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.
Everyone gave rave reviews about this book and I am having a very hard time getting through the book. There are too many people and too many things going on. I can't get into the book. I've had to start over 3 times just because I couldn't follow along. It's to the point that I'm writing down the people and describing them on paper just so I can follow along with the storyline. I'm very surprised that so many people like this book. I'm very disappointed in it.
I went by all these nice reviews, compared to the "Eye of the World" but decided to get this one. I wish I hadn't. Comparing to "The Mistborn" series this book is so slow, I couldn't bare myself but to stop listening to it at around chapter 40. Either I am not old enough (37) or I just don't like the book's pace. I didn't like the narrator too much either. He only has couple of voices and everyone sounds like they are in their late 50s.
I like Mark Thompson most of all at this point after listening to about 12 different books since I started with audible 6 months ago. He does multiple voices very well, has a great pronounciation and when he reads you don't hear that his mouth is watering like Roy's does sometimes and like George Guidall's did in "American Assassin", but at least I was able to get immersed into the story. "Game of Thrones", its just very slow for me.
A lot of out of place chatter, characters just talk about nothing, plot is unveiling very slowly, almost seemlessly, close to impossible to "lose yourself" while listening, which is important for me to be able to keep my interest.
I think I need to listen more carefully to the samples before I spend my point next time.
Unlike some reviewers, I really like Roy Dotrice's reading of this book, but then I'm English by birth.
What I didn't like is the plotting of the story. It was SO predictable. Every betrayal was signalled well in advance, and I just wanted to shout at the characters that they were being so stupid not to see the so-obvious warning signs blazing at them, or to spot the obvious clues for what had happened afterwards.
The country and politics is very two-dimensional to my mind, as are the vast majority of the characters.
Frankly, compare with the likes of Robert Jordan, Lois McMaster Bujold, and other modern fantasy writers, this seemed very dated and old fashioned.
I stuck with the book for about two thirds before I gave up on it. There are some excellent ideas in here, such as the sky cells and the use of the dire wolves, but the story just became too much of a drag of predictability for me as it went along. I might come back to it one day, and I'm willing to admit it has potential to improve in later volumes.
I hesitated, spending 2 credits on this but it's listed as the top or near the top of fantasy, I thought I'd try...unfortunately, the first rule of writing is that the reader must love the characters...I did not. I didn't hate the characters nor was I angry with their actions. I simply did not care.
This book could benefit from being about 10 hours shorter. I'm not sure what it is that differentiates useless details from engaging atmosphere, but my eyes rolled back in my head after about the first 6 hours or so. The main characters are pretty one dimensional. I had a hard time caring about any of them. Most of the great fantasy I've read has an over-arching mythology to it, and this story seems to be missing that, unless it has yet to be revealed. If it's going to be revealed in the second book, I guess I will never know...
With all the great reviews I was looking for a good read. Instead it was incest, rape, and debauchery with a little bit of story mixed in. I've read many stories and listened to almost as many that were clean and were awesome. I think very poorly of authors who cannot write decent stories that can be read by teenagers and up. I gave it 2 stars because the narrator was very good.
The series is (and probably will forever remain) unfinished.
I have just completed listening to the last installation of the series. For me, it was a surprise that the story is yet again unfinished, but this time the end comes as such a shocker since no single plot line is completed. The feeling is that Martin just got tired of writing it, ended the sentence and promised to finish the book next year. Now it is quite obvious he is never going to finish it, and although I enjoyed listening to the 4 books of the series, I feel a bit cheated, especially since each book costs 2 audible credits. I have spent 4 months worth of credits on an unfinished work; I really wish Audible put a note about it in their review of the Game of Thrones???
Of course now I did some research and saw the frustration of the readers of this series about Martin never delivering on his promise and completing it, but when I bought the Game of Thrones I was unaware of it, and now I regret the credits I spent.