even after having seen the show, listening to this was enjoyable. the narration is very well done. if I had one complaint, it would be that a lot of the voiced used are very similar, however that seems hard to avoid since the story has like 2 million characters. at least roy dotrice doesn't do weird lady voiced the way some voice actors do-- I can't stand it when all the women in a story sound like tired drag queens
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
Review of 1st two books. I have bought next two but not yet read them. I guess you get your credit's worth with these long books, but for me it's a chore to keep listening. Narration is OK, but a better narrator might make the whole book better. Story is good, but it's long an a lot of characters and things going on to keep track of. I haven't seen the show.
Audible obsessed! Love listening at work, driving or relaxing.
I like the narrator and the way he gives life to the characters. I have also seen the shows, AGOT on HBO. With just a few differences between the shows and books both are still great. I gotta continue on to the next book to find how the Theon and Reek thing work out as compared to the shows.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
At this point - I have only read two in the series. Like Dune and the Trilogy of the Ring - the World of Ice and Fire creates a complete and complex world that will cause you to suspend your own reality. I read each of the other series - when I was younger and had more time, energy and better vision - now I listen, so I can accomplish other things that need doing. When you are going to dedicate nearly 200 hours to a series - you have to take that into consideration. Swapping Geo. Martin's World of Ice and Fire for midwinter Ohio is definitely trading up.
I have several favorite characters. Much like Sensa, I believe in true knights. My favorites are all the truly "good" people and true knights in the story. Ariya, Catlyn, Robb, John, Bran, Lord Robert; that whole family line - and the maester of their family. I also love their family wolves, and can hardly wait to watch the dragons grow up.
The Imp, however, - is my favorite character. In so many ways he is truly evil - but he is also truly a genius and very misunderstood. He does all the planning and is the person responsible for all the military genius in the book. He never gets credit for anything he accomplishes and in his own words - no one ever likes him. They see him always as the "little ugly man" who it is "acceptable to hate." Even his own family fails to see his good points. He resents that - but he still has this good side and he often does the "right" thing. It might be for the "wrong" reason, but never the less - it is the thing that should be done.
Of course I love the story line. I've read the books. Watched the series. Huge George RR Martin fan. I don't understand all the negative comments about the narration of these books!! He may pronounce some names wrong and some voices he uses are off the charts wrong, but the first book came out over 2 decades ago! Before we all knew how to pronounce names or had any idea what they sound like. I think he does a good job at trying to bring life to the charters to show emotion and personality. If there is anything to complain about in my opinion is the price on this site!!!
The Game of Thrones series is one of my favorites, so I figured I'd enjoy listening to it. But this reader is one of the worst I've ever heard. Uses the same old croaking voice for every character, be they 70 years old or 6. Him giving voice to Arya and Sansa is horrible. Not worth the credit I spent.