But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords....
©2000 George R.R. Martin, (P)2004 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Richly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." (The Patriot News)
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers." (Robert Jordan)
"High fantasy with a vengeance!" (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Good old GRRM, the book is as long as the average working week and it still fair rollics its way to the end. Roy Dotrice is simply superb and makes the hours fly. I mowed the lawn twice it was soo good (the family get annoyed if i sit in the lounge with tge headphones on being antisocial).
on to book 4!
Mr. Dotrice brings the characters to life by using different voices to differentiate between characters.
This book seemed a bit draggy in parts, I kept wishing the story lines would speed up a bit and come to some conclusion. It seemed we were going to be kept "hanging" forever and ever.
Enjoyable use of my time :-)
Yes. Roy Dotrice has a phenomenal voice and uses several different voices to help the reader tell the difference between all the many characters in George R R Martin's riveting and complex stories.
I have several, but probably the one that just barely outshines the other is Ygritte. She's fiery, wise, knows what she wants and will go for it unless she sees fit to do otherwise, knows herself and her world, and I love her favourite line, "You know nothing, John Snow." :)
Character voices and pronunciation are very important to keeping all the many characters straight and bringing the story to life.
The War of Five Kings and the War of the Wall
It was disheartening to hear Roy Dotrice suddenly change how he pronounced certain names from one book to the next (e.g. Catelyn Stark was pronounced with a short "A", and now is pronounced with a long "A", and Petyr Baelish was pronounced Peh-tie-er, and is now Peet-er), as well as not always using the same voice for the same character from one time to the next. It seems as though, as the series goes on, the number of different voices has decreased, and many of those voices are rather unpleasant to listen to, even if the character is not supposed to be unpleasant. Old people, for instance, tend to all have one of about three voices, and since there are a lot of old characters, this can get annoying rather quickly.
this is a great book ruined by a horrible narrator. All the women sound like they are chain smokers. Every man sounds alike. and the "foreign" people sound like they have had their tongues nailed to their teeth. This needs to be redone with a actual cast.
It seems impossible to choose one book from the series to be the best. I listened to this book after reading it through the first time and was shocked f the sheer volume of events that take place.
Chances are if you've gotten this far in the series this book will convince you to see it through to the end.
The author, Martin, will unabashedly kill off main characters that you have grown attach to. So, be prepared. A lot of characters are killed off in this book.
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