This unabridged version is entirely too long. I haven't listened to more than 5 hours of the book and I don't want to listen to it anymore. There are plenty of characters to follow, but too many for my taste. In my humble opinion the characters are very difficult to follow with only the one narrator. If your looking for a book to put you to sleep, which is exactly what some people want, this might be a good book for you. I'm not a great judge of how well an author puts a story together, but I can tell you this one should have been shorter.
At the risk of angering the countless fans of this book and the series, I have to say that I simply did not like it. I forced my way through it and it did get better as the story progressed; however, I found it brutal, cruel, and tedious. The writing is pretty good but the story is overlong and I just couldn't muster any real interest in most of the characters or what happens to them. I do applaud George Martin for including some strong and semi-interesting female characters, but their inclusion did not make me want to continue with the series. I'm a fantasy fan and maybe more magic would have helped because, for the most part, it just seemed like a saga about a made up medieval world full of violence and political intrigue. I find the comparison to The Lord of the Rings preposterous and I didn't especially like the narrator, either. I found his narration clumsy and lots of the characters sounded exactly the same to me. He's certainly not in the same league as Jim Dale! Listening to six more novels in this boring, brutal series doesn't sound like any fun to me.
So with this book I made the classic mistake of giving up on it before it had a chance to grab me. I initially made it through about 5 chapters before I gave up and decided there was no way I could get into this epic. Thanks to the HBO series I gave it a second chance. I am so glad I did. This has to be one of the best books I have ever downloaded. Don???t give up too soon on this one. It is worth the two credits.
Four and a half stars wooed me in, but this is a tedious story about the politics of a kingdom, and characters that I never began to care about. Too many characters, and not enough movement. I know that some plot development is needed in any story, but after 9 hours, it's time to get on with it. If I could get my money back on this one, I would!!! I just can't bring myself to finish it.
For years I've been looking for a story I would enjoy as much as Lord of the Rings (or as close as you can get to LOTR). Several authors came close but no cigar. The book is great but the audiobook version with the narration of Roy Doltrice makes the story even better. What wonderful pictures he paints with Martin's words. The personalities Doltrice imbues into Martin's characters are mesmerizing. I've started on the second book and look forward to reading the rest.
I admit that I didn't finish this book. I listened to nearly 6 hours of the 1st part and had to stop. I realize this is a novel and that the world in it is fantastical and fictional. However, I can't abide incest and there's plenty of it in this book. I wish I could get my credit back.
This started on a slow note for me but by the time I got to the end of the book I was hooked. What a great story!!! I just love it so much that I already brought the second book.
I found the story dry and overly dramatic, unbelievable even. My biggest complaint is the lack of humor, I don't think I laughed or even chuckled once during the whole book... I guess I've just been spoiled by Joe Abercrombie, his books are far darker, bloodier and more tragic but he makes you laugh even if it's from twisted humor. Mr. Martin needs to take some lessons from him.
It is a great book but Martin has shown no interest in finishing the series. I wouldn't start reading this series until he writes more. I've been waiting about six years for the next book and I'm not sure it will ever come out.
I have really tried to like this book. I can tell the story is well written. However, the story jumps around so much and there are too many characters to follow. I am going to try and keep listening, but at times it is putting me to sleep, and that is dangerous when you are listening in your car.