The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

Written by:
Robin Hobb
Narrated by:
Paul Boehmer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2010
17 hours 21 minutes
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.
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Brett H.

This series following the life of Fitz Chivalry is interesting. The magic is often borrowed by other authors. Fitz's relationships with the other characters is frustrating because he's such a woe begotten character that he often gets in his own way. However I think that's part of the charm of these books and Robin Hobb does a really excellent job reflecting Fitz's maturity with the choices that he makes. The Fool who you'll get to know in later books is a supper interesting and heartfelt character that you don't really get in other fantasy series. But those gushy moments with Fitz and The Fool or Burrich or Molly are earned so your not frustrated by an over dramatisation of an innocuous event. This is my favorite solo perspective protagonist driven epic and that includes Harry Potter. I think Robin Hobb deserves to be put into the pantheon of great fiction/fantasy writers along side Tolkien, R.R. Martin, and Joe Abercrombie. Narrations good IMO, obviously.

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Josh T.

This book is the first of a trilogy of very long and boring books. It sounds harsh but almost nothing happens during these books and you are stuck inside the characters head for so long that you become bored. The idea of the books is fascinating and the concepts of magic are interesting so I kept reading to finish the trilogy. But it doesn't really get any better and I feel that I wasted my money and time. overall not a bad book just boring.

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Clarkston P.

This was a book where both the story line and the narrator were excellent but I was wishing for an abridged version by 2/3 of the way through. Descriptions of the tapestries do NOT aid in staying awake while driving. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will continue the series.

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christopher bundy

good book waiting to start book two

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Carolyn C.

Great story! Loved the narrator!

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Levi K.

I enjoyed this series. Though I thought it needed some tweaking.

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Quincie R.

Robin Hobb's work was unknown to me until now. Must say, I unknowingly chose a work I couldn't stop listening to until I finished the entire trilogy. Great job and I will undoubtedly listen again. Great Narration too.

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Larry P

Great Book, Enjoyed the Narration.

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David Miller

The book started a little wordy but I soon got into the flow. Otherwise great characters and I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter and read the next book.

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Daniel McNamara

An under appreciated talent, Robin Hobb is every bit as fantastic storyteller as Martin or Rothfuss with a bigger catalogue to boot.

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Jennifer Gedney

Quite liked the story line and characters. An interesting premise and hopefully the series holds up!

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Bill Kennedy

I love this book so much. was delighted when it was offered on audio books. com. but the narrator ruined the audio version for me. Paul what's his name has now ruined 3 good books for me. why they get this guy to do readings is beyond me. this book deserved a quality narrator like Michael Kramer. this narrator actually caused me to stop listening to 3 books now. I won't be buying any more with this guy reading. I feel like I threw my money in the trash.

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ronald rury

Not bad. First book I have heard from this author. I'll try another.

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Rosemary Cure

Filled with gambit of emotions, intrigue, and the essence of life during that period. The strife feels real. The author engulfed me in the story. The characters are awesome. Didn't want to stop listening.

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Corrie Collier

The characters are engaging and well developed. I love to read a book that I can love the characters. Robin Hobb has done this.

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