It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
©1999 George R.R. Martin; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A truly epic fantasy....The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail...for the comparatively modest role of magic...and for its magnificent action-filled climax....[Martin] provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of epic fantasy should appreciate this lavishly detailed sequel to A Game of Thrones." (Library Journal)
"Dotrice's range of vocal tones, from gravelly and commanding to silkenly dangerous, creates a mood of insistence that holds the listener captive throughout the epic story." (AudioFile)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
Other reviewers have mentioned the mispronounciations and other quirks to which Mr Dotrice seems prone. I agree---if I hear the word "gallant" pronounced "gal-LANT" one more time...
My biggest issue, however, is the dialogue.
Every character, with the occasional exception of Arya, sounds like a drunken, unintelligible halfwit with a mouthful of marbles. Not one single voice sounds natural. I can't tell whether or not Tyrion is supposed to be Irish or Pakistani.
Not only are the voices unnatural and absurd, but so is the actual dialogue. The slow, disjointed way he narrated, with random, unnatural pauses and emphasis, makes William Shatner sound like David Attenborough. The tenor is also embarrassingly wrong; he reads the words without acknowledging the feeling behind them, like he's not even paying attention to what is being said. Simply put, nobody speaks like this! After every sentence, I found myself wanting to repeat out loud the way it should be read, with a natural flow and feeling. I could have narrated circles around this guy in elementary school!
Ditch the stupid accents and focus on the words you're reading, and your listeners will be less inclined to throw their iPods out the window in frustration.
Update: I wonder earnestly if Roy Dotrice has ever had a conversation. He certainly doesn't understand how to read one aloud.
I'm convinced his only qualification is his British accent.
I first read this book years ago before HBO came out with the show. It was an awesome book then too! I've been watching HBO's version of this series and greatly enjoyed it. now after watching I've listened to you the book and I'm picking up more and more. definitely recommend for anyone to read especially fans of the show exclamation
Thoroughly enjoying this series. Very glad this one had the same narrator as the first. I hope he continues throughout, as I have come to associate his voices with the characters now. Can't wait to start the next book!
My wife and I enjoy listening to audio books in the car or at the gym!
when I listened to the first book, I wasn't in love with it, but as the story progresses and the plot thickens, it is impossible for me to stop listening.
Yes, Roy Dotrice does a great job bringing the characters to life.
The visions in the House of the Undying.
He does a really good job acting the characters out and shows emotion in his voice.
No, its too long.
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