I'm gonna keep this short, because I just bought the third book.
Busy basically this is by far one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of listening/reading.
So over all, the story is great. The narration is good, not great but still good.
As for if you should read this or listen to it, ask yourself this.
"Do I wear my heart on my sleeve?"
"Do I tear at the thought of death?"
"Do I think children are pure beings that shouldn't be hurt and are immune to the painful/horrible/disgusting reality that adults have to face?"
If yes to any of these, you may want to reconsider.
That said this is great and I recommend it to just about any one.
My mother wouldn't speak to me for a while after she read it, where as my father would talk to me about everything he loved about it.
That about sums it up I think.
I loved this book. I listened to it on the way to work, at work,at home, in the site with head phones.... cooking, every where. It is sometimes hard to get past the narrative though, he seems to pause after every fourth or fifth word.
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.