I started the first book on a whim and now I am hooked. I love the story and I have no complaints on that regard, but the "chapters" on the audiobook do not match up at all with the real chapters in the book. All of the "chapters" in the audiobook just end in the middle of a real chapter of the book. This makes no sense the first book was just perfect with the chapter placement, why is this one so wrong? I have lost my place too many times and it is very frustrating to try to find your place again when the chapters are all wrong.
If I could sum up a Clash of Kings in three words, they would be as such:
1. Dark. This is a time of war. It is not a time for love. It is a time for loss, battle, difficult decisions and hideousness.
2. Depressing. Really....after my number 1 word above, I don't think an explanation is needed.
3. Brilliance. The storytelling as well as the performance of the reader is outstanding. Although the accents get mixed up every so often (Tyrion has a welsh accent but his family does not) it helped me sort out the myriads of characters in my head.
It is easy to get hooked on the first book...it is impossible not to read the second, even though at times you feel like you're in an abusive relationship with the author...there's a sweet glimmer of hope, and then suddently BAM, the author hits your with something you never saw coming.
As one previous reader told me, "don't get attached to any characters"..... these are tough times....and a story that will keep you reading. Dont miss is....but don't expect it to be easy!!
Hodor. A breath of simplicity is lovely in this story.
His assortment of voices helped me keep characters straight in my head (cuz there's a BEEHIVE full of them in this story!) His voice for the Onion Knight is hilariously pirate, but his mixing up of the regional accents can be confusing at times.
The children from Deepwood Motte
Roy Dotrice does an excellent job voice acting. They're so believable sometimes I forget it's the same person who does them all!
There are so many. One of the most memorable is Jon killing Qhroin Halfhand at the end of the book. Jon being ordered by the Halfhand to kill him and betray his brothers was shocking and impactful for one of my favorite characters.
Favorite? Too many. Arya, Tyrion and Jon have the best chapters.
A Game of Thrones was for world building, A Clash of Kings is about all the pieces moving. It's exciting to the end. Only downside is Daeneryse accomplishes little; her progress is not by her own work.
While I was in the midst of listening to "I realize now, that my positive review of the first audiobook in this series was due more to the actual story than to the reader. Once the gloss of the story wore off, I found myself getting more and more annoyed with the reader. This second book has a lot less action (though the writing is still amazing) and spent more time inside characters' heads. This revealed Mr Dotrice's weaknesses.
I was impressed with the way Roy Dotrice tried to assign a different voice for each character in the first book. By book 2, Mr. Dotrice had run out of voices. Not only that, it seems he frequently forgot which voice he'd been using with a character - sometimes mid-sentence. I know it is a monumental task trying to do what he did. Perhaps, it was impossible. However, I recall listening to the Harry Potter on audio and thinking Jim Dale was nearly flawless in creating voices and remembering which went with whom. Perhaps, I am remembering it wrong or maybe I've grown less tolerant in my dotage. Either way, I noticed Mr. Dotrice's errors and they began to grate on me.
The characterization of Theon Greyjoy began to be painful. For whatever reason, I did not like the "voice" Mr. Dotrice used for Theon. Ironically, this was one voice he managed to stay true to fairly consistently. Near the end, I hated Theon's chapters - not for the character himself (though he does give one plenty of reasons to hate him); but because I hated Mr. Dotrice's voicing of him.
By the end of the book, I decided that I would read the rest of the series on my e-reader because I couldn't deal with Mr. Dotrice anymore.
In the end, I don't think it is entirely Mr. Dotrice's fault. He was excellent for certain characters, e.g. Ned, Robert Baratheon, Stannis. I think the producers probably needed to add a few more readers. There are just far too many characters with far too many ranges for him. Mr. Dotrice tried valiantly but failed to succeed at making all of them convincing and at being consistent.
kingdoms, Tretury and bloodlines
Lord Ned Stark
when they found the wolves
this book was read really well by an entertaining actor. I've read the book, but he made it come alive in my mind with all the different voices and tones.
This story, takes up well where the first left off. My few qualms with the first book have been well satisfied here and the characters continue to be excellent. I feel I've come to know these people. Some I enjoy spending time with, some I loathe; but all evoke strong emotions. Martin is a genius with his characters. Martin's fantasy is much darker than most, but more real as well. I appreciate the maturity.
I am ambivalent about the narration. While Dotrice is a pure pleasure to listen to and his voice was an excellent choice for the overall narration, I find his characterizations lacking. Most of his male characters sound either like pirates or as though they have speech impediments. His female characters are unconvincing. So, I remain undecided: I loved his narration, but wasn't taken with his voice characterizations. I don't remember this being so striking in the first book, but I've watched the series since then. Perhaps I have different expectations of the voices now that I've seen the series. Hard to say.
WOW, Fascinating, Magical.
There are so many. Daenerys in the undying room was awesome.
The characters live in his voice. excellent job!
impossible but would if I could.
I don't understand why the narrator didn't go back and study the voices he used in the previous books.
I was disappointed. Too many new characters. Some of the great characters used in the previous books are sent to the wayside.
I really enjoyed this book, it pulls you in quickly and completely. This is one of those books, stories, that the narrator can make or break the story. Roy Dotrice MAKES the book come alive, he is masterful. The voice inflection, pitch, accents, tones, he is a wonderful narrator. Buckle up, you will find yourself thinking about this book and the characters as you go through your day.
Books, Art, Animals, and the void.
I really enjoy the audiobooks for the reason that they are very long and i don't always get to red for 5 or 6 hours a day but i can listen and thats great for me. or anyone who enjoys multitasking.
I have seen some reviews that dislike Roy I however think he has gotten better thou the books, Expressly the female voices. some of the voices change but it didn't bother me some i felt that it was the character growing older.