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Fool's Quest

Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
Series: Fitz and the Fool, Book 2, Realms of the Elderlings, Book 15
Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (321 ratings)

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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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classic robin hobb narrative and great narrative

runs as a typical book 2 for Robin Hobb so you know what to expect if you're in the third Fitz/Fool trilogy. great use of male and female narrator for male/female viewpoint of Fitz/Bee.

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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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  • 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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  • Ms. E. Martland
  • 20-06-2019

Badly edited

The book is great however it needs to be re-record or at least edited as the name Vindalier, is extremely badly edited in, through out the whole book and completely destroys all immersion and makes it barely listenable, they would be better off skipping over the name completely than keeping the horrendous editing, for a full priced audio book it's a disgrace.

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  • Colin
  • 19-02-2020

Trying too hard

I am a big Robin Hobb fan and struggle to criticise her, but this just seemed so laboured. I am going to get the last in the trilogy . . . but it’s not with my usual enthusiasm. Here’s hoping!

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  • Lisa H.
  • 06-01-2020

So disappointed by the male narrator

A great book from this author as ever, but the male narrator is terrible. I do wish they would stick with one voice for Fitz. I have been through 8 books with him now and feel very attached to him it's really frustrating. The female narrator is great.

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  • Wendy
  • 28-10-2019

love all the assassin series

Robin Hobbs doesnt disappoint I am thoroughly engrossed in her Farseer books and dreading when it's all finished. totally engrossing. if you ha e read her previous books in this series you wont stop.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2019

Great story

After being disappointed a bit with some of the last editions of the realm to elderlings this was a great surprise the story was exciting and felt it brought new elements to the series whilst giving you the familiarity of the characters you have come to love.

The narration was good but again as in other books my issue with changing narrators is that the characters voices change now I understand that this happens and it’s not the end of the world but in this set all the Elderlings sound like they have a German accent which is a stark contrast to their style of voice in the other series. I wish that the narrratotors would listen to the previous books.

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  • Garside
  • 12-08-2019

awesome !

loved every minute! fitz is awesome and I adore the fool thankyou Robin hobb xx

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  • ALK
  • 18-07-2019

superb middle book of the final trilogy

it's difficult not to be biased by this stage, and one would hope if you're reading this book it's because you've read/heard at least the two other Fitz trilogies if not the Liveship and Rainwild ones.
the characters of Fitz and the Fool remain perhaps the most intricate and engaging characterisations in modern fantasy. this middle book puts the pair through a significant rollercoaster bridging the set-up of book one with the finale of book three. Hobb struggles at time with the pacing, and the last four or five chapters feel as if they should be starting a new book. we get a cliff hanger of sorts but it would have been a tidier finish to halt at the departure IMO.
that said Hobb revels in the world she's crafted, bringing together characters and settings from all her books, all the way to the first Farseer books. you get such a sense of time and change, and such lovely prose. I'm heading straight to book 3 with mixed feelings, as I genuinely don't want it all to end 15 books later.
the audio is great- both narrators do a good job, and the fact they're the same in all three books is a bonus (as it impaired the Rainwild books on Audible for me).

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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.