Roy Dotrice's performance is top-notch, but the story is one step down from the first book in the series. The story can sometimes be a little hard to follow, especially with the characters who are far from the main action (Daenerys and Jon in particular).
I have a definite love-hate relationship with George R R Martin. He likes to shock the reader, which makes for an exciting story, but sometimes, well, I'll just say, never get too attached to any character.
all of it
there were so many big moments
a change in voice for the differnt characters
too long for one sitting , but a feeling of wanting to get back to it asap
When are the next two books coming out?
The book was hard enough to get into because Roy Dotrice made all of the voices of knights sound like elderly British royalty, even the warriors. I can even begin to explain the horror of it until the 4th book when he changes all the voices of most of the lead characters. The only one to stay the same are the Imp and Varies. The rest are so different I had a hard time remembering who was talking. Strong Belwas when from a large boastful voice to that of a teenage girl. and Arya Stark changed her too, it was awful, terrible. Do not buy these books until they are rerecorded by someone else. Read them the old fashion way, the story is awesome, an epic tale and the Director and the Producer ruined it. Roy Dotrice is not to bad if his bosses would have kept him on track.
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I was still completely engrossed in the story but I have to admit that I enjoyed the first book more as the reader is getting to know the characters and there isn't as much killing and maiming. My favorite character by far is Tyrion Lannister as he is so very smart and sly. He doesn't win battles by brute force but rather by his wits-a master manipulator. I look forward to seeing what happens in Book 3, A Storm of Swords. Any series that can keep me so enthralled for this long is truly a gem and I am very much enjoying the escape to Winterfell, King's Landing, River Run and the Wall. I think it will be a sad day when I get to the end of the story but thankfully, that won't happen for quite some time.
I would be lost without my Audio-books.
I actually read this in Kindle version before I could listen to the audio. The narration is a little hard for me to understand so I struggled to keep up with the story. After actually reading it, I was able to listen easier and enjoy the benefits of audio. Fabulous story- a little wordy, well a lot wordy, but a thoroughly enjoyable read if you have the endurance to finish such a long series. Hope Mr. Martin releases Book 6 soon.
Yes, this is the best way to enjoy the whole of the book as a performance. And I was always intimidated by the length of this series, as a busy, single Mom...the audiobooks solved that for me.
This story was creative, gripping, and well written.
Pieces are always moving in this Game of Thrones.
I like my listens heavy on plot, and George RR Martin doesn't disappoint. This book is a fun journey into a richly-textured world... perhaps green-eyed characters and improbable coincidences are a bit thick on the ground, but it's a great ride.
Roy Dotrice is a very talented voice actor, but I found myself saying "No! That's not how [insert character name] is supposed to sound!" over and over. Tyrion should be bluff, not sinister; Davos' character note is honesty, but he is voiced as conniving.
The story is even better than the first.
Roy Dotrice is just as meh as a narrator however, and my ridiculous accent complaint stands.
For me no. I bought it hoping it would be as vividly written as the HBO series "Game of Thrones". HBO is following the story line and does a more entertaining rendition. This audible put me a sleep more offten then not.
nope watch it on HBO
I can't really say this was my first time listening to him.
yes keep watching it on HBO
I loved the first one but this one was too slow. He tried to introduce too many new characters too fast which meant they lacked depth.
I had high expectation after the first one.