I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I am writing this review based on the first four books of this series overall.
There is a LOT going for these books, good character development of many strong, interesting characters (every one with their own fortes and flaws), a superior writing style with interesting vocabulary and a lack of clich??s and many of the other faults found in most fantasy novels. The majority of the chapters are good, a few chapters (at least one per book, excepting book four) are among the best to be found in the genre. Yet I did not come away pleased. The story moves from one complication to another, one interesting character to another (some of the characters have a half-dozen or more names/personae), but there is little resolution. Some sub-plots come to an end, but there is not a resolving. The story seems to have become more a fantasy soap opera than a novel; a well written and compelling soap opera, but a soap opera never the less. The only technical flaws that annoyed me were a few minor anachronisms and some grating crows and half-wits. The narrator for the first three books had VERY strong character voices (which might be too much for many). The narrator of the forth book erred in the other direction (in a book with so many characters character vocal differences can be a good thing). Somewhere in between would be nicer. This was much more of a saga than an epic, more good writing than literature, more a series then a story. I will not be listening to any more unless I hear that they finally and successfully resolve. The first book was the best of the four, with the next two being nearly as good, the fourth was much weaker.
The best thing about this book, is that you can actually keep up with the seris. That being said, it had too many wasted words in it.
An ugly, plodding,, thudding bore of a book peopled by cartoon characters and fueled by scant imagination. It's only redeeming feature is Roy Dotrice's wonderful narration though I kept wondering if he wished he were back under New York City with Vincent. Don't waste your time.
It took a little bit to get into the story and understand what was going on but once I was hooked, OMGosh, I listened for hours and hours and then was so sad when it ended!! Just bought part 2, can't wait to dig in!!
A fabulous epic that is brought to life by the reader. He does an excellent job with the many characters in this series. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I honestly did not think that I would get into this book. I knew there was a lot of fighting scenes (and other "boy" scenes) that I don't particularly care for in books... but there are a lot of "girl" things too, and the boy stuff is actually pretty good.
The characters are amazing. Throughout the book, I felt torn, and unable to decide where my loyalties were. Though there are some horrid characters, most of the characters are far more complex than just good and evil. Some of the "good guys" are obnoxious and ignorant, and I wouldn't befriend them in real life no matter how perfect they were. Some of the "bad guys" are charming and intelligent and witty. It is extremely hard to know who to root for. I found myself bouncing back and forth to opposite ends of the arguments, not knowing which of my new friends to stand behind.
There were some times that I thought it was a little drawn out, like some of the dream sequences, but I think that my problem was more that I was anxious to find out what happened to so-and-so. There are so many characters in this book that when focus turns to one, you're constantly wondering and worrying about the others.
Overall, I loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it. I can't wait to find out more. The ending made me want to throw my phone against the wall because I knew I would have to wait to download the next one!
The song of fire and ice series is one of my very favs. It has the most compelling characters... I even love the "bad guys." the more you read/listen the more you will want. It is full of adventure, power, greed, love, lust, family... And just enough fantasy. The game of thrones is a great book... I have red it twice, and now listened to it!
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.