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 liked the storytelling it's done in such a way that I have never listened to not read before. Watching the tv show and reading the book makes me love the Heroes and hate them at the same time.
For example Cersei to me was an evil character but her background story allows me to understand her better. Coming from a dungeons and dragons standpoint it is a well written book.
A Song of Ice and Fire takes the path less taken.
Started a song of ice and fire due to te HBO show "game of thrones".
The books are just a bit more fulfilling. With a busy schedule sitting down to read is hassle so the Audiobook version was a treat. Will be continuing the series through the audiobooks.
The man who reads the story does a very good job overall but I wish this was done AFTER the show came out because some of the voices, most noticeably Tyrions, is so far off from what it was in the show. The heavy Irish accent doesn't make any sense and sounds awful so I always skip the Tyrion chapters and just read them out of the book.
Unique Epic Fantasy
This book would go from okay to excellent if the reader didn't alter his voice for character dialogue. Several of his altered character voices are very annoying. Leprichon Tyrian is painful. Varys can't be understood. This is my greatest and only complaint, but it significantly reduced my enjoyment of the audiobook. Not only does this take away from some character's whom I love, but some of the voices give me headaches. Some of the voices change when the character is encountered later. Most of the lesser characters are represented with either "slurring pirate voice" or "very old person voice". Cersei will be given an altered voice at times and the author's narrator voice at others. I hate the voices so much that I wish I could find a different audiobook.
The Song of Fire and Ice is on the same level as Tolkien. I prefer it to Tolkien because unlike innately "good" or "evil" races that are morally defined by genetics, Martin shows that true evil is in the heart of all men, and what seems evil to one person is the righteous action to another. Additionally, character's whom you love are not invulnerable. Beloved characters die, and you find yourself more afraid of losing a character than with other books.
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