The world of the Seven Kingdoms is just as interesting as before, but this book tends to wander aimlessly. The lack of any significant climax is a real flaw. I hope the fifth book is better.
Only concentrated on two-three characters. The end however was thrilling. A must listen to finish the series though. It's not like we can skip it.
I like the series but didn't like the fact that it didn't cover some of the main characters like Danaerys and Jon Snow point of views
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story has really drawn me in. The only thing that keeps bugging me is that the narrator has changed the pronunciation of some of the names and also changed some of the voices. Ex. Petyr is now pronounced like Peter and Arya's voice sounds like an old crone. Kind of offputting.
The story itself is very dark in this book, but I've been able to pick up on tiny clues I missed on the first reading. Unfortunately the narration leaves quite a lot to be desired.
Mr. Dotrice's accents and pronunciations change repeatedly and it's very distracting.
These are excellent books, let's get that out of the way first. Martin is a genius and master of the cliff hanger. These are easily up there with the LOTR series.
Now for my criticism, the first three books read by Roy Dotrice were absolutely superb. However, his "voices" in this book were completely different from the previous books. Although this may seem like a small matter, after investing around 120 hours in the first three books and growing accustomed to each voice, it's frustrating to have them all change. They just don't seem to fit the characters in this narration.
The narrator Roy Dotrice is annoying! He ruined the whole book setting.
Anyone other than Roy!
The storyline is often boring.
The narrator keeps changing pronunciations of names in this one which made it difficult to follow at times. Once I figured out he was mispronunciation names instead of new characters being introduced it was a bit better, but I feel I missed some and don't wish to go back yet. Examples... Briene... Brian... Briane... Catlyn... Katelyn.... Aria... Oria... there are more.