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.
This was an excellent continuation of Game of Thrones. One thing that takes some getting used to however is the way that the author moves between chapters. Just as a chapter reaches a climax it ends and the author moves on to a different part of the story. It was kind of like "she stood there with the sword poised above his neck. ... Meanwhile, back in the 100 acre woods ...". Nevertheless, the book was very well written and you can just feel the changes comming into the word as magic re-emerges and conflicts proliferate. I also very much enjoyed the way that the characters reveal their complex nature. For example, "The Hound" reveals an emotional side that I did not at all expect and by the end of the book Arya seems to be turning into an somewhat of an assasin. Book three here I come.
I loved this story when I read it the first time. Hearing it narrated by Roy Dotrice only made it more amazing. He brought the characters to life and brought out nuances of personality and plot that I didn't notice when I was reading it. I can't wait to listen to the third one.
This series is leaving me dizzy with its work. How Geaorge RR Martin can keep it flowing so perfectly, is awe inspiring. I only have on gripe with this, and it has nothing to do with the writing or the quality of the audio. I record these books to disks, and find it slightly frustrating more care was not put into seperating the chapters. When I finally finished recording, I had to use my last disk to record 7 minutes of audio. I am on the second last disk now, and dread thinking the epic finale of the story will be cut off to that one tiny disk. A shame it was not more well planned, that is, if it was possible to plan it. Maybe audible had no choice, but it seems silly 7 minutes could not have been fitted on the previous 28 disks.
Didn't like it quite as much as Game of Thrones, but it's still a pretty good listen. The narrator is really awesome and fun to listen to, and the novel has some interesting plot twists. One thing I didn't like about it is that there seems to be more magic in this book than the first one and there were some of the character stories that kind of bored me.
This continuation of the Ice and Fire series does not stand alone--readers who haven't read Game of Thrones will be lost in the incredible breadth and scope of the world created by Martin, who approaches Charles Dickens in his ability to create and populate a vast and convincing world. Roy Dotrice ably meets the challenge of creating a distinctive voice for an enormous range of characters, his abillity brings this fascinating world to life as well as the HBO series did. Martin's river battle scene is so compellingly written, that I forget this was fiction, and was holding my breath to see how it would play out. Martin is such a breath of fresh air--he creates complex characters (no formula heroes OR villains) and holds nothing back in contriving situations that challenge and threaten them. The plot continually twists and turns, and though events are surprising and unpredictable, they flow logically out of the situations and characterizations he has created. Keep writing, Mr. Martin! Keep reading, Mr. Dotrice!
I really want to get through this series, but with my job, commuting and motherhood, I can only get through books in the car...but I'm sad to say I had to stop listening to this book because the voice was grating on my brain! :(
I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.
I was simply entranced by this book, the entire series so far put on audible. A must have if you love fantasy, or simply a great captivating story. The reader couldnt have been better!