It seems to get less and less interesting and to "formula" as the series goes on. There seems to be more and more "fluff" instead of story moving/supporting stuff. Could have been about 1/2 the length. Kind of like Cujal in that respect.
Best: I liked the scenes at the Wall, they seemed to be moving the story forward. Least: Martin opens several more threads without ending any of the existing ones. The story seems to be spinning out of control. Maybe he has a way to bring everything together but after the first 5 books the story seems to be just a random scattering, with no end in sight.
I was disappointed in several of the threads that Martin leaves hanging. It seemed to me that book 4 and 5 simply moved the story around in circles without moving it forward.
Mr. Dotrice provides each character with unique voice and character. Aside from the oft stated strange choice for Dani the other voices give the characters much more depth. He uses similar accents for family members which helps to link all the story members together across different parts of the book.
Yes, it has too many unfinished story threads.
Books 4 and 5 have been the least enjoyable of the series so far.
No, I would think they would be the same.
My favorite character is Tyrion because of his wit! I also like Summer and Ghost.
Accent, pronunciation of words, his female voice (esp for Daneries) and his voice for the elderly, it was the same as his female voice, was quite comical really.
Even though some of the reading was flawed, difficult to understand and comical I am glad it was available because I didn't want to read anymore!
The surprises to the game of thrones story.
Arya is my favorite character because of her progression as a character, from a child to a killer.
Roy Doltrice is a strong narrator, but the voices are too similar. Danares sounds like a Lannister...Celsie, Jamie and Tierion all sound the same too.
Are you kidding sure I would, I felt as though I needed to listen to this book every free second. I do say as a warning that if you are expecting huge wars and everything to come together in epic conclusion, this is not your book. This book goes into great detail to set up the next book. I will say don't forget that you should never fall in love with a person in these books because you will eventually see them killed.
I really liked the Jon and Tyrion chapters
I sure hope the next book give more Arya chapters than this one did. I could also do without some of the other characters that have been added as filler people.
I literally savour each moment of all of these books. I will be rereading from the beginning while Mr Martin completes the next installment. So glad to have Mr. Dotrice back reading with his great characterizations. This is the fastest I have ever gone through a series. I will clean my kitchen just so I have an excuse to have in my headset!
The whole book is fabulous. I can't mention anything here without infuriating true fans.
Roy Dotrice is the voice of this series, he takes you awato...the Wall and King's landing and Winterfell. Godspeed to Mr. Martin on the next, so we can get more material in this man's hands!
I laughed, I cheered out loud...give me more!
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
I enjoyed both but with so much detail i would suggest reading print first then listening to audio after.
The Reek story line was incredible. Martins pseudo redemption of such a hated character was well crafted and as always perfectly walked the line of grey to show all spectrums of the human animal.
I listened to all of Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks and Dotrice did a masterful job in all of them. I feel his ability to bring characters to life and the inflection he uses really adds another dimension to the text.
Ummm Winter is coming...they did that :)
These books are the type that give the reader something new with every time through. I feel like this lends well to the audio book format.
I am completely enthralled by the characters and story of "A Song of Ice and Fire", but in "A Dance with Dragons", I have a hard time with the narrative by Roy Dotrice. Specifically, his interpretation of Danyrous and Asha and the younger characters. They sounds like old hags, and not at all like a young girl queen or river rebel, and especially not like they appear in the TV series.I find that generally the young characters in the book sound too old, or ill. I enjoy more Mr. Dotrice's interpretations of the more mature characters, but this is a story about young people, and he cannot present them adequately.
The method used by the author to split the character's stories into 2 separate novels is difficult to follow. I hope the author will return to a more traditional format for the next 2 books.
Mr Dotrice should consider the projects he undertakes and his ability to portray the characters. A dance with Dragons is a less than memorable read because of the narrative.
I have read printed versions of the first 4 books of the series, and if Mr. Dotrice is the narrator, I will return to the printed versions for the last 2.
This book was a little slow to start and this book and book 4 overlap in many places. But definitely true to the Song of Ice and Fire. It leaves many open questions making it hard to wait for the next book.
Definitely better than book 4.
This series overall is the BEST i have ever read.
Aria. You gotta wonder her is character is going and who she is going to become and what repayment she is going to give to the Lanisters.
Would have been nice if Roy Doctrice had relistened to his characters voices and enunciations of their names.
Many characters had different voices from previous books.
He pronounes BREANNE before and now it sounded like BRIAN.
The Red woman sounds completely different than before.
Overall it was good reading though.