Dragon Keeper : The Rain Wild Chronicles

  • by Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • Series: The Rain Wild Chronicles
  • 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife.
Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home---the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.

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

Dragon Keeper is in my top 10% of the hundreds I've read/listened to.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Keeper?

I don't do memorable moments - I like the entire story or else I don't like it, and I love this one.


What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I had a hard time getting used to this reader in the Live Ships series, but have come to appreciate her excellent continuation of voices even in this series. She is talented, but different. Different is not negative.


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

Yes - but sure couldn't!


Any additional comments?

I strongly suggest that potential readers listen to Hobb's Live Ships series first. The Dragon series is an indirect completion (or continuation?) of that first series and a greater understanding and appreciation will be the result of reading Live Ships first. The Live Ships series is one of the most inventive I've ever read. I don't think I would have appreciated this as much had I not already known the roots.

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- Deborah

Narrator deserves negative stars

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is horrible, her voice is actually ok, but the way she prolongs words at the ends of sentences drives me nuts.


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- Ken

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio