How a professional writer can develope characters and themes that captivate a reader and then end a story without completing those characters or themes is beyond me. While Martin is exceptional in setting plots and building excitement and anticipation, the climax of the much awaited Book 5 is much like the puff of a soggy, rain soaked Dragon...
If I had this in hard copy, I would flip to the back, found out how it ended and be done with it.
This book seems to be written in a hurry with no idea where the characters are going to end up. Shades of other fantasy writers who meander along with no purpose in mind.
Perhaps because I am listening, the repetitions of the descriptions are tiresome. Quit describing and get a move on!
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the 5 books of the "A Song of Fire and Ice", aka "The Game of Thrones" for us HBO buffs. The charcter and plot development is enormously richer than could ever be unfolded in a teleplay. The only issue I have I is keeping up with the enormous cast of characters and the switch in plot lines through the performance of Roy Dotrice. This had to be an enormous undertaking for Mr. Dotrice and, as an American, his English accent is, on some rare occasion difficult to understand at times. I wish I had the ability to give the narrator 4.5 stars as one star is for pure effort in changing his voice from one character to another so quickly. But this is the only reason I gave this performance a 4 out of 5 for performance. If I had the gift of voice-overs, which people like Roy Dotrice and my favorite, Will Patton, I would pass on this monumental task to bring this rich tapestry to the ear of the listener. My only concern now is, will there be a Book 6?
I'm a reader with cataracts who could not have gotten through a print version.
Because I have not read any of the earlier volumes, and have only been exposed to the episodes produced by HBO, this book opened my conciousness to the descriptive powers of George R. R. Martin. The phrasing and narrative details are sometimes exquisite, but at other times, very true to a clearly outlined formula.
The reader does a good job of making the text come alive with accent, emphasis, and "voices." I would not have finished the long narrative, or would have fallen asleep several times in the process if it had not been embellished by the narrator.
A worthwhile listen. I'm probably going to get all of the works in this series, but then, I'm a fan of Stephanie Plum too.
George RR Martin has written a fantastic story. Complex characters, intricate plot, excitement, suspense, fun. Superlative! And the books maintain the same quality as the story goes along. Thank goodness Martin wrote such an awesome series , because Roy Dotrice does such an awful job with the narration in this 5th book (as well as the 4th) in the series, that it is only the plot line that keeps me going. I, like many other reviewers, wonder HOW Dotrice could have done such a great job with the first 3 books and mangle the 4th and 5th SO badly?!?! As many noted in Book 4, Aria sounds like an old crone. I didn't like that but it didn't grate on my nerves nearly as much as Daenerys in Book 5. She sounds like a little old (male) leprechaun. Beautiful, sensual, strong, sexy Daenerys! It is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. All the characters sound male; all sound like uneducated oafs, many (even big, strong knights) sound like squeaky little wimps.
I have a sincere plea for Mr. Martin: You have two more books coming out in this series. PLEASE FIND A BETTER NARRATOR FOR THEM! I'm not sure I can stand to listen to the Mother of Dragons in her squeaky little Irish brogue much longer!
Being a huge fan to the series I was looking forward to this book. I have read/listened to all books and this is probably the 3rd best of the 5. The first book is #1, the third #2 and this the 3rd.
There are so many. There is always a twist that is going to happen. Just when you think something is going to go one way, it makes a 90* turn.
Its hard to pick one. I enjoy all the story lines. I especially love that Sersai gets what is coming to her, and I hope more comes to her!
Oh John Snow. "you know nothing John Snow" is so not true!
Great book, amazing series and the Actor that reads is absolutely amazing! This still leaves you wanting more! I have to know what happens and I really would love some closure on many of the story lines. I hope to get 6 soon, please continue writing George!!!
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
Best so far, but they are all really great!!!...
The most memorable and almost emotional for me is when the wildlings were coming out of the forest to enter through The Wall and the warriors were each pledging their loyalty and the service of their weapons to Lord Commander Jon Snow.
Only the Song of Ice and Fire series. he was excellent from the first one and I think he gets better with every one.
Yes, I wish I could but it is 49 hours long, I would have to camp out for a week...lol
Pleeeeze hurry up with the next book!!!!!!.....
Say something about yourself!
...I suffered through 4 books of descriptive feasts for this! Are you fucking kidding me!!! I don't dislike this series or this book per se but give me a break. This series ends, I mean just ends and it's horseshit! I demand a resolution, I demand that Daenerys take over the world. Hell, I demand to know what happens to her on the Dothraki sea. Ugh! This book infuriates me as an ending. I feel like there should be at least 1 more book. What a crap ending to a long, arduous series. I did not read 5 books that were 3 + inches thick for this!
WRITE AN APPROPRIATE ENDING!
Meh, it was fair to midland at best.
Absolutely. This is a gem of a series
Not up to par with the others. This book lacks direction.
He changes voices of main characters from past books
The weakest link of a fantastic book series. This feels like a transitional book.
Good book overall. I found it better than its predecessor. A little slow in several areas, but not too bad. Several twists and turns that are unexpected.
Annoying that pronunciation of some names changed after the first three, creating a minor distraction. This book is too deep in for that.