This must be what happens when you pay a writer by the word. His other books were good. A Dance with Dragons is filler.
This book, or compendium of 6 eight-hour parts (!), ranks very highly among the books I've listened to, for excellent performance by the narrator, ease of navigating and listening, and of course, the great storyline anyone checking out Book 5 of a series expects. I read the first four books, and decided I could only continue the epic by audiobook on the commute to work. While I still prefer a comfy pillow for my fantasy novel reading, this version was done well enough to be worthwhile, managing not to ruin many of the well-formed characters I'd developed in my own mind after spending so many hundreds of pages with these books!
I just can't offer a spoiler--the story is too much fun.
Tyrion, of course. Just perfect. Mr. Dotrice nailed most of the characters...he does, however, struggle with female voices--many are simply reduced to a plaintive whine or nagging, which detracts considerably from some key strong female characters.
This story is definitely not for minors. Scattered throughout the book are extreme torture scenes that are quite difficult to listen to.
I just started listening and am sure that Daenerys voice has changed. It sounds more like old Nan. It is distracting and wrong for the character.
Bring back John Lee. Dotrice's sophmoric adlib voices are like finger nails on a chalk board. I just spent $35 on a book I'm not sure I can finish.
Yes and no. The book is great but it's almost impossible to get past Dotrice's reading
Never let Roy Dotrice read another book!. Bring back John Lee.
it was well read
it hasn't really
at the begging it was interesting then it got a bit fragmented
yes i found the end very disappointing as the character just says
The story drags quite a bit and the narrator is not as good. Most of the people sound like old smokers and many sound alike. I have mostly lost interest. It is not bad but each book has lost a little more. It may be that the first book was so good, it sets the expectations for the others that it just doesn't meet.
I would not try another book by George R.R. Martin, because he is not a novelist; he is an episodic screen writer. He gives life to characters, makes them love, lust, and scream then kills them off like one would expect from any daytime soap. You don't have to watch every episode to know what's going on either, just like the soaps, because all the characters will drone on and on reviewing everything we already know.
I would listen to Roy Dotrice read Chilton's Manuals. I would listen to Roy Dotrice read Hazardous Materials Data Safety Sheets. I would listen to Roy Dotrice read a math textbook, because he is a living theater company. The man is full of voices and lives and all of them are compelling.
Dance with Dragons has done what Feast for Crows did for the Song of Ice and Fire series: killed it, though since it was already dead, I suppose this would be necrophilia.
With all of the momentum Martin established in the first three novels, I was so excited for the next books, I felt like a boulder was running me down and the only way I could escape it was to read the rest of the series. Sadly, Martin slew the narrative and replaced it with boring dialogue, great sex, and a plot only imaginable by the most depraved of soap opera writers. I'd rather watch a sexy soap opera than read one, so I'm like,
Everything except when you learn that Brant is working for one side, and John the other. Everything else, I'm not exaggerating, literally everything else could be cut out. It's become such a massive waste of time now, don't bother reading it. Listen while you're doing something else, or watch the blood and boobies on HBO, which sounds best of all.
I'm siding with Salman Rushdie on this one, and calling it trash. Fun trash, like a scantly clad vixen in a trailer court, but trash none the less.
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Moved the story forward. The characters just go around in circles
Not if the book has a strong female lead. He butchered the female characters in this book
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
Roy Dotrice is the best. I wish i could have him for every book i listen too.
I wasn't happy with the way some of the story lines were left...but i realize that there are two more books yet to come. so the wait will be painful...yet exciting as i imagine where the story will go. just hope its not a four year wait.
no, George RR is an idiot
he did much more with the story than was possible
George RR is an idiot