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.
amazing book and amazing reading by Roy Dotrice.
stannis and jon snow
only listened to him doing game of thrones but they are all good.
amazing book series read them all.
This book is not only a great story but also a great peice where the words seem to flow and the way in which the descriptions and battles going you can really feel as if you where really there. A peice of Art.
Yes, I would listen again. In fact, I'm sure I will. While I wait for George to complete Book 6, I will listen to the entire series again in anticipation.
Tyrion Lanaster is an imp, in more ways than one. His sense of irony, along with his acerbic sense of humor speaks to me of all those who are considered "different", but who are fortunate enough to accept it.
Too many to mention.
Always-made me laugh and made me mad. George's idea of shaking things up by killing off favored characters is enough to make anyone mad, even Lord Eddard Stark.
George, keep them coming. Your imagination is incredible and your story telling is fantastic - a truly winning combination.
There are way too many characters in this book and simply boring! Roy's narration says it all! He's tired of it too! The series was great but come-on end already! Please-before you start-get a different audio.