlings" saga, I'm sure you'd find many of them. However, please do temper your judgement, Hobb doesn't just manage to reinvent these tropes but uses them as weapons. Her narrative is enthralling, rich in detail yet open to the imagination. She tackles epic high fantasy, rooted in real modern society issues, and anchored by a rich multitude of developed and colourful characters.This book makes for an intense listen (many fans get emotional about it, and rightly so). I cried like a child. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster, though do trust in Hobb's dazzling prowess. She's an author that, no matter how convoluted the situation, never loses her absolute control of the story, finishing the Tawny man has left me in no doubt of that.I must also say that i found Nick Taylors narration to be spot on. I loved Beomer's farseer but Taylor was even better. He pronounces "Burrich"'s name properly (i.e. the way the author does) and even starling's voice is closer to what I envisioned. The ageing up of Nighteyes' voice was appropriate to his 20 years: unnaturally old for a grey wolf. And the rest of the cast is wonderfully distinct! Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Dawes
    Birmingham UK
    11/12/13
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    "Excellent timing...."

    in the sense that it won't be long before we get further tales of Fitz and the Fool from the wonderful pen of Robin Hobb.

    Needless to say that you should just stop whatever it is you are doing and listen to all six of these glorious books. I think you would be hard pressed to find any novelist anywhere quite as good. Immense and immersive, lovingly read, and chock full of life.

    Treat yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/05/17
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    "Fantastic book"

    Wonderful journey and very well read. It took me a while to get used to Nick Taylor as the narrator but he is very good at allowing you to build an image and shape the character into your own imagining. There are a few odd repetitions of lines throughout the series and this book which is disappointing but overall this is still a 5 star book

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  • Jd
    25/04/17
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    "Great narration for an epic end to the trilogy"

    Nick Taylor's narration is exactly how I saw Fitz in my mind and his diction, pauses and nuances are brilliant. I loved reading this series and this audiobook was just as enjoyable.

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  • Dionne
    17/03/17
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    "loved it"

    A fitting end to the trilogy. Very well read and easy to listen to. Looking forward to listening to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladygreygold
    13/02/17
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    "Immersive"

    I read the first Farseer trilogy, in paperback, over a dozen years ago and I loved it's vividly imagined world. I discovered that the hero Fitz had new adventures when I searched Audible for something to get into during the hours alone at work.
    I was delighted to find the story as colourful and immersive as it ever had been, well delivered by Mick Taylor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RJB1
    UK
    17/01/17
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    "A good finale to the trilogy"
    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Louise
    20/10/16
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    "Epic story..."

    Well read and gripping to the end. I'm so very sorry it had to end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. A. Bowling
    norfolk, uk
    26/08/16
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    "satisfying conclusion to a great fantasy series"

    a well balanced and considered final book to the series. long, but never dull, the plot gathers place from the previous 2 novels. it's the second time I've read/listened to this series and I believe robin hobb to be the current master of this genre. Fitz, the hard done by and most loved main character, finally gets his moment in the sun. the narrative pace skillfully draws strands of plot together in an unhurried fashion, allowing the fullness of hobbs creation to be admired for what it is: one of the best fantasy stories to be written for decades

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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