The imagination that wrote this series is an all time great. You will never expect whats around each corner and it just keeps getting better. This is definitely not something you can jump into without reading the first two books. Great book!
The series has been growing on me. I continued to the second and third books based almost entirely on the performance of Roy. Given the *spoiler alert* slaughter of this book and all the reviews that Roy changed for the fourth book I had sworn off the rest of the series. But now after a couple of months without any GoT, I think I am really missing the world and going to jump in for at least 1 more round.
Martin does an excellent job building an amazing world full of wonderful geographies and interesting peoples. He has created enthralling situations. I would say that his pinnacle would be the food - his description of the feasts makes my mouth water even as I listen while eating. A normal everyday meal in his books sound amazing.
But I have not enjoyed his pacing and it seemed like very little happened or moved forward. I have finally gotten to know some characters and then they all died. But then the book finished strong - all the death created a lot of movement. I am missing being in that world enough to give the next one another chance.
When I purchased book 4 in 2004 John Lee did the narration why they changed narrators at that time I don't know but he did a great job. I was waiting for book 5 FOREVER. and I noticed that the old narrator was back. I listened to the free listen that audible gives and it was way different than the first two books. They should have kept John Lee for book FIVE. thats all I can say because I never got book five.
No wonder season 3 of the HBO show only covered half of this book. There is sooo much that happens!
Roy Dotrice is remarkable too. He can do so many different voices that it really helps distinguish the numerous characters in the story
This is a great audiobook and brilliantly narrated by Roy Dotrice who impersonates the characters and makes listening much more pleasant and captivating.
His impersonations is great, amazing how he can give life to all characters, even women and children.
The unexpected twists and turns just keep coming. Just when you decide it's getting a little tedious, something momentous happens.
Too many to name here and I don't want to ruin it for anyone else
Very good! The only criticism is he makes everyone sound older than they really are in the book.
In the third volume of this tremendous series which is now a highly touted HBO series A GAME OF THRONES this volume continues with King Joffrey of House Lannister sitting on the Iron Throne. Jamie Lannister is being brought back to Kings Landing by the warrior wench Brianna. Rob Stark is an upstart King of the North seeking vengeance for the cowardly beheading of his father. Rob’s sister Sansa is prisoner at Kings Landing and he doesn’t realize his younger sister Arya is out looking for him and having her own adventures. In the South Queen Daenarys, the mother of dragons, is trying to raise her armies to attack and retake the Iron Throne which is her birthright. All of these astounding fantasy storylines by the author George R.R. Martin in a volume with such a complexity of characters reads so fast, and is so encompassing, one doesn’t realize the vast amount of pages one must wade through to find out how most of these endearing characters fare.
*** I did not read the first two volumes of this series, instead I watched the HBO series and became so caught up in the story that I finally broke down and picked up the unabridged audio instead. Part of the reason was the one hour weekly segment flew by as if it were only 10 minutes long and I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened! While the HBO version was great, I was thrilled with the unabridged audio version even if I would have liked to hear the voices I was familiar with thru the TV series. However that being the case the performance by Roy Dotrice was commendable considering the vast amount of characters he had to voice over.
As in all made for TV movies from published books, the TV version followed along fairly closely to the book, but naturally the book is so much better with all the minute details one gathers from descriptive language and a well interpreted reader. The surprise I found was the ending of this volume was much longer with much more detail and cliff hangers than the TV version.
Bottom Line: Exquisite imagery, creative and absolutely fantastic plot(s) are the norm in this series. I cannot wait to dig into volume four and can hardly wait for the next season of GAME OF THRONES ! This is the most exciting and entertaining novel I have read in a LONG time. Well worth the time and effort. Amazingly great entertainment!
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book really blows this series wide open! Characters people love meet untimely demises & peeps u never heard much of make power moves... Although a few people die that I liked & there were even peeps that died that I disliked BUT they were pivitol to the story, it puts much of the 7 kingdoms into chaos
I still highly recommend this book as I recommend the first two, although I'm not a huge fan of book 4. Up to this book Dotrice has all the character voices established & hopefully when the 6th book comes out he will come back to the voices he used for this book & before...
If you fall in love with characters G. Martin will break ur heart, but if u want action & see a plotline that will go to who knows where continue on, I plan to... But I guess this is a book that will really determine if readers stay or readers go lol... I will read the rest of the series because there are still a few plot lines I'm highly interested in but its a warning to other people who like the series because of HBO, u might not want to read 1000 pages unless ur committed lol
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
Anyone who reads this review be "forewarned!"This is my personal opinion, obviously, and not to do with Martin's writing. After this book I'd like to know how it ends but I don't think enough to see it through. I loved the characters that have been in it.....up till now, and maybe Martin has some better ones coming, but just not for me. Over 80 hours with these characters and I just don't have it in me to invest that again for the last two books. Especially after hearing that the voices are changing for the ones left to something not recognized. If I were reading the book, I don't think it would make enough of a difference to continue on. I've read saga's before, books that spanned generations, however, with this series, and I must blame that on the author's ability to develop such good characters, I have no desire to finish the series, well except for maybe one character; the bastard born John Snow. But then again??If you like fantasy, enjoy having your guts wrenched from you when you least expect it, you will surely love the books. And for that matter the reader Roy Dotrice. The first three, ok maybe 21/2 books, he does do an outstanding job. I can't listen to anymore old mens voices tho. It doesn't have to be that way either, Dotrice did a smashing job in the first book, not bad at all in second....but this one it's like he's just tired of trying with the voices. When 'Robb's' voice sounded like an old man, not to mention the real old man Lord Fray(?), it was too much. Maybe I'll just take a break from the series, I don't know. Not used to starting something and not finishing and if I do so this time, it will be my first. Too many reviews concerning books 4 & 5 have warned about the changes with the reader to ignore! Time for a respite, then??