First, two caveats for readers considering this series: The narrator changes for the fourth book and many people find the change a deal breaker. I have to admit that it was jarring, but I got back into the story quickly after the change. Perhaps listen to a sample of this book then a sample of book four to see if the change will wreck your enjoyment. That aside, I think the biggest problem is that the author seems to have given up on this series. The remaining books have been listed on Martin's site for years now with no movement or updates. I hope I'm wrong. I hope he'll release the final books and make me eat my words. But it's been so long since the release of book four that I'd have to re-read the entire series to get anything from new books. I urge you to put this series in your wishlist. If Martin ever gets back to it, then I highly recommend A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a very dark, gritty and realistic feeling world that is a refreshing change from the usual G-rated fantasy. Wonderful characters and twisting, interwoven plots make the hours just fly past.
Soon to be an HBO miniseries, I wanted to catch up on one of my kids' favorite book series. GRR Martin doesn't quite know if he is writing historical fiction, an epic tale, or epic fantasy. I've heard subsequent books favor the epic fantasy genre. I wasn't going to keep listening to the series because there are too many bad outcomes and unhappy events to my liking, but in the end he left me just enough positive and interesting scenarios for the better loved characters that I am intrigued and will download Book II for my next big drive. The narration is masterful, the pace excellent, the prose sufficiently descriptive to captivate one's listening ear.
The story starts spinning a web that entangles you in the lives of so many characters. As the last words were read, I couldn't wait for the next book. I was captured by Mr. Martin's writing and was thrilled to know that the 2nd book was ready to start.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This is the best epic I have ever read. GRRM. Please finish it!
This series is brilliant! The depth is outstanding. I haven’t been this delighted in a book for a long time. This one will be hard to live up to.
The narrator is exceptional. I agree that he is an acquired taste, but after about 30 minutes you begin to realize his genius. Halfway through the second book now, I can't imagine the story being told by anyone else. As for the story, yes, it has mature themes. It's also thoroughly engrossing and well, well worth your time.
I am a mailcarrier and was getting burned out on listening to talk radio during my workday and decided to get an Ipod for a change.I really enjoy it and thought I might try an audiobook and had a hard time deciding until I saw "A Game of Thrones". A few months back I had read a review of "A Feast for Crows" (Book four in the Song of Fire and Ice series) and the author, George R.R. Martin and was intrigued but have found little time to read so I filed the "Song of Ice and Fire" series on my long "have to eventually read" list.
Now that I have listened to this book I am hooked hard! The descriptive prose GRRM uses is so gripping that you can literally see all the blood and grime and the chapters written from the perspective of one character at a time is great since you really get in touch with the people in the Land of the Seven Kingdoms.
My favorite character, Tyrion Lannister, is one of the best I have ever encountered in any novel.
This is a must for lovers of good storytelling.
This is the best fantasy series I've ever read/heard. It is just as big and bold as Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, but much easier to keep up with characters and what is going on in various locations. As others have mentioned, this is not a tale for children - it is very vulgar & very violent. But in my opinion it just makes the story more realistic. I have listened to the first three stories in this saga, and don't have any real problem with the reader. I can understand him fine, and he does a decent job with the different character voices. 5 stars for this audiobook and the series as a whole (so far anyway!).
The greatest fantasy series that I have ever read/listened to. Martin is a master of the gendre, his writing sheer genius. One problem I often have with fantasy is that much of it becomes rather predictable. Martin's novels are so full of plot twists that he often leaves one's head spinning (I don't know how many times I have said to myself "did that really just happen?"). This story has it all, political intrigue, epic battles, mystery, betrayal, honor, love lost, love gained- all described in gritty, exacting detail, and tinged with a touch of the fantastic. King Arthur on steroids if you will. Fans of Tolkien, Jordan, Hobb, Feist, Weiss & Hickman, etc, will love this story- and if you have never read a drop of fantasy in your life, I couldn't recommend a better jumping off point.