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  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (647 ratings)

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Dragon Haven

By: Robin Hobb
Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
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Summary

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed.

With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

Rivalries and romances are already threatening to disrupt the band of explorers, but external forces may prove to be even more dangerous. Chalcedean merchants are keen to lay hands on dragon blood and organs to turn them to medicines and profit. Their traitor has infiltrated the expedition and will stop at nothing to obtain the coveted body parts.

And then there are the Rain Wilds themselves: mysterious, unstable, and ever perilous, its mighty river running with acid, its jungle impenetrable, and its waterways uncharted. Will the expedition reach their destination unscathed? Does the city of Kelsingra even exist?

Only one thing is certain: the journey will leave none of the dragons nor their human companions unchanged by the experience.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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Shame

While I was getting hooked with the 1st book was then left diss interested with the change in narrator? Saskia Butlar was excellent why why why book two with Jacqui Crago seemed a completely different Book. Ruined the whole book

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Changed!

While the book is very good, the story flows well and the characters develop believably, the narrator has been changed from the first book, and its not a good change, the original narrator was very good for the series, and expressed the characters well, so that you knew who she was portraying without needing to be told, but this narrator has ruined the book for me, if she is narrating the next installment, I doubt I will get it, shame.

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A satisfying conclusion

What an excellent sequel to Dragon Keeper! This continued in the same vein - excellent writing, excellent narration and so vivid I feel I would recognise Kelsingra myself.

The writing is so evocative I feel as though I am right there with the characters, sharing their experiences. The characters are well rounded and completely believable, even the dragons! The conclusion to all of their individual arcs feels natural and not contrived. The narration, while different from Dragon Keeper, is still excellent, although it is a little jarring at first.

This book is definitely more adult than the first, and while not explicit I would advise caution for those with young ones in the house.

My only criticism is that the series is too short - I would have loved to listen to more of these books! Also, Robin Hobb has written many other books based in the same world, and a reading of these would make this later series a lot easier to understand than diving straight in as I did at first.

A highly recommended listen, although it is very addictive so allow more time than usual!

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Robin Hobb's 'Rain Wild Chronicles'

The Rain Wild Chronicles continues the saga that began with 'The Live Ship Traders'. We learn in the earlier books that the serpents must migrate to the rain wilds to 'hatch' into dragons and in the 'Tawny Man' series Tintaglia, the last dragon, finds a mate buried in ice. Tintaglia has persuaded the humans to help the hatched dragons but unfortunately problems arise and the young dragons are unable to fly.This latest series tells particularly of the dragon's search for the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, with the help of their human 'keepers',and a live ship barge.

The two books make a superb addition to Robin Hobb's Live Ship stories and can be read independently of the earlier books I think. Saskia Butler does an excellent job with the narration. Be warned that having tried the books, you may well become hooked, like me, and end up reading everything that Hobb has written!

Highly recommended.

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Why change the narrator?

I have read/listened to all of the books set in this world so far and love the writing although the quality of narrators varies. Saskia Butler did a fantastic job with the previous book and I was disappointed that she was not narrating this one too. This narrator not only uses different accents for the characters (which makes the series feel disjointed) but she smacks her lips and there are audible big intakes of breath as if she is breathless. If Saskia Butler were not returning for the third book I would not purchase the next book from Audible.

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First time listener of Robin Hobb

An epic story split into small books. Bit disappointed at the length of these audio books when I'm used to the longer types. Not a problem as I'm enjoying the story enough to keep going!

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Good story about t'dragons ;)

I really liked it, a good continuation of the previous book - if you haven't read/heard number 1 I doubt you will get the most out of this one - but I agree with the other reviewer, why did they change the narrator?? This narrator is good, but the change was disconcerting. One of the characters went from sounding like Ray Winstone in book 1 to Alan Bennett in book 2! Although I personally wouldn't let it put me off a third installment as if the narrators had been the other way round I might still have flagged it as a problem. You do have to pay attention though as it can be a little tricky to tell which character is talking, though I am undecided if this is a fault with the audio process or some decision the original author took. Bottom line if you loved the first one they get this now! If you only liked the first one maybe wait till you can get it cheap, if you didn't like the first one then this won't turn you around.

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Very poorly edited

Changing a voice actress part way through a series is not great, but the editing of this is terrible. Many overlapping edits are obvious where crossfades are placed, as you can hear both tales simultaneously for half a word.

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The worst performance ever

Tgis is errorneous version. Different narrator, wrong chapters structure, strange echo sometimes.. Bad bad

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Fantastic Literature

Book 2: Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb.

What another fantastic and exciting adventure with Robin Hobb's dragons and their keepers. Her imagination knows no bounds and takes the reader on wonderful journey of her world of The Realm Of The Elderlings. The book is very illustrative and picturesque of the fauna and flora as well as the landscape she describes throughout the book. As the Rain Wilds Chronicles continues, her characters evolve and grow as the journey progresses and we learn all about their strengths, weaknesses, hardships and dreams. It weaves a magical tale of friendships and new relationships, the bonding between Dragons and Keepers is just brilliant. Dragon Haven picks up a fast pace from the careful assembly in the first Rain Wilds book The Dragon Keeper, the worldbuilding, plot and setting only get more intriguing with its twists and turns that keeps you glued from start to finish as the group continues their journey up river to find the magical city of Kelsingra. I absolutely love these books, they just continue to leave me awe of this beautiful storytelling. Now for City Of Dragons, for all fantasy fans, I very highly recommend this series...😁💙🐉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-18

Good narration - Terrible editing

Chapters are mixed up, starting out well into the book with chapter seven. This combined with the lack of narrated chapter intros and a jump feature that doesn't match actual chapters makes it a frustrating experience. Also, there is a sprinkling of sentences that are cut short in editing. I'll be expecting a fix or a refund.
Good story and narrator.

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  • Darren R. Starr
  • 26-05-18

A great book with a truly awful reader

I am listening to this book for the second time as I’m refreshing the series in my mind before listening to Hobbs’ latest book.

The reader is amazing. Somehow she can make sloshing and smacking sounds before, during and after almost every word. Listening to her speak grates on me to the extend that I can’t listen to more than 20 minutes at a time. She sounds like she drinks nothing but orange juice all day. It’s this horrible sound of her gums peeling from her cheeks as she moves her mouth and it NEVER STOPS!!!

Her voice also has absolutely no spectrum. Her voices are inconsistent and she can’t seem to do more than just her narration voice and the one single voice she has to say it’s someone speaking.

I’m horrified by Audible’s quality control which let this reader ever get published. If they had any respect for their product, they would have it reproduced by Saska (the girl from books 1 and 3).

To be fair, while I agree with some of the other negative comments that suggest that the characters seem to need absolutely everything spelled out to them. I do however love the spirit of the story being told. I look forward to the series which comes after because I love Fool.

Sorry for written such a negative review, the reader was just absolutely horrifying.

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  • M. Froisland
  • 11-08-13

A love stor where every woman is unbelievabl naive

Hardly anything happens in this book. Almost all the plot has to do with one or another love story. To make it even more frustrating the female characters are unbelievable naive.

This book was a disappointment after the great start of the series.

Also the narrater should have listened to the first book and kept similar pronunciation of names as the first narrator. Very confusing when a city and people "change" name from on book to the next.

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  • Justin
  • 30-05-13

Definitely not Robin Hobbs best series

What would have made Dragon Haven better?

Characters that are not superficial, naive and most of the time plain stupid. Characters not having to be force feed the obvious facts in front of them to understand simple concepts.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Ok but hampered by the material

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - I have read many of Robin Hobbs' books and enjoyed them. This was weak and the homosexual threads added nothing to book and were poorly written. I found myself cringing because of the absurdities as I listened.

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  • Raul
  • 29-07-20

It was okay

Lot of non-action and dallying about. I felt this book heavily concerned its characters to having to worry about what other characters think about them. Kind a book about journey, if you enjoy the journey, you can enjoy the book. Maybe it was just that the voyage was quite dull filled with feeding and travelling up the river. I quite enjoyed the first liveship series. But I am starting to find the second trilogy quite dull, with those relationship dramas. Though I quite like Bellen The best part was dragons interactions and growing stronger and finding new skills, discussing how what they remember and how to handle the keepers.

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  • Teemu
  • 13-06-18

Great book with some production issues

Another great work from Robin Hobb. Amazing characterization and character development. Finished listening faster than I’d anticipated.

The reading performance was also very good; some of the emotionally intense moments were captured just perfectly.

Unfortunately there were some production issues: a repeated line or two, too long pauses, not long enough pauses, etc. However, these weren’t numerous enough to distract from the experience.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-12-17

Really worth the effort i think.

Good book with interestingly moral problems so make desicsions on. I liked it alot. Good buy

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  • Hieng
  • 11-03-14

Change of narrator is difficult to get accustomed

Where does Dragon Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Id say in the top 25 percentile. Great book from an awesome author.

What other book might you compare Dragon Haven to and why?

The clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel comes to mind, both books featuring strong young female characters growing up in adverse environments and harsh settings.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration isn't bad and the readers voice grow on you after a while. The change of narrators between books is always difficult to get accustomed to with some varying discrepancy in pronunciation, especially in names.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Greff is a dickhead but I also felt sorry for him. No satisfaction for me in his end.

Any additional comments?

Peace.

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  • Judith
  • 13-08-12

Wonderful

Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.