The way he write ( instead of putting chapters, he's putting character name..) is so complex and God be Good we have the appendix of kings and their courts at the end of the book. It's not a déjà vu book. Many tales come from him and no other author have put this in books. It is PURE... A story of corruption and power. Every people who like fantasy will fall in love with this series...
The book leaves much to interpretation. Being character driven, you will love some characters, and you will hate some. The beauty is that, much as in real life, the choices are left up to you. There is no real "good guy/bad guy" here. I find that within the same houses there are family members that I truly love, and those that so anger me I can almost experience them tangibly.
Martin's grasp of human nature gives a real feel to the drama and politics of the world he has created and his sagacious use of magic is just the right touch to keep the mysterious and the improbable within reach.
The author makes you feel like he was actually there witnessing these events and this is simply his biography. The characters are interesting, and are portrayed in more than just black and white - good or evil... Instead they are in shades of grey. This is a grand tale that I simply don't want to end and waiting for the next book will be torture but I will read them all and savor them....
It is the continuation of a very suspenseful story and you can never be sure how the story will unfold. I can't get enough of the stories.
There is one thing that happens in the story, but what you think happened really didn't and i was happy so we get to see the characters story unfold a little longer. (I don't want to give too much away and ruin the story for anyone.)
I listened to the first book in the series which he also narrated, he does a great job each time.
War is bloody and you can't always trust those you count as friends.
I loved the first book so much that I really wanted to love this one as well. I trudged through my boredom because I felt a loyalty—again, because of the first book.
By the time I got really interested… by the time I got to where I was anticipating time to listen to this book, it ended! So in essence I really enjoyed about the last chapter.
I will read the next book because I am invested at this point, but if it is as boring as this on… I am done!
yes, Roy does a great job reading this.
Wouldn't want to spoil it, but most of the writing for Tyrion is fantastic, quick witted.
.......i don't know.
No, but he is the best audiobook performer I've heard yet. The way he does different voices for different characters is great.
Riveting , a well told story
Characters are so ambivalent... don't get too attached to them
With great hopes bringing me to this continuation of the epic saga of Westeros, I must admit to being disappointed at the shear number of unfulfilled/incomplete stories. I suspect Mr. Martin is of the opinion that if some 'cliff-hangers' are good; them more is better. I have always held that too much of a good thing makes us immune to that which made it wonderful. I realize this wonderful story has been fermenting in Martin's storytelling minefield for many years, but to be honest, how many story-lines does he expect us to retain; and, most important, how many does he want us to care about at one time.With this ISSUE of our soap-opera-ish narrative I have found I am skipping forward to the Point-of-view Chapter/Name I am familiar with to determine their next catastrophe on the assumption that I can return at a later time to find out about the new added characters and how they have interacted with the primary characters. I do not feel this is a proper method of reading a good book. So something must be wrong: either my attention span is inadequate and I need to work harder at retaining the story or I need a more detailed family tree. I foolishly thought the ones provided were just for authenticating the presence of a specific character - not a real referral for the story to progress.I suspect I am disappointed. I read and listen for enjoyment and I find Mr. Martin wonderful characters are not allowed to have much joy in their lives - alas that also means I have no joy in mine from a source I dearly love.
I have a few favourite characters - Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Dawnerys Targaryen, and all corresponding Dire-wolves. Why? because all of these people have little power personally and are gravely treated by those around them - including the pups.
I did enjoy Dotrice's performance in the first book. I'm finding it confusing to follow in this second version. He is adjusting his narrative with more caricature than character and it is distracting. I am aware it his defense mechanism to CROWD CONTROL!
As a result of this mixed response to this book, I will wait to determine if I wish to purchase the audio version of the next 3 books - more of the same I do not want.
Here the author picked right up where he left off with the previous story. I'm glad there was no back story at the beginning of the book. That is annoying when authors do that. At no point in the storyline has there been any reference back to the first book. Here we see more of the storyline unfold. For those that have watched the HBO version you'll find the characters much more indepthly covered and their relations to each other. We also get a look at the enemy that has as of yet unseen starting to reveal itself. I must say that George R. R. Martin writes like Melanie Rawn used to right and better than her. Until his series she was my favorite author from this genre. The Narrator is good and does many voice impersonation to keep the reader interested and hasn't confused one used for one character be used for another which commonly happens. I will begin the next book because the series is so good. Normally I don't like to start a series until it's complete because well people move on from this world or simply lose interest and I don't like to be left hanging with a story line.
I am not sure who would enjoy this book,
I could not understand most of what he was saying, very boring and slow.
I could not get to any story because the narrator irritated me so much.
It ranks up there with some of the better books I've listened too. I happened upon it by accident and once I started listening I was hooked. Excited to listen to the rest of the books in the series.
The author is not afraid to kill characters regardless of story value from earlier in the story. Great twists and turns. I've decided not to watch the tv series until after I'm done reading the books.
I have and this one compares well with the others.