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.
I want to listen to more Roy Dotrice narrated stories. His timing & his voices are impeccable!
Arya. Tough cookie that doesn't take sh*t from anyone but knows when to keep her mouth shut.
All of them!
I wanted to take the long way home and at times would sit in the parking lot at work trying to finish a chapter.
I <3 you Roy Dotrice. You make my long cummute to and from work worth it. :)
I wasn't completely overwhelmed with the first book but wanted to continue the story so I got the second. This book was not as good as the first and I really struggled to get through it.
Clash of Kings is a transition book. People are moving around with little blips of action. I found most of it to be quite boring.
The worst part about it was how Martin introduced magic. It was thrown at us out of nowhere and was ridiculously over the top! It left me scratching my head saying, "Did that really just happen?" I told my husband it was a "Jump the Shark" kind of thing and when he got to that point, he completely agreed with me.
Probably what I was most disappointed in was where he brought some of the characters. Catelyn esp let me down. She became a bit of a whiner. We never hear from Rob and he's turned John into a bit of a jerk. Too much time was spent with Dani and nothing was accomplished. Everyone just maneuvered into position in this book
I have started the 3rd book in hopes that this was just the sophomore slump many authors go through.
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.