Golden Fool : Realms of the Elderlings

  • by Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • Series: Realms of the Elderlings
  • 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.
Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread "beast magic." Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.


Audible Editor Reviews

"[Robin Hobb] ranks near the top of the high fantasy field.… [She] juggles all the balls with aplomb, besides providing spot-on characterizations.” (Publishers Weekly)


What the Critics Say

"Fantasy as it ought to be written.… Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” (George R. R. Martin)


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Customer Reviews

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The Boring Years, Part 2

This is not the Robin Hobb, I fell in love with. No wonderful magic and heart wrenching conflict as in Liveship Traders. No dragons with complicated personalities, as in Rainwild Chronicles. No, empathy for a coming of age boy with a weight problem, as in Solider Son. No empathy for a coming of age bastard boy as in Farseer. There is a reason these books are a fraction of the cost of her other great and unforgettable series. After struggling through Fool's Errand, I let this one go after 4 and a half hours. The first time I have ever given up on one of my favorite authors, Robin Hobb. Ths most exciting part of the first four and half hours was a dance, in which everybody who shows up is described in excruciating detail, clothes, heritage, and disposition. With a 4.6 rating it is loved by some, mostly those who are happy with hearing how Fritz walks down a street. Nothing wrong with that, just not for me.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Nothing like hanging out with Fitz

Where does Golden Fool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool

Any additional comments?

Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.

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- Chad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio