I had already read this book several years ago but wanted to re-read it via audiobook. If you haven't read it, the book is excellent, you should definitely read it.
I'm writing this review to comment on the narrator, not the book itself. Anyone who has read fantasy series like this one knows that there are a host of dozens of characters, and this series is far from the exception to that rule. I understand that it's a challenge for an audiobook narrator to give each character his/her own voice so that the listener can recognize each character. This is probably the greatest challenge of a narrator, I realize.
Mr. Dotrice has a perfectly suitable speaking voice - his narration is excellent. The problem is that he goes overboard with his characters' voices. Instead of having them all sounding too bland as an inexperienced narrator might, they almost all sound exaggerated and have overdone accents. It's fine to have quirky characters like Varys or Tyrion sound like they have marbles in their mouth or something, but every single minor character ends up sounding like the same stereotype. Half the women sound like characters in a Monty Python sketch, and plenty of the men do too.
I already purchased the rest of the series on audiobook, and I plan to listen to them all. But I just wanted to warn anyone who is considering buying them that the narrator is not like other narrators (e.g. Michael Kramer from the Wheel of Time series). In the end, it doesn't ruin the book, but narration should be a background feature and not something that constantly comes to the surface while listening, as it is with this book.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
Be prepared to pay attention. I had a hard time following all of the characters, and often had to rewind and listen again. The narrator is quite good. You know who is talking without the name (once you know the characters) because his reading is so good.
As the story goes it is as many other true epic fantasy stories, it lives up to all who love the stories of unknown worlds and chivalry. Unfortunately as the story telling goes it is only mediocre. The story teller has problems actually telling the story as a true story teller would.
Up through book 3 this series is amazing. The hours flew by when listening to Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, and Storm of Swords. I will give an overall review for all three books. The characters are well formed, the story is phenomenal, and the voice acting is superb. If I have any gripes, it has nothing to do with the first three books... now be warned that quality is not maintained in the last two books that have been released. If you are a Wheel of Time veteran like me you will groan at seeing history repeat itself. What is a non-stop thrill ride in the first three books slows to a crawl in the last two. Does that mean you shouldn't read / listen to the first three? I don't know, you make the call. I for one am glad I've experienced Game of Thrones, its a wonderful ride for a couple thousand pages, wouldn't have missed it, just wished it could have been maintained.
Love all the books for this series. There is one in the series that switches the narrator to another person and that one is not as good, but all the rest are great.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
GRRM has definitely become my favorite fiction writer. I cannot wait to read the entire 'Song of Ice and fire series'. CoK lives up to its first book and in some terms even more. More new characters are introduced, more are killed GRRM style. The thing that amazes me is the way I can remember every character's story. But I guess that's what good writers do. If you already finished GoT, there is no reason to wait or doubt this series. Go for it, highly recommend it.
Roy Dotrice performance is accurate every time and very engaging. The narrator is one of the reasons I keep coming back to this series.
This was a tough one for me, in spite of the valiant efforts of Roy Dotrice. After the excitement and intensity of the first book, I figured there was enough momentum to propel the entire series - but this one took a very different direction. Game of Thrones was a very unpredictable, genre-bending fantasy/noire that threw in every curveball it could, then Martin decided it would be fun to watch everybody in Westeros slow wayyyy down and play a game of Settlers of Catan. You would think 7+ major parties vying for the throne would be exciting to watch. . . but I assure you no. Let's see - Tyrion traded 6 armor and 2 sheep for wildfire. Theon rolled the dice, then traded 3 iron for 1 rusty crown. This really is how the book plays out - except that it adds about 100 new characters, only 3 of which maybe matter. It's also hard to analyze just 1 book in the series, as I understand that we're building toward something - maybe in the bigger picture of the series it's not as big a deal... but slogging through these 1,000+ pages (37 hours) felt like pushing a safe across a sandbar, so my answer as to whether I will continue the series will have to be "Eventually."
Couldnt stop listening to it. Found myself doing alot of odd jobs around the house. Just so I could listen to the story.
Not quite as interesting as book 1 but I still could not put it down. Looking forward to book 3.
A perfectly pitched gravelly piano of tones. Like Tom Waits meets Santa Claus meets Richard Burton
I'm tiring a bit of the material. RR Martin is on a high level but sometimes too one note. Spread these books out for maximum enjoyment!