Captured me from the moment the book began. Mid-Evil SCI FI would be my best description. The story and performance are well matched. Looking forward to Book II.
This was a a better than average fantasy story. The "wheels within wheels" aspect is done well, but there are so many different points of view in the novel that it takes time to get used to the author's "technique". After a few chapters it does seem to flow well and works.
Unlike Goodkind, this author does not seem to rely so heavily on "carrot and stick" tools in his writing. He does use it somewhat. But he weaves an intricate web of connections between characters that holds up the story, as opposed to new fantasy vocabulary that the reader is introduced to constantly in the Goodkind books. I appreciate this author's form much more than the formers.
The author does seem to write himself into corners quite a bit. Some authors can find interesting ways to get out of these spots (King has done some awesome work on this). But this author's technique for dealing with these issues is to kill off characters or to switch personas and handle tough scenes in the 2nd person. That does get a little bit annoying.
I actually liked how the story ended. This book finishes like it could actually end there and stand alone without the huge number of novels that followed. I'm into the next book and I am somewhat regrettig it. Several "obvious" things from the first book's ending are now being "retooled" to suit a continued series.
It seems to be developing more and more into a soap opera than a fantasy epic. As in the story does not have a drive and purpose such as the "Lord of the Rings", but seems to written simply to perpetuate itself. Some people love this style of writing. It's just not my cup of tea.
The story was very good. The development of the characters was longitudinal. Well done.
The King's hand. He was a patriot until the day he died. A great man.
I read and enjoy almost all genres, but spend most of my money following interesting, evolving characters in series.
I rank the series in with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I admit I had to go back and listen to the beginning again just to get characters and descriptions fimly set in my mind. But I've done the same thing with Wheel of Time. I can firmly place myself in the fantasy world Martin describes. I have now read all of the series so far and can recommend it to other lovers of epic fantasies or to any reader that enjoys getting to know characters and following them in a series.
No...audio books will (in my opinion) never be better than reading a book.
Ben Stark, the Head of House Satrk, of Winterfell. A good man, trying to do right by his king, family and people, when most people want him out of the way.
When you play at Thrones...be merciless!
A good adult and mature teen read.
Since this is not the type of book I'd typically sit down and read, I found it much easier to engage in it via audio. The inflection, tone and story-telling gift of the narrator makes this book a great listen!
The performance of all women characters in this book is pretty interesting. Dotrice's best performance comes in with the Maester.
The narrator does a wonderful job with the various characters such that it is very easy to get caught up in the story without jarring false accents distracting. I have little time to read but plenty of commuting time, so this is a win-win. I highly recommend this book and am eager to start the next one.
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
I hate to be the person who jumps on a band-wagon and obviously this series is a huge one right now, but I really enjoyed this novel. I see this series as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Pillars of the Earth, which just makes it fantastic. The reader is not my favorite, but he's not the worst either so it's ok. It took me a bit to get used to the cadence of his voice, but once I adapted I enjoy his gravelly tones. Highly recommend this series and I have already downloaded book two.
Roy Dotrice really gets into the story, changing his voices for characters, changing inflections based on the events (i.e. faster during action sequences, louder/softer when necessary, etc.). Makes it really easy to "forget" that you're listening to a narration.