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  • The Golden Fool

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,143 ratings)

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The Golden Fool

By: Robin Hobb
Narrated by: Nick Taylor
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Summary

The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers, from the author of the best-selling Assassin’s Apprentice.

Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

A reluctant Fitz is assigned to protect the young prince, and also train him in the Skill, and in doing so he finally makes contact not only with his estranged daughter, Nettle, but with someone in Buckkeep who may possess a greater Skill talent than Fitz. And who may represent a terrible threat to the Farseers.

Meanwhile, Elliania arrives, and before she will accept Prince Dutiful’s betrothal challenges him to undertake an impossible quest. He must kill a legendary Outislander dragon.

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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“Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” ( Guardian)

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I wish that the different narrators in this series of books could be more consistent in saying names.

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The Tawny Man Trilogy

This outstanding trilogy ties up some of Robin Hobb's earlier story threads so characters from earlier books, nothing to do with the main characters the Fool and Fitz start appearing in "The Golden Fool" I am thoroughly impressed with Robin Hobb's literary skills. This trilogy is enthralling! I would recommend it to anyone. My only regret is that there are no more of her books available on Audible. I have listened to them all! But "The Tawny Man" is the best of them all!

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Love the series but editing issues noted

The amount of errors in this series (Tawny Man) is concerning and frustrating. There are repeated lines - obviously where the narrator has tried different expressions - but this hasn't been edited out on multiple occasions. One other issue I have is the speed and volume of the Chapter change announcement.

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At last a narrator worthy of the novel

After strange choices of narrator off the first two trilogies it is a pleasure to have one who flows with the story. Its not that he does anything special but like a football referee has a good game if you don't notice them so it is here. Very enjoyable listen.

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Robin Hobb doing what she does best

Beautifully complex storylines and characters draw you ever deeper into the world that Robin Hobb has created.

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Truly Astounding.

Holy bloody dogstink, Robin Hobb is an absolute genius. She leaves me floored with each book and this book The Golden Fool even more, for those who have already read you probably know which scene I mean. The way she has intertwined characters from The Liveship Traders into this trilogy has been just magical. I absolutely love Robin Hobb's books and trilogies, they are so detailed, so rich, I just wish there was no end. I know I have still along way to go before i finish the whole series but the worlds she has created are like a fine weaving of silk and gold and i just cant not get enough. They are pieces of art. Only this lady could define her own amazing mind and work into words. As this wonderful trilogy develops, FitzChivalry or as Tom Badgerlock as he is now known has become more involved at court and taken up the task to become the new skill master to train the young prince in the control of the Skill. He must form a skill coterie for the prince before he sets off on his task to outislands, his duty is to help the prince fulfil the Narcheska Elliania's challenge to win her heart. Fantastically well written, beautifully developed storyline, plot and characters that are totally believable, to the extent that you become so involved you have to keep reading to make sure it turns out well for them. The relationship between Fitz and the Fool is beautiful and sensitively handled, with enough clues and innuendos to keep you guessing and leave you astounded. I truly and highly recommend if haven't read this series yet, get that remedied right now...😁💙🔥😳

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Great book overall

But why Queen Kettricken has a french accent?? Makes no sense and the narrator makes it sounds so very annoying, terrible choise in my opinnion.

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Masterpiece, but requires x0.90 speed

The book is amazing continuation to Fitz's story that focuses on the controversies in his life and the phase shift in his life

However, narration is still speed read, and requires sllwfown to atleast x0.90 to make the narration great

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Twists and turns

Really well written. The writer has a way of portraying situations and events in a clear manner, using beautiful language. The storyline is imaginative and the characters substantial.

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Narration is getting there

THANK THE LORD.

The no gaps between chapters in the previous book is thankfully fixed.

Some irregularities in pronunciation from previous books, but ok.

As for the book itself, flawless.

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  • 15-02-20

Some Editing Mistakes

I love the story and really enjoyed the narrator but the editing is lacking: no pauses between chapters and some of the narrator‘s mistakes have been left in.

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  • Siilike
  • 04-11-19

Editing mistakes

There where quite a few editing mistakes, places where phrases where repeated. It made concentrating difficult.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-21

This should have been properly reviewed before release

Storyline remains good but the lack of pauses between chapters make it hard to soak in what just happened. Narrators mistakes are not many but are left unedited.

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  • Raul
  • 13-02-20

Painful and precious

Many wounds and shackles Fitz lays upon himself are. often his own crafted out of fear and self pity. It makes me reflect on the times that I have been foolish.

This book is a sorrowful, but precious shard. Painful to hold and hard to let go. Out of the series, it is probably my favorite.

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  • Mikael
  • 19-09-16

Our Beloved Keeps On Delivering

Amazing prelude to the end of the second trilogy. A must read for everyone. Enjoy!