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!
Excellent story involving kings, queens, battles and conspiracy. The unabridged version has tremendous detail. The audible is well read, with a clear voice and varied according to character personalities. Highly recommended.
I'm really enjoying these books. It works for me to do them on audio because I commute a lot. I've already seen the TV show which is what got me into the books, so it's nice to have the visual story as well. I like learning new things from the books though.
I'm gonna keep this short, because I just bought the third book.
Busy basically this is by far one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of listening/reading.
So over all, the story is great. The narration is good, not great but still good.
As for if you should read this or listen to it, ask yourself this.
"Do I wear my heart on my sleeve?"
"Do I tear at the thought of death?"
"Do I think children are pure beings that shouldn't be hurt and are immune to the painful/horrible/disgusting reality that adults have to face?"
If yes to any of these, you may want to reconsider.
That said this is great and I recommend it to just about any one.
My mother wouldn't speak to me for a while after she read it, where as my father would talk to me about everything he loved about it.
That about sums it up I think.
I loved this book. I listened to it on the way to work, at work,at home, in the site with head phones.... cooking, every where. It is sometimes hard to get past the narrative though, he seems to pause after every fourth or fifth word.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
Well I finished book 2 of A Song of Fire and Ice. I find I have a sort of love/hate relationship with these books. I find the writing quite good, but the amount of stuff that goes wrong and happens to each character is like watching a soap opera, they go from one terrible situation to another, to the point that it starts to rub me the wrong way.
While it is real, that not everything goes right and is happy, it's also unreal that everything that can go wrong does. The amount of stuff that happens in one month is the amount that would happen to a real person in their entire life. This causes the story to feel slow to me because it feels like I'm watching a never ending parade of mishaps, that are not resulting in a resolution to any part of the story.