You can believe that you are hearing different characters when this is read. The reader brings the book to life and makes you believe you are there.
I love the story line, the twisting plots, the taste of fantasy and the overall feeling that it is an almost historical fiction...
The writing of the book is AWESOME. it is intriguing, enthralling, and, in spite of the Roy Dotrice's horrible reading, the book still packs a punch.
The book itself reminds me of a bloodier, less fanciful Paolini's "Eragon".
I wish these books were offered with an entirely different reader.
The reader, Roy Dotrice, is barely tolerable. His halting every few words, seriously limited vocal characterizations, and heavy breathing difficulties makes me wonder if the producer every actually LISTENED and HEARD the narrator objectively. I would love to have the speed at 1.5 to get through the book this year but then the reader, already difficult to follow, is unintelligible so 1.25 it is... which is still painful listening - though less than at regular speed.
I wish this was read by Gerard Doyle. The book deserves his nuance, characterization, and ease of tempo. He read Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series and is PERFECT.
This is an excellent epic. Roy Dotrice does an impressive job undertaking what is no doubt an arduous task. But, he prevails, and the result is a wonderfully told continuance of George R. R. Martin's marvelous work.
Roy, at times, sounds a bit rough with female or young characters, but it is just his way of doing things. You get used to it, but not very far along, I just stopped noticing.
I listen to these to pass the time until Martin publishes his next book. Which can't come soon enough. Overall a great piece. Worth your time.
See subject line. Some characters POV are boring or slow( Sansa and sometimes John). That is not to say the overall story is slow( it's long) but there are chucks of time when you want to skip the pov. I basically think of them as a nessicary evil.
A Song of Ice and Fire is a good series, this work being an adequite representation of the series. There are two things that really hold it back from being great, Martin's lack of historical acumen and his use of certain tools to make the audience hate characters.
This series is great. I finish a book then I watch the corresponding season. It definitely helps and enhances the experience on both the book and tv show sides
I loved most of this book and completely hated a few parts. I cheered the heroes and raged against the villains. I think most will really enjoy this book. It has a lot of dark parts and a few days of light.
Mr. Martin has created a rich and exquisite land, where the characters are large than life, yet seem as normal as anyone on the street. From the Wall to Asshai, this world entices and ensnares all that read about it. Mr. Dotrice has done well in his effort to give voice to these characters. Each character's voice lingers long in the memory of the listener. A must-have for any book or audiobook collection!