Really really good, however I think George R.R. Martin even killed me in this book. The story is beautiful, the writing is flawless, and the narrator, Roy Dotrice, is amazing in every character he plays.
GRRM may be burning out. The story dragged on to nowhere, I felt. Very little movement in this one, unfortunately. And Roy really let the listeners down with his poor depiction of Dany. And Jon. And Arya. Every Lannister sounded the same: man, woman, imp, it made no matter. Oh well. I'll still read/listen to the next one. Cheers.
If I could change anything, I would have removed many of the ancillary characters and stick with the primary and secondary character POV's.
Absolutely - five books in to a seven book series pretty much dedicates me to finish the series.
Yes - the previous four "Song of Ice & Fire" books were also read by Roy Dotrice and they were all done well.
The series has already been made into a popular series on HBO.
Overall good, but not great. I've never been one to complain about book length; however I felt that "Dance of Dragons" was probably 30% longer than it needed to be. I felt like many of the problems I had with "Feast for Crows" showed up in DoD.
Without going into details and including spoilers, there were too many character perspectives that could have been edited down where it probably would have been better if Martin could have blended FfC and DoD together. In doing so, he could've eliminated many of the ancillary characters and stuck with his primary and secondary character perspectives that have made the series so popular.
The primary character perspectives were done really well and very enjoyable to read. Martin also did a great job allowing for the climax to come near the end of the book rather than the middle or two-thirds of the way through.
Pros: Excellent continuation of the characters that readers have grown to love reading in the "Game of Thrones" series.
Cons: Too many "outside" character perspectives that did not add a whole lot to the overall plot.
Bottom line: at this point there is no turning back in the series.
The first 4 books showed direction, and amidst a mounting complexity, suggestions for the possibility of resolution. The saga basically evaporates, ignoring the plots, character development and crescendo developed in the previous saga. However, it's the reading that makes this book truly horrible.
Dotrices total abandonment of his previous character voices was not only bizarre, but frankly unbearable, rendering nearly all the characters in a pathetic faux Irish brogue, giving them all - man, woman and child - the distinct and unsettling image of Leprechauns from some poorly read children's book series. I have no idea if Mr. Dotrice has lost his marbles or just no longer gives a damn - or worse, has come to hate what he's doing and is taking it out on his audience.
Not unless it promises to bring this saga to an end - rather than leaving it abandoned like some forgotten errand. And certainly not if Dotrice "reads" it.
Well, yes. Having been dragged on through nearly 180 hours of listening, we deserve an ending.
I'm sure there are many others who are, like me, anxiously awaiting the next book. All of us are wondering what horrors and triumph are coming next? And what about Brieanne? Where are the night's watch going now? I've read them all and listened to them all, and yes, I've even watched them all. In the Game of Thrones, you have to stay alert. Only one thing is certain, winter is coming!