There were so many characters and kingdoms that I got easily lost due to each character and kingdom not being developed I found myself going to the beginning of a chapter; and event or just starting all over to get people and places straight in my mind.
of course left you where things were up in the air to go to the next book
The one that was the most developed
yes to see if I could follow it better
I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.
The book was good, but the narrator made it even better. I liked his use of differing voices and ascents.
Only in this series. I love his narration and missed him when he wasn't the narrator.
Not all the books in the series are as good. Still waiting for the last book to be released!
Suspenseful, adventurous, and engrossing
Aria Stark - her character has incredible intensity. That combined with her innocence makes her a character with boundless potential to grow, and does she ever!
Roy Dotrice has an amazing ability to bring all of the character's personalities to life, flaws and all. I can't imagine a better choice to read this book.
Yes! I often had to make myself stop so I could go to sleep at night. It is very hard to stop once you start. You've been warned! :)
This book is perfect for anyone remotely interested in fantasy. The violence is intense, so that is something to consider. It's not for the squeamish. This is truly one of my favorite book series ever.
Show me the credits!!!! :)
You get engaged to the characters and grow to love them. Then things slowly get worse, people start dying. Ones that you have invested time to think how awesome they are, and they are gone! The people are individual and not mass molded. Each one has a view, each one has a story and depending on their cunning, the politics or out of sheer luck, you really wonder how anyone survives and wonder if you pray if the author will spare your favorites.
If you want to get addicted to a series and don't have HBO, then you should read this series, because there is a character for everyone and a storyline, plot and scheme that they will conquer or ruin all!
Yes. I watch the HBO Series and wanted to know more so I purchased the series to listen to at work.
Nothing comes to mind.
No this was the first and he was good.
I listen while I work so I break them up into days.
This is a true standout title. Great sweeping story in an elaborate new universe and outstanding narrator. At it's heart, it's the story of dynastic struggle, and the cast of characters is huge. The author AND narrator do an outstanding job of bringing each character a distinct voice, which makes it much easier to keep track of who is talking.
When asked to describe the series in brief, I replied "Think 'Lord of the Rings' on Cinemax, or Tolkien meets The Sopranos". Gritty and real, with realistic motivations for all characters. Strong women and weak men, magic and mystery. I will give Tolkien credit for inventing the genre, but Martin deserves credit for refining (if not reinventing) it.
Outstanding characterizations allow you to clearly follow who is talking amongst the huge cast of major characters...would be very hard to follow otherwise.
Yes, but not humanly possible due to length. Definitely kept me in my car a few minutes longer, and was a great diversion while shoveling snow or mowing the lawn.
Great series, but unfortunately they used a different narrator for book #4 (A Feast of Crows, narrated by John Lee). While Lee didn't do a bad job, it was a huge disappointment for me to hear different delivery, accents, and word pronunciation. Happily, there appears now to be a new version narrated by Dotrice, so you can look forward to several DAYS of happy listening to this excellent series.
I haven't read the print version so I have no frame of reference
John Stark is my favorite character
The beheading of Ned Stark
Normally i listen to audio books in my car with the 126 mile per day commute, sometimes it was hard in the beginning to pay attention to all the players, took me 3 times to listen before i got into it and feel in love currently on a feast of crows and cant wait for a dance with dragons. Haven't seen the series but from what i head very true to the books, that's going to be next!
at first i thought the "starks" were the leads in these book but they are all dead, a lot of twists and turns with new players coming into the book
Yes, I really enjoyed this book. I do wish I would have read before watching HBO series.
The J.R.R Tolken books, but with less fantasy (Orcs, Trolls, etc)
The return of dragons from Dani's fire.
The relationship wavering between Tyrion and his fathre.
As you read this book, be prepared to buck up for the next book. This book spends most of it's time introducing you to the long list of characters and setting the stage. If you enjoy the knight and dragons style of writing, this is a great book. It is best if you read before watching the HBO series. I have watched the first three seasons before reading and it has diluted the book.
This is by no means my favorite genre but great writing is great writing. Wow. Difficult to turn off the car on this book. The narration is also top rate. This is a five star plus book. Can not wait to get to the next in the series. Only recommendation before starting this book is to find a map online of the different lands. It can get a little confusing otherwise.