Awesome story, well worth the price or credits, The reader, Roy Dotrice is the best!. Doesn't get better than this.
it's that good. Took me awhile to get used to the reader, but I am in love with this story!
The story is incredibly broad in scope with deep development of many of the characters. Much like the Aubrey-Maturin series of Patrick O'Brien in that if you like the first story then you will be drawn into a new rich world and be compelled to listen to the entire series.
If you loved reading series like the Lord of the Rings as a kid, you will like this series. It is definitely darker and more violent, particularly this book compared to the first. But I am completely blown away by the complex world and characters that the author has created. It is a bit hard to keep it all straight without a map and glossary, so I still might end up buying a hard copy for reference.
Through the times when I say to myself, okay this is now getting long, Martin pulls out one of his spectacular scenes which makes the journey to each one of more than worth it.
In Book II he ends with the perfect cliffhangers or "what next" question as he sets his significant characters in their next direction.
Book II was interesting for me as I combined listening and reading and it was a good combo. Listening to Book II while hiking through the redwoods put me in a place that felt as I was on the journey with all his characters being guided by the compelling narrator.
And now onto Book III.
Working wife and mother of 2. No time to sit down with a good book so Audible is perfect for my life style.
I had a hard time getting started with this story. The amount of names you have to keep up with is daunting, BUT once you listen for awhile you catch on to who is who and before you know it you are hooked.
Book 2 is full of the unexpected, lots of emotion and holding you breath. Leaves you thinking about it long after you have put it down.
I read the first book A Game of Thrones and chose to listen to this one. The story is excellent but I will definately read the next one. I had trouble listening for so many hours when each and every character sounded like a pirate.
The structure of having the chapters attributed to a certain character is effective but disorienting at the same time. It usually took me about 2min to get back into the mind of the narration.
There were parts where I was absolutely lost in the story and there were parts where I was having difficulty keeping up with the names, recent events and locations. At times, I wish I could see the names and titles so I could remember them better - I am a highly visual learner and I listen to books on my commute to work.
The sequence of Arya cunning the cunner was great fun.