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??
If you are a fan of the show do yourself a favor and get these books. They give you the details the show does not have time to put in. It makes the show shine even more as you know the reasoning behind things that were left unclear in the show.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
As this is the third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, I am finally beginning to get a good grasp on all of the characters, plot lines, and locations. It's taken me a while, but I felt much more comfortable with this book than I had with the previous two. Maybe it's because of my new comfort level with the series, but I have to say that I enjoyed this book much more than the previous two. It's a long book--to be sure--but it's definitely worth it.
The narrator, Roy Dotrice, is excellent. I don't know how he keeps all of those characters and their voices straight! His narration and his ability to distinguish all of the characters are two key reasons that I really enjoyed the book and was able to feel more at ease with everything that was going on.
I have a confession to make: The whole reason I am reading this series is because of the HBO television series. Let me clarify that just a bit... I read a review of the television series, and I thought I might like to read the books. I read the first two books in the series ("A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings") before I ever watched the HBO series. Having finished both of those two books, I decided to watch the first two seasons of the HBO series, which aligns with those two books. I loved the HBO series, and I was eager to read the third book before the third season came out. I still haven't watched the third season, but I've finished the third book. Part of the reason that I feel more comfortable with the books now, in my opinion, is that I have a much clearer visual idea of the characters, settings, and plot. While I'm glad that I waited to watch the first two seasons until having read the books, I am now glad that I watched them before reading the third book. I have a much greater appreciation of the books.
So, as for this book... Be warned. There is A LOT of action going on in this book. There are many surprises, twists, and complete shocks. It's very hard to review this book without giving too much away; however, if you've invested in the first two books, you will not be disappointed with the third.
Honestly this was the best fiction audiobook I have listened to. The story was incredible and the narration was perfect.
There are plenty of twists, turns, and "I can't believe that just happened" moments in this book. Masterfully written, this book is the beefy one of the series. I've listened to it twice now and enjoyed both thoroughly. The second time around you catch many of the nuances and minute details that truly make this book so incredible.
No one can narrate this series like Roy Dotrice. It is easy to lose yourself in the book as no characters feel forced and the voices for each are so unique that you know which character is speaking without the book having to reference it. At times it is hard to believe it is a single man doing the narration.
For those that have listened to or read the books, there are a few key events that I had to actually stop listening and take a few breaths! Intense and anxious moments abound here.
I did not really like the way the book was broken up. Chapters ending halfway through the audio "chapter" is a very annoying way to do it. I liked to listen to a chapter or two at night and the way the chapters were broken up made the End of Chapter sleep timer completely useless.
Easily the best book of the series, the best stories, Roy Dotrice is a master. After finishing this book and started on Book 4 i was in a mild depression, because book 4 is such a slog. Book 5 was a minor improvement, and I was again depressed when I ran out of Roy Dotrice to listen to. After nearly 200 hours of Roy I felt like he was an old friend.
I'm so glad I listened to my friends BEGGING me to listen to the audiobooks in my truck (I lack the time to read anymore)..
The Kingkiller Chronicles has a rather decent story line. I enjoyed it immensely.
47 hours goes by WAY faster than you want it to. Book 3 is a masterpiece.
Best ASOIAF book.
I find Roy Dotrice's vocal choices to be distracting rather than enhancing to the story.
I read the book quickly, and wanted to listen to it at work to refresh my memory. Unfortunately, I found the narration so distracting that I never could finish listening.
Wow, that is difficult. I think the character development and the core writing style. Mr. Martin takes the time to think how the character would see the action and within that character's chapters, he writes as them. I am thrilled by how he can make me hate what a character is doing and then show me the motivation. Also his plot twists are perfect. I read a lot and I normally can see a twist long before it happens. In the case of this series I get tugged along and am shocked and amazed by what happens.
I am impressed with how Mr. Martin has obviously researched history to develop a universe that is recognizable to us, but he can introduce fantasy characters and magic into the universe and it doesn't stand out as incongruent. We are nearly done with the fourth book and I'm very excited. We haven't watched the TV show, I think we'll hold off until we are done with the series so we don't get caught up in all the differences or "hollywood's" version of what everyone looks like.