I like classic sf/fantasy best, but urban fantasy a'la Butcher & The Hollows hits a place, too. I own 4 cats, 3 Bengals & a stray I adopted.
The book itself is very tedious. I hate to say "padding" but spinning and spinning and getting almost nowhere makes it nothing else but.
And with this book, Martin has killed my interest in the series. I waited years to read this book and dragons, hoping that I could read all the series at once. I doubt now I'll read "Dragons" and don't much care if Martin finishes the series or not. Quite frankly, I think the reason Martin's not finished is that he doesn't have a clue as to how to do it.
One more thing--Dotrice does a highly credible job; not great, but not nearly so bad as some reviews suggest, either. The man was closer to ninety years old than eighty when he recorded these last two books, I think, and factoring that he probably rates a five+.
This story of this book was rather captivating, unfortunately the performance was seriously lacking. The narrator frequently changed the pronunciation of character's names, and in some cases changed them completely from the previous books. I found this to be very distracting.
I doubt it, only because I would rather go thru something new.
This story is exceptional, if you have watched the TV show and never went thru one of the books you only have half of the story.
Roy Dotrice was awesome in the first three books and was still great in this one. The voices he used for various characters changed in this book for some reason. He also changed the way he produced several names.
The storyline is great, like all the other Game of Thrones books, but the narrator's performance was quite disappointing. He mispronounced many of the names or changed the way he had been saying them in the previous books, and also changed several of the character voices that he'd previously been using. Very maddening.
I love this part of the story as much as I've loved all the other books. I like that there are so many characters that you just love to hate, that it shows the complexity of human nature and how someone who does bad things, can still be considered a good person and vice versa.
I do however think the narrator was a bad choice for these books as I feel his voice with many of the characters is far too deep!
Many of the characters in this book are quite young and I feel that because his voice doesn't suit the characters it makes the story jagged and quite confusing at times!
I would love to in the future have the opportunity to listen to these books with a different narrator and see if that makes a difference!
This book is great but it may be the least interesting in the series, is has most of the least main characters as pov and doesn't ramp up till the very last few chapters. Still a good book though, a great story for Sam, area and cersei with ok story's for the rest of the characters.