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Assassin's Quest Audiobook

Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy.

Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst.

Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

Under the watchful eye of Burrich, old King Shrewd's Stablemaster, Fitz must learn to cast off the wild but carefree ways of the wolf and enter once more the human world: a world beset ever more viciously by the relentless Red Ship Raiders who are now left free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which he finds he is utterly alone.

Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken, and the Fool have all vanished. Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 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)

“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)

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    David 21/11/2015
    David 21/11/2015
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    "Exceptional book, adequate narration"

    Amazing book, the narration was fine but not how I had hoped it would be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 02/07/2017
    Christopher 02/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "ultimately disappointing"

    Again we're faced with the ultimate idiot, fitz, and his long quest to do as many stupid things he can.

    if this book was half the length it would have been much more enjoyable. but as is 30 odd hours of fitz not understanding the most obvious things is very tiring.

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    Yoga Satya 25/06/2017
    Yoga Satya 25/06/2017

    Sakshi

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    "Great story.. awful narration."
    What did you like most about Assassin's Quest?

    I have read this trilogy in the past and it was lovely to simply be able to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hobb's ability to construct a believable fantasy world and draw us in. The notion of 'skilling' and 'the wit' are unique and clever.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    I'm sure he didn't pre-read.. the narration and the actual meaning sometimes conflicted. But by far the most annoying aspect was the accent. He got it so wrong that is was laughable. If you want someone to do a good English accent get an English narrator or Gillian Anderson. :)


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

    No, but only because of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that Boehmer may well have been acceptable to American audiences. I've noticed those who disliked his style in this book seem to be non-Americans. It would be good for Audible to cater for an international market and iron out these glitches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikita 03/01/2017
    Nikita 03/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Ritz Fitz Blitz"

    great performance, good conclusion to the trilogy, if you've come this far you really ought to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb 13/12/2016
    Caleb 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a masterpiece"

    This book is one easy to dismiss as another fiction/fantasy book yet to those who can see beyond appearances this book is a masterpiece work of literature with rare insight into the human condition. It will always have a special place in my heart as the themes of nobility, honor, loyalty and masculinity run through it's pages as silvery veins through black stone.
    I was witness to proud and beautiful times, my heart was rent into pieces yet soared to magnificent heights and yet I am still haunted by these pages in a way no one would understand unless they have walked in my shoes, yet we have all walked with you Fitz, you are the bridge that connects us, I felt your pain, I was with you through everything in that we are brothers in that we are pack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Azhirai 08/12/2016
    Azhirai 08/12/2016
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    "Love this series..."

    When I started listening to Assassins Apprentice I struggled initially to adjust to the narrator's accent, but by Book 2 it was all good, he does a beautiful job of 'voicing' Nighteyes... This is a fantastic book and end of the trilogy.

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    donnelle 04/11/2016
    donnelle 04/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant!"

    best series I have ever read with the exception of the soldier son series. the narrator was hard to get used to at first because of his plummy accent but his skill with voices lent a lot to the telling. loved it

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    Madeleine 30/05/2016
    Madeleine 30/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    This last book is my favourite of the trilogy! I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more of Hobbs works.

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    Dylan 14/04/2016
    Dylan 14/04/2016
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    "Horrible"

    Absolutely the worst trilogy Don't waste your time. Boring and predictable
    You can Thank me later

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 14/04/2016
    Kyle 14/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite depressing story. Wrapped up very quickly."

    Quite depressing story. Wrapped up very quickly. Really struggled to get through it in the end.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Viktor
    Stenungsund, Sweden
    27/01/13
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    "I didn't like this book at all."

    I really enjoyed the other two books in this series. Which in a way makes this book even worse.
    Everything I liked about Fits is removed, and all that is left is a stumbling selfish idiot.
    He has become a slave to his emotions (mainly fear) with no resolve. Several times after deciding something he would just turn right around with the excuse "I could not stop myself" or "I just had to do it". At one point I got so angry over one of these I had to stop the audiobook and go hit my kitchen table.

    In fact if I think about it, I don't like the way any of the characters have developed, except for perhaps Nighteyes.

    After every chapter there is a section where the narrator just gives reader information about the world. These are often repetitive and we get told a lot of things we already know.
    At at least two points the narrator pauses from the story and provides spoilers of whats gonna happen.

    I just started with part 5 and i honestly don't want to continue.
    I think I'll just pretend book 2 ended with Fits living happily ever after as a wolf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katrine
    20/08/17
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    "Great long story, slightly weak ending"

    I loved every minute of it, right up until near the end. It then seemed like the author just wanted to be done with it, like some things just magically happen or things that the lead character has been struggling with always he just sort of suddenly succeeds with, the cavalry files in from overhead and saves the day etc. A little bit too easy it feels like, when comparing to the otherwise very long and detailed book about every minute of this guy's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wiehan
    23/01/17
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    "Robin Hobb is a Master storyteller and novelist."

    I read her Farseer Trilogy previously. Also her other works. I loved it so much that now, I listen to the audio version. It's a work of art, which I'll read yet again. I can honestly say that I'd recommend this to anyone. Feel free to read her other works as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Prahran, Australia
    21/06/14
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    "Could not stop listening"
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    An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rick
    Perth, Australia
    4/05/13
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    "Good characters, poor reveal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, if he or she were a fan of fantasy


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I hate it when you know the plot twists before the protagonist. I was just thinking he must be an idiot if he can't see it.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinct, appropriate voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I cared about the character, but I was annoyed his development was slow in parts, and that he always reacted emotionally. Considering what he'd been through you'd think he would have got a handle on his emotions and never seemed to develop. He was also thick, you can see plot twists coming a mile away, but the hero never seems to which had me yelling at my car stereo "you idiot!" more than once. But I did like the characters, I liked the overall story and I liked the world building.<br/><br/>I think if this book had been written today it would be returned to the author for a rewrite. For example detailed supporting characters that you never see again. But in spite of all its flaws, I'm glad I listened to it and there was more to enjoy than to dislike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deb
    sydney, Australia
    14/12/12
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    "Wonderful trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a moving story of commitment and loyalty set in quasi medieval times.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    offputting pronunciation<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    I read the trilogy and feel that I was given even more by hearing it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
    Lincoln
    29/07/16
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    "Should have been much better"

    After having listened to the first 2 books I this series I was looking forward to the concluding book in the trilogy but it was a disappointment. The reason being that although the basis of the story was good and followed on from the first 2 books for some reason the author decided to drag it out with what appeared to be meaningless waffle. It was approx 10hrs longer than the first 2 which could have easily been cut and maintained the integrity of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Elliott
    Carmarthenshire, Wales
    4/11/15
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    "unsuitable voice for this book - but"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This series of books is one of the few of the best books that I have ever read. I have read the series about 3 or 4 times and love them. There is nothing wrong with the book or the story, however the voice over is so wrong for the character, and you may be dissapointed with Nighteyes voice.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    I am so sorry to Paul Boehmer but his accent and pronunciation is so very wrong for the chacter or Fitz and Nighteyes, and for telling the story. I felt it needed to be a bit more ragged and gruff - more masculine! Paul is slightly camp and a bit too genteel sounding and if you've read the books.... He does a good Chade however.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    I would most definately see the films if they were made.


    Any additional comments?

    This series of books, the Tawny Fools series and the Liveship Traders series are such engrossing and delicious reads you simply can't put them down. I love them dearly and re-read them regularly and would encourage anyone - even if you're not a fantasy reader to read them. <br/>I have been spoiled with these books however, and cannot find anything as good that I want to read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    24/08/14
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    "Good follow on"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Quest to be better than the print version?

    This is a good follow on from the other book and well read. The information referring to what happen previously helps the listener.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fitz as he seem to be one step behind very one else


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favourite?

    Fool had different sides to him


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

    Laugh when funny things where said


    Any additional comments?

    Must read and catch up with others in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Pixel
    United Kingdom
    21/07/14
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    "Fabulous book but ending felt rushed"

    Really loved this trilogy and to be honest, it was due for a 5 out of 5 until the end. I dropped a point though because the ending was essentially a summary. I was looking forward to what I thought would be the pinnacle of the book. But what was presented was a summary. It felt strange as it was not at all in keeping with the style of the book. To me, it felt like an afterthought, 'Oh, and if you're interested in what happened, A did B, and X did Y'. The 'epilogue' was more in keeping with the style though.

    All in, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trilogy. Just be warned of a seemingly rushed ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • halfpintkay
    United Kingdom
    8/07/13
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    "Couldn't stop Listening!"

    This book had me hooked from start to finish. Once again Hobb brings the tale of the Farseer family alive, Following Fits Journey which is full of twists and turns. Great ending to the Trilogy. I really enjoyed this book but the reason why I gave Performance 4 stars instead of 5 was because the narrater repeated himself on a Occasions, it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book though and I wouldn't let it stop other Listeners downloading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marc H
    United Kingdom
    13/01/13
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    "Great story - same vein as Patrick Rothfuss"

    After listening to Patrick Rothfuss's first two book of his trilogy I wanted something similar but complete! I've certainly founded it in Robin Hobb's Farseer series and I've now nearly finished all three. Reading order is:



    - Assassins Apprentice

    - Royal Assassin

    - Assassins Quest



    There are many similarities to Patrick Rothfuss or vice versa depending on your perspective. You follow a small boy who grows up learning a kind of magic he never really knew he had and learning to be a Kings Assassin. Great characters who you will learn to love and hate.



    If you've read Patrick Rothfuss and are looking for something as good then you won't go far wrong with this Trilogy.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mrs brown
    31/07/17
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    "lately loved it"

    my mum recommended these books to me. she read them a long time ago. so glad she did. looked them up and found them on my Audible . I wave it halfway through the second book and at beginning of this one because it just seems like misery was just raining from everywhere. .... so glad I stuck with it. I'd like to go on for the next series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    United Kingdom
    28/02/17
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    "Really good fantasy novel."

    I really enjoyed the story. The narrator is very consistent with the accents and voices he uses but some of the words are a bit off. I think he is an American doing a British accent but he doesn't always hit the mark ("passage" and "porridge" are the words that stick most in my mind!). Over all I think he's very good and I really enjoyed the audiobook but the "parsages" and "pour-idge" were a bit grating at times. i would still highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    1/02/17
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    "Not as strong as the first two books."

    You get used to the performance, still not my favourite though, strange pronunciation of vowels and indistinct, inconsistent accents.

    I feel like the story loses its way in the second half. It's almost the polor opposite of the start of the trilogy, which was all about the world and the day to day goings on of Fitz, however by the end of this book it feels like it's very magic heavy and almost dull at times with the lack of activity. There's also the frustrating feeling that Fitz can do just as much magic as is required at any given moment as the plot requires it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    london, United Kingdom
    27/01/17
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    "immersive"

    another wonderfully engrossing book by Robin Hobb. Empathic characters, great plot which somehow all came together at the end. think I'll move on to liveship traders next....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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