The plot line
The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..
As sense of being there
This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.
This is the 4th book in the "Song of Fire and Ice" series by George RR Martin. It's best to listen or read the first 3 books before you delve into this one. I only gave it 4 stars as I think it could have been better edited. But I enjoyed it anyway.
This book follows Cersi, Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, the Greyjoys, the Tyrells, Freys, Arya, Samwell and of course, Little Finger. It pretty much focuses on the struggle for power among the families in King's Landing and the north. Danny, Tyrion and Jon are left for the next book. The story moves along pretty well, but occasionally get's bogged down by Martin's wordiness. Anyway it kept me listening and wondering what would happen next. In this series you never know what main character may die, and that is true in this book too. It's hard to give a good review without spoilers. So I'll just say if you liked the first 3 books in the series you will like this one and you will be searching for the next. Roy Dotrice did a fine job of reading and giving the characters individual voices. Although with so many characters it is hard to come up with a separate voice for each. Mostly he made it easy to tell who was talking in a particular chapter.
The characters are well drawn but often flawed in someway. Consequently the story rings true. Non of us act perfectly all the time. It is also very well plotted and keeps you wanting to listen more.
His ability to have so many voices for the different characters.
Unrest in Westeros becomes fierce. I could say more, but it would be a spoiler.
I love the series and this book is no exception. I wish the last book in the series was in Audible, but I couldn't find it. I guess I'll have to read it.
All the information about the beginning of WW1, negotiations, progress of the war, resolution and development of Soviet Russia.
Can't pick. Both Ethel and Maud together were great. They were form 2 different classes in England and yet their lives became very intertwined. They were both very strong women and involved in women's suffrage together. They were the center of the book. Although for a male character, I like Gregori in Russia. All three of these people's lives changed significantly from before the war until it's end.They carried the story for me.
Gregori. He got the accent down pretty well. Also he did all of the American accents particularly well given that I think he's English.
The fight over no man's land. Thanks to the author, I got to see both the German and English point of view. His depiction of this heartbreaking conflict was particularly poignant .
This book was very compelling with good character development, plotting, weaving of character throughout the book. It's long, but listening went fast. I never finished my book group read because I was too involved with Fall of the Giants. This is a much better book than Pillars of the Earth.
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