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.
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.