I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
Well I finished book 2 of A Song of Fire and Ice. I find I have a sort of love/hate relationship with these books. I find the writing quite good, but the amount of stuff that goes wrong and happens to each character is like watching a soap opera, they go from one terrible situation to another, to the point that it starts to rub me the wrong way.
While it is real, that not everything goes right and is happy, it's also unreal that everything that can go wrong does. The amount of stuff that happens in one month is the amount that would happen to a real person in their entire life. This causes the story to feel slow to me because it feels like I'm watching a never ending parade of mishaps, that are not resulting in a resolution to any part of the story.
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.