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)
Fantastic story and performance, has kept me an audible user.
George R R Martin not only has a great plot but is very descriptive and paints a great picture with his words.
Roy Dotrice is amazing, I will look for other books narrated by him.
I spend my daily commute listening to this series, often keep listening at home instead of catching up on television shows.
Even though I find the story interesting and compelling, I found the narration impossible to listen to. I finished book 1 and 2 and felt as if my head would explode if I listened to one more sentence that this narrator spoke. I have since purchased the book and finished reading it. Unfortunately the voice of the narrator was hard to get our of my mind. I enjoyed the book and will move on to the next in the series, but not sure if I will do an audible or kindle. I love audiobooks, but if the narration is similar, I will stick to kindle.
It keeps you engaged with all the main characters.
I can't tell you the exact events that shocked me because it will ruin the book.
Roy Dotrice is a master at giving each character their own voice.
The only draw back is the number of new characters that are introduced. It makes it difficult to follow at times.
Absolutely recommend this book, and the first in the series. Several friends recommended the book, and with a few audible credits burning a hole in my pocket and all the positive reviews, I decided to give the series a try. Chapter one of the first book didn't hook me, but I gave it a bit more time and was pulled in. Many characters, many plots that all intertwine. As the story changes characters from chapter to chapter, you can't wait to hear what comes next with the cliff hanger left behind. Sometimes, you get to chapter realize it's been so long since you last heard about this character
The narration is done quite well too, each character with its own distinct voice. A few of the voices grate on me, but typically these are not main characters, and the voice matches the grating personality of who it belongs too.
I love that this book's narration is voices for each character, a plain narration would not have done the book/series justice
We were looking for a book to listen to on a long car trip. This was the best. I made the trip seem much shorter.
A great listen, captivating and so convenient to be able o listen in the car or at the gym.
Lord of the rings.
Definitely! This book is amazing. I've been watching the HBO show, and it misses so many of the details. You won't be able to put this book, or any of the books in this series, down.
The entire series!
No, but he's fantastic.
I would never say that of any book, unless it's Roy Dotrice reading. He gives life to the story and the characters.
Laugh, several times. Especially when there is a lot happening, and you can hear Roy Dotrice getting all excited over it.
I am a avid reader and writer. I have written two books and hope to make a career involving one of my greatest passions. Aside from running my other passion is running marathons and there's nothing better than going out on a long run listening to a good audio book.
So Much Treachery!
One of the most memorable moments is the epic battle at King's Landing. Listening to the description of the hundreds of ships sailing to King's Landing created a vivid picture that made me feel like I could feel the sea air.
Roy does a good job creating a unique voice for all the incredible characters and keeps the story flowing from view point to view point.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Tyrion takes over as leader of the men defending the castle and leads his men into battle.
I was surprised at the differences between this book and the second season of the show, although I believe both were absolutely incredible.
I am committed to reading all of George R.R. Martin's books however I will not do another audio book narrated by Roy Dotrice. I read regular books, Kindle books and audio books. I would do another audiobook if I knew it was not narrated by Roy Dotrice. Sorry Roy!
I've also been watching the HBO series and it's so nice to know more of the back story.
An audio book is all about how well the narrator can tell the story, take on different voices for different characters, etc. You need to be able to get lost in the story. Listing to Mr. Dotrice is painful.
Amazon will get my money to read future books. No more audio books for me narrated by Mr. Dotrice.
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