I've read all five books and am now listening to them (just finished Storm, headed to the Feast). This is the best of the five so far, in my view. Lots going on, but easy enough to follow the characters. You love to hate one former "bad guy" and you feel bad once again for another, and you will be shocked more than you were by what happened to Ned in Book 1. Listen carefully!
I'm quite impressed by the performance. Although some characters sound similar to others, they do not within each chapter so keeping track of who's who is easier than I feared and this is well worth the listen -but make sure to read the Game and Clash first or you'll likely be confused until at least half way through the book.
true crime fan
This book had much more violence and surprises than the last book. Characters that I had enjoyed getting to know were suddenly killed and that was very unsettling but it makes for an exciting story as you never know what will happen next. I enjoyed this book and am anxious to see what happens next in the 4th book
Remarkable Heartbreaking Delicious
Arya, Tyrion, Dolorous Edd, Jaime Lannister
He not only gives a voice to each character, he breathes life into even the most seemingly insignificant of them, makes them a part of your memory, and makes your heart break for them...
Too many. This is 47+ hours of continuous surprise, twists and turns, gut wrenching deception, redemption, horror, heartache, and intense and very real emotion. I have become so attached to these characters, I feel like they are a part of me. There have been several times that I have had to stop and take a break because I am so upset. It's amazing.
Favorite series of all time....so far. I am 2 hours from being done with book 3...and terrified by the reviews I have read for books 4 & 5
Having read the books when I was younger, I wanted to revisit them after having enjoyed the tv-series. The plot and characters are still intriguing, but I do find the prose somewhat drab and full of clichés. Still an enjoyable listen, though, especially due to the inventive narration of mr. Dotrice.
As the other books in this series, the story is very gripping, yet good and bad things often happen to the "wrong" people, i.e. evil folks are sometimes rewardedk and the good are sometimes killed prematurely.
Excellent story, exciting, mixed in with some fantasy, and very interesting. My problem was not with the story or narration, but the way the download was "sectioned." It was not user friendly. The download received was divided into long chaperters which if the phone rang or some other distraction occured while listening and a few moments were missed, there was no way to reverse the story to review what was missed. The mechanism or device used to listen to the story may or may not have a "reverse feature" thus requiring the listener to "replay an entire chapter" which could be an hour long to review a short missed segment. The story is very intensive and the listener does not want to miss a thing. Previously downloaded books from this series were in short easy to manage segments (only a few minutes long) which allowed the listener to "review" missed segments regardless of whether or not the device used for listening had a "review" feature.When I contacted the help desk they told me that some publishers divide stories into short segments and other don't. I suggest that Auible check this feature and let the consumer know if the download contains this feature. Some listeners may not care; other listeners may care. The download for Game of Thrones and Class of Kings was sectioned nicely to accomodate any needed review. Why Storm of Swords was not sectioned the same way was a surprise. I would have purchased it from another vendor had I known.
Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings are must reads to follow Storm of Swords enjoyably.
Some very small percentage of the accents and dialects used by the narrator are hard to understand if he speaks too fast. I love the varied accents and dialects - almost like watching a movie in your head, and I have noticed that the narrator does slow down his speech when using a very deep throated accent or dialect (for the most part), but there are times it was hard to understand him. For the most part it was an awesome narration.
Of course, the entire GOT series is wonderful, but seriously, Roy Dotrice is a wizard. I can't imagine it getting any better! He is the best I've ever heard.
All the Game of Thrones audiobooks are stellar.
Um - everything? I listen in the car, in the kitchen when I'm doing boring kitchen duties, etc., etc. I hope he lives forever and reads and reads.
Well, no. That is saved for real life.
This is such a wonderful combination and I'm very happy to have experienced it.
i love the narration
The plot, the narration, all of the different voices!!!!
different voices and then my imagination creates different images for each character.
I cried alot and cheered for the heroes
I love every one of these books but I would definitely say that they are an adult fantasy book and not for a teenager. The language is not appropriate for teenagers.
Love the impressions, this book has a lot of names, and I'm a visual person so I will read on Kindle, but I'll listen on 2x speed because his narration is just amazing.
Many turns and twists keep you on your toes.
Not going to spoil this one.
Roy Dotrice is very good