If you are addicted to the series, you might as well trudge through this one too.
Poor. George seems to have run out of ideas for his characters in this book It's a bit difficult to say what the problem is without spoilers for those who have not listened/read this book yet.
Roy Dotrice is a good narrator. He continues with his solid performance in this book. I think he was a good choice of narrator for this series.
Yeah, maybe not so much. The previous book leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next to the characters, but all the story lines just fizzle out in this book.
George RR Martin displayed amazing creativity with this series, but I think he got a little over ambitious with the length of this series.
The span of time is greatly visualized and the connection with the previous book is easily followed and managed.
Jon Snow although Tyrion and Jaime are very close behind.
He is wonderful at not only reading the text but also adding his own subtle touches which invigorate the story with smooth bits of personality.
I listened to all these books in a row, the second and third moved a little bit slowly, but were worth it from all the character development that took up most of the books.
I have to warn the reader just getting started that you shouldn't get too attached to your favorite characters because you never know when they are going to get killed off in some dramatic unexpected fashion, but I guess there can be only one winner of the game of thrones in the end.
I'm glad I made it through, though now I'm just hanging on waiting for the next book to come out.
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Damn!!! That's all I have to say!!! I don't know if I can wait two more years for the 6th book,I've read the book ones and now listened on Audible and I wished it didn't end. As you know a main character will get clipped at the end and again I find myself inaugh. John Snow poor John Snow next to his dad the great Eddard Stark is my favorite. At the end of 47 hours your like is he dead did that really just happen? Is this really the second time The Black kill their Lord Commander? If so their is no honor in the words and John needs to lead the north with King Stannis. What happend to Daenerys is she ready to win the west? Will she find the other two dragons? Then you have Lord Varys he just one upped Lord Petyr Baelish and that's hard to do in The Game Of Thrones!! And finally Queen Cersie gets what is coming to her and I don't know if it will be enough to keep her down!!! Because she is one mean Queen...
Don't give up its a great series and it only will get better and if you can't wait till the next book like me!!!!! Read one of the books again you will like it better the second time and you will learn something you missed!! This is the series that got me reading books and now I have over 170 books in my library!!!! Blammo
The narrator is wonderful. The characters are rich. I think I might be getting tired of the piling on of new characters. Because the ending is not really the end, I will most likely listen to the next one. I still really like the books but might be getting a little burnt out. By the way, the HBO show is nothing like the books and as usual, the books are better.
Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job reading this book and all of the books in the GOT series. He has various voices for each of the characters and is consistent throught. The change in voices makes it really easy to help keep all of the characters straight especially since Martin's writting has the reader bouncing around from storyline to storyline.
Highly recommend this and the whole series.
I am new to audio books, however I am enjoying the experience. Due to a learning disability I have not read much. Now I just want more.
I rank this book very high.
I love the entire story from book one to the last. The story is very epic.
After listening from book one Roy Dotrice has definitely made each character come to life.
Having read all the prior books I was always going to read this one. If you are new to the series begin at the beginning or you will be hopelessly lost.
The story is dragging along with an arc that will take at least two to three more thousand page plus books to resolve so I wasn't expecting it to move quickly. That said, A Dance with Dragons has more action and more of the characters you care about than the preceding book, A Feast for Crows. A Dance covers all of the ground of A Feast and then moves the story forward a bit.
The narration by Roy Dotrice is not up to the vastness of the characters in this epic series. He can do old men's voices quite well as well as the narration itself. But when it comes to the dialogue he simply can't handle it. Young people, women, even young adults and middle-aged men and women all sound like grandparents affecting an accent. With such an epic tale there should have been a female narrator to help with the female characters as well as a younger voice to add to the story. Several of the main characters are supposed to be sixteen or seventeen, or even ten or twelve years old. You simply can not have an older man doing justice to those voices.
Maybe it was just me, but my copy of the audible book was divided into "chapters" that had nothing to do with the chapters in the ebook that I had purchased separately. And even then, when I would go to a particular "chapter" it would begin somewhere in the middle of it, not at the beginning. Going back and forth between the audible book and the ebook was a royal pain since I had to hunt through the narration until I randomly found where I needed to be. Also, the chapters in the book are numbered in the table of contents only, without the name of the character listed who the chapter is about, and the audible book chapters do not have the name of the character listed either and the numbering systems don't match. Just terrible.
Listening to the audible book is a great way to get through such a long book more quickly and for that I recommend it. But know that it will cause you pain doing so.
I'll think hard before taking a chance on book 6.
Roy Dotrice, who has been great at providing various voices for the volumes 1-5, has forgotten many of his character's voices from the past books. Sometimes within the same book. His women all begin to sound like crones with cotton stuffed in their mouths.
I understand its not easy to keep a story's momentum over the course of 6 books, but this one has meandered and gone off on tangents that have little appeal.