I tried the audio version because I don't have much time to read on my own. My fella has been reading this series to me during long car trips and does a much better job than the narrator that was paid to preform it. I didn't even make it through a chapter before I gave it up.
Probably not. The book was suspenseful and held my interest waiting to see what happens next. However, it is a very dark fantasy that goes from one disaster to the next and would not be an enjoyable listen for me once I know the story. The lenghty, detailed descriptions of torture, violence, gore and constant betrayals started to become a bit repetious for my taste.
It was suspenseful and the author did a good job of developing some of the characters.
Excellent pacing the narrative and creating voices for characters. By using different voices for characters whose names were similar or difcicult to remember made it easy to follow the story.
Life in the world Martin creates is hard. Thus, it can be hard to read about. There is loads of loss and suffering, but there is also nobility and heroism. Very little is black and white. Most subjects are nuanced, and the story presents many sides for the reader to choose. These books are beautifully written and it is tough to decide which characters you love the most. Be warned that it is a brutal world where beloved characters are killed as easily as the despicable. I would not miss a single word of any of these books! Narrator is not perfect.
The narrator is excellent and the story is engrossing.
You may want to take a look at the way you're dividing chapters in this digital version. Unlike A Game of Thrones, the back and forward options on here do not bring you to the previous or next chapter - in fact, more often than not, it drops you right into the middle of a chapter, which is frustrating if I'm trying to go back to the beginning of Bran's chapter because I missed something and instead find myself closer to the beginning or smack in the middle of Tyrion's chapter.
Some of the voices and accents attributed to certain characters by the narrator were not what I had imagined in my head and were a little jarring. Likewise his pronunciation of some characters' names. Nevertheless, the narration brings the story to life in a new way for me (I've read all the books several times) and overall I enjoyed listening to Roy Dotrice.
I'm enjoying this series so much more than I thought I would. I'm generally not a fantasy person, but the characters and moral dynamic are riveting. The audio version is amazing - Roy's voices and storytelling ability help bring the story alive - and helps keep the characters straight. ;-)
Okay, at 84% I felt I might give this one star. I was so tired of the fighting and mens' war that I wanted to throw the book. There are females in the book but most are arm candy or worse. There is one evil woman and then possibly three good females but they exist in this macho world and are mostly boring because of it. Arya and Dany are my favorites.
At best I can only give this book three stars and it only got there because I liked the ending. Otherwise, with it costing more than four regular books because I had to buy the Audible version, it was costly even when I was able to find another version to read on my Kindle. The idea that they don't even have text-to-speech ought to get them sued for not making it available to the handicapped! And if I had that heavy tree book I would throw it at whoever thought I shouldn't be able to loan it to whomever I choose!
But the writing is good and the story kept my interest, most of the time. I do like that the story is told through different characters to keep it from being stale. But even if I could give all the stars I would only give four or four and a half. It is just too testosterone driven.
The author has a wild and vivid imagination
Excellent narration! gives each character a voice, great accents and speech befitting the times.
The story is a flat out sequel to A Game of Thrones, and follows the pursuits of the Stark Clan as well as Daenerys. This story continues to center on greed, lust, and general dishonesty, but does add some elements of honor.
Dotrice's performance again is excellent. His accents and nuances make it a bit easier to discern who is exposing dialogue from the various points of view each chapter is written from.
Definitely, this is a satisfying follow up to the first book.
When I found out that Pamchenko from The Cutting Edge was "performing" this series, I was stoked because I love when the pop-culture stars align in unexpected ways. Most of it has been fine, but some parts, especially Tyrion's voice and completely nonsensical brogue, have been so bad that I can barely get through it. Should I be surprised that an actor I know only from playing a cartoon character of a Soviet American figure skating coach is doing irritating voices with irritating accents in an audio book? Whatever. I'm going to keep this- but I really think I'll wind up reading it as opposed to listening.