I love the story and characters, and the richness of the world George R. R. Martin has created. I'm in awe of this man's imagination.
I can't really answer that without spoiling the story.
I've listened to all the Ice and Fire books read by Roy Dotrice, and in this one, his S's seem to be much sharper than his other performances, and once you've noticed it, it becomes hard to ignore. Also, some of his voices have changed. Daenerys sounds like an impression of an old woman, and Melisandre suddenly sounds very tame. There was an evil in his voice before, I wish he'd kept it that way. Despite my nitpicking, the man is a very talented actor and I hope he reads the next two books when they're finished.
The last couple chapters were pretty shocking. Martin knows how to keep you hungry for the next book.
Martin's writing style can be kind of annoying at times. Anytime the raven's in the room with Jon Snow, you will be made painfully aware of it. Also, Martin seems to measure everything in halves. It's always half a heartbeat (which is repeated a lot), half a hundred leagues, half drunk, half tired, half stained, half mad, no one ever fully commits. Again, I'm nitpicking but I love theses books as read by Roy Dotrice, and I'm waiting patiently for the last two.
Writer did not keep focus on original characters. Too many new characters introduced. The story ends without many conclusions. Talk about never ending story... After 49 hrs., who cares?
See above. There are too many scenes with endless prattle. Too little action for a saga of this length.
Reader does not remember pronuciation of main characters of the story.
Earlier books in the series seemed to have something of a direction. Other than a reminder that, "no good deed goes unpunished." This was a very poor final.
I have read all of the prior books so far and this audio book is my least favorite. The pronunciation is of names is different and the story is meandering. I loved the early books, so am disappointed with this effort by both GRRM & RD.
I hope it can be.
No, Martin didn't finish it. He left everything hanging. I realize that's how life is, but there were just too many characters left and nothing was concluded. Really? I spent how long listening to this series and then there is no ending? OMG! What a waste of time.
No, just Martin's.
Therian. Not sure of the spelling.
The end. It really made me mad.
I guess I would have liked to have known that the last book was the way it ended. I wouldn't have bothered with any of them. Now, I probably won't watch the HBO series because there is no conclusion.
I have listened to all of the Game of Thrones books and enjoyed them all. If you have listened to one and enjoyed it you will probably enjoy another. The voices the reader uses for each character does change some from book to book but there are so many characters and then new added characters in each book...how could they not change.
Yes. It's not what you would expect...a most delightful change.
John Snow...Stark's bastard born son. Bold and more like his father than he is given credit for.
Yes...as with the rest of 'The Game of Thrones' saga, it doesn't like to let you go...at least, for me.
I hope you like things to go...differently.
The best thing about the this audiobook is the imagination of the author in creating a unique and adventurous world with some very interesting characters. The problem is that the story is sometimes too big to follow the thread, and unlike Tolkein's world of Middle Earth, it is often difficult to follow who are the heroes and who are the villians. The most disturbing thing about the story is that Martin keeps killing off those people you think you have identified as heros who will be around for the end of the story. The thing I liked least about this audio book is the Narration. The Narrator, was not this bad in the previous books. In this book, he makes young women, espeicially Dany, sound like old men and old men, sound like you women. A story of this scale need a narration that will help you keep track of the charactors, like Jim Dale did In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when he used more than a hundred separately identifiable voices. If the narrator cannot keep track of the minor charactors, he should at least be able to provide suitable identifiable voices for the major charactors that are the same from one book to the next in the series. Another thing that I particularly dislike about the way the audio book is laid out, is that athe chapters on tracks are not consistant with the chapters in the book. If yo go to chapter three on the audio, you will find yourself somewhere in the middle of some unknown chapter. There is no easy way to identify where you left off in the book. this is very difficult because the story is to big to get through in one sitting so you really need some easy way to identify and bookmark where you left off. If I know I was listening to chapter Eleven, I want to be able to click on a place and know exactly where chapter Eleven starts.
I will purchase the next book in the series because I need to know how this series ends but to tell the truth, I hope he will wind it up soon. I get the feeling that Martin has lost control of where he wants this story to go.
I don't know that much about narrators to select one to replace Roy Dotrice but I think this story is big enough that perhaps the publishers might consider using shared duties for the narration. Perhaps a female narrator would help with the range required for the job. My favorite narrator for the fantasty is Jim Dale, who has an amazing range of voices appropriate for the charactors.
I am watching the HBO series, GAME OF THRONES, based on the Song of Fire and Ice.
Martin has a very vivid imagination and the story sometimes becomes a bit too graphically sexual and or violent. I wonder if it may be overkill to the story which is already very long. I don't think it needs as much sex and violence as is portrayed in the books.
I've now read the five books in short succession and maybe that is the problem.
Roy Dotrice as the narrator is doing a bad job in the two new books. Maybe he'd gotten too old in the meantime, but his female voices plainly sound awful and there is generally not much distinction between the voices. (I won't want to talk about continuity anymore...)
That all would've been endurable if the story had captured my attention like the first three books. I just can't detect any development in either the characters and the plot - and the only character I still found interesting and cared about (Jon Snow) is probably dead.
The only emotion left is puzzlement. We read a lot about people wandering across the world and what they are eating and wearing. But what drives them? What is their aim? What do they want? That is no more visable.
The only highlight: the dragons are free! Let them consume all the new irritating characters and get over with the story.
I loved to continue to learn about the characters I have come to love over the course of the first several books.
Yes, although the first two books in this series were the most amazing narrated books I have ever heard. After that, though, he seemed to change the characters' voices up and they weren't consistent at all. I was pretty disappointed, because up until the third book it was downright tremendous.
Yes - there were parts that made me laugh. I haven't cried, but then again I don't do that very often.
It's a great series. I wish my favorite characters wouldn't keep getting killed off, but I'm dying to get to the end to see what happens.
Its slightly behind the other A Song of Fire and Ice books because the story is more a between the last and next book. But a must read!
Love the story but thinks its branching in too many directions. Cant wait for the next book. Bring back the Wolves!
The incomplete movie
Cant wait for the next one