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Chelsea Hardy

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ASOIAF is to LOTR as AKOTSK is to the Hobbit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-2020

A little less serious in tone at times than ASOIAF, thus the comparison to the Hobbit. Dunk is a Hedge Knight finding his place in the world and Egg is his squire who is learning what it means to be a subject of the iron throne. Be they Lords or knights, merchants or inn keepers, crofters or servants, and even Dornish. A great prequel-ish series, also unfinished, yet enjoyable to listen to time and again. Truly rewards re-reading/re-listening, and Harry Lloyd does a great performance. He doesn't have the widest vocal range, yet he captures the characters well, especially Ser Duncan the Tall. Buy it and love it <3

Who doesn't love lore?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2020

The performance is great, Lynn has a very soothing voice which made for easy listening. That said, there are a few small issues with the structure of the audiobook. This is a performance of something similar to a DK visual encyclopedia with short stories mixed in throughout. Because the physical book has small pictures with text all over the pages, some sections of the performance are a collection of very short descriptions. I think this was a real challenge they faced in production, and it detracts a little from the performance. Though it is unusual, I think they did well all things considered. You will like this if you are a fan of League of Legends.

Dan Carlin is Dan Carlin

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-2020

If you like Dan Carlin's podcasts you might enjoy this too. Far more structured and scripted than the casts though, so it's good to listen too. Didn't go into enough detail on many things, and also didn't go into anything like recurrent nova/X Class Solar Flares, etc. I would have liked a bit about the theories out there regarding the catastrophe cycle, but then I suppose Dan Carlin is going to focus on war, and military technology more than anything else. Still very good though, very enjoyable. I am bashing this out after my third listen, so I can attest that it is worthwhile and certainly not uninteresting.

The Beginning of a Saga

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-2019

A Game of Thrones is the first book in GRRM's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga. He tells an anecdote where he thought of a setting where a boy had gone to witness a beheading in the snow, and from there the saga has grown. For any fans of Martin you will find that this book is of a similar quality to Fevre Dream, as opposed to his science fiction earlier in his career. He employes the use of perspective characters to give their point of view of events, their thoughts and memories. This is exploited well throughout the series, but I feel that as the main characters have not diverged as much, the time frame between chapters is a lot tighter, leading to some amazing story telling. Much like Fevre Dream, Martin employs a certain degree of Historical Fiction elements within the story. Though the setting is entirely fictional, Martin prides himself on his "rational fiction," so whilst these events have never existed in our reality, certain aspects mirror the events or cultures in our world. This is worth a read, even if you were not necessarily a fan of the television show, this series has a lot more depth and character development.