Absolutely recommend this book, and the first in the series. Several friends recommended the book, and with a few audible credits burning a hole in my pocket and all the positive reviews, I decided to give the series a try. Chapter one of the first book didn't hook me, but I gave it a bit more time and was pulled in. Many characters, many plots that all intertwine. As the story changes characters from chapter to chapter, you can't wait to hear what comes next with the cliff hanger left behind. Sometimes, you get to chapter realize it's been so long since you last heard about this character
The narration is done quite well too, each character with its own distinct voice. A few of the voices grate on me, but typically these are not main characters, and the voice matches the grating personality of who it belongs too.
I love that this book's narration is voices for each character, a plain narration would not have done the book/series justice
We were looking for a book to listen to on a long car trip. This was the best. I made the trip seem much shorter.
A great listen, captivating and so convenient to be able o listen in the car or at the gym.
Lord of the rings.
Definitely! This book is amazing. I've been watching the HBO show, and it misses so many of the details. You won't be able to put this book, or any of the books in this series, down.
The entire series!
No, but he's fantastic.
I would never say that of any book, unless it's Roy Dotrice reading. He gives life to the story and the characters.
Laugh, several times. Especially when there is a lot happening, and you can hear Roy Dotrice getting all excited over it.
I am a avid reader and writer. I have written two books and hope to make a career involving one of my greatest passions. Aside from running my other passion is running marathons and there's nothing better than going out on a long run listening to a good audio book.
So Much Treachery!
One of the most memorable moments is the epic battle at King's Landing. Listening to the description of the hundreds of ships sailing to King's Landing created a vivid picture that made me feel like I could feel the sea air.
Roy does a good job creating a unique voice for all the incredible characters and keeps the story flowing from view point to view point.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Tyrion takes over as leader of the men defending the castle and leads his men into battle.
I was surprised at the differences between this book and the second season of the show, although I believe both were absolutely incredible.
I am committed to reading all of George R.R. Martin's books however I will not do another audio book narrated by Roy Dotrice. I read regular books, Kindle books and audio books. I would do another audiobook if I knew it was not narrated by Roy Dotrice. Sorry Roy!
I've also been watching the HBO series and it's so nice to know more of the back story.
An audio book is all about how well the narrator can tell the story, take on different voices for different characters, etc. You need to be able to get lost in the story. Listing to Mr. Dotrice is painful.
Amazon will get my money to read future books. No more audio books for me narrated by Mr. Dotrice.
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I've read the book and now I've listened and watched the second season.The third season is starting on HBO and I can't wait!! The book is so close to the series it's scary.. I think this is one of the best out of all five books,and I've read them all.. I think Roy Dotrice does a great job with all the voices in five different Kingdoms!!! John Snow again takes over the book,with his little sister Arya having her own great story line!! But Tyrion takes this book over you have to love that dwarf!! One of the smartest guys in all the lands but this TIme he proves himself on the battlefield!! I can't get enough of the Starks they are so far away yet so close to each other!! Brandon,Ricken & Hodor & the green kids made it and they are on their way!! Watch your back Rob the Frays are coming!!! Sansa poor girl nothing goes your way but keep your head up help is on the way!! Can't wait to listen to the third book!!
Roy does an amazing job of acting out the story that's consistent with the earlier books, and the writer does the same with keeping each part of the series consistent, and constantly re-enforcing what heard in the earlier books.
Character consistency, and the fact that you think you predicted what going to happen. Then, it goes in another direction making me want to listen to more.
With all of the characters, he has a great many voices to help youo distiniguish between them. Some may not like it because they like to paint their own picture, but I myself enjoyed it.
I gave A Clash of Kings 3 stars instead of the 5 stars I gave A Game of Thrones because this 30 + hour book did not seem to advance the story (back to 5 stars for book 3) in a way I would expect of a book of this length. I enjoyed the book but was surprised that by the end I was really still waiting for something of real significance to happen. As is the case in multiple book series you will still need to "read" this one before going on to "A Storm of Swords" book 3.