Can I give this audio book 7 stars out of 5, or 8, 9 or 10? Only then would my reaction be accurately represented. The reader is awesome. If you listened to the first book, you'll get used to him quickly enough. It's funny but you can hear him trying to get used to himself. His accent of Tyrion's voice morphs throughout A Game of Thrones, developing into a sort of Scottish/Irish/Dwarfish? impishness that is perfection. After that you have to love this reader, and it is important, although the book's good enough to listen to even if it were read by someone as crappy as John Lee, poor chap, who picks up where Roy Dotrice leaves off in A Feast for Crows.
By the way, if you have succumbed to buying this book because of the inexorable disease-like symptomps of sudden onset A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire addiction (or SOASoIaFA), fear not, it's pretty much the best plague ever.
George R. R. Martin has created something so thoroughly cramped with action and suspence that, given its volume, it is almost paradoxical. His world is palpable and vast. Characters of every kind will go to war, good against bad, ugly, and evil, all at once. And yet somehow, the next book gets even better. Read it. Or listen to it. Just go.
One of the greatest sci-fi novels ever written, fourth on reddit's sci-fi book survey.
This is the best one yet. LISTEN TO IT NOW!
This book is the worst of the three, but you have to read it so you may as well..
Ah, well, what can I say, it's average. I loved the part where the author reveals that in the last supper, Jesus is sitting next to a woman. And that's it. That's the whole thing, right there. The book is such a tedious way to get around to it. The main characters are so confused. And the plot is so silly, it's just too silly to be any sillier. No, that's not true, but my point is... the author is way better at history and wild-crazy-idea-having than he is at writing.
It's a lighthearted and very enjoyable book. I'd almost call it lovely. Everything about it reminds you of lazy summer afternoons in England, which could be because that's the setting, but also because, well, it's very well set, but you know what I mean. And it's predictable, that is true, but only because you always know how things ought to be, and here they are well sorted out. My point is, I find it notable indeed when an author is able to make something meaningful but cheerful at the same time. And that's that.
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