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  • The Mad Ship

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (730 ratings)

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Summary

The second volume in this superb trilogy from the author of The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love, and magic.

Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

Beyond Bingtown, enigmatic wood-carver Amber dreams of re-launching the Paragon, The Mad Ship, despite the history of death and despair that surrounds him. Secrets will be revealed - secrets forgotten by sea serpents, hidden by the disfigured Wild Rain Traders, buried deep in wizardwood coffins - secrets with startling, dramatic consequences.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 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)
“Assassin's Apprentice:A gleaming debut” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Assassin's Quest: 'Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy” ( Locus)
“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” ( SFX)
“Praise for The Liveship Traders series: 'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible” (George R R Martin)
“Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” ( Guardian)

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Love the story, not sure about the narration

I knew I would enjoy the context of the story from looking at the description, reading other reviews and talking to a friend. What I found particularly enjoyable was the complexity of the characters in this fantasy novel, the way that all characters have depth and mixtures of pleasant/interesting/unpleasant characteristics. I found the narration difficult. When I first started listening it sounded like 'text to speech' with perfect diction and monotony. I still enjoyed listening but I would have greatly preferred a more natural speech rhythm with more lively inflection.

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great stuff!

really great story, couldn't put it down! the chapters flowed really well and the narration was excellent.

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Another great story butchered by bad narration

The story is yet again really good and captivating, but the narration done by Anne Flosnik makes me want to puke.

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Awful narrator

Anne Flosnik’s voice is one of the most annoying noises. Slightly better than nails across a blackboard.

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Wonderful Storytelling.

Damn this series just gets better and better, The Mad Ship was bigger and the story has just sky rocketed with Hobbs beautiful writing and storyweaving. Having already read the first trilogy by Robin Hobb, I thought I had a very good idea of what to expect with the Liveships trilogy. How wrong was I, it truly is so good its so hard to put down with all the twists and turns. The whole world revolves around the Liveships and their family's and when you find out about how the Liveships are made, its a jaw dropping moment. The author instantly invites you become part of her world and its a world im having so much fun in. The intracases of the plot and setting and the relationships between the characters keeps you hooked from the very start. Some of the characters who you just want to slap silly because of their behaviour, but you eventually feel sorry for them as you come to understand why they have become what they are. Who doesn't love a good fantasy sea adventure of piracy and sea Serpents, I can't highly recommend this book or any of Robin Hobbs books enough. They are a must read for all fantasy fans, now for the final installment Ship Of Destiny, ahh can't wait...😁💙🐉🔥

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The reading is not to my liking at all.

Could not get on with the narration at all (robotic) . So just read the book instead

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It just got better

Wow, when you think things can't be more interesting, they do. Can't wait for the third book of the liveships. I did not even mind the narration as much as in the first book, as the story was so engulfing.

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Fab - got used to the narrator at last

Put all comments about narration to one side - thru are mostly right.

This book is a great follow up to the first, and has me looking forward to the dragon quadrilogy!!!

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it just gets better

the first book was a little hard work after changing the narrator but I have to say Anne has done a really good job with this series 👏

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Fantastic story with depth

Immensely entertaining yet thought provoking and well balanced. Highly recommend
Shame about the performance. Had to get over the voice first in order to enjoy the brilliant story. Wished they’d re-record.

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  • marilyn
  • 02-03-13

Just love Robin Hobbs work but not this narrator

This narrator seems to hang onto words particularly at the end of sentences. I will certainly
listen to series 2 but could wish for a different narrator.

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-18

Audio version is dreadful

This narrator is appalling! I mean seriously appalling. She reads as with no intonation other than elongating the last word of every sentence to extraordinary length. Then the voices she makes for the characters is just awful, I mean really awful.
Just read the book if you are able, the audio version is unlistenable

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  • Dragonfly
  • 22-02-17

Brilliant story horrendous narrator

I am amazed that Robin Hobb would agree to Anne Flosnik being the narrator again after the disastrous narration of the first book! Beyond the narration this is a 5 star book! Robin Hobb has weaved a magnificent world that it is a privilege to get lost in. She is one of the best writers of our time.

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  • Raul
  • 25-11-19

Fascinating to listen

Follow along this thrilling adventure and enjoy the realm Robin Hobb has created. It's thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Justin
  • 27-08-17

Great book, great narration

Thank you both Robin and Anne. A great story with excellent narration. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this story in such a wonderfully compelling way.

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  • Jim Sheils
  • 19-07-14

The Epic Continues

What did you love best about The Mad Ship?

The Restoration of the Paragon.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it is too big

Any additional comments?

Just as good as Ship of magic