I have watched the HBO Series.
The Book's Audio Presentation give my Imagination a thorough workout. The Orator brings life to the individual characters chapter after chapter, book after book. Five Star Book and Performance.
This book is the weakest installment in the song of ice and fire epic. its drags a points, certain characters and plots are omitted, and its wasn't meant to be a book in its own right. GRRM wrote this book and A Dance With Dragons (book 5) as one installment, but was pressured by editing to split the book for reasons of length. once you muster through this book and read ADWD ( Or better yet, read the two concurrently) you will have a better appreciation for the story setup and what the author is trying to accomplish.
Roy Dotrice is excellent as usual and does an awesome interpretation of the material and is a joy to listen to.
Life long student of life.
Fourth book in the series is generally slow and introduces the Dorne family and Greyjoys. I enjoyed these points of view but Sam's and Brienne's story remained my favorite. Several other pivotal characters have surprising story twists towards the end! The story ends with a lot of characters determined to head in one direction... I'm eager to read the next book in the series.
Although not quite as good as book 3, this book was still great! There were a few things that happened that didn't quite make sense. I think its just me trying to be logical.
most of the voices are different. made it hard to get through the first 1/3 of the book, but eventually you get used to it.
This installment of the series has a slow burn, but it builds up to some good fireworks. The narrator's voice is grating, and he overdoes the old man voice for too many characters, but still, this is my favorite series.
I know many people take issue with Mr. Dotrice's change in name pronunciation, but I found it relatively easily over looked. His performance is still excellent and he does such an amazing job at providing just the right voice for the characters. Even though there was little mention of my favorite characters, George R. R. Martin makes this entry in the series as interesting and gripping as the others.
I've been a member a lot longer than one year--that is all.
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+.