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)
I haven't read the print version, but I can't imagine reading A Song of Ice and Fire without Roy Dotrice's outstanding narration.
Dotrice brings life to the characters in using a wide range of character voices that are clear and distinct from one another. You get so much characterization from the quality of the voice in and of itself that the narration becomes almost as much a part of the storytelling as Martin's words.
George R.R. Martin has done it again. This book kept me hooked and had me excited to go on to the next one.
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I am not sure. I've not read the print version.
Ariel (sp?) is my favorite. She's scrappy.
I listened to him read the first in this series. He's just as good in this one as the first.
Sort of. This book is long but I couldn't wait to hear what happened. I often listened for longer than intended.
I like the Game of Thrones story, but I could not listen to this narrator
I have recommended this audiobook to every family member!
In this book, The Dog was my favorite. He is a misunderstood man, I think. He is a nice man, just does what he is bidded.
Tyrion Lannister - I love how he makes him have an accent unlike his other family members.
I cannot wait to listen to the next book!!!
Yes, I would find another narrator.
I love the interactions between the great characters, and the twists and turns in plot.
I feel that the narrator needs to work on his pronunciation and his line delivery. Also, I have felt for some time that this narrator gives horribly annoying voices and accents to some people. Why does Tyrion Lannister sound reminiscent of a leprechaun in these audiobooks?
No. I stopped listening and read the book instead. I am now reading the rest of the novels using my eyes instead of my ears.
I loved the first book. Unfortunately, there are not enough ethical people to make up for the crass, evil ones. Listening for one half hour on my way to work one day, one character droned on about his loath for women except for sex. Who wants to start their day with such extreme negativity? It seems most of the characters are this way. Really?
After eighteen hours I'm calling it quits!
The story is well written, but it is too depressing for me to finish it. I'm just not into it.
I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.
It's like listening an old man tell his life story... to much crap and blabbing around the good stuff :(
This is an epic story. An epic series. Everything a person could want in this genre of fiction is in these books.
Sadly, the reader is everything I hate in a recording. His voice drips out of the recording. His every character representation is someone seemingly taken from the drawing room of a very stuffy Edwardian upper class party. Every character, from 15 to 90 is a variation of Great British from cockney to Scottish brogue, with insipid nasal dandy the most frequent. The voice for Bron is horrible, For Varys simply wrong. For Jorah Mormont, instead of a exiled sellsword, he sounds like a someone's tired old grand dad. The only ones even half right are Tryion and Robert Barathion.
I tolerate this reader because I love the story. I had hoped they had dumped him (surely I can't be the only won who hates this guy as a reader), but no.
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