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)
This was a great story to go to sleep to, except for the terrible narration that makes screaming children on a plane sound pleasant.
We have way too many characters and the overall story is boring as hell. Sansa and Arya are the only interesting storylines. Every other one could have been dealt with in two chapters, except for the end. It takes about 60 chapters to get interesting.
For a series as complicated and rich as these, I listen and read the books at the same time. I miss the complexity of the details if I just listen to the book. Listening and reading allows me to fully appreciate works like A Song of Ice and Fire.
The characters and the incredible vastness of the world he has created. I can't imagine what it's like to be inside the mind of Martin. He's a genius.
Dotrice brings a lot of color into the hundreds of his voice characterizations. Sometimes the female characters make me wince but I'm happier if I just let go and allow him to take me along for the ride. I've listened to Books 1 and 2. He is perfect for the series.
Impossible. It takes me weeks to finish these books.
The immense size of these books made me hesitate years ago to start reading this series. I regret that decision. I could have already been on my second reading! This work is inspiring. When I grow up I want to be George R.R.Martin.
This reading by Roy Dotrice was really annoying. I wish he would have just read the words without trying to do different voices. He's an old guy and his version of a child's voice was really irritating to me. I couldn't finish this version but I did enjoy the actual book. I wouldn't get another of this series read by this actor.
This is the first series of this genre I have ever attempted so I don't really have a comparison for it.
I'm watching the HBO series now. It's very good.
Once again the author delivers a good story. I'm excited to go on Amazon and order season 2 so I can get a visual representation of the wonderful story I just read.
The author is renowned in his talent. The narrator Roy Dotrice doesn't just read the story to you, he is a gifted storyteller beyond expectations. Masterful at the art of theatre. The multiple voices he conjures are unique and help separate characters & keep the listener enthralled.
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