Yes, This is a amazing piece of literature.
I can't say I love them all
Best book so far
Yes I cried laughed and dreamed
Book 3 in the series matches the length of Stephen King's The Stand. Of course The Stand was a one book deal and A Song of Ice and Fire seems to go on and on. Although I enjoy the varity of characters and different storylines I could certainly do without the endless chatter between everyone. Seems like there's far more talking than the action of battle. I thought that if I heard, "Hodor, Hodor, Hodor," or "You know nothing, Jon Snow," repeated for the millionth time I was going to shut the audio book off.
Just to give you an idea of how bored I got at times, I'd listen to a different audio book after listening to every other part of the six part book. I just had to take some breaks away from this mammoth book.
Overall, performance and story were all good, just needs a serious edit or an abridged version.
My blue tooth radio in the car....
the Kings Hound. just waiting for him to not be dead.
his cHaracter voices are some times just strange but it doesn't matter the story line
is great. I read the review for the 4th book and am a bit unsure if i am going to like it as it says he kind of forgot what voices he had used in the last ones he had read.
but no bother i enjoy the listen i have on the way in to work and home.
no it is why to long for that and if it had been shortened it would kill the story.
I like it better then the hbo show as it is different from it and yet the same.
I cant wait ti read the real book audio books are great but a good reading book with your own eyes and mind is so much better.
Roy Dotrice is masterful in his reading of the novel. He gives a distinct voice to each character,
George RR Martin writes so well that many of the scenes are memorable. But the Red Wedding is up there as the most memorable because of the sure horror i was feeling while listening. When he ends the chapter with Arya hit in the head with The Hound's axe, I had to stop listening and look up on the internet whether or not she was dead.
When Tyrian escapes from the castle and sneaks up to The Hands Tower and gives his father what he deserves.
The writing is superb. I never know what to expect. Anything can happen. Main Characters can die. It is unpredictable and exciting. Roy Dotrice is a masterful performer.
This book is all about medieval war and all the horrors that go along with it (beheadings, dismemberment, rape and murder) and many of the victims are children. I have listened to over 100 hours in the hopes that something good might happen but it never does - just more of the same. The writer and narrator are good but the story is just too violent and depressing for my taste.
I love this series, but I don't think I'll listen past the 3rd book. I don't know what's with the narrator. It seems like most of the characters in the book talk like old decrepit pirates. and I've noted that the reviews on the books after this one have many complaints about the narrator. I had to force myself to finish it because his voice bothered me so much -- and I loved the narrator in the first 2 books, so I don't know what happened! This breaks my heart, because I so wanted to listen to the next 2 books, but I've been scared away.
This book is great. It's a very involved story winding in and out and around the many characters. The performance is fantastic! BUT it really sucks how they've divided up the "chapters" on these last two books. It was great on the first one because you could actually go back the the beginning of the character's chapter rather than the previous 45 minute session. It would be awesome if AUDIBLE would fix it!
Yes, I think it's one of the better book series I've listened to.
Love the way he can be the different characters and know who is who by his voice.
This was my favorite book of the series. So much happens with the characters, and there are so many satisfying moments, as well as unexpected twists that will completely blind-side you.
One of the best parts for me was witnessing the development of some of my favorite characters - Arya, Tyrion, Daenerys - but also coming to like/understand ones I had previously despised (i.e. Jamie).
Anyone who has seen season 3 of the show, you know to brace yourself for the Red Wedding. And even though I knew that moment was coming in the book, it still left me with my jaw on the floor as I was listening to it. It's just completely unexpected and tragic and brutal. Joffrey's wedding, however, takes the cake for most satisfying scene of the series so far. And the epilogue, featuring the return of a certain character I never thought we'd see again, got me SO excited for the next book.
No, but only because the narrator was quite dull.
The narrator was somewhat disappointing. He did a decent job most of the time, but he only had a certain repertoire of accents and voices and those were quickly exhausted. Before long, he was reusing voices he'd done before, or mixing up others, so that it was often difficult to tell who was speaking. Also, the voices he chose for certain characters were really bad sometimes. Tyrion sounded like a leprechaun, which I found a little offensive, considering the fact that he's a dwarf. The voice he does for Missendei is almost unintelligible. It sounds like she has a severe speech impediment. Also, he completely mispronounced several of the names - Brienne was "Bry-een", and Petyr was "Puh-tire". It was really very annoying.
For all the 'great books' that have been written, for all the stuffy tomes that everyone lies about having read, for every recommendation by Harold Bloom, there are a lot more genre works floating around the bookstore. Oh, sure, we know what we should be reading, what we're told since grade school are the 'proper' books for 'proper' little minds, but how many people read those books? How many people really care to read those thick, dense, intellectual, impenetrable, novels by dead white men?
Books like Martin's, however, are fun and exciting and full of twists and deaths, and everyone is reading them and so it's also fun to keep up with your friends so you can keep up at parties when people talk about Game of Thrones.
Yet is this distinction fair? Can Martin's book(s) never be considered a great book? What makes a great book? Some college professor might say a great book is one that opens your eyes to the vast human experience in such a way as you have never experienced it before, or has plumbed the depths of human psychology so deftly, and so realistically that it nearly transcends art itself.
But who is to speak up for a well told story? What about Homer, for example? Oh, for sure, we all think of the Iliad and the Odyssey as great works of high art, but when they were fresh and new and poets were shouting those stories over the sound of crashing wine dark Aegean waves along a white rocky Athenian coast on hot, summer festival days, they were just grand stories that entertained the crowds. They were, gasp, popular!
And what 'great art' is ever popular? How hard are Don DeLillo book signing tickets to come by? Ever scalped your season pass to the Kafka museum to the highest bidder so that you might afford a once in a lifetimes 'Night With Richard Ford'?
Of course, it's unfair (and also plain wrong) to claim that because something is popular it is somehow a metric of quality or because something is obscure and has the word 'aesthetics' in the title it is somehow automatically good.
Yet I don't think it's so simple either.
Why can't something that is good also find a wide audience? I sometimes wonder if artists too often stick their heads up their own asses in an effort to shun popular society. There does seem to be a disdain for 'the unwashed masses' by the hipster set who only qualify the unknown with a seal of approval. In fact, Martin's book here gets upturned noses from the 'arty' crowd because they're 'just silly kids books'.
But are they?
How many other serious novelists are exploring the world we really live in, a world that actually is a little dangerous and full of manipulative people who are quick to take advantage of another person's weakness? I mean, look at politics (any era in history), it's full of the very people Martin is writing about and he's practically giving us a field-guide to understanding and observing your everyday nefarious evil-doers.
Martin is, at the heart of it all, writing about the sad reality of the world we live in where most of us have very little influence on the world around us, are at the mercy of powers much greater than us, where a lot of our lives are filled with mind-numbing sameness and struggle and sacrifice and when we think about it realize that there's not much we'll ever be able to do about any of it.
Yeah, that sounds pretty depressing, but it's just reality. We do the best we can with what we have, we find our happiness where we can because life is tough and we don't want to be bothered with a bunch of highbrow ass-talking nonsense; we just want to come home from work everyday, kiss someone we love, and relax for awhile and hope someone can tell us a great story about people just like ourselves but who also have the advantage of a few dragons, a needle, a hound, a wit, and a few fantasies we don't so that we can live a little vicariously through a more interesting person's life.
We also need to be careful and recognize that art that is the product of its time might one day be considered great art in a later time; not in the snooty sense of (textbook definition) great art, but in the Shakespeare, Homer sort of way - art that speaks to the people because it doesn't lie to them while also entertaining them too.
A great artist can speak to the truth and speak to the people at the same time. More artists, both serious and pop should take note.
Anyway, the book bloody rocks.