This has got to be one of my top 3 favorites.
Roy Dotrice does a great job of playing so many characters at once.
Yes. This one is just as good as his others.
It's Game of Thrones. You cannot help being distraught when your favorite characters die.
I am really looking forward to the next audio book.
I do plan on reading the whole "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series, but i'm definitely not going to listen to Roy Dotrice's audio version any longer (i tried my best, but i had to stop before the end of the first chapter - yes, it was that atrocious).
Well, it might partially be my fault, since i saw the TV show and i do have the characters well imprinted in my mind...but still, kids, young men, old men, young women and old women all alike sound like a 200 years old man? Besides sounding bad, it's simply not believable and not fitting at all to the story. It could have been so much better if he simply kept on reading with the same voice and tones he used in the narrative parts, and instead it's so bad and out of line that it's unlistenable. I had to stop in the middle of the first chapter. I truly don't mean to offend Mr. Dotrice (who did record it way before the TV show and obviously can only play around so much with its own voice) but still, it's not at all a pleasant listening experience.Such a disappointment.
Read the book. Avoid the audiobook, though.
This amazing book, like the previous one, took my breath away. The story is written so well that it had me on the edge of my seat. I have felt joyous, distraught, conflicted... Laughed, cried and rejoiced at even the little victories. Not only was it well written, but also well read. I fully intend on buying the next books in the same manner to enjoy. There are so many things going on at once, I thought I would have a hard time keeping up. I find, instead, that I am excited to hear the next part of each character's story as the chapters evolve! Much death, but it is glorious!
The second book in the series picks up where the first one left off. It is different from the fourth and fifth book which take place at the same time but in different locations. I plowed through this book because I really wanted to see the outcome. I was left unsatisfied because more things happen... and you are left plowing through the third book.
This book had me forcing myself to put it down at times, I began to limit the amount of time am spent with it just so other things would get done during the day. Excellent.
I would recommend this because it is necessary for book 5... but I did not enjoy this book
It focused too much on the smaller charcters. Jon Snow's and Terrian's story arcs were not the focus of this story. I felt like it was just a filler book.
Ayra Starks determation to be who she wants to be not what they want her to be
I wish I could have but it is a long book.
Never owned the print version, but probably not. Its really hard to understand the author when he does certain voices, and sometimes its hard to tell one character from another based solely upon the readers voice. This is really rough when there are no other indications as to who is speaking. For example (SPOILER ALERT) when Jaimie and Kat are talking while Jaimie is imprisoned at Riverrun.
Some of his voices are too similar to other characters, and others are really hard to understand. I understand that some people's voices are supposed to be weird, but he gets so spitty sometimes that its hard to know what is being said.
Yes - probably when I'm ready to re-read the entire series, but I probably would not read it as a stand-alone novel.
It picked up well after the events in "A Game of Thrones" and progressed the overall story very well.
Roy was able to make the accents very different from the characters, which made it easy to tell them apart.
Not many extreme reactions, but then again any major character death is pretty impactful.
A more apt title should probably have been "A Conversation of Kings" as there was no real fighting or action until roughly half way through the book.
On a positive note, and similar to how "A Game of Thrones" was written, Martin is able to write in a way that each word, phrase, and scene adds to the greater story. There is not a lot of "fluff" or misdirection (so far) in this series.
Pros: excellent editing with incredible character development.
Cons: a somewhat slow start.
Bottom line: a decent follow-up to GoT that leaves the reader wanting more.
Blood, Sweat, Tears
I don't think anything compares to this series.
Anything with Arya.
Now on HBO...
None- the book stands on its own.