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)
This is about as far as I want to go with this series. Reminds me far too much of seinfeld, as in its a series about nothing, going no where. Seriously feels like the it is written just to perpetuate itself instead of having a point. The first book in the series was good, going this far into it is a mistake.
Dotrice's narration makes the excellent story even better.
There are just too many in this one, especially when compared to Book 2.
His voices! I love all of the voices he does, and how he sings the songs and puts the emotions into his work.
I listened to the audiobook at work and numerous times listening to this one, had to try very hard not to laugh, or cheer, and a few times had to stop listening for a little bit because I was so upset at what had happened.
No depth to the characters and the story in general. Huge amount of detail that is meanlingless. The characters are generally unlikeable, and none emerge as leaders or possessing great character. Characters are killed off left and right, and the ones that remain just do not seem to evolve much. It is just about people who think they should be or have a right to rule the kingdom, the people that are fighting them or defending them and they all go around bashing people over the head to get what they want. There are so many details and people in the book that turn out to be of no revelance to the story and so many missed opportunities for sub plots that never evolve. For example, Aria appeared to have true integrity and a Xena warrior princess type mentality, but her character never mentally evolves into anything but someone with experience to kill and the standard quips of a child. The dire wolves seemed so mystical...but zero help to the story. Bran appears to be a seerer... but this plays out in no way. The "Others", ripe for being way more is never explored. This winter is coming, why? Do your actions change this outcome? Are the "Others" redeemers, an army for the righteous, judgement for those that are not? Are all those that have died ready to come back and make right in the world. Nothing! John Snow, who looked poised to come out on top. Nothing. Tierien, with great wit and intelligence. Nothing. I stuck it out for the first 3 stories, but need to get off the bus at this point.
For me, I tend to need a Big Picture story that if there is great battle, sacrifice or similar, there is a meaningful resolution. I wish to see the world move forward with some type of character growth or realization, some exciting and meaningful twists and turns, and yes, I like to see a few good guys win, not just be fauder for the next explicit head spliting brain splatter scene. I do not care for soap operas that just have perpetual "action" but little in the way of interesting story line. As mentioned previously, there is a ridiculous amount of detail of food, smells, explicit sexual comments, slaughter, people relaying historical information or stories, none of which has any baring on the story at all.
He had alot of characters to cover and did a good job, but after so many hours they all started sounding like an old english skit and got quite irratating, specially the raspy laughing voices and the singing. And dont forget a minute of saying Hodor a hundred times.
Frustration and disappointment. I listened to the book during my morning runs and really could not wait to finish it. After listening to the first 3 parts, I knew the story was going to disappoint me and was going nowhere, althought I still held out hope that the surprises were coming. They didnt.
For those that like action or soap opera type stories, I am sure this book is colorful and enjoyable. For those looking for a little more meaning in their entertainment, this series may disappoint
The characters followed in this book were mostly the same as the first 2.
I would recommend this book and all of the parts before (you need to read them first and in order) for it is interesting and due to the lenght, a great book for a trip.
Roy, the reader, does a great job and keeps the story moving.
Yes because Roy Dotrice is an AMAZING narrator. I would go through my workday with his words echoing in my brain. I could not wait to continue and was sad when it was over.
Perfect narrator- a multitude of characters, all with different voices, his "neutral" voice is very strong and most pleasant.
Strongly recommend it.
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
I really love George R.R. Martin's stories and he has a way with writting that has no comparison. I do think that Roy Dotrice has a hard time pronouncing all the names the same way repeatedly but I tried not to let that bother me. All in all a very fun and entertaining way to read/listen to a soon to be classic.
I would highly recommend every book in the series. Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator who brings each character to life.
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
I've never been one for Knights and Savages but now I'm hooked.
I've never before read this type of book, in fact, I'm not much of a reader but I was captivated by the HBO series and couldn't wait for the rest of it.
My heart lept when King Stannis showed up, with his army at the wall, at the 11th hour to save the realm.
Jon Snow holding down the wall against thousands of wildlings and the rest, with just a few men of the Nights Watch.
I talk about it all the time with everyone that will listen.
Roy's the man!
I wanted to, but at 40 hours it would be very hard. lol
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