Listening to Book III of the series... Getting ready for season 3 of the show... have not been disappointed the series is fantastic... Roy Dotrice is awesome!
It was entertaining
No I have not listened to other books by Roy Dotrice
This review pertains to Book 3, A Clash of Swords in the Fire and Ice Series. Books 1, 2, and 3 are very engaging in this Series. But book 3 is very dark, so much so that I needed to stop reading the series. The author writes seductively and then plows his sword through the reader's heart. No thank you.
I have wanted to read this book/series for a while. I don't get HBO, so know nothing about it other than the buzz surrounding that TV series. I had some credits at a used bookstore that I needed to use up, and saw this at a reasonable price.
Once I started to read it, it was apparent that I would not finish it quickly (without losing sleep). I used a credit on Audible to pick up the audio book and do my own manual "whispersync" as I went back and forth between the print and audio versions. Each has its own allure for me, but the narration adds quite a bit to the experience. Someday I might even see the HBO production.
As for the story and plot, it is a space opera set in Arthurian times. I read somewhere that it was "Lord of the Rings meets The Sopranos". This is an apt description. It is a long story, and it doesn't seem to have a real ending. The characters, many as there are, are deep enough to care about (or hate), and the descriptions are not short. There are some sections where you want to skip over the tedium, but are afraid you will miss something important to the plot. I was never so bored as to wanting to stop, but it did feel tiresome at times (but then so did LOTR).
I am now invested enough that I have picked up the next book (also at a bargain price) and downloaded the audio. I don't know how many I will read before wanting a break from the storyline, but I am enjoying it nonetheless, especially with the excellent narration.
I loved the characters, the multiple locations, the action, and the intricate plot. Be prepared for a host of characters. This is fantasy but the fantasy does not consume the story. The narrator, Roy Dotrice adds so much to the books! I am looking forward to book 2. Also, after I finished "A Game of Thrones" I rented the HBO series and I have never seen a book of this scope moved in such meticulous detail. Bravo George R. R. Martin, Roy Dotrice and HBO!
Long before I actually read this I am stating outright, that I am NOT giving this five stars. It is male heavy. A male world of war. AND MOST OF ALL THERE IS NO TEXT-TO-SPEECH AND IT IS NOT LOANABLE! That means that on top of buy the book at nearly $9, I had to go buy the Audible version which was nearly $42. I doubt I will even get around to listening/reading it. I have watched the series. I liked the dragon lady character. But other than that it is NOT worth it! $51 for ONE book? And I can't share it with the few friends I know that might not have read it? So, even if this is a five star story (which I doubt) I don't plan on giving more than three stars.
Okay, the writing, story, characters, world all deserve 5 stars. This was an excellent story. It wasn't male heavy as I previously had thought. It was a realistic thought on ancient patriarchal philosophies but hints of some who didn't hold to those thoughts. Five women held their own in the cast of characters, Dany my favorite. Just as it was on the television series. Still, had my adult children not been so in to these books I wouldn't have read even the first. But they encouraged me to give them a try and wouldn't let up until I gave in. Now I am addicted to the story and will do what I can to read and listen to the rest of the series.
Narrator was excellent!
Vast, complex, death
I liked how the author built the world, but its hard to get attached to any chracter
I liked the build up, but it looks like book 2 will be better
I would listen to this book again. It was entertaining and the narrator broght it to life. I read the prologe 3 times before I got the audio book and with his narration, I was hooked! I think it took me about 3 chapters to get fully into this book but then I found myself wanting more.
The end of the book was great, I went online right away to purchase the 2nd book. It was a great ending that left me guessing and wanting more. I love books that are part of a series because endings that would normally piss you off, just add thrill because you know there is another book to give you the answers to all the questions the first book left
I love that he has an accent. It made the book seem more authentic because of the old time it is set in. He did a great job with voices of the charecters and keeping it consistant. It allows the reader to recognize the character just by the voice the narrator is using.
In the game of thrones you win or you die...
Even if you are not a fan of fantacy books, give it a try, this book might change your mind.
I may as well cancel cable now that I am hooked on audible.
Roy Dotrice performed so brilliantly that I was drawn in to the story. I actually thought it was the genre I am more accustomed to: historical fiction. As the story became more complex, and the characters were unwrapped, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the female characters were described and developed.
Apart from a few redundant phrases and a little too much vulgarity for my taste, this was wonderfully well-written When it became more obvious that it was a fantasy (towards the end) I was so looking forward to finding out what happened to each character, that I could better deal with the ending. I think I will get the second book after all---I really need to know what happens to Aria and Sensa (that 's the one bad thing about Audible books--I guess at the spelling of the names)
I saw a few episodes on HBO of the Game of Thrones TV show. It hooked me & went & bought the book. What a great decision that was. I love this book!
Two things stood out with this book. The author did a marvelous job in developing the story & the depth of the characters. Second, the person who read the book was an outstanding actor. He made the characters come alive.