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The Golden Fool

The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Taylor
Series: Tawny Man, Book 2, Realms of the Elderlings, Book 8
Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers, from the author of the best-selling Assassin’s Apprentice.

Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

A reluctant Fitz is assigned to protect the young prince, and also train him in the Skill, and in doing so he finally makes contact not only with his estranged daughter, Nettle, but with someone in Buckkeep who may possess a greater Skill talent than Fitz. And who may represent a terrible threat to the Farseers.

Meanwhile, Elliania arrives, and before she will accept Prince Dutiful’s betrothal challenges him to undertake an impossible quest. He must kill a legendary Outislander dragon.

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Good Book - Imperfect Production

Really like the book and the narrator

just a couple of little quirks in the finished product.

a couple of times there were repeated lines, which were meant to be cut but obviously weren't.

apart from that, it's great

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a great story that entraps all

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Great story and production

Love the series but I’ve listened to them out of order. What a shame for me!

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Fantastic Series

I am always blown away at the narration on any audible book, and this is no exception. You can distinctly recognise the separate voices of the characters, and it is always heartfelt. I have read these books a number of times, but this is my second time listening to the audio version. Definitely recommend these books to anyone who likes a brilliant character driven story.

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some editing issues

in the third chapter there are a few editing problems yep yep yep yep yep

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great story great narration

Hobbs stories are quite simple yet the detail, thoughts and relationships of the main character draw you in. this continues that wonderful bittersweet that Hobbs Fitz books convey. Narration is great, distinct and consistent with accents etc.

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waste of time, garbage.

This book is terrible! I feel foolish for having persisted until the end. I kept expecting it to improve. It didn't. Tens of thousands of words too long. Self-indulgent garbage. Like Mills and Boon with dragons and magic but without editorial discipline. OMG. Last Hobb I waste time or money on I think.

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Great book, poor editing

Fantastic book as all Hobb’s are. I like the narrator, but the editing could be better.

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Robin keeps on impressing

It’s book two in this trilogy, yet I’m still struggling a tad with the different pronunciation the narrator gives for names, in comparison to the first trilogy. Other than that, I am in my element listening to these books. Robin is a genius!

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Great book

Enjoyed this enormously.
Still miss Paul Boehmer but Nick Taylor does admiral work as well.

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  • Beat
  • 15-02-2020

Some Editing Mistakes

I love the story and really enjoyed the narrator but the editing is lacking: no pauses between chapters and some of the narrator‘s mistakes have been left in.

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  • Raul
  • 13-02-2020

Painful and precious

Many wounds and shackles Fitz lays upon himself are. often his own crafted out of fear and self pity. It makes me reflect on the times that I have been foolish.

This book is a sorrowful, but precious shard. Painful to hold and hard to let go. Out of the series, it is probably my favorite.

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  • Siilike
  • 04-11-2019

Editing mistakes

There where quite a few editing mistakes, places where phrases where repeated. It made concentrating difficult.

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  • Mikael
  • 19-09-2016

Our Beloved Keeps On Delivering

Amazing prelude to the end of the second trilogy. A must read for everyone. Enjoy!

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  • Ellen Lingwood
  • 07-04-2013

The Tawny Man Trilogy

This outstanding trilogy ties up some of Robin Hobb's earlier story threads so characters from earlier books, nothing to do with the main characters the Fool and Fitz start appearing in "The Golden Fool" I am thoroughly impressed with Robin Hobb's literary skills. This trilogy is enthralling! I would recommend it to anyone. My only regret is that there are no more of her books available on Audible. I have listened to them all! But "The Tawny Man" is the best of them all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2018

Narrators

I wish that the different narrators in this series of books could be more consistent in saying names.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2020

Good story line

The plot and world building along with the emotions and descriptions are great. The performance as well. Chapters felt rushed at points and pronunciation hindered on certain created terms.

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  • 01-05-2020

Golden

Not as good as the last book but a very nice book in the series, the skill is explained more in-depth and for helped me better understand incidences in the fool and the Fitz, again the narration was passable however the editing again left parts not meant to be released where the narrator corrects a line

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  • H
  • 08-04-2020

Nice continuation of the story

This is a nice continuation of the story, although it leaves several loose ends to the plot. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Mrs. R. McHugh
  • 12-02-2020

Sadly this felt like filler

I was hoping for a quest type adventure but so little actually happens that this felt like filler to make it up to a trilogy. I am a completist so will read the next one but wanted more from this one.
Also, technically there seemed a lack of attention from the producer - there were too many instances of repeated lines that weren't edited out and quite a few mispronunciations that weren't picked up. Some of the edits were a little clunky too.

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  • michael thompson
  • 16-01-2020

Repeats itself.

This book is great apart for the narration repeats itself a lot in many chapters.

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  • Marina Goodyear
  • 03-09-2019

narrator brings it all to life

Narrator is brilliant.
I think this is the only Robin Hobb where I would give the narrator more stars than the story!
(story is still good, just not as eventful as many of the others in the series - although of course it provides vital stepping stones in the trilogy arc)

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  • Carmella
  • 21-03-2019

another excellent sequel

these stories are so engrossing be it this trilogy or the assassin series. my only criticism is that the characters seem to change, in early readings kettriken was more scandanavian like,whereas this stoeynwas cross French and Spanish, prefer the former, consistency across the books would have been better in both narrator and character portrayal, just my opinion

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  • Peter Newbold
  • 07-12-2018

very subversive

very subversive. You have to keep on listening. Robin Hobb has to be one of my favourite authors