The story is interesting as it goes back in time from the ending of Book 4 and explains in greater detail what actually happened. The momentum isn't as great as Book 4 but overall a good long read.
I would cast someone who can keep their voices consistent. In book 4 and especially in book 5 not only did Roy change his voices on main characters, but also changed the pronunciation of their names or words in the books. As someone who has listened to all the books in his voice it's quite distracting and noticeable.
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.
Yes as part of the overall series this is a must listen book if only to keep up with the various plots, intrigues and travels of main characters.
At times i wanted to keep listening to see if something would develop but toward the end of the book i found myself wondering if anything substantial was going to happen in this book or whether i would find myself waiting for the next book in the series. Unfortunately, the latter was the case and despite the fascinating and immersive world the author has created i felt as though this book was largely filler in the overall series.
I now find myself waiting for the next book and hoping that there is more development in it than in this book... fingers crossed.
I might listen to this book again, but most likely not because I didn't like the ending.
I don't have a memorable moment, but the most memorable character for me is John Snow.
I thought the narration was completely off. Names of characters were pronounced differently then in earlier books. There were awkward pauses between chapters and at one point the narrator actually said "break" in between two chapters.
None that I can think of.
I was disappointed with this book. The narration was off and the storyline didn't flow like it had in earlier books. Also, the ending was abrupt and left the reader slightly confused. I felt like the author was just tired of writing so he just ended the book. For me the storyline didn't come full circle.
The pacing becomes sluggish as more and more story lines are generated. While this style provides a wide breadth of understanding for the reader, it also ensures that pages (or hours) will go by with little worth remembering. While this series started off strong and has captured the attention of many, it seems that the weight and complexity of the narrative has throttled its progress. If the author had stuck to only the main story lines (of which there are still many) it would be easier for readers to make more solid progress and not become over burdened trying to remember everything. To that end, I would loved to have listened to the auxiliary story lines in perhaps a collection of (relatively) short stories published separately.
The endless political intrigue and character development are what has kept me listening to this series. Observing as the children come into adulthood and leaders sink to madness while their advisers plot against them is superbly interesting. To add spice to this old recipe though, the author has made it very clear from the beginning that no character is safe from death. This combination of drama and mortality is a potent mix.
Where I take issue with the narrative is how drawn out everything feels. After a while I suspect everyone will betray everyone else, and then they will all die, or not. This all while I am left wondering what happened to that one character I really wanted to know more about.
Tyrian, but who doesn't like him best?
If you have made it this far in the series then Yes, it is worth the listen. If you are new to the series I would normally say start with book one. However, as this series has progressed, I have found it harder and harder to recommend. For the uninitiated I would warn you, this series is merciless, brutal, slow at times, and can feel unending with more than 200 hours of listening to be had (thus far).
I titled my review such because in many ways this book left as if it had continued the dance (story) after the music has stopped. While those already dancing may wish to continue if they believe their partner worth the time, most will not. Is there going to be an encore from the band? Will the pace quicken again and more feel welcome on the dance floor? Time will tell.
Ok, I scanned the other reviews and didn't see anyone mention this so I'm wondering whether it is just my download but there are entire sections of this book that repeat parts of Book 4. Not just a rehash of something the exact same recorded material. Part of chapter 8 in this book were copied from chapter 6 of Book 4.
Did no one else come across this in their download?
1st let's agree that George RR Martin is a brilliant writer. This series is well written and for the most part the story, sub plots and dialog is great. However, this story never wants to end. He keeps repeating the same sequences: Anyone who is honorable and good will be built and and then destroyed. Anyone basically evil he will either create situation to get you to like them or they will slip out of their dirty deeds. Early on is was interesting, but after happening to many times it just gets predictable. I just wanted the story to come to a conclusion. I am skipping chapters now and this will be the last for me.
I'll read the final 2 books of Game of Thrones when GRR Martin releases them. After 5 books you definitely want to see how it all ends.
Kind of a spoiler question so I'll not answer
I loved Roy Dotrice's work on the first books, but the voices and pronunciations change so drastically that it is off putting for most of the book. Roy is a great narrator outside of the character voices in this one.
I am also watching the GOT series on HBO.
It seems like Martin writes himself into corners and then has to back track and create characters to make the story line work. There is a pretty big change in style from books 1-3. I wonder how well the story line will wrap up, if Martin has to rush in writing the final books to stay ahead of the TV series.
Recommended with reservations. If the audiobook is the best way for you to experience the story, go for it. If you have the time to read it, however, you'll enjoy it better.
This is far from Dotrice's best work. Daenerys especially sounded nasal and annoying. Also frustrating was the lack of tonal differentiation between the spoken word and thought. This can lead the listener to think that internal dialog is being spoken and understood by other characters, completely changing the nature of the conversations.
Frankly, Dotrice made it sound as though he was bored, and would rather be elsewhere. He failed to being any life into the story this time around.
The general production quality of the book is wanting. It's frustrating enough that it's not whispersync enabled, but the audiobook chapter markers don't even align with the physical book chapters helping the reader to switch between media. I like to listen in the car, while at home or during lunch breaks I read instead, but trying to align one with the other is tiresome.This is inexcusably sloppy work on the part of the publisher.
It just goes on and on and on without going anywhere. New characters to remember, great old ones pushed to the wayside. I bought this book just to be able to finish the series hoping in vain that all the lose ends from the previous 4 books would get tied up and make sense. I'm not even finished listening to this one and I feel that getting through the final 2 chapters will be a chore.
Didn't anyone bother to edit this?
The story really begins to sprawl. There is so much going on that twenty hours sometimes pass between mention of some of the main characters. Quentin was a particularly frustrating example for me. There was lots of character development and time dedicated to this character and yet... well, you'll see what happens. Developing a character to accomplish this event in the plot strikes me as absurd. Martin would have a tighter, more satisfying story if he had cut out some of this peripheral nonsense.
The narrator Roy Dotrice makes no effort at continuity. He utterly fails to match his voices in this book with those in the previous books. His renderings of Melisandre and Daenerys are abysmal in Book 5. Previously he gave Melisandre a deep, passionate voice. Daenerys sounded distinctive, elegant, and proud. Now they sound like some uneducated prostitutes that Tyrion might gently insult. Stannis once sounded austere and utterly focused; now he sounds like a an unhappy castle guard. And Dotrice continues to pronounce names differently at different times for no apparent reason other than carelessness.
Nevertheless, it's a fantastic story. If you've made it through the first four, you should keep going because the characters and action continue to be great.