The book has intrigue and the story lines are engaging overall, but Martin tries too hard to make it an epic. There are long, verbose chapters in which practically nothing happens, and it's all dismal and hopeless for every character.
FANTASTIC, GRRM. should get an Oscar or the highest literary award available, end was kinda FUNNY,That said the use of the word:(Niggerdly ) was a bit offensive ) an unexpected. Outside of that, I truly can't wait for W.O.W,and I hope it picks right where it left off...GREAT SERIES...
the book was great but the readers voices were bizarre and offputting. only after reading other reviews did I realize he had done a fine job in earlier books but switched something up this time around. if true, he needs to go back to any other way but the way he read for this book.
Saab Driver in Reno
i need the next book! even though the narrator changed the accent for some characters, which really bothered me for a long time, AND some pronunciations of nanesdid well. and i enjoyed it greatly.
The story and writing is very good, but Roy Dotrice is way off when it comes to many of the voices. He portrays noble families as yokels and have different accents for people of the same families. He has old people slurring and spitting their words so they're almost intelligible. Very annoying.
I can't deal with the voices of the main women. It makes them sound so wimpy. Arya is brutal to listen to and she's one of my favorite characters. Still worth it for they story but I'm glad I read the books first before I experienced the grating girl voices!