Lord of the Rings. similar genre and extensive character development.
This is the first Roy Dotrice narration I have listened to.
It is very hard to put down this story, but the length make it impossible to listen to in one sitting.
All of the books from this series are based on great characters.
This is an amazing story that just grabs you and drags you under. Wonderfully read by the father of the actress who played Jane Banks in the movie MARY POPPINS. The characters are more like stock fantasy or science fiction characters than what I usually like but the plotting is terrific. I recommend it for the beach or a drive or a commute...or for people who like good stories. Not much to contemplate, but sometimes a good story is enough.
The book is well written. The narration is first rate. The characters were interesting.
Despite all this there wasn't enough going on in the story to hold my interest. After reading glowing reviews of this book I thought it would be a real page turner. I was mistaken. I struggled to get through this and wouldn't reccomend it.
Dear George R.R. Martin,
Your Song of Ice and Fire books have stolen just about every waking hour of mine for the last month. I started with the first book - A Game of Thrones - and didn't stop until I had listened to the entirety of A Dance With Dragons. I am equal parts thrilled to have my life back and heart-broken that it's going to be years before I know how this story ends! Also, Roy Dotrice is an awesome narrator and really brings your characters to life. XOXO!!
This is an epic story, written from the viewpoint of many of the main characters. Each one of these viewpoints could be a book by itself. When combined they create a complex web that is incredibly detailed.
But after listening to the first three novels, with well over 80 hours invested, I'm coming away disappointed for a couple of reasons.
There are so many characters, most with multiple names and nicknames, that they become very difficult to keep track of. I wouldn't mind that, as the author invests a considerable amount of time building most of these characters. The problem is that the author then will almost casually kill them off. I'm at the end of the 3rd book now, and many of the characters that early on seemed to be critical to the story are gone. After awhile you find yourself thinking 'Well, there's no point in getting to know this character, because he/she will be dead soon'.
It also seems apparent at this point that there is a great menace that at some point becomes part of the story, in fact it may be the point of the entire series. The problem is that I'm at the end of the 3rd book, well over 80 hours into it, and I still don't know what that is or when we'll get to it.
I'm throwing in the towel here. Most of the characters I cared about are dead, the minute-by-minute detail of the lives of other characters (that may soon be dead) is getting tiring, and the actual point of the series, which so far has been only hinted at, has been drowned out by minutia.
Roy Dotrice is an amazing reader, and is one of the reasons I've hung in this long. However I see from other comments that he doesn't read the 4th book in the series, and that the change is quite jarring, another good reason to stop here.
I gave the story 3 stars, and the reader 5, which overall made it 4 stars. I was interesting, and I'm not sorry I invested the time, but I'll wait to see if abridged version come out before I bother with the rest.
The story was interesting with several plot lines. The characters were entertaining. It was on the brutal side. The author kills and mutilates characters without any thought. I did not like the end...because there is no end. It feels like the book ends in mid sentence only to continue to the next book. There is not one of the seven different plot that comes to any conclusion at all. I wanted to figuratively chuck the book through the window. It was beyond infuriating. In discussing the book with others I discovered all the books end that way. Then the author takes 5 years to write the next book. I am still angy about the ending and I dont know if I will read the next one. The reader is average at best.
This story is long, convoluted, and I could not engage with the characters. What a waste of my credits...
I could not pay attation to this book i tryed 3 times .. 4-5 hours in i forgot what i heard .. I would not buy this book again
This book at first struck me as having gratuitous sex and vulgarity. And it's a lot more graphic than is necessary. And the pacing is rather slow. But, it has an intresting plot and subplots. Layers of intrigue and deception that make it rather addictive. I just wish it would hurry up a little and reduce the sex scenes. Overall, I liked it.
I would love to see this as an epic movie on the big screen. Full of pagentry , intrigue and the conflicts of great men. This is the beginning of an obsessive journey that will engulf you for over 30 hours... and this is just the beginning.