I love George Martin's Game of Thrones series because it reminds me on my favorite author; Frank Herbert of the Dune series. I really enjoy how the story unfolds from the perspective of several characters. Additionally, everyone has plans within plans and it is great to see their efforts unfold. You do have to be patient for the action to kick in, but once it does it is well worth the wait.
I really hate it when the narrator wrecks a great story. I only have time to listen (while driving) rather than read and am intrigued by this story. Mr. Martin should demand a different narrator. I wanted the depth of the great novel (not just the HBO miniseries) and will likely not listen to the next in the series until the narration is improved. Davina Porter would be ever so much better at this.
This is a very looong series of books; that said, this is an excellent series. One of those that you get lonesome for when the book is done.. If you listen to one, you just have to listen to the rest of them. So I did; I listened to all zillion hours of all the books and thoroughly enjoyed; except the epilogue of the last book. I'm not sorry I invested lots of time in the stories, since they're so very entertaining and the character development is stellar. I am disappointed in the ending though. I'm hoping he will be writing more to finish the stories we're so caught up in.
In Clash the story becomes more understandable through further character development and a rich spattering of history of the 7 kingdoms.
Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character because he is the anti-hero of the saga. He has nothing but his mind to use as a weapon. As an engineer/nerd that is very appealing to me.
Tyrion. Mr. Dotrice gives him a Irish or Scotish accent, he uses the same accent for Jamie and it gives a true sense that they are brothers. He changes accents in later books and the relationship is not as noticable.
No, it is just a very good story.
Great second book, nice expansion of the story and characters.
Dotrice does a reasonable job, given the wide range of characters -- not the best I've heard, but good enough to make a great book enjoyable to listen to. I listen mostly while running, so I can't easily skip back and listen to something I missed, which can be frustrating when Dotrice gives a character too heavy of an "accent" or slurs the character's speech a bit too much (think Rorge). Overall, though, I'd highly recommend this Audible book.
A must listen
The names of the characters are a bit tough to remember at first for me. However, Roy's ability to make the voice of each character unique makes it easy to keep up with the action. He really brings the characters to life.
Fascinating portrayal of the differences between the value assigned to the aristocracy and the "common folk" during the period. Power and privilege comes with its own set of rules. So really, not all that different than today!
Rest of books in the series
The book starts slow but really picks it up in the 2nd half
If you despise love, honesty, justice, joy and all that is good this is the book for you. I prefer books that keep me in a good mood and don't get me angry(so do my kids and wife) I have read some reviews that say this book is unpredictable and always keeps you on your toes. I, however, have found that it is very predictable. The author skillfully makes you hope for something or someone and then sadistically dashes your hopes every time. I decided that the book was affecting my attitude and had to stop reading about two thirds of the way through.
Something more uplifting
Roy is a little annoying but I would still listen to him
Prepare to be depressed.
Mr Martin is a wonderful writer. This is fantasy with grit. I am so in love with Tyrion! The narrator is horrible, but the writing makes it bearable. Mr. Dotrice sounds as if he is slobbering the dialog through a mouthful of gummy bears. A bit distracting
the dire wolf pups and the twists they have to play
brandand stark. and they way he is traviling out of body with his worf and the wondering what roll they will have with the winter to come.
i have no idea. i just watch movies