Sheesh...Okay...let me preface by saying, I don't really enjoy books that go out of their way to shock their readers. I think many people read these books just to see unexpected characters die, and not for the actual story. Martin creates a very convincing world in the Game of Thrones world.
Now I won't even lie and say that it's not exciting. It is...especially with the epilogue of this book. In fact I'm eager for book 4. The characters he spins are very real, but he falls into the trap that many do, in giving a constant advantage to the under dog. Or giving godly clairvoyance to characters that always manage to escape the odds.
This effect wears thin... So much so it becomes easy to predict. For example, Tyrian goes on trial on punishment of death. I knew he wasn't going to die. Whenever a character is up against staggering odds, he or she will find a way to win. This takes the impact out of it really. Book two made a habit of this as well. I like my books to have a 'balanced' playing field for all characters and situations.
Despite this, there were many things that Book 3 did right, the usual Martin faire... invested time in character development, which is always useful. The pacing is well kept, even though these books are very long, they seem to go by pretty quick. And one of my favorite pieces, is Martin's use of names. Gosh there are a lot, but each one sounds distinct.
I enjoy the series, but I think he focuses a bit too much on how to 'wow' the reader rather than on a realistic story. Despite that though, I enjoyed the book, and really can't wait to start the 4th..
Any speculative history with dragons and I'm there. Great story, plots, well-developed characters, etc. No hollywood here; you become invested in a character who can be killed off at any moment.
A narrator should be asked to review their previous work if there has been a layoff between readings. I can understand if a prisoner spends long enough in the north he may develop a northern accent, but it is annoying when a character's inflection shifts from a regular northern accent in the first two books into a highly distinct Winston Churchill imitation in the third book; I am pulled out of the story and focus on the accent each time I hear it. Hoping this is corrected for the remainder of the series.
In my opinion, yes - only because I can listen to audiobooks while sitting in traffic and with two little kids at home, I never have time to sit and read.
Jon Snow is probably my favorite character. After following him since the beginning of the series, it's easy to like him and struggle with many of the challenges that he faces.
Probably Tyrion Lannister.
HBO has already taken care of it.
This is only my first time through the series, but so far my favorite. "A Storm of Swords" was full of action, plot & character development, and despite the length, a great read through from start to finish.
It is probably well known that this book has the (in)famous 'red wedding' and even though I knew something big was going to happen to some unknown major characters, I was still in shock when it actually happened. I think for people to be upset about it only goes to show the incredible job that Martin has done in crafting his characters and allowing the reader to become so attached.
This book alone makes re-reading the entire series worth while.
Pros: in a strange way the character deaths were the best part of the books, only because it evokes such a strong response from the reader.
Cons: there were a few scenes that were sexually graphic and I did not care for.
Bottom line: so far the best in the series and draws the reader in from start to finish.
The wall segments.
Yes- he did the whole series. It seems like he forgot which voice he used for each character though.
I am interested in Religion and History and I hope that one day I will achieve a BA in History and Religious Studies. Love Fantasy & SciFi!
For those of my friends who lead a busy lifestyle but do love to read books, listening takes the hassle away from focusing 100% on reading.
The dramatic twists and turns and the ever so maniacal plots involve in this episode is both disheartening and also full of surprises.
One of the best Narrators that I have ever listened to. His great voice and tremendous vocal portrayal of George RR Martin's characters was brought to life.
i do still like the show but the books read by roy dotrice are way better!
So many fantastic characters and plot lines in this book. Tyrion still runs circles around everyone but Arya is catching. She's the only intelligent Stark. How did that family make it this far. Cersei also running the show. But really tired of spending so much time with the dragon queen. Like listening to a teenager whine.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator has a really good sense of the theatrical and a good sense for the inflection and moods that are set in the book. The does not however have the vocal range or acuity for a story with this many important characters. Many of the knights are done in the exact same voice and even some of the women. The voice used for a character may change during the course of the book as well. if Roy Dotrice narrated and there were other voice actors in the audio play it would enhance the story. The director for Roy Dotrice does do an exceptional job.
Had it worked the first or even the second time I downloaded it. I haven't downloaded many books but half the time they haven't worked
Great story, at least the first half that played. The first half moved a little slower than the first and second book. But I love the series, I will listen to them all
I like Roy Dotrice, its not his fault the audiobook won't play
yes. It was a performance issue not a story issue
To echo what many others have said, Dotrice's character voices include some so terrible that I want to cover my ears. I don't care if the ugly "voice" he gives a man with no nose might be realistic... I don't want to hear it! I was very glad when a main character died just because I wouldn't have to listen to his "voice" any more! (And his voice wasn't the most offensive to the ear!) Ugh...
Some of the details in the book(s) get old after a while. Do we really need all the details of what every character is wearing, when it has nothing to do with the story? Maybe Martin is trying to help us visualize, but with an audio, where you can't glance at and skip over such details, it gets a bit irritating.
But those are small things in the big picture, which is that this is a fantastic story, a great book, and a series I can't get enough of!