It is a great book but I find that I am totally lost in the sequence of these books. Certain chapters seem to repeat in others so I have decided not to purchase any more till I have them sorted out in my head if no where else.
At the moment no but when I find out where it features in the saga I will probably change my mind.
Have just purchased a DVD set of the First part of the story and so far it is excellent and follows the original fairly closely.
I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.
After listening to book 1 of the series I was sold - or so I thought. During book 2 I off and on had the feeling I was going to finish this installment but not order book 3. Not captivating enough - or so I thought. By the end of book 2 I found myself wondering how the story would continue. Story lines of specific characters had me wanting to know what would happen to them next.
So now I find myself writing a review for book 3. While listening to Roy Dotrice - who again did an amazing job!! - I once again found myself loosing interest and finding it again: All in all the tale is gripping and I find myself getting ready to order book 4, because I still want to know what will happen next!
Book 3 had me captivated in the end, but were it not for Roy Dotrice I don't know that I would be so ready as to get book 4.
I switched to Amazon after they added Whispersync. I read and listen to most of the books I go through. I prefer to read but I spend 90 minutes a day in a car so I can get through a lot of audio.
I have really enjoyed this series. I typically cannot read multiple books in a series back to back without another book in between. I have read the first 3 in relatively quick succession and they have maintained my interest. The multiple story lines and character depth are excellent and keep my interest level. The narration is excellent.
This book is definitely on my top 5.
What didn't I like? the intricate stories; the evolution of a great number of characters; the tragedy and the comedy. This book has it all.
I think Roy Dotrice has put forth a great performance. It can not be easy to keep track of that sheer number of characters and to give each their own brand, but he has pulled it off sucessfully.
I just gasped a lot. This is where it all goes down!
What should I read next???♫♪♫♪
The Clash of Kings left me wanting more and A Storm of Swords gave me MORE and then some!!! I couldn't wait to download this book. After it was downloaded I couldn't put it down. The twist and turns are so unexpected. It had me laughing and crying in parts. Again I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book!
Someone reading the book instead of a strange attempt of acting it out.
I will be much more careful to listen and sample before buying.
Overacting, hammy, annoying intonations. His voice. I feel cruel writing this but it was like nails scraping against a chalkboard.
Grateful that I didn't download it onto my phone.
The characters, the style, the story, the scenes, the adventure, the descriptions, etc.
I love the books of Bernard Cornwell, so anything in his historical novels - especially the ones about King Alfred the Great - would fit the bill. The only difference it this is mythical vs. historical.
The consistancy of the characters. There are so many of them and he handles them all well.
there were times when it made me scream, but since I don't want to give anything away, I'll leave it at that.
Well worth a credit!
This is not the best book I have listened to in terms of literary merit. However it is excellent daydream material, perfect when you need an escape. The world R.R. Martin creates is lived in, and richly imagined.
Characters are the highlight of this series. There are over 1000 named characters in all of the books combined. Each part is written from the point of view of one of several main characters, making it difficult to choose just one. Bran Stark's portions of the novel are my favorite because he has so much potential to grow. I also enjoyed the way R.R. Martin chooses to write women. They are dynamic, each with their own strengths.
Dotrice gives each character their own unique voice, which is helpful because of the number of characters and the amount of dialogue. However, he gives many of the minor characters lisps or other speech impediments. It's OK for the first 12 or so hours. But, after that they start to sound like they've had head trauma and are helplessly drooling all over themselves.
I had a huge nerdgasm, actually, because of the awesome understated portrayal of magic. This is high fantasy (dragons + zombies = awesome) but it is strong because it focuses more on court drama.
The change in readers here was a HUGE error!! I would suggest that previous books in a serious are REQUIRED LISTENING for a new reader in a series. The changes in pronunciation of names and places are distracting and ridiculous!
Unfortunately also the weakest story in the series but still good.
The Queens part makes it worth the read
Not a bad reader.. in fact but the performance poor.
Powerful continuation of the series, packed with interest amidst the continued long yarns of sometimes confusing value -- a tremendous amount of time continues to be spent on details of uncertain significance, yet I still couldn't seem to stop listening. There's just quality all the way through, even when it's not clear whether a scene or a chapter have much of a role in the greater plot(s). But for those who pay attention, sometimes even the small things come back in some way or other. I remain awed. Anyone who thinks they have a good grasp of what is happening in this world, or what will happen, may yet again be surprised. As always, do not neglect any prologue or epilogue, in its proper time and place. Anyone who has been through the first two books, however, really shouldn't need to read a review to decide whether to move on to the next in this series.