This was my favorite book of the series. So much happens with the characters, and there are so many satisfying moments, as well as unexpected twists that will completely blind-side you.
One of the best parts for me was witnessing the development of some of my favorite characters - Arya, Tyrion, Daenerys - but also coming to like/understand ones I had previously despised (i.e. Jamie).
Anyone who has seen season 3 of the show, you know to brace yourself for the Red Wedding. And even though I knew that moment was coming in the book, it still left me with my jaw on the floor as I was listening to it. It's just completely unexpected and tragic and brutal. Joffrey's wedding, however, takes the cake for most satisfying scene of the series so far. And the epilogue, featuring the return of a certain character I never thought we'd see again, got me SO excited for the next book.
No, but only because the narrator was quite dull.
The narrator was somewhat disappointing. He did a decent job most of the time, but he only had a certain repertoire of accents and voices and those were quickly exhausted. Before long, he was reusing voices he'd done before, or mixing up others, so that it was often difficult to tell who was speaking. Also, the voices he chose for certain characters were really bad sometimes. Tyrion sounded like a leprechaun, which I found a little offensive, considering the fact that he's a dwarf. The voice he does for Missendei is almost unintelligible. It sounds like she has a severe speech impediment. Also, he completely mispronounced several of the names - Brienne was "Bry-een", and Petyr was "Puh-tire". It was really very annoying.
For all the 'great books' that have been written, for all the stuffy tomes that everyone lies about having read, for every recommendation by Harold Bloom, there are a lot more genre works floating around the bookstore. Oh, sure, we know what we should be reading, what we're told since grade school are the 'proper' books for 'proper' little minds, but how many people read those books? How many people really care to read those thick, dense, intellectual, impenetrable, novels by dead white men?
Books like Martin's, however, are fun and exciting and full of twists and deaths, and everyone is reading them and so it's also fun to keep up with your friends so you can keep up at parties when people talk about Game of Thrones.
Yet is this distinction fair? Can Martin's book(s) never be considered a great book? What makes a great book? Some college professor might say a great book is one that opens your eyes to the vast human experience in such a way as you have never experienced it before, or has plumbed the depths of human psychology so deftly, and so realistically that it nearly transcends art itself.
But who is to speak up for a well told story? What about Homer, for example? Oh, for sure, we all think of the Iliad and the Odyssey as great works of high art, but when they were fresh and new and poets were shouting those stories over the sound of crashing wine dark Aegean waves along a white rocky Athenian coast on hot, summer festival days, they were just grand stories that entertained the crowds. They were, gasp, popular!
And what 'great art' is ever popular? How hard are Don DeLillo book signing tickets to come by? Ever scalped your season pass to the Kafka museum to the highest bidder so that you might afford a once in a lifetimes 'Night With Richard Ford'?
Of course, it's unfair (and also plain wrong) to claim that because something is popular it is somehow a metric of quality or because something is obscure and has the word 'aesthetics' in the title it is somehow automatically good.
Yet I don't think it's so simple either.
Why can't something that is good also find a wide audience? I sometimes wonder if artists too often stick their heads up their own asses in an effort to shun popular society. There does seem to be a disdain for 'the unwashed masses' by the hipster set who only qualify the unknown with a seal of approval. In fact, Martin's book here gets upturned noses from the 'arty' crowd because they're 'just silly kids books'.
But are they?
How many other serious novelists are exploring the world we really live in, a world that actually is a little dangerous and full of manipulative people who are quick to take advantage of another person's weakness? I mean, look at politics (any era in history), it's full of the very people Martin is writing about and he's practically giving us a field-guide to understanding and observing your everyday nefarious evil-doers.
Martin is, at the heart of it all, writing about the sad reality of the world we live in where most of us have very little influence on the world around us, are at the mercy of powers much greater than us, where a lot of our lives are filled with mind-numbing sameness and struggle and sacrifice and when we think about it realize that there's not much we'll ever be able to do about any of it.
Yeah, that sounds pretty depressing, but it's just reality. We do the best we can with what we have, we find our happiness where we can because life is tough and we don't want to be bothered with a bunch of highbrow ass-talking nonsense; we just want to come home from work everyday, kiss someone we love, and relax for awhile and hope someone can tell us a great story about people just like ourselves but who also have the advantage of a few dragons, a needle, a hound, a wit, and a few fantasies we don't so that we can live a little vicariously through a more interesting person's life.
We also need to be careful and recognize that art that is the product of its time might one day be considered great art in a later time; not in the snooty sense of (textbook definition) great art, but in the Shakespeare, Homer sort of way - art that speaks to the people because it doesn't lie to them while also entertaining them too.
A great artist can speak to the truth and speak to the people at the same time. More artists, both serious and pop should take note.
Anyway, the book bloody rocks.
Not written it
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I stumbled on Games of Thrones by happy accident. Prior to the HBO series I found George RR Martin while looking for a great storyteller with good long books. Others have told me that they do not enjoy his books because of the large number of characters. I think that the audiobooks resolve this issue for me. It is easier to identify with the large number of characters by listening to Roy Dotrice read.
Roy Dotrice does a great job delivering the different characters through out the book. I found myself always looking forward to my commute so that I could listen.
Daenerys Targaryen, does this choice really need explaining? A powerful female with heart who is not afraid to take on the world, and doing a good job at it.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
This was an excellently crafted book that saw the culmination of several story lines while leaving plenty of room for further stories. the various twists and turns of the tales presented continued intrigue and interest that kept me hooked.
I loved the various shocks that this story offered and the role that they each played in the overall story.
Once again Roy did a fantastic job presenting the characters with a range of accents and inflections that made each distinctive.
One scene in particular was particularly shocking and only served to keep me coming back to the story to see how the various characters were going to react/respond to those events.
It is amazing how Martin develops characters. All of the principal characters are so complex, even the ones you are inclined to dislike also invoke pity for the circumstances that probably made them that way. The different perspectives of the characters to common events in the book is not unlike the different perspectives that FOX News and CNN tend to have on the same events. The story is outstanding and completely unpredictable, just when you think you see where the story is going it takes a hard turn in the other direction. Roy Dotrice's performance is amazing. To be his age and to be able to maintain that many different characters is unparalleled in my opinion. The final third of the book is a complete thrill ride. Would highly recommend this book.
Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.
I can't answer that since I have not read the print series. But I would be surprised if the printed version was any better than this superb audio edition. Dotrice does a masterful job of presenting the various characters.
A Clash of Kings. Same author, many of the same characters. A continuation of a saga.
Without giving anything away for future readers, I would say it was the Red Wedding scene.
No way. Much too long for that. But I enjoyed it over a period of days.
zombie wrangler 99
A Storm Of Swords is a sojourn into George R.R.Martin's rich world of dragons, kings, old gods and new, warring noble lords, and cunning court intrigue. Revisiting this wonderful story will be a great pleasure indeed!
There is no easy choice when choosing a favorite character in any of Martin's books, but in this installment of A Song of Ice and Fire I would say that Jon Snow illustrates the true depth of the human condition. Torn by loyalty, duty, honor, and his own wishes Jon Snow does what is required of him for the good of The Night's Watch, what his father would have asked of him, and in the long run, what will prove his quality.
Hodor! Roy Dotrice brings a truly inspired performance with genuine attention and skill. His grasp of his craft is a joy to hear!
Darkness rises, for the night is full of terrors!,,
Buy all of the Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R.Martin, as read by Roy Dortrice, you will not be disappointed !,,,,
Give me plausible sci-fi and I will read you forever.
My first experience with this level of fantasy
Other GOT books. He has mastered the character personalities.
The TV series has already been done, so this q is not applicable
Had a difficult time putting this one down. I was up until the wee hours listening when I should have been sleeping.