I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I am writing this review based on the first four books of this series overall.
There is a LOT going for these books, good character development of many strong, interesting characters (every one with their own fortes and flaws), a superior writing style with interesting vocabulary and a lack of clich??s and many of the other faults found in most fantasy novels. The majority of the chapters are good, a few chapters (at least one per book, excepting book four) are among the best to be found in the genre. Yet I did not come away pleased. The story moves from one complication to another, one interesting character to another (some of the characters have a half-dozen or more names/personae), but there is little resolution. Some sub-plots come to an end, but there is not a resolving. The story seems to have become more a fantasy soap opera than a novel; a well written and compelling soap opera, but a soap opera never the less. The only technical flaws that annoyed me were a few minor anachronisms and some grating crows and half-wits. The narrator for the first three books had VERY strong character voices (which might be too much for many). The narrator of the forth book erred in the other direction (in a book with so many characters character vocal differences can be a good thing). Somewhere in between would be nicer. This was much more of a saga than an epic, more good writing than literature, more a series then a story. I will not be listening to any more unless I hear that they finally and successfully resolve. The first book was the best of the four, with the next two being nearly as good, the fourth was much weaker.
These books are fantastic and this is probably my favorite one out of the four that have been written. I've listened to these audiobooks four or five times now while at work. They're definitely worth the money! =)
First off, let me say that I've listened to the first two books on audiobook as well and so far they have been tremendous.
However, during the first Daenerys portion in part 5 of 'Storm of Swords' I noticed that the accent that Dotrice typically used for the Dothraki, Unsolid (and others of that basic geographical region) was gone. Dotrice instead substitutes with a british accent similar to one he might use for various characters of Westeros.
This is a little disappointing as I've been a big fan of the narration thus far. Dotrice has a lot of talent for making characters and groups of characters distinguishable by ear; so hopefully this was just temporary slip-up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
I really enjoyed this story but I wondered why so much cruelty was inflicted upon the good characters or heroes? I believe there will be no happy endings here when the author gets done with it! But overall I'd like to see this made into a movie.
If you have read the other two books then expect more of the same. He is one of the best writers in the fantasy genre, and this series rivals Tolkien in that it is so different and thus cannot be compared. Be warned that this was the most painful of the books for me so far.
This is yet another masterpiece from GRRM. It’s very well written with lots of interesting characters. Unlike many other authors GRRM succeeds at keeping his hosts of characters unique and believable. The plots are both intricate and unpredictable with twists and turns in every corner. Prepare to laugh, weep, morn, and shudder all at the same time. I haven't read all the fantasy books out there, so I can't say it's the best ever written... but "A Song of Ice and Fire" is by far the best series I've come upon so far.
Every book in this series just keeps getting better, something that doesn't always happen with an epic fantasy series (the Wheel of Time series comes to mind). The narrator is great as well: He manages to embue each character with an easily identifiable and understandable voice, none of which grate on the nerves or become a distraction.
I would likke it to go faster, but I must admit it is as juice a story as you'll ever hear.
Martin writes characters so realistically it was a chore to come back to the real world from Westeros. The talent in making some of those characters we've previously seen as bad guys as sympathetic characters awes me. As in life, nothing is so easily defined as black and white...and there are various shades of gray.
As a reader, Ray Dotrice does an excellent job of embodying the characters and I've thouroughly enjoyed his performance.
Mr. Martin has me firmly under his spell and I'll be reading and rereading these volumes for years to come. I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the series.