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
I'm a geek with people skills. Strange, I know, but true!
After watching the HBO production of A Game of Thrones, I bought and have listened to all the available books in the series. This one is my least favorite of the bunch. Although I love many of the characters (and hate many of the villains), this book is a classic case of overwriting and poor editing.
Circe's descent into paranoia and misuse of power is predictable and adds little to the progression of the story overall. We knew it was coming - it was obvious within the first half of the first book. We don't need to have every last tiny, insignificant detail of her incompetence and lust for power explored. The net result is both tiresome and pedantic. (Reminds me of the fight scenes in the second and third Matrix movies.... ) Circe's eventual arrest for treason and humiliating walk through the city should have taken place within the first third of the book, not in the latter part. After reading through page after page of her self-obsessed and short-sighted megalomania, her fall was a blessed relief.
Similarly, the struggles of Daenerys in Meereen is so fraught with endless details and arguments as to be mind-numbing. I don't *need* to read every debate and argument in the Meerenese court to know that Daenerys is never going to fit in there. It isn't until the last chapter that Daenerys' story line gets interesting again, restoring her to an active relationship with her dragons. Then it all ends in yet another cliff-hanger. The overall result is less than satisfying.
Based on Martin's history, I think it's a fair bet that we're looking at several years before the next volume in the series is released. I only pray that the old gods and the new will make sure that he gets someone to edit this next book effectively.
I am hooked on the characters in the story and enjoy learning more about them. The pace of the book does drag at times.
Yes - I want to see this series to the end.
Not at all. In the first few books, Roy Dotrice was magnificent! In this book, many of his characters sound the same and his females now sound like old crones. The first books you were able to recognize the many different characters by Dotrice's voice, but not now. It could be that he was much younger when he read the first books and has lost his magical touch as he aged.
Probably not. I have yet to see a movie that is as good as the book. I'm especially annoyed when the movie does not follow the book!
The first three books in this series hooked me. The last two books are not as good. Could be partly due to Dotrice's sub-par performance. He spoiled the listeners with his unbelieveable readings early in the series!