Absolutely. I like Martin as an author, but I used to love him as an author. While his craft has kept up with him, his storytelling has slowed to the point that not much happens.
Roy Dotrice is a decent narrator (better than the guy that narrated a Feast for Crows), but some of his performances on this book weren't as good as the job he did on the first three. ESPECIALLY his women.
I've read just about everything that Martin has written. I will read him again. I'm just not crazy about the direction he took this series af of the last book. Everything has just become so mundane...
Better women voices... Roy wasn't bad on the first three books, but his female voices on this one (especially Danerys) leaves much to be desired.
HBO seems to have that one figured out already.
This book was an improvement on the last one. (maybe because I like the characters better in this one) But really, from the point at the beginning of the book until the very last page, what has really changed? Not too much. It's like Martin is taking us into the Mundane duties of every day life in order to get us to the REAL events which will eventually occur.
I feel (very strongly) that this book and the last in the series (Feas for Crows) could have been skipped altogehter and Martin could have brought us up to speed quickly on events that we have not been around for. There is nothing in this book or Crows that needed to be expanded upon the way that it is...
Still, Martin is good at what he does. He is a great writer and is good at putting us in the shoes of his characters. Despite nothing happening, I still was interested through most of the book. That's the sign of a truly great author... Now if Maritn could learn to edit a bit quicker and just get to the darn point :-)
The story line is good - if predictable, characters are interesting
The narrator had too many voices to try and imitate and his renderings were for the most part, especially the female voices - were annoying and grated on the nerves.
Returning narrator Mr. Dotrice brings the characters' voices back to life; but, as with any series that deviates from its normal narrator then returns, the returning actor changes a few of his mannerisms and pronunciations. Otherwise, I would have given the performance five stars.
The plot deepens, and what was old becomes news again. There are more "hills and valleys" in the story, though, as the different arcs all seem to drag by, until something picks up and becomes interesting or exciting.
Even though this is the last book currently on the Audible market, it is not the end of the series. I am not sure how I missed that, but as the book neared its end, I started to realize there was no way all the different plot arcs could be wrapped up.
I enjoyed this book, but was disappointed that it never seems to come to a head. After finishing this book, my thought is, there must be another book coming because I don't know what the heck happened!
This one was even slower than "Feast". But I did appreciate the character development. I hope Martin is setting the series up for a wild finish.
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When I'we reached book five in anything I feel like it is a review in its self.
Theres no need to sell this book. Either your interested ore not. If you are then good for you! Cos I loved it!
First, for the audio portion, Roy Dotrice RUINS Dany's voice in this. I couldn't listen to those parts. As much as I'd like continuity in my audio throughout a series, I would rather have John Lee continue the series than listen to that voice again. I will not download Dotrice's version of AFFC.
While there were stellar moments in this book and I enjoyed it more than AFFC, I can't give it more than 3.5 stars. Martin pulls the same crap he did in the last book by leaving us dangling with cliffhangers. Ending a book like this just ruins the whole experience for me.
You would think that one would feel better about this book reading resolutions to the Brienne, Cercei, and Arya cliffhangers but instead they just annoy me. Those chapters easily could have been included in AFFC and it would have improved the book. I'm guessing there will be similar chapters tying up the cliffhangers in the North in the next book. Why not include those here?
The first 3 books had climaxes to the story arcs and yet fans still craved for the next books. In these last two books, instead of wondering where people are going or what they are doing next, we're wondering if they will live or die. What if he stopped the first book with Joff's words on the steps of Baelor's sept? What if the second book ended with Stannis's fleet sailing into the Blackwater? Or if the third book ended in the middle of the trial by battle?
The story is strong. There is no need for cheap cliffhangers. It is known.
Excellent, leaves you wanting more
I was originally introduced to Roy Dotrice while reading Wheel of Time series and have always compared them in my mind. For me the similarity lies in the ability to create several cultures and subplots that are independent of, yet effected by the others.
He does them all well. Jaqen H'ghar I loved well. I was compelled to look up Roy Dotrice and found that he is talented actor.
There are several books happening within the book. It's like trying to pick a favorite child.
I hope Roy Dotrice doesn't screw around like Jean Auel did for thirty years and end up losing much of his following. Of course, if he does take that long, I hope it's worth waiting for. Roy, tell us what you would have us read while we wait.
It took me six months to read Dance With Dragons. It started slowly, ever so slowly. We trudged here and there with Tirian as he passed from wine barrel to luxury to a boat ride with some strange characters to imprisonment and on and on. I just could not maintain the proper attention span to read this book continuously. Yet I was so invested in the series (A Song Of Ice and Fire) that I kept reading. I was rewarded, though the book dragged once again in the chapter dealing with Denaries. The book is filled with surprises and misdirection and picks up a lot of the loose pieces left in other series books (the young Stark girl, young brother Bran, the female knight who was hung but may not have died permanently and so on). Martin's story-telling is superb at times, though the "dance" drags at other times. Throughout, though, he's remarkably innovative in his fantasy creations and thorough in character development. He has a true villain in Ramsey Bolton, who is far more cruel and uncaring about others than even Searcey could ever hope to be. Dance ends strongly, in my opinion, with Denaries poised to return to center stage and with continued military and political machinations still roiling the land in Westrus. I think Dance is only a 4, despite its numerous strengths. I do, however, look forward to
book Six in the series.
Audible reversed the last two segments of the download. Hard to catch, given how choppy the book is generally. Make sure you reverse them.