It just keeps getting better..the action the writing and the fantasy.so many lines of action and characters
You cannot predict whats coming next.
The Imp..he has the personality down to the inth
Watch Your Back
keep em commin
Our family does not watch Television and had not seen any of the program but were intrigued by all of the attention it was getting. We are huge 'epic' fans and love to get caught up in long running book series. We were not prepared for the graphic content and have taken to forwarding through it when it arrives. When we downloaded the first book we ended up listening to it several times over in order to really understand all that was happening and get a real grasp on the geography and the characters...it was difficult to do. Since then I have had people tell me that it was just as difficult when watching the program. Other than that we are enjoying the story.
The program would not do for our family just due to the graphic bits (some fairly detailed sexual content..and we are not prudes!)
Roy Dotrice is absolutely incredible...I have no idea how he can create such individual character representations AND keep such a flow changing back and forth between them..although some of them are so bizarre that you can't really understand what they are saying (these tend to be the super creepy characters though so it works!)
From Mr. Martin? I'm not sure I see the appeal of Game of Thrones anymore. The first book ended with some interesting foreshadowing. It also seemed to subsist on foreshadowing. In fact I'm not sure what the actual story arc in the first book was once Ned Stark got chopped. Book Two just seemed to be moving into more of the same. I enjoyed Mr. Dotrice's performance, however. Best part of the audiobook, really.
Write some characters that are not addicted to bad decisions or mainline ten ounces of angst for tea.
It all kind of blurred into a consistent stream of miserable. The closest thing to a hopeful note in any of this was an apparent optimism that certain characters will get their skulls caved in (literally or figuratively) at some point in the next gob of pages.
Oh wait! Jon Snow did something right at some point and impressed someone who is going to die and therefor doesn't matter! Or did that happen in the last book?
I regret my enthusiasm during the first book leading to me wasting points on four of these books. I'm all for dark and defiant, but there is a line.
Well its driving time well spent
The characters is the most interestingThe least interesting is all the murdering and killing, foul talk, and foul sex. Are we sure Geo. Martin isn't a killer? He sure likes it in his novels.
not sure, guess it would be blander to read....but I probably wouldn't ever read these books.At least he gives the characters life by making them all sound different like it would be in real life.
Well yes to continue the storyline. But not sure about the continuing because all the characters get killed off and you go onto new ones. This never develops the good characters to live or win over evil......and that's sad. Sure cant have favorite characters cause they are all gonna die.
Murder, Murder, Murder all over these books and foul sex and foul talk all over these books. Certainly makes one wonder about what kind of man the author is. I'm glad I don't know any men like what is portrayed in these books! 98% horrid.
Rule or die
Twists and turns/some surprises and excellent character development.
Enjoyable and looking forward to the next book
I thought I had heard some good narrators before. Roy Dotrice out does them all, really takes it to a new level. Well done.
Be warned this book is different from most others in that there are no happy endings - for anyone. But that what makes it so compelling I suppose.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
There is a certain majesty and power in a well written book just as there is in a beautiful sculpture or a perfect piece of music. Unfortunately, most authors are not able to create this majesty in there writing. Martin is one of those authors who seems to effortlessly put us in the near perfection of his books. The words just seem to flow from him as if they were meant to. In A Clash of Kings he does it again. In his first novel in this series, A Game of Thrones, Martin did a fantastic job of building an intreguing world. a multilayered plot, and an expansive cast of characters. In his second book he unravels more of his delicious plot, enhances his incredible world,and adds and eliminates characters from his story at will. The complexity of the story only increases as itgoes on as Martin adds even more personalities to tell his epic. I have read many books where the author switches storytellers as the book goes on, but nobody does it better than Martin. If you read book 1 whitch you must do before reading book 2 or face utter confusion, you will know that one hell of a war is going to continue into book 2. Martin expertly weaves the factions and groups in this war to make a true masterpiece of storytelling plotwork. Also, as I mentioned before Martin's character manipulation, the killing and adding of characters, is flawless if not quite fair in some minds. Every death and addition of a character makes sense if you take time to think about it. Many will disagree with this statement because they are angry that Martin killed off a beloved character. However, if they just took time to think about the death they would realize that it is completely logical. martin never loses control of his kills, each one has its place in the story. This is one of the reasons why i appreciate his writing so much, he isn't afraid to do things his fans might not like. i am tired of reading novels where the heroes all come out alive and all the villains die. It simply doesn't make any sense, if you take the time to think about it. martin's way of writing is much more realistic, whitch I very much appreciate in a good fantasy writer. Allright, now that i have vented my tyraid about Martin's awesome writing let me finish the review. The one problem with this audio book is I think Roy Dotrice's narration seems to dip in quality a little bit. He seems to make more word mistakes during the story and I also think he changes some of the character voices. At some points Jaime suddenly sounds like Terion and vice versa. This might be because Martin takes so long between books, but it is still unacceptable. This novel is almost as good as the first and i would definitely encourage you to buy it as soon as possible. It is truly a literary gem.
absolutely, i loved the story it is great
it is hard to get used to his voice, but the narration improved greatly after the first book.
it has inspired me to keep on reading this kind of books
not to crazy about Roy Detrice's Narration, but once you get used to his stile you can actually enjoy the story.
But the Edition... oh the editing is terrible. you get very easily lost between chapters. in the first book they did a much better job at this than on this one
It is worth the read and yes I would recommend the book. You just have to be prepared to give it all of your attention to keep the characters straight.
The details to the dates, the era, the cloths, the means by which they spend their days.
way too long to listen in one sitting, and this is only book one of five
The narrator did an amazing job with the voices of all the characters.
yes, a great epic series, just when you think you've figured things out, you're thrown a curve !!
Great, but does he have to make each character sound like they're old and crippled.