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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

Auteur(s): Robin Hobb
Narrateur(s): Paul Boehmer
Durée: 17 h et 18 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (139 évaluations)

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With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father's gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man's blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as another, even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission, a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target---for Fitz is a threat to the throne...but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

Ce que les critiques en disent

“Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured...at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.” ( Kirkus)

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  • Au global
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you really can't judge a book by its cover

... Because the cover is absolutely terrible, but the story within is well paced, handily delivered and totally engrossing. If you are a fan of the 2/3rds finished kingkiller chronicles, then you will love this book AND Robin Hobb is the the Cal Ripken Jr of deadlines.

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  • Au global
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If you liked Name of the Wind

similar concept, I imagine this book helped influence it. I'll be reading the next one.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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This series just goes on and on and on

This series just takes too long to get anywhere and like a soap opera just rehashes the same dramatic content over and over again. Don't start and look elsewhere for you audio entertainment.

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terrible narrator

seems like a good book but I just cant listen to this narrator drag out the story.

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It's A Great Story

The Assassin's Apprentice was a great story. Writer Robin Hobb knew how to keep you engaged from beginning to end. Each plot was not short or long, it had a good pace. I'm excited to listen to his next story. Paul Boehmer's performance was excellent

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Good, but a bit depressing and slow to start

The first 3 chapters were so slow I almost gave up on the book. Then it picked up and was quite interesting.
Overall a good book, but the bitterness and senseless cruelty of those around the protagonist make it quite depressing to listen to.

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keeps you wanting more

loved it. thought the narrator did a great job with keeping characters separate. I read the book years ago and now listening to brought back the story in a new yet still wonderful way. I recommend this book.

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Reader takes a couple chapters

reader doesn't seem to get the flow correct for a few chapters but one he does it lets you sink into the amazing writing and story.

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Excellent Characters

The character development in this novel is outstanding, and kept me hooked to a plot that meanders it's way through the adolescence of the main character. Would definitely recommend to anyone who can appreciate story depth in lieu of regular action.

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Favourite book series

This is probably my favourite book series. Very fun to re-experience it through Audible after reading it several times. Like reuniting with an old friend. Great story and a very good performance! #Audible1

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  • Jake
  • 2010-03-16

Great book

I'm going to be suffering from withdraw for the next 2 months while I wait for the next book in this series to come out in audio... I've been looking for a good series to start with this author, but the only one audible has had in the past is the Soldier Son series and by all reports it isn't her best work. After reading this I think it likely I will pick that series up anyway, since even this author's sub-par work is still likely to be quite good.

This book is not heavy on fight scenes, and the main character isn't even that good in a face-to-face fight when it happens. Indeed, for an assassin he manages to kill and wound very few people, and is generally quite nice and likable. The thing that makes this story so excellent is it's world-building and attention to detail, and its ability to build and sustain tension. The plot moves from point to point and as one tension eases, another takes up the slack, drawing you constantly onward and never producing a dull moment. The characters are so well done that I can think of real people who have less personality. I can see how the lack of action might deter some people, but if you enjoy detailed world-building and excellent writing, this is a book you are sure to enjoy.

Another person mentioned the "Night Angel" series, which I have personally read and enjoyed - this however, is the EXACT opposite take on a fantasy assassin series in every way I can think of (and is written far better). Also, I don't know what it is about this reader and assassin books, but he is well suited to it.

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  • NorEaster
  • 2011-12-27

Great Book

I don't know what to say about this book. It was not fast paced nor very exciting most of the time. The setting was pretty typical of the fantasy genre and the world building wasn't the greatest that I've read. This book feels like a set up to a trilogy where we are learning the background story of a few chars. It's essentially a story about a bastard boy, his mentors, and his dogs.

So why the 5 stars? I just loved this book. I was invested in the chars and cared about what happened to them. The friendships and bonds felt so real. The one downside is the one dimensional aspect of the "evil" characters. I was able to get past this easily, though because the story itself is strong. This is one of the books where you just enjoy the journey the author puts in front of you. I downloaded the second book within seconds of finishing this. Not because of some contrived cliffhanger but because I just couldn't wait to see where the story would take me.

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  • Phe
  • 2019-06-08

Good story, awful narration

The story is good and very engaging, but the narrator tries to fake an English accent and it is incredibly cringeworthy and distracting to listen to.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2012-04-21

Don't tell my wife

Don't tell my wife, but I have a crush on Robin Hobb. She is by far my favorite fantasy writer. I read this book several years ago and loved it. When Audible put it on sale, I could not resist

This is a coming of age story and a world building book. The book starts when Fitz is only six years old. At the time he has no name. His mother never named the bastard of a royal prince. We are witness to and feel for the main character Fitz, like in most RH books, he is missed understood by almost everyone, but not as misunderstood as he thinks. RH builds characters better then anyone, so if you like character driven stories read any Robin Hobb book. This book also has some good dog characters.

I would suggest though, that you start with the "Liveship Traders" trilogy. It is by far the best, has lots more magic and Dragons. I usually don't care for a whole lot of magic, but no one is as imaginative as RH and the world she builds in Liveship Traders is unmatched.

It would be great if Audible could come out with Robin Hobb's earlier books that she wrote as Megan Lindholm. I would buy all of them Audible.

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  • Jackson
  • 2017-08-09

Somewhat depressing

This book just felt like it invested far too much time on the main protagonist sulking and feeling sorry for himself. He gets dumped on constantly and seems to accept this as his just reward. I can understand a bit of struggles when it's balanced with something good, but this rarely seems to be the case here. The narration was pretty good though.

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  • Mark
  • 2013-03-12

Kept waiting for something to happen

Any additional comments?

The story ideas and concepts in the book where interesting and fun, and my imagination started going crazy with possibilities when they were introduced. The author never seemed to bring all the pieces together to make the story engaging enough. Many of the main characters were easy to forget and I felt a sense of relief the book was over instead of a longing to know more about what will happen next in their life.

The reading of the book is very well done. I found the voice, accent, energy, and pacing to be very pleasant.

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  • John
  • 2011-12-18

Well written, but too slow for me

You might love this book if you like lots of character development and dialogue. I thought I liked character development, but after this book, I guess I realize that I don't.

This book was well written in my opinion. The story was good and the characters were believable. The world was developed. But for me, there was not enough tension in the plot. The character development was not enough to hold my interest. I was interested enough to keep listening, but I will not get the second book.

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  • Sean
  • 2013-01-07

Not a waste of 83 hours...just the 60 I spent.

I am 3/4 of the way through the 3rd book of this series, and can say one thing with certainty.

Fitz Chivalry is an idiot.

Seriously. I just finished a part in the book where, again, I was yelling at the moron protagonist to get his head out of his backside and see what the heck was going on. There have been at least half a dozen points in this story where I was doing the same thing. But this particular time really has me irritated. It's to the point I can't root for this imbecile any longer. I am a full work week and a half into this story, and I don't know if I can finish it.

The story is told from his perspective. So other than the historical information presented at the beginning of each chapter, Fitz knows everything you know. Yet the most simple deductions regarding several situations he encounters are completely lost to him. Some he figures out in a few 'pages.' Others take him a full book before he puts it together. Long or short, you'll be screaming at him like I do to get a freaking clue.

And this character was trained by the master assassin to observe and deduce? The seven duchies are in a heap of hurt, then.

Or is the idiot in this story Robin Hobb, who can't move the story along without turning his protagonist stupid for a short time in order to create a plot device?

I enjoyed the first book enough to spend a credit on the second. And was interested in the story enough to spend a credit on the third book. But if I had never bothered with this trilogy, that would have been fine.

And I am seriously considering giving up on it now. This latest idiotic move by Fitz hasn't even been 'revealed' for certain yet, but it is painfully obvious to the reader. The fact that it isn't obvious to Fitz just makes me want to give up on him.

Save yourself 83 hours and choose a different book.

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  • breckoz
  • 2013-11-30

One Time Listen

I have listened to the whole series. Overall, I liked the world Robin Hobb created but the characters were a little frustrating at times. Also, the conclusion of this series wasn't that great. However, it did wrap things up for the most part and I felt compelled to keep buying into each book with my credits to get a conclusion. But it is really hard to sympathize with the main characters motivations and understand his loyalty rulers of this society. I have mixed feelings about some of the characters too. I just felt the story could have been written better and I think generally that is my opinion about some other Robin Hobb works I have listened to as well.

Despite those complaints I would still say this is worth a listen, but be prepared for a long story. This is a series about a boy coming of age and being outcast because of his blood. There is a mentor component and a struggle to find ones identity. There is also magic and adventure in the later books.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Tinikaz
  • 2019-07-09

The narrator ....

Sounds like a high school Shakespeare production. I can’t get passed it... sounds so whiney. Not a character I want to listen to.

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