This book is so poorly read by Dotrice, it is infuriating. The voices he has invented for the many characters are obnoxious at best. For nearly every character he slurs as if he we're drunk beyond belief. For many more characters he apparently plugs his nose to create an extremely nasally (and very annoying) voice. He also inserts many "ummmmmmmmm's" and "errrrrrrr's" where they are definitely not written into the book by Martin. Dotrice also has extreme difficulty switching between characters' voices and that of the narrator. Often he will switch mid-sentence. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about Dotrice' performance, and so much is wrong with it that it almost ruins a greats series. If you are able to read the print version, seriously consider doing so, because the reading of this book is simply awful.
It's hard to improve on a masterpiece such as the first book of the series "Game of Thrones". Nevertheless, the second volume, "A Clash of Kings", is just as good and even better than the first installment of this epic series.
love this author! love the plot, love the writing, love the pace, love the history, love the characters, love the action, love the love-story lol, and love love the narrator! can't wait for the next book!!!
Ive read allot of fantasy and this series is easily the best out there. Its has such a vast scope and so many characters that are so well developed. Some books only have a couple characters that the author has a hard time developing. Theres numerous characters in this series that are so well developed. You truly care about them and hate their enemies.
I love George R.R. Martin, but i'll probably avoid Roy Dotrice. I think he reads well, but his voice and the "voices" he does are often not distinct enough from each other or fitting to the characters. It sounds like everyone in the book is about 85 and with the same annoying sound and adds absolutely nothing to the story. Honestly, I found it hard to keep my attention - and this is a series where that should be impossible.