And so my Watch begins...
I had been wanting to get into the television series for some time, but decided I would read the book first (because honestly, the book is always better). I was not mistaken in that believe and enjoy the book immensely.
Game of Thrones. Same author, continuation of series. I think I enjoyed Book II better since the back history was developed more.
Spoilers. Listen yourself. Or read the book, or watch the show.
If it wasn't 33 hours long? Yes, definitely. Worth every penny!!
Epic, Epic, Epic.
An excellent acting and he's very good with accents.
None that I can think of.
I have decided to return both the first and the second book of GOT, because when I listened to Clash of Kings the audio went completely haywire somewhere in chapter 12. It flitted through all the chapters and I couldn't get the thing to just play on from where it went wrong. I already deleted the book from my computer, then downloaded it again, I re-installed my Audible app on my phone, but nothing works. This is so frustrating, I just quit listening.
but are at least consistent as I stated in my thoughts on Book 1. Makes for an entertaining audio.
Easy to get through the long details of the book, such as explaining what places and people look like. Love, love, love the narrator!! Great with the voices and characters! He gets you immersed in the story and wanting more.
Um, all of them!
I started reading the book itself but kept getting confused. Frankly, some of the descriptions in the book became overwhelming for me and I just had to keep taking breaks or re-reading some parts. Listening to the novel being performed not just read made the experience more enjoyable and memorable. I was able to knit and listen. Eat and listen. Answer an email and listen. Dotrice did a marvelous job of keeping me engaged while I was doing other things. His voices for the female characters are pretty hilarious but I imagine that's what we women sound like to men when we nag. So, I guess he was accurate in that respect. >.<
My goal for the next couple of the weeks is to read A Song of Ice and Fire before the end of the fourth season of the show. That being said, I did want to listen this book in one sitting. Given that it's about six hundred pages long makes this goal more herculean than I'd like. Listening rather than going blind over my e-reader is a helpful perk. So thank you, Audible.
In short, I'm one of the losers who only started reading the books AFTER the show aired. Sue me. Of the three completed seasons, the second season which is based on this book was not my favorite. Don't get me wrong, it was good but it just seemed rushed. Now that I've read A Clash of Kings, I understand why. The show takes many artistic liberties and purposely leaves out a couple of things. I think the character who is most affected is Danaerys. Her foray in the House of the Undying was surprisingly different. No spoilers but people who watch the show would appreciate the insight she gains from this visit.
I don't fault the show leaving some stuff out. Martin's descriptions are vague and meant to keep the momentum and mystery going for the next novels. If we were able to SEE everything, we'd probably be able to predict the end more easily and that just wouldn't be fun as a viewer.
Yes, the story is fantastic.
The chapter divisions are terrible. if the book has chapters why is the audiobooks chapters just randomly selected? It is extremely frustrating!
Absolutely the books are amazing!
Tyiron, his chapters are my favorite.
He brings the books to life, I like how he changes his voice to different characters.
Picks up where the first book left off and is equally intriguing. Martin has created an entire new universe with exquisite detail and complexity, which sets it apart from other books I've read. The characters are consistent to themselves and the world they inhabit and the story continues with plot twists and unexpected developments.
Hard to say, it's pretty different than my usual reading material.
It sounds like an old friend telling a story. His voice did take a little getting used to, and as a rule he does male voices better than young female ones, but overall he is well suited to this story.
Some of Tyrion's snarkier remarks have made me laugh out loud over the course of these two books. I wouldn't say anything made me cry (not much does) but I was pretty shocked with some of the events and sort of went "Oh nooooo.."
Quite a good way to pass the time especially during this dreary, eternal winter weather we've been having ("Winter is coming"? Winter is never gonna leave!!)