Roy dotrice has a wonderful voice for gmms books, and this one is no exception. I listen in the csr, on the bus, walking downtown. he changed some of the voices and the way he pronounced names, but they did it so far apart, it's understandable.
I like the last book, some of our favorite characters return in this novel and the story advances, although it a glacial pace. Some people are killed and the original style which made the series initially interesting returns although in limited fashion. Since you are already so far into the serious chances are you a read this book whether this review is good or bad. So enjoy it!
Big Cajun Man
I might not listen to it again, just for the sheer length of it. I am glad I have listened to it, but 49 hours is a long time to listen.
The changes in the plot line are dizzying at times, and every time you think you have the plot figured out there is a drastic change, which is fun, but confusing at times.
His dramatization is very good, unfortunately whoever is doing continuity is asleep at the stick as voices keep changing from book to book, and sometimes from chapter to chapter.
It is physically impossible to do this, without doing yourself damage.
I really am curious to see the next book, if it ever comes out. Will this story ever "finish"?
Any book from A Song of Ice and Fire is worth the purchase. I bought these books knowing that I would listen to them multiple times. As far as the narrator is concerned, pretty top notch. Obviously no one human being is perfect and his pronunciation of some words drove me nuts, but overall excellent job. I just happen to be a stickler for such things and doubt that most would neither notice nor care. Great work, great book, great production!
I love the stories, but this book and the last have been hard to listen to as the names and the voices have all "altered" after so many hours of the previous books and then a sudden change made same narrator were off putting.
It feels a bit silly reviewing the fifth book in a series so I'll make this simple. At this point you already know what to expect and you're already invested.
It has everything we come to love with the series. A continuation of a really epic and broad scale tale. Richly detailed medieval world to get lost in with plenty of lore. Some of the characters who we missed in the last book are back. Some of the characters have very interesting character growth which is the best part of the book.
It also has all the problems with the series. Lots of POV hopping, this time it feels like there are more minor characters and most are hard to feel attached to or interesting. While the scenes changes tend to stay in the same general area it still takes a while with each chapter to remember who is who and figure out what is happening.
I think this is the weakest of the series books. While it does have the trademark surprise moments it feels very much like it is just setting up the pieces for the next book. At this point the story scope is so big picture it hard to feel invested half the time and feel like a history lesson.
If you read the other four books you're already invested and there are some significant plot points you'll need to know before the next book. Just be prepared for a long and slow story.
Jennifer L. DeVall
Great ending and I can't wait for the next one. I am not sure when the next one is, but I will get it when it does.