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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robin Hobb

Narrated By: Paul Boehmer

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2010

Duration: 17 hours 21 minutes


Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice begins the story of a bastard of the royal house, a young man who is trained in the mystic arts of the assassin and who may become the savior of his kingdom.

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.


  • 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.

  • Larry P

    Great Book, Enjoyed the Narration.

  • 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.

  • Daniel McNamara

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

  • Jennifer Gedney

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

  • 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.

  • ronald rury

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

  • 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.

  • 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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