So by the time you get to the end of this book you get the sense that Martin is just milking this thing now. Almost everyone has been killed off, and a slew of new uninteresting characters introduced. We have barely gotten to winter and its just a lot of formulaic repetitive stuff. I was struggling to listen to this all the way through to the end. I imagine there will be ten more books like this meandering their way to some sort of random conclusion that ends with Martin selling extra books.
I really liked the story to begin with but the level of milking is just beyond belief here.
Secondly, I found it very jarring that the accents used by different characters changed at some point, probably around the third book. I think the narrator is very good, I only subtracted points because of this change -- it was especially jarring with Aria.
Anyway, from this point on, I have enough interest in the story to read summaries in the future, but I'm done with actually listening to it.
This is a great book, I like all the series, and I'm eager to read the next two books (that are not written yet up to now).
It has some small problems in the narration, at least compared to the first books in the series.
Some characters changed their voices.
And one big problem in my opinion is that audible chapters does not have a book chapter size, so you cannot know how long will it take to complete the chapter you are listening.
But besides that, the book is simply great, and Roy Dotrice is doing a great work in the readings, the 4 stars is only because his performance was better in the first books.
This is going to be another one of those "Can't believe he changed [characters's] voice/accent again.
It's incredibly jarring to have listened to a character voiced a certain way for 4 books, to have their voice changed for what appears to be no good reason.
The accents in this series have been all over the place. First there was Tyrion and Jaime's flip to a Welsh accent, and Tywin's switch from a Welsh accent. Arya changed into an leprechaun at the the beginning of book four, and now Daenerys...
Why!? Why would he take a voice/accent he's used for salt wives and toothless crones and use it for the Mother of Dragons? It makes NO sense.
It bums me out in a major way that I'm so committed to the series. For now I'll have to grit my teeth and bear it when I hear Daenerys voiced, until my brain adjusts, yet again, to yet another voice change.
The book is good, though Martin focuses on characters I don't care about. The problem is that Roy Dotrice doesn't remember what voices go with what characters, not just from past books but even from earlier chapters. The editing is also not great, with long pauses at odd times because they had stopped recording that day and you can easily tell when a word was added in. It just seems like a popular book produced by a experienced company wouldn't be this amateurish with this recording.
I would like to find out what happens to the main characters of the series but if it continues to drag the way it does maybe I will only read the summaries in wikipedia; Roy Dotrice has not been to my liking since the first book, but I found the story interesting so I kept going, but his last deliver it's the worst of the four books I have listened to, I decided to skip book 4 due to the reviews of other members and glad I did, because I agree with their opinion for this book.
I wish the story would move, so much description of dressses or food but no action.
The women's voices are horrible, specially Deanerys sounds like a low born old woman nothing to do with "the most beautiful" queen in the whole world.
This book did need a lot of editing or maybe an abridge version would be much better avoiding needless descriptions or taking so much time introducing a new minor character instead of giving more time to the main characters, I want more of Jamie, Arya, only Jon and Tyrion get somewhere and Daenerys was such a smash in the previous books and now just sits and makes terrible decisions, a bit disappointing.
After investing all of the time in the previous four books, I couldn't force myself to finish this one. Enough already. The story drags on and on and on. The stories become so fractured that by time the thread of a character is picked back up, the reader has forgotten what their circumstance was when last we left them. I have deja vu of watching LOST- I still don't know what happened or what it all meant in the end.
Sad, sad, sad.
Roy Dotrice is very good with different character voices.
Any of the other 4 books of A Song of Ice and Fire. It's just an excellent story, well written.Great characters.
My 2 favorite characters are Tyrion and Arya.
Yes, but it's too long for one sitting. It's hard to put down.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book 5. I can't wait for book 6 to come out. I give 5 stars to books 1, 2, 3 and 5. 4 stars for book 4.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
I hate to give this review but I had to turn off the book after listening for over 5 hours. I read the first 4 books but was going to try to listen to this book because of the ease in which I have listened to other epic fantasy books commuting over an hour back and forth from work. I could keep up with the story plot and all the background "noise" keep getting in the way with the main storyline. I believe and hope I will be able to write a better review later when I read the book. I don't want to discourage anyone from listening to this story but just be aware you need to be able to focus on just listening to the story and not do tasks as you listen.
The story is interesting as it goes back in time from the ending of Book 4 and explains in greater detail what actually happened. The momentum isn't as great as Book 4 but overall a good long read.
I would cast someone who can keep their voices consistent. In book 4 and especially in book 5 not only did Roy change his voices on main characters, but also changed the pronunciation of their names or words in the books. As someone who has listened to all the books in his voice it's quite distracting and noticeable.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
Yes as part of the overall series this is a must listen book if only to keep up with the various plots, intrigues and travels of main characters.
At times i wanted to keep listening to see if something would develop but toward the end of the book i found myself wondering if anything substantial was going to happen in this book or whether i would find myself waiting for the next book in the series. Unfortunately, the latter was the case and despite the fascinating and immersive world the author has created i felt as though this book was largely filler in the overall series.
I now find myself waiting for the next book and hoping that there is more development in it than in this book... fingers crossed.