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Fool's Quest

Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series.

Happy endings never last....

Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

But as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter, Bee, is abducted from Withywoods by pale and mysterious raiders who leave ruin and confusion in their wake. Fitz must find a way to rescue his beloved Bee.

At the same time it is the Fool's fiercest wish to return to Clerres with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice. Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend and save his child?

©2015 Lee Maxwell-Simpson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Robin's secret is not just in the detail with which she depicts the Six Duchies world she has explored over 20 years, but her emphasis on internal drama...the feelings of anguish, ambiguity, fear and failure are as familiar as those in a novel by Jonathan Franzen." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Glorious and beautiful storytelling from Robin Hobb." ( SciFi Now)
"Hobb seamlessly blends intrigue, action and characters who feel so real that they become more than words on a page.... Every second spent in her world is a privilege and a pleasure." ( SFX)
"Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool series continues to delight." ( Starburst Magazine)
"Another crowning career achievement in the lifetime of one of fantasy's modern-day masters." ( Fantasy Book Review)
"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin)

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Robin Hobb is my absolute favorite.

And this book is ridiculously good. The narrator however was not great. The narrators should have to read the back catalogue so the understand the characters. I found myself constantly correctly his tone in my head and his voice for the fool was painful. And the rain Wilfred sounded German. But saying that I listening to it all and enjoyed it. I had read it twice and enjoyed listening to it, adds another perspective.

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Frustrating read

Did not enjoy the narrators at all. Often using poor choice of vocal tone (opinion)

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Good story but let down by production

Story is good as usual but the book is unfortunately let down by this poor audio recoding. Lee Maxwell-Simpson is very one-dimensional and doesn't emote to suit the context or even the explicitly described emotions. The only voice he does well is spoiled English lordling which he applies to almost all characters. Most of his characters are inseparable, for example Chade and Kettricken have the same voice. Avita Jay does much better. Some of her reading is unfortunately let down by bad production, where the reading of the name of one of the characters is badly edited out and replaced. It must have been mispronounced initially and instead of re-reading those sentences they were poorly edited.

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Robin Hobb is stellar once again.

The story is a fantastic continuation of the story of FitzChivalry Farseer. I really enjoyed having a male and female narrator, both of who did a wonderful job.

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slow, frustration

I listened to 90 hours of Fitzchivalry Farseer bumble around being stupid, and very English. "Everything is terrible, I am guilt ridden and full of self loathing and I want everyone to know about it." I thought he might be awesome in the end or something, but he's not. The entire series is like slowly immersing yourself in despair.

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Great story, poor narration.

As always, Robin Hobb delivers a beautifully detailed story. I love, love, love her work.

That said, the male narrator for this sub-trilogy is AWFUL. I wish that the entire series had been narrated by Avita Jay, or the male narrator from the previous trilogy. There are also moments in the book where a name sounds almost copy and pasted mid-sentence, which is pretty annoying when out of context: “Vindaliar”. It’s a shame, Avita Jay is a wonderful narrator.

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Narrator Struggle street...

So for the first book in this series I wrote a review about how disappointed I was that the male narrator had been changed, this book only emphasised my disappointment. I wanted to reach through my car's Bluetooth and ring the Fool's neck. I couldn't decide if it was the way he was acting in the book or the way the narrator portrayed him. His voice was so whiny and pathetic I wished half way though the book that he would die just so I would never have to listen to that voice again... UGH (Pulling hair out). I finally decided that if I was actually reading the book, rather than passively listening to it the Fool wouldn't irritate me so much, every time I had to listen to the Fool's voice I imagined myself reading it instead and tried not to want to stab my car's stereo. I wonder if my car/phone will survive the next book in the series.

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Improvement from Book 1

Definitely a better read than Book 1, carries the story along well, and sets up Book 3 well! After listening to all three I'm still disappointed the male narrators changed again, but after going through it with the previous books I'm used to it!

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Must read book and series

More twists and turns from the farseer story. Heartwrenching for Fitz and a few tears may be shed. great book

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Spoiled by the narrators

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoy listening in the car during my long weekly drives. As such it passes the time and Robin Hobb is a superb author. This book being the middle book in a triology spends a long time on Fitz at Buckkeep saving the Fool and coming to his rightful place in the world AFTER the reader knows that disaster has befallen his much loved daughter Bee. This leaves the reader worrying about what is happening to her.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool's Quest?

Fitz's realisation that Bee has been stolen from Withywoods. It is a moment of profound dismay. He has been preoccupied in saving the Fool, and during that time he has lost his much loved daughter. It is a moment of profound self-loathing and bereavement.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the narrator (particularly Lee Maxwell-Simpson) seems to have no idea of timing, appropriate pauses (sentences and paragraphs) or voice inflextions. It is as if he has not read the passage previously and does not know when certain events are coming up. I would have thought such preparation would be essential for a narrator. The other narrator is better, and I enjoyed her accented reading of the pleasant faced woman and the other invaders. I did find the voice for Bee rather more childish than I would have imagined. She is very small for her age, but she is nonetheless a very intelligent girl.

Was Fool's Quest worth the listening time?

Once I got past the annoying narrator I was able to appreciate Robin Hobb's skill of story writing.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 03-06-2016

Brilliant

Greatly appreciate Robin Hobb sharing her gift yet again in this long awaited novel. Thoroughly enjoyed being immersed again in the adventures of Fitz and the Fool. The narration in this audio addition was perfect.
Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Jack C
  • 12-05-2016

Narration

I think someone got a name wrong on this and tried to fix the mistake by badly re-recording the word and editing it into the final piece. Its terribly done however and makes the book quite hard to listen to.

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  • Sam Galvin
  • 28-12-2018

Amazed

An amazing story that takes the characters to new places new adventures and more sorrow.

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  • Sowerbytom
  • 21-12-2018

Just brilliant

What a journey I’ve been on with Fitz and the Fool throughout these series. Robin Hobb is a true great.

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  • R. Merriman
  • 01-11-2018

A real departure from the rest of the whole series

Rape and torture seem to be a big part of the first half of the book

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  • A. Mason
  • 10-06-2018

Fitz`s tale gets better and better...

Solid performances by the narrators who manage to embody a number of characters very well. Good pace and enunciation.

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  • Jarvmar
  • 25-05-2018

The story is coming to a head now

I can't wait for the final installment of this story. Bee should get her own sets of books now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2018

a continually fantastic series.

I thoroughly enjoyed the dual naration in this story. my only issue is the really bad editing of the name Vindalier. it really jarred.

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  • Colin
  • 07-03-2018

Warms up towards the end

This does feel a bit stretched out, and i agree with other reviewers that the Fools voice is annoyingly pathetic.

Having said that, I have just bought the next in the series...

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  • Mark
  • 17-02-2018

Fitz back on track

The first book in this trilogy was painfully slow and dull, this, on the other hand, is everything but. Finally a story that ebbs and flows, making you fall back in love with Fitz. I started this one out of a sense of duty to the trilogy given its predecessors lack lustre performance, but I'm glad I did and look forward to the finale. This is Fitz as it should be.

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  • C. I. Rees
  • 12-02-2018

Great combining of the world

Great story but in long running stories narrator's should at least be vaguely familiar with those that went before, some accents and pronunciations were very jarring