I enjoyed a Feast for Crows, but this was by far my least favorite of the Game of Thrones series. A few major characters are left out of the book altogether (Denaris, Bran and Tyrion). And a lot of new characters are introduced. After listening to the incredible...INCREDIBLE, Book 3....one of the best Audiobooks ever, and I have a library with hundreds of books on Audible, I found myself losing interest and having to go back several times to listen again to portions as I had zoned out. It just didn't hold my attention whereas with the first three books I did not want to stop listening. With Book 3, I could not stop listening.
The narration drove my *nuts* with this book. I don't know why the narrator or *someone* (anyone?) producing this audiobook did not go back and listen to how the characters in the first three books were voiced. Why does high born Aria go from sounding like someone from the House Stark to Daisy the kitchen maid in Downtown Abbey? I don't get how nobody picked up on this. But it drove me *nuts*.
And not that I'm on Book 5, this unfortunate trend continues. Denaris, the highborn Queen of Dragons, went from sounding regal to something slightly above a stable boy.
Again, I really, really hope that whenever Books 6 and 7 are written and the audiobooks are produced, that the narrator (who is amazing), goes back and listens to clips from Book 3....so that he remembers how he voiced the characters in that book. It was spot on...and not that the voices have changed in a way that doesn't suit the characters, it's very distracting to me.
My tagline would be, "Wait for it to hit Pay Per View".
I felt like there was a lot of "explanation" in this story but very little action. After the second half of Book 3, it was a let down for me.
Wow, I've listened to well over one hundred audiobooks via Audible and this one was really, really boring. I kept waiting and waiting for things to get interesting, but it didn't happen. I'm not sure what Grisham's plan was here. Maybe he was trying to get us to understand what it's like day to day in a small "ham and egg" law office? I have no idea
I can't believe I listened to the whole thing. I kept thinking that "the hook" was coming....something to draw me in. By the end of the thing, I didn't care what happened to the characters let alone ponder the ending.
This is King at his best. He engaged my mind as well as my senses as I felt like I was transported back in time. A very rich story with great twists and turns. The narrator was the best I've heard since The Help. Amazing performance!
I listen to roughly fifty novels a year, and I really enjoyed listening to this one. The pace is a bit slow at times as the author develops characters and explains backstory, but it quickens in the final third of the book. The ending is a real cliffhanger, but sets up the second book impeccably. I'm hooked....
I managed to make it through this listen, but found this to be one of the weaker narrators in the 30+ books that I've listened to from audible.com. There was very little distinction between the different characters. At times my mind would wander off and I'd have to go back a bit to re-listen to a part of the book as I had no idea who was speaking.
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