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Ship of Destiny

The Liveship Traders, Book 3
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Series: Realms of the Elderlings, Book 6, Liveship Traders, Book 3
Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
5 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the magnificent Liveship Traders series.

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory.

Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki.

Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war, against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour, and also among themselves. If the city is to survive, Ronica Vestrit must unite all its peoples - both Trader and Tattooed - and liberate the city once and for all; but Companion Serilla has a different agenda, and is seeking to establish her own power base. Althea and Brashen are finally at sea together, sailing the liveship Paragon into pirate waters in a last-ditch effort to rescue the Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia, stolen by the Pirate king, Kennit; but there is mutiny brewing in their rag-tag crew; and in the mind of the mad ship itself....

Wintrow has liberated She Who Remembers and she can at last fulfil her ancient purpose, but in doing so he has been terribly injured. If Wintrow dies, Kennit fears that Vivacia will lose her fragile sanity: a loss that will also threaten his dreams of power and glory. So he strikes a deal with the ship. And soon the waters around the Vivacia are seething with giant serpents, following the liveship as it sails to its destiny.

Majestic and sweeping, Ship of Destiny concludes the tale of the Vestrit family and their part in the history of The Liveship Traders with a soaring and triumphant finale to this unique series of epic fantasy.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A truly extraordinary saga… the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O’Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.” ( Booklist)
“A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities” (J. V. Jones)

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Great story, didnt enjoy the narration.

Really enjoyed the story (as always with Robin Hobb) however glad not to have to listen to this narrator anymore. Tired if every sentence ending with a sigh and dreading any sentence ending with the letter 'r'.

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Excellent story - worth persevering

In other reviews of books in this trilogy I've said that I have difficulty enjoying this narrator however in this final book I was able to enjoy the story without noticing her style. Probably I've gotten used to her. I would still recommend this trilogy though as it is a great part of the overall story.

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Another high quality Hobb

Robin Hobb can do no wrong, another sensational series that I've read multiple times.

The narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life and is an engaging reader.

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Awesome book, terrible narration

The story in this series kept me going but Anne Flosnik's voice was so grating. And she should definitely never, ever sing.

However. The story itself is brilliant, and the characters are realistic and well rounded.

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Loved it

So many intertwined storylines. The groundwork in the first two live ship books comes together. Loved it!

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brilliant

Fantasy the way it should be. hard to get into at first but glad I persisted

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2019

Incredible ending to the triology

Im amazed by the skill used to tie all strings together in this last book seemlessly. The narrator grew (on me maybe) over the three books and the performance in this last one was very impressive. Acting out the dialoges and matching feelings to descriptions with accuracy. I can tell both the author and the narrator has a passion and skill to deliver this product flawlessly. Thanks!

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-2018

Not for the book, but the narrator!!

This narrator is appalling! I mean seriously appalling. She reads with no intonation other than elongating the last word of every sentence to extraordinary length. Then the voices she makes for the characters is just awful, I mean really awful.
Just read the book if you are able, the audio version is unlistenable.

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  • Jaime
  • 13-04-2017

el mejor de la trilogía, y del género

excelente historia, muy sólida narración y con un ritmo casi perfecto. oírlo antes de la trilogía de The Twany Man es aun mejor.

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  • Katrina
  • 20-01-2015

Narrator makes all the difference

Now this is purely a personal view, and many people may have a totally different perception, but for me, Anne's voice nearly prevented me from listening to the trilogy. The first 10 minutes of book 1 and I was nearly up the wall with the swishy voice, just listen to a sample and you will see what I mean.

By the second book I found I didn't notice it most of the time, and by the third book I played a sample for my daughter (in her late 20's) and she exclaimed in dismay that she could never listen this series.

OK, just MHO. The books themselves are so incredibly brilliant that the narrator was worth putting up with.

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  • Jim Sheils
  • 19-07-2014

A thrilling conclusion

What did you like best about this story?

It was wonderful to see how much the characters have grown

Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

The live ships and the serpents were my favourites

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever!

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  • Cherie
  • 04-02-2013

Excellent couldn't stop listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend Robin Hobb stories to everyone. It puts you in another world.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire series.

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

Both

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2015

brilliant!

The story is as compelling as I remember but I think the narrating of it could have been a great deal better. Spoilt it a bit for me

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  • Becks
  • 21-11-2012

Stunning conclusion to a fabulous series!

This intricately woven tale builds slowly to its conclusion in this third instalment. Loose ends start to knit together in a spellbinding finale. Robin Hobb has created one of those worlds that while entirely alien seems somehow right and inevitable as though she has uncovered an idea that existed all along. Excellent narration and a top quality story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-2019

Great End of a Trilogy

I would say that I am veracious reader and listener and get through a few books/ Audio books a week. I have eclectic tastes which range from Jeffrey Archer to Stephen King, My main genres are Fantasy and Sci-fi.

The end of this Trilogy was fantastic I felt that the characters really came to there full development and I am excited in seeing them crop up in future books.

Great addition to the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2019

loved reading this book so super disappointed

the author's voice ruined this book for me. read it years ago and I loved it, love everything Hobbs has written but this voice killed it for me. lacking all emotion in her voice making it very dull and over exaggerating some of the crying/laughing parts. cringed throughout and feel it didn't do it justice

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  • livingstone
  • 07-05-2019

loved it

Gripping story, well rounded characters and some romance with Dragons! Narrator easy to understand and builds tension.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2019

One can get used to much

Robin Hobb is fantastic, and this trilogy is among my favourites. I never want to hear this narrator again however. Over the course of listening to the three books I grew accustomed to the performance but it never left my mind how weird and stilted it was, and how awful the accents she affected were. the singing was downright unbearable.

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  • Mafro
  • 05-11-2018

Fantastic conclusion to a strong trilogy

This book was fantastic from beginning to end. I was very surprised with how well Robin Hobb weaved together such a large number of different plots. It made for an enjoyable, unpredictable conclusion to the trilogy.

If you made it this far, then you've likely got used to Anne flosnik's reading. From the second book onwards I found her reading to be fine, enjoyable even - though it was quite disparate from the previous trilogy! (And so far better than the tawny man trilogy reader)

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  • John
  • 22-10-2018

Keep reading

iBook 2 and book 3 excellent. So stick with book 1 so worth it never wanted them to end.

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  • C. I. Rees
  • 25-08-2017

exceptional performance and a finale far superior

exceptional performance and a finale far superior to the first two books. can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Rachel
  • 05-06-2017

would've been great without the weak woman stuff.

I was mostly enjoying this although am a bit depressed by long war scenes in so many fantasy novels. I got really angry though at yet another writer advocating rape by including an appalling scene. Then the appalling disbelief of her nearest and dearest. So unnecessary in a good book.

This type of scene has occurred in the last 4 books I've read. I am going to have to find a genre that promotes a healthy equality and respect. You can forget romances that's boring.

Come on fantasy writers - great worlds and imagination do not have to include the cringworthy side of life. Move on from that...