City of Dragons : The Rain Wild Chronicles

  • by Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by Saskia Butler
  • Series: The Rain Wild Chronicles
  • 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third installment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy.
Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter…
The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation. But wondrous things wait in Kelsingra, a city built for dragons and their Elderling keepers.
Alise, overwhelmed by the treasures she finds there, records her finds for posterity. Once the rest of the world knows about the riches the city contains, nothing will ever be the same again. Already, rumours of the city’s discovery have floated down the Rain Wild River and reached envious ears in Bingtown and beyond. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters are coming in droves to pillage what they can from the city. As is Hest Finbok, Alise’s husband…
Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes him to be some sort of dragon-man whose flesh and blood may work miracle cures.
Where is Tintaglia, the great sapphire-blue dragon, when all have such need of her? Has she really abandoned her beloved Selden and the fledgling dragons forever? Or will she too return to seek the wonders of Kelsingra?

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What the Critics Say

"In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)
"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)
"Hobb is a remarkable storyteller." (Guardian)
"Robin Hobb writes achingly well." (SFX)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Stop switching narrators.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

1. Keeping the same narrator throughout the series.
2. That single narrator not being Saskia Butler
3. Actually mix the audio well so that it isn't swimming in bass-noise that adds nothing to the high-pitched narrator.


What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dragons?

When I found out Saskia Butler was back and she actually tried to use a different voice for each character. I was amazed at her new ability.


Would you be willing to try another one of Saskia Butler’s performances?

Nope.


What character would you cut from City of Dragons?

Hest. I didn't really care for his plight, and at 3 books into a 4 book series I didn't need that distraction.


Any additional comments?

Great story. Read the books, don't listen to this trash.

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- Pod

Compulsive listening

This book really picks up the pace from the preceding books. There is intriguing developments that grab your interest and compel you to keep listening. It is expertly narrated too. Very engaging.
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- Dave Watts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited