A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
As with all the books in the series, it took me forever to finish this and not because it was boring, I really enjoyed it. However there were parts where I was saying things like "oh c'mon, get on with it already." Apart from those few and far between instances the book was keeping me on the edge of my seat just like the others. The plot twists were amazing but not shocking like the ones in the past, maybe thats because I have learned not to get invested in any characters or assume that I know what will happen next hence the shock has been greatly reduced because the only thing I expect with George R.R. Martin is that nothing you think and expect will play out like you assume. Those that have read the series from start to finish will understand what I mean. If you haven't read the series and are skimming reviews to see if this is worth your while than look no further you have hit the jackpot. My only other issue with this was Roy Dotrice narration at certain points. Though overall he was exceptional as always in some cases he got confusing. Cersei started sounding more and more like Tyrion, as did the other characters of the Lannister family when in other books they each had they distinct way of talking. In other cases the character would go from sounding strong and confident to a complete weakling the next chapter even though the circumstance haven't changed much for the character. Besides those few quips I would recommend this series to anyone in a heartbeat.
Steven A Sawyer
As mentioned the change in the accent by Roy Dotrice is very distracting. After 4 books its really hard to hear a new accent for beloved characters. On top of that all the women start to sound alike. Even Dullorous ED sounds less funny and precise. The pronunciation of his name sounds more like Dolores. Brand sounds like Sam. Hodor sounds like Santa Clause. All this has been stated before but it is still distracting from the story. Be prepared...especially if you are listing to the books quickly in order. Roy is an excellent performer. But this only lends emphasis to this lack of continuity.
Yes. Love the story.
Not that great. Tone, accents, and inflection changed in books 3, 4,and 5. These changes were annoying and distracting, overall book 5 was the worst.
of course the continuation of the story. love knowing more about the dragons and the fate of westros.
Shortened it by half. was WAY to long.
narration was good. his voice for the characters has changed in the book and that threw me a little. he sounded the same in all the other books and I got used to who's who by his voice.
always worth it because the story is great overall. this installment was just WAY TO LONG and drawn out.
It might have been a great book like the previous books but I could not tell who was talking. They all sounded alike an I could not tell whether it was a man , woman, child young or old. Making it even harder the introduction of mostly new characters and new plots, not much action and the everyone with the same voice .it was not worth the time or money!
NO...all disjointed talk and plots.
EEEEEEEEKKKkkkkkk. Sorely disappointed.
Very Very Confusing
No comparison to this series exists- as far as I know.
Not really. Roy Dotrice needed to listen to the previous books so that he could use the same voices for each character.
Now on HBO...
I put off listening to this book as I knew that book six was not available yet and it becomes an addiction. Hopefully.... soon!
I would cast the same narrator, but I would make him do his homework first. He voiced the first 3 books in the series, and I thought he did an outstanding job with each of them. This book.. not so much. He either forgot the voices he had given to characters in the earlier books, or he (and the publisher) just decided that new, ridiculous sounding voices would be better suited at telling the story. If you read a majority of these reviews you will see the same grievances throughout. The Dany chapters are the worst, but there are other poor voicing choices that were made as well.Dany and most all the other female chars sound like low-borne women with cockney accents.All the Lannisters, even Cersei, sound like Tyrion.During one of John's chapters at the wall, Dotrice literally switches Stannis's accent a quarter of the way through the chapter. I'm amazed that not one of the editors caught that..
If you are like me you will probably listen to the book either way. Just be aware that the voices may drive you crazy.