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Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third installment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy.

Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter…

The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation. But wondrous things wait in Kelsingra, a city built for dragons and their Elderling keepers.

Alise, overwhelmed by the treasures she finds there, records her finds for posterity. Once the rest of the world knows about the riches the city contains, nothing will ever be the same again. Already, rumours of the city’s discovery have floated down the Rain Wild River and reached envious ears in Bingtown and beyond. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters are coming in droves to pillage what they can from the city. As is Hest Finbok, Alise’s husband…

Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes him to be some sort of dragon-man whose flesh and blood may work miracle cures.

Where is Tintaglia, the great sapphire-blue dragon, when all have such need of her? Has she really abandoned her beloved Selden and the fledgling dragons forever? Or will she too return to seek the wonders of Kelsingra?

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)
"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)
"Hobb is a remarkable storyteller." ( Guardian)
"Robin Hobb writes achingly well." ( SFX)

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Robin Hobb Is Unbeatable

Don't hesitate, just get the book, it is great!!!
I love this author and this book does not disappoint.

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great story! excellent narration

What made the experience of listening to City of Dragons the most enjoyable?

the narrator really made the story engaging, the different character voices, the right emphasis, etc. thank you Saskia Butler for the narration and Robin Hobb for the excellent series of books.

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The story is good but...

The first three books in this trilogy (& now there is a 4th book) didn’t seem to have quite enough content for a trilogy. The story is good but each book spends a decent amount of time repeating the story already told. At times it was frustrating and a little boring however, they are still worth reading.

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pleasant

good to have Saskia Butler back narrating again and to find out more about the lives of the former and current elderlings.

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Terrible narration

Narration has constant whiney emphasis. I've liked Robin Hobb books in the past but found this one irritating - and I'm not sure if it's partly the story or all due to the narrator's interpretation.

I've really enjoyed the previous Hobb series - which I read as well listened to... but have really struggled with the Rainwild Chronicles and their narration. Thinking of reading a brief plot summary somewhere instead and skipping straight to the final Fitz and the Fool series.

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Narrator sucks

This serious is the most mediocre of the robin hobb books imo but still enjoyable. My biggest issue with it is that they have a new narrator every book of this series. This last one reads words wrong and that drives me insane, it really takes you out of the story. I'm disappointed that this production wasn't done better, it feels like there was no care taken to deliver a consistent reading. My least favourite audio book series to date

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City of dragons

loved every minute of the story, the narration was brilliant, really brought stroy to life.

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  • 29-06-2016

another brilliant Hobb book

loved the story...love all Robin Hobb's books, but really disappointed by the narration, she overused the same accents, with too many errors and wrecked characters, such as Cedric .. I really struggled to get through this, nearly put me r I ght off audible.😢

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  • Helen Foster-Turner
  • 09-05-2012

Half a book?

What did you love best about City of Dragons?

I'm an avid reader of Robin Hobb's work and a love the development of this story and the possibilities that lie ahead.

What other book might you compare City of Dragons to and why?

It fits in perfectly to the other books in the series

Which character ??? as performed by Saskia Butler ??? was your favorite?

Although typically teenaged and angsty, Thymara has the most to gain if only she finds it in herself to rise above her own poor expectations of herself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Selden's plight and the sheer dehumanisation of him. It is not hard to see parallels from our own history.

Any additional comments?

I like the book, there was little chance of me not doing so, however, it felt too much like half a book. Almost everything seemed to be in progress without anything really substantial happening. A book between books perhaps?

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  • Judith
  • 13-08-2012

Delicious

This is currently the last in this series but there is clearly more to come. Wonderful to listen to. A real joy. Don't miss it.

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  • Raul
  • 06-10-2020

story was kind of slow

nothing happened. could've easily skipped this book. it kind of feels like a setup book and not well executed. performance by Saskia was still good

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  • Carmen
  • 05-04-2013

More Setup than Story

There are two main differences between this book and the previous two books in the series - the first is that it's about half the size. The second is that the camera is panned around a bit - instead of the tight focus on Alys, Cedric, the Tarmon, the Dragons and their Keepers, we get a peek at what is happening in the wider world - Selden the Elderling, Tintaglia and her mate Icefire (who fits the expression "not unless he was the last man on Earth" nicely), Martya and Rayne, the situation in Chalced and what's happening with Alys' happily erstwhile husband in Bingtown.

The book also provided some interesting pieces of information about the world as it stands as well as its past

I will spare you the disappointment and tell you straight up that neither Fitz nor the Fool make any physical appearance in this story. However there are some signs of them - at times it's like they have passed by so recently you can still feel the stir of them in the air.

This book seems to me more of a set up for the finale than a story in itself. It was a bit of a disappointment, but it has definitely left me twitching with anticipation for the next book in the series, which is rumoured to be the final book of the Rainwild Chronicles.

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  • K.W.
  • 12-02-2013

Hate it to be left hanging....

If you could sum up City of Dragons in three words, what would they be?

Very fine read..

What other book might you compare City of Dragons to and why?

Can't think of anything to compary it to...

Have you listened to any of Saskia Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I did. This one is of the same high standard..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, the fact that I am left hanging and yearning for the sequel quite annoyed me.. Luckily I just found the hard copy of the sequel, so my suffering will be minimal.. ;-), although I prefer the audio book format. It is however the reason I just rated the story with 4-stars..

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  • Pod
  • 21-06-2017

Stop switching narrators.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

1. Keeping the same narrator throughout the series.
2. That single narrator not being Saskia Butler
3. Actually mix the audio well so that it isn't swimming in bass-noise that adds nothing to the high-pitched narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dragons?

When I found out Saskia Butler was back and she actually tried to use a different voice for each character. I was amazed at her new ability.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saskia Butler’s performances?

Nope.

What character would you cut from City of Dragons?

Hest. I didn't really care for his plight, and at 3 books into a 4 book series I didn't need that distraction.

Any additional comments?

Great story. Read the books, don't listen to this trash.

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  • alc
  • 09-06-2013

keep them coming

I love Robin Hobbs I just wish they would have the same person reading the books as you just get to know the vioice and the the book ends ,you go to the next and the reader has changed. Robin please keep the books coming you are Great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-2020

Saskia Butler

Shame that after such a terrible reading of the first book, Saskia Butler was hired again? Her voices are worse than before, particularly Rapscal. Ruins the enjoyment of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-2020

Not up to standard

In short. It is a good story, with a lack of a proper ending. Nothing got resolved, and that is a dissapointment after the previous works by Robin Hobb.

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  • ciaran briant
  • 29-07-2020

Pronunciation issues

Excellent saga with good voicing, some words pronounced poorly by the reader of this series

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  • nought
  • 11-05-2020

Dragon awake

Another book in the series, thoroughly enjoyed, Beautifully and emphatically read Can most definitely recommend

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  • Malwina
  • 03-02-2020

Amazing story but PLEASE keep same pronunciation!

I think all the narrators for this series did a pretty good job, but please could there be some agreement about how names are pronounced.

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  • raquel ramirez panting
  • 31-08-2019

Loved the story but hated the reader

The reader seems to have a heavy cold throughout the whole book! I found it extremely irritating. So irritating that after just three hours I decided to read this book instead of listening to it. Thankfully the audible refund policy allowed me to get my money back. I loved the first book and wanted to read the complete series, but listening to this narrator was just not worth the time.

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  • Tootles
  • 08-08-2018

Excellent!

Loving this series, it’s very addictive. The story is gripping with really well developed characters. The narrator is excellent. I do wish they’d keep the same narrator for the whole series though, as each time they change I take half the book to get used to the new narrator and it’s distracting.

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  • Dave Watts
  • 31-10-2017

Compulsive listening

This book really picks up the pace from the preceding books. There is intriguing developments that grab your interest and compel you to keep listening. It is expertly narrated too. Very engaging.

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