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  • Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,257 ratings)

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Fool's Errand

By: Robin Hobb
Narrated by: Nick Taylor
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Summary

Return to the world of the Farseers....

Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes, the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy.

When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy.

Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken’s effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15-year-old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another ‘Piebald Prince’, a Farseer tainted by Wit magic?

As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." ( The Times)
"A gleaming debut" ( Publishers Weekly)

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Changes in narrators

The book is brilliant!! Unfortunately,change in narrators from the farseer books was quite annoying! Firstly unable to pronounce peoples names either correctly or as pronounced in the first books so took me a while to even realise to whom they were referring to! Secondly, confusing at times as to which character was speaking as there was no real change in voice,also confusing.lastly,poorly edited as a few mistakes were left in.the story is brilliant but i wish they could keep the original narrators as these become the voices and demeanour of the characters. Its Burrage not boregauge and Ket-trican

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Bring back Paul Boehmer!

Having just finished listening to Paul Boehmer's narration of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy (which I found absolutely epic) I excitedly bought The Fool's Errand assuming (stupidly) it would also be narrated by Paul Boehmer as a continuation of Fitz's story. Instead, Nick Taylor's is the narrator and while I'm sure he's a lovely person his narration is so bad I can't even bring myself to listen past the first chapter. While Boemar's over the top English accent took a bit of getting used to in The Assassin's Apprentice, I found that in a fantasy setting, the theatrics kind of worked and three books later I was completely immersed in his creation of the Six Duchies world. Now with these new audiobooks instead of Nighteyes sounding like John Hurt whispering in your ear we've got Ray Winston after 6 pints and 20 Benson & Hedges. It's like someone told him, "just make your voice growly, that's what wolfs sound like." Not only that all the pronunciations are wrong - Burridge in now 'Burrig' and Kettricken is now 'Ktriggin' and Starling has gone from being a willowy seductively voiced minstrel to a Devon Farmer's Wife - ooooh aahhr. Wish he'd just listened to the Farseer Audiobooks before he agreed to take the gig. Anyway, rant over, I have decided to re-listen to the end of The Farseer Trilogy and while I have a proper sounding Nighteyes fresh in my mind, start reading the Fool's Errand paper book instead. I'm sure the actual book itself is grand - 5 stars etc. etc.

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the abruptness of a new chapter kept making me jump....leave a little time between, me thinks.

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Excellent story poorly edited

I adore this book and was very excited to listen to it told. The story is as excellent, as I recalled from reading the story myself, but this is slightly affected by very poor editing that includes repitition and errors. Still enjoyable to listen to, as it is read well (bar mispronuncitation of Kettricken's name) but frustrating that the presentation is so poor.

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A book you can’t put down, nor should you.

Nick Taylor should have been the narrator through out the nine books as he does the characters voices justice. Please re-record the others so I can enjoy them as much. I find myself listening to this series over and over again never wanting to say goodbye to Fitz. The story draws you in and you can not put it down. A worthy credit spent indeed! I have listened to this many a time and still I can’t predict what happens.

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great book terrible voices

I am from the west country, but this narrator wants me to rip my ears off. The voice makes no sense, why does starling sound like my cousins from Hartcliffe. Shes a minstrel not Vicky Pollard, and night eyes mysterious voice now sounds like a dodgy uncle from London. I will continue to muddle through but i have bought the physical book so I can read it at home and listen to the audio while i work. This way i can save myself from the voices a bit more.

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Everything superb except the editing!

Chapters crash into each other rather and a couple of errors not edited out.
Shame, as book and reader both excellent

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Great story/ frustrating lack of consistency

A great story and nice to see and experience Fitz's life post the initial trilogy.

The only problem is with consistency in the narration.

Nick is a good narrator with lots of different voices but lazy not to have listened to the previous books. The change of pronunciation of ketricken to k'tricken and burritch to burrick grated on me the whole way through and detracted from the quality of the story

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Bad editing

Abrupt chapter changes and background noise in the recording. Narrator is actually great, book is great if heartbreaking.

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Good book, not so good narration

I love all books by Hobb and always recommend them to friends. This is also true for Fool's Errand. I will not, however, recommend this version of audiobook. As always, this is a question of taste. But for me the voice-acting for Nighteyes' is distracting, to put it mildly. Also, the pronunciation of names should be at least remotely similar between narrators. If I had not read and listened to (narrated by a different person) this book previously, I would not have caught the name Kettricken in this one.

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  • K.V.
  • 03-05-17

Editing not perfect

Biggest complaint would be that there is 0 downtime between end of a chapter and start of the new one, resulting in no room to let the chapter to sink in.

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  • Evan Brauteseth
  • 18-04-18

Change in narrator!!

Unfortunately the narrator clearly never listened to the first trilogy in the series on the same character thus pronounces many of the characters names differently. Additionally, there are no pauses between chapter headings and the end of the preceding chapter.

Great story which is to be expected from the author. Sadly the narration of this audiobook has really spoilt it for me!

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  • Thomas M.
  • 16-03-19

Great book, one audio problem

I loved the book, like all other Robin Hobb books so far.
In this recording, I found it annoying that there is no break whatsoever after a chapter ends and a new one begins. For me, it destroyed some moments where I’d have wanted to think about how the previous chapter ended but there isn’t even a milisecond of space left to do that.

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  • Manga-Raven
  • 27-07-20

Horrible voice actor..

Yet again another voice for this series.. Unfortunately you can hear him breathe, swallow and mistakes aren't cut out, so sometimes it repeats itself..
Story is awesome, but if you have the patience read the book yourself

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  • Katherine Anderson
  • 31-05-21

Great narrator for a great book

Long time fan of Robin Hobb, but this is my first time listening to the Tawny Man trilogy in audiobook form. While I enjoyed the narrators of Hobb’s previous two trilogies on Audible, Nick Taylor just kills it. Normally I would have interspersed my listening with reading an actual paper copy of the book, but this narration was too good to choose anything but audio!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-21

FitzChivalry Returns

Our beloved immature protagonist is dragged back kicking and screaming to once again save the world.

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  • Nina
  • 23-08-20

Great

I love the story. The narration at first is a bit jarring compared to the assassins trilogy but you quickly become attached to it. The only thing is between chapters there isn't even a breath taken between the last word and the next chapter. Still wonderful though.

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  • Raul
  • 30-01-20

Return of the Fitz

I enjoyed, found it a bit shorter than previous ones. The matures topics covered - death and parenting - provide a lot to think about.

Even though I would've liked the previous narrator of Fitz's story to return, the different voice gave me chance to view the characters as older. I was bit chafed by the changed pronounciations of some names, but I got used to it and in the end it didn't detract from overall amazing experience.

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  • Ella S.
  • 31-10-19

mesmerizing!

this is my first audiobook ever, so I picked a book I'm familiar with to "test the water".
i'll admit, at the begining I did not like it but I think that when the narrator begane to speak as Nighteyes; I was hooked.
I listened to it while working, and while the narrator's voice lured me in into the realm of Robin Hobb; it did not make me lose my focus.
absloutely amazing!!

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  • scott lewis
  • 03-07-17

should of stuck with the orginal narrator.

should of stuck with the orginal narrator. but you do get use to him by the end of the book.