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Fool's Errand

Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Taylor
Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (300 ratings)
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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Terrible Performance for a great story

With a change in narrator from the previous 6 books following the story of the Farseers, words and names like kettricken and chalsed were prounced frustratingly different….
You think the new narrator would have listened to the correct pronunciation before starting, but instead had the wrong emphasis on the wrong syllable and left me wondering who he was talking about.

Often there were no slight pause between the end of a chapter and the introduction of the next chapter, which removes the emotion from the story.

Also poor editing with the errors made by the narrator left in; with him restarting to read the same sentence.

I’m Frustrated

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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So good to be back with Fitz

I loved the mad ship books but it’s great to be back listening to Fitz and his adventures! As always, so well written.

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Excellent book

The book is fantastic, LOVE Robin Hobb. Nick did a good job reading it, although the editing could have been done better. It does sound like some chapters are cut a little short on occasion and some areas very rushed in the telling. Overall I loved it though.

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good sotry but the performance could be better.

he said 1 too many names wrong compared to the first three books it threw me off for a tong time. needs to be abit more space between chapters right now when a chapter ends there is almost no gap.

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Amazing

So much better than the first series.
However, whomever produces these may consider having some breaks at the end of each chapter.
'something, something and something else' said such and such character, recalling a disturbing and pivotal part of the previous boo... CHAPTER 57!!! WHO COULD BELIEVE!!!???!!?

You're being carried along gently through an important part of the book, just to get screamed at when the next chapter rolls over half a second later.

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great book in a fantastic series

narrator took a bit of getting used to but was fine. the story pick up and runs well with Tom.

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Robin Hobb - Fantasy master

Read the books many moons ago, loved them then and loved listening to the audiobooks.. Robin Hobb has the uncanny knack of sucking you deep into the worlds she creates.. The only fault I found was a few editing issues with the audiobook and that is all.. LOVED IT..

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Great story, terrible narration

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I'm not commenting about the story, as I don't wish to ruin it for anyone, however I will say it's another trilogy well worth the read/listen. Unfortunately, the change in narrator from the Assassins Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) almost ruined it completely for me. I'm dreading the next series after this :'(

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One minute I'm in the throws of tears because of the storyline, and the next I'm jolted to real life and the story spoiled because of the sudden loud CHAPTER XX. For goodness sakes a bit of time to cheer or grieve at the end of chapters PLEASE!!!!!!

Not the fault of the author - love the story. Not the fault of the reader, quite enjoying his voice.

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  • K.V.
  • 03-05-2017

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.

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  • Evan Brauteseth
  • 18-04-2018

Change in narrator!!

Unfortunately the narrator clearly never listened to the first trilogy in the series on the same character thus pronounces many of the characters names differently. Additionally, there are no pauses between chapter headings and the end of the preceding chapter.

Great story which is to be expected from the author. Sadly the narration of this audiobook has really spoilt it for me!

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  • scott lewis
  • 03-07-2017

should of stuck with the orginal narrator.

should of stuck with the orginal narrator. but you do get use to him by the end of the book.

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  • Mikael
  • 13-09-2016

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.

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  • Tomas
  • 10-02-2013

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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  • julia harrold
  • 08-01-2017

Changes in narrators

The book is brilliant!! Unfortunately,change in narrators from the farseer books was quite annoying! Firstly unable to pronounce peoples names either correctly or as pronounced in the first books so took me a while to even realise to whom they were referring to! Secondly, confusing at times as to which character was speaking as there was no real change in voice,also confusing.lastly,poorly edited as a few mistakes were left in.the story is brilliant but i wish they could keep the original narrators as these become the voices and demeanour of the characters. Its Burrage not boregauge and Ket-trican

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  • Richard
  • 29-06-2017

Brilliant once again

Once again the author captured me from the beginning! My only thought is that the narrator should have listened to the series to get the name's and accents right! However this does not take away from the story!! Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!

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  • Loubytee
  • 22-03-2013

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.

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  • Annette
  • 28-05-2018

A book you can’t put down, nor should you.

Nick Taylor should have been the narrator through out the nine books as he does the characters voices justice. Please re-record the others so I can enjoy them as much. I find myself listening to this series over and over again never wanting to say goodbye to Fitz. The story draws you in and you can not put it down. A worthy credit spent indeed! I have listened to this many a time and still I can’t predict what happens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-2019

Great story

Wonderful first book of the trilogy. Can’t wait for the next one!

I would definitely recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2019

sad

I really enjoyed this fantastic and very sad story. on many a time my heart caught in my mouth and a welling of tears hit my eyes while seeing outcomes of different stories. still and forever will be furious about the farther wolf

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  • ALK
  • 12-01-2019

superb fantasy fiction

This is the 7th of Hobb's books I've 'read' and certainly one of the best. Whereas the first Farseer Trilogy dragged at times Hobb clearly developed her pacing during the Livetrader trilogy. after the initial slower set up chapters this book fair gallops along and is utterly immersive.
Hobb's strength is her meticulous characterisation, aided greatly by the first person POV. she progresses the rich world building further, and develops Fitz and the Fool in a mature and realistic way. It feels every bit as real as more miserable grimdark fantasy such as George RR Martin, but more readable.
The audio version worked well, not least because of the narrative style of the book. definitely 5 stars.

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  • Becca
  • 18-12-2018

A brilliant tale superbly read

Fitz and the Fool are my favourite characters - so well drawn I almost said "people" instead of "characters" - in any book series. I've just finished listening to book 3 of the Tawny Man trilogy, and as a long-time fan of the series I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these three books. Nick Taylor does a wonderful job of narrating; so much so that I am very sad to see it's not him narrating the last three Fitz/Fool books. Yes, as other reviewers note, Nick pronounces some names differently to the pronunciations given by previous narrators in the earlier books. But I felt that was very minor in comparison to the fact that I immediately loved his narration of these books. I felt he really brought Fitz to life, and that was an immediate reaction for me - whereas it had taken many hours for me to get used to the narrators in the Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. Your mileage may vary, but my opinion is that Nick did a wonderful job and I wish he had narrated more Robin Hobb books.

If you're new to the books and wondering if the story is any good... I love these books, but again your mileage may vary. These are very character-driven books. The characters are detailed, driving the plot through their mistakes, needs, and desires - their humanity - however flawed they might be. This trilogy can perhaps be a bit slow going on action, but if you like complex characters interacting in a rich world setting, then "slow" isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do recommend you read/listen to the Farseer trilogy at least (and preferably the Liveship Traders trilogy after that too) before diving in to this trilogy so that you know the characters and their histories more deeply, and can feel for them even more as you follow them in this adventure.

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  • James M.
  • 15-12-2018

Good Story Poor editing

I absolutely loved the original trilogy so much so that I launched straight into the Tawny Man however it was night and day for the narrator, story and over quality. I found the the narrator often pronounces names completely differently and the voices for night eyes and any female character is just off-putting. All females sound cockney for some reason, however the male characters are good. I have also found the editing seemed lacking, at the end of a chapter the final word is barely said before the next chapter begins and I also think that at one point in chapter 2 the narrator hiccuped or coughed and it wasn't edited out. The story begins very slow and in the first 7 hours nothing has happened at all except retelling parts of the past, by chapter 7 this includes events that happened in chapter 1 in case you forgot.... Overall the story is fantastic as is to be expected if you can get through the first 1/3 of the book, but I would prefer if the original narrator had remained to keep the same life in the characters.

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  • Christian Beagley
  • 12-12-2018

Narrator change

If you have listened to the first 3 farseerer books on audible then be prepared that the new narrator pronounces some names differently but after a couple hours I guarantee you’ll be lost in the story and the change in voice only reflects the years that have passed in the characters!
Highly recommended
5 stars