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.
Put simpley this book was extremely good. Kept wondering and can't wait till the next one. A great read and the reader was fantastic
Having finished all three books, George Martin has written an enthralling set of characters into a well-developed world; Surprises around every corner. I can't wait for Audible to offer the fourth book. These are a must listen.
I'm waiting for the next book in order to see if a good guy wins. So far, heros finish last, they die. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat, while frustrating you because only the bad guys win. I'm tired of being frustrated but I will listen to the next book.
The review "O.K." pretty much sums it up. The story dragged horribly. The characters were very interesting but it seems that the are all destined to experience the most tragic of events. This is not a story to read if you like heroes that live.
I really enjoyed the first two books which were exceptionally read. But, I was very disappointed with the ending of this book. I cannot wait for Audible to get the 4th book in this series "A Feast for Crows" because book 3 just leaves you hanging and craving for more. These books are the best I've listened to in the two years I've been a member.
I have been burnt out on fantasy for a few months now. I was tired of the tales of the reluctant farmboy, soon to be hero, fighting all the dark forces of the land. To much fantasy follows the same formula. Martin smashes this formula and has created a unique world and story in his Ice and Fire series.
If your looking for a bright magical world of heros, elves and wizards where the good guy always wins, then this series is not for you. That?s all the cons I can come up with.
For the pros, wow, where to start. First off, the narrator of this series does justice to the prose and story. ?HODAR?. Roy Dotrice does an outstanding job and by far has to be my favorite narrator.
The story is well written, one never knows what to expect from one chapter to the next. In it?s own dark way this series is a breath of fresh air in my world. Martin does a wonderful job painting his dark world and characters. The prose is not at all lite fare and some readers/listeners may find offense to his language and in some of the scenes in this series. For me it help paint his world more clearly,
If your looking for something wonderful and different, albeit dark and ugly, I highly recommend this series.
Along with Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings, possibly the best 117 hours of listening you will ever experience (with an additional ~40 hours still to come).
This series is the most powerfully written fantasy I have ever experienced. The characters seem to live in your mind, they are so richly crafted. I swear you can almost hear the horses and smell the blood!
Too many sub plots, too many characters. It seems like the author is striving more for a high page count than a solid novel. This combined with the change in narrator in book 4 is enough to stop be from continuing with the series.