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Royal Assassin Audiobook

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

©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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    Christopher 22/06/2017
    Christopher 22/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    This is a frustrating book. Fitz is so incredibly dumb that almost the whole book you'll be shaking your head wondering wtf the author was thinking. His friends aren't much brighter.

    A big step down from book 1.

    Performance was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    14/09/2017
    14/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "awsome book"

    narrator had a great foice and never forgot the sound of peoples voice. Great book

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    Nina crause 09/08/2017
    Nina crause 09/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Undecided and left frustrated!"

    I can't say I didn't enjoy this story because I did, it's just that in book two I found so many little things aggravatingly frustrating. At times it was a slog to get through.
    Fitz repetitive use of 'my king' 'my king in waiting' grated on me throughout as well as his absolute self sacrifice. All this coupled with the obvious plot and the narrators changing of key characters accents at some points through dialogue has made me unsure as to whether I will give the last book a chance.

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    Melissathebrave 02/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow to get going, great series though."

    Lots of characters and plotting and took most of book to explaining things... so really looking forward to more ' doing ' in the 3rd book.

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    Joshua 15/07/2017
    Joshua 15/07/2017
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    "loved it"

    tense without being frustrating or predictive. foreboding without being obvious. great character development. excellent consistent first person story telling.

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    JANE E GAFFNEY 11/07/2017
    JANE E GAFFNEY 11/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging story. Disappointing narration"
    What would have made Royal Assassin better?

    I'm not a writer myself but I didn't form any deep connections to any characters so something is missing there.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    Davina Gabaldon. She is a genius narrator. Paul Boehmer has a weird and off putting accent throughout and the inflection when reading dialogue is all wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline is quite engaging although a lot of awful stuff happens and it's all a bit depressing. Book 3 is next. 37 hours of Paul Boehmer and probably too much going wrong without much reprieve. Is it worth it I am wondering?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Hawkins 16/11/2016
    Peter Hawkins 16/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "best fantasy series in a long time."

    seriously good and very addictive. cant wait for next month to read book 3 in the series.

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    Lexi 29/05/2016
    Lexi 29/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I've read this book a number of times. I thought the performance was good, and I didn't really find any moments where I felt that it was read with a different feeling than I had originally read it with.
    It is perhaps a little hard to understand every single word at first, but as my ear attuned to his voice - I didn't have any problems.
    An engaging and riveting story as always by Hobb!

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    Brenda Lawnton, Australia 03/04/2016
    Brenda Lawnton, Australia 03/04/2016 Member Since 2017
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    A slightly depressing beginning, but the rest was very suspenseful and exciting. I can't wait to find out what happens in the end.

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    Kimberlie 23/02/2015
    Kimberlie 23/02/2015
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    "Hooked"

    Really enjoyed the character development in the story. Could have strangled some characters, warmed to others. Great storyline. I don't enjoy the narration, his accents are off to my taste but I've gotten use to it. Off to listen to the next book now.

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  • ratna
    Northam, Australia
    8/03/15
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    "Getting used to the narrator!"

    Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.

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  • Torbjørn S Seiffert
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    10/08/14
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    "Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer"

    The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.

    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.

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  • Bundoodragon
    21/07/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    12/01/17
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    "Great sequel, performance distracting at times."

    Narrator had a frustrating habit of pronouncing 'o' as 'aw'. Some dodgy accents, but not too bad overall. Did female voices well for a male. Took some getting used to, but by the end didn't mind too much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    8/03/17
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    "Great story but readers voice changes"

    accents forgotten and wrong voices used for the wrong characters it can be a little confusing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tai Jorgensen
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    6/01/17
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    "Dont know what it is..."

    I love parts of the book, when I get involved with strong feelings towards the charcters and events of the story. I just dont think that happens quite enough.
    Not quite enough is what I think about much of this and the other Farseer books. I dont quite see it, dont quite feel it, dont quite love it.

    And yet I want to read on.
    I dont know what it is...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    14/09/17
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    "Excellent! Can't wait to start part 3"

    Loved it, except the narrator wasn't very good. Looking forward to reading the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    3/07/17
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    "Just amazing. Purely amazing."

    This story was just amazing. Robin Hobbs has done it again. Legendary. Epic. Amazing. I am starting Quest now. No more sleep for me!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anders Munk-Nielsen
    24/03/17
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    "Good ending, too slow start"
    Where does Royal Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is about on par with book 1


    What other book might you compare Royal Assassin to, and why?

    It's a bit like the name of the wind but not quite up there. The start is too slow, although that leaves room for more development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaye
    11/12/16
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    "A great listening"

    Enjoyable continuation of the farseer trilogy. Recommended to those who have read / listened to the first book. The ending is one of great intrigue which hopefully leads into the final book and a conclusion worthy of the first two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maymun Hassan
    30/11/16
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    "Amazing"

    Just as good as the first one do you know how hard that is. Most sequels never live up to
    It's predecessor. I can say that is not the case here. The only problem I have is that it ended so soon. Also there is a certain character that has evaded justice, he will die most gruesomely in my dreams tonight. Great narrator, simply the best, better than all the rest. May you live long and prosper my son. Thank you Robin Hobb for such a fantastic story, I have not felt this excited in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    18/10/16
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    "Excellent!"

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much, the story is gripping. When Paul Boehmer narrates the story, I see rather than hear the story play out in my mind. I will now move on to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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