Exceptional. I wish I could find more audio versions of Chekhov's stories. Stephen's delivery is spot on.
A human history using our discovery and choice of drink as the vantage point.
Beer. 'nuf said.
Like many reviewers, I was initially disappointed by the change of narrators. We've been getting cozy with Roy's voice for 3 books now and the switch to John Lee was a bit jarring. Also, GRRM has intentionally left out a number of our dearest characters in AFFC and, of course, we miss them. But taken on its own, John's rendering is terrific. If he'd have been there from the start, I'm sure we'd have loved the series just as much. I think its just the discontinuity that is a problem. Let yourself get used to the rhythm of John's voice before running away frustrated. As for the missing characters, well, it's been a long wait, but GRRM has finally given us A Dance with Dragons, which I downloaded about 5 minutes ago..... And of course, Roy is back ! Thank you John Lee for standing in for him, you did a great job.
The three books are very well written. The story brings in lots of the standard fantasy elements, the dashing fighter, the unpredictable barbarian, the troubling wizard, the epic journey to uncover the mysterious artefact, and turns them on their head! The narration is wonderful, a true performance. It was often hard to believe that some of the voices were really the same person. Great direction. Some have voiced disappointment at a certain lack of closure but I found the finale well written and, though somewhat open ended, thoroughly enjoyable.
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