I'm sorry to say that this only a long book. The narration is fine to me but the pace of the story makes it almost painful.
I have enjoyed all of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones books. I had given up on ever finding out what would happen next when "A Dance with Dragons" came out. I will continue reading his books, but at some point an epic needs to end or at least come to a stopping point. Robert Jordan was a rare author and knew he was dying. Waiting a couple years for the next book with no sign of a resolution to any of the myriad plots makes me want to stop reading. I don't suggest he end the epic, just that he come to a stopping point every few books. This is just something I have felt strongly about since Jack L. Chalker died in 2005. He wrote really long books that the publishers broke into trilogies. When Robert Jordan died few of us knew that he had prepared to hand the series over. I noticed his shelf space at books stores went from huge displays to just a few paperbacks within a month. The better the writer, the more I get nervous after 4 or 5 books with no plot ends in sight.
I am happy to say that my one serious criticism of Martin's work in the past, (that he took the subject of rape too lightly,) has been corrected in this 5th book and I am glad to see him stop making humorous references to something that effects real world readers. Writing about the subject is one thing, but having a character joke about it is something I think is best avoided if at all possible. *****
Martin is an excellent fantasy writer and I enjoy his characters and his plots very much.
If you love Robert Jordan or Terry goodkind or anybody of that caliber then you have to read this. But be warned these books are dark fantasy and the things that happen in them are not good things.
Excellent as always. Roy is perfect for this and thanks to Random House for listening to your customers and bringing him back!!!
Listen to the series it will be worth the investment of your time and money.
I was so happy to hear Roy Dotrice was back for this book. John Lee made book 4 a bit boring. Book 5 is much better and we get to hear about the storylines I am most intrested in anyways.
I was thrilled to see Roy Dotrice would be narrating Book 5, as another narrator spoke Book 4 and it was so jolting a difference (you could hardly distinguish one character's voice from another) that I couldn't finish the audiobook and picked up a hard copy. It was like slipping on my favorite pair of old shoes to hear Dotrice again, but sadly he has significantly changed key character's voices from Books 1-3. Daenerys Targaryen now sounds like a Scottish tavern wench, and Melisandre's voice is completely different, even changing within the same dialogue. Its hard to believe someone didn't help Dotrice with continuity from books 1-3. Bizarre. All that said, the content is magnificent and Dotrice is "hands down" the best narrator alive.
George R. R. Martin is a wordsmith and storyteller that has few equals now or in history. His Iron throne kingdom is an empire full of unusual, deceitful, traitorous, hateful, cruel, loving, kind, intelligent, stupid people. By now you get the idea, it is kind of like today, but a long time ago. I had really hoped that book five would wrap up so many stories like Aria Stark, the kingslayer, the dwarf, Circe and finally John Snow the bastard, and while some met there end most are waiting on another book, so I will too. Regretfully another couple of years methinks.
That the chapters in the audiobook was the same as the chapters in the print edition. As it is now, they are totally random.
Description of the characters.
No, this is the first
I would have the chapters follow the original. And I would not allow clifhangers that are not solved til 500 pages later!
Random chapterstops in the audio is especially irritating as whispersync is not yet awailable.
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.