I wavered between two and three stars. I was really irritated with the cliff hanger endings particularly at the Wall. No way the series will be done in two more books - it will be three at least (assuming the mortal body of George R. R. Martin holds up for another 12-15 years). For eleven years of waiting I cannot say I was impressed with the results.
I don't think Roy Dotrice went back and listened to A Storm of Swords. His voices for many of the main characters is different (especially Dany), but of course he has seven years on him from the recording of A Storm of Swords so some slippage is to be expected.
The best parts of the book are the two Darwin Award winners. One disobeyed a direct order from a Commander who would have a very personal grudge against him, and the other for someone who thinks dragons can be handled like any other livestock. Honorable mention for someone who does not learn from his sire or his brother.
I read this in High School and thought it was ok. I have having a tough time finishing it in audio format now that I am 40. So derivative of Tolkien to almost be plagarism. I can't stand the hyperbole style (everything is the "most horrible", "hardest thing ever done" etc). I can't believe that Terry Brooks turned this into a franchise while I was not looking (have not read much fantasy since college). I got it thinking that it might be as entertaining as George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" WRONG. I listened to the 100+ hours of the first three Martin books in three weeks. I was disapointed when it ended, and I have to wait until December for the fourth book. Get Martin's books and don't waste your time of this stuff (unfortunately I still have another Shannara book to wade through - maybe Brooks has improved with age).
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