Never owned the print version, but probably not. Its really hard to understand the author when he does certain voices, and sometimes its hard to tell one character from another based solely upon the readers voice. This is really rough when there are no other indications as to who is speaking. For example (SPOILER ALERT) when Jaimie and Kat are talking while Jaimie is imprisoned at Riverrun.
Some of his voices are too similar to other characters, and others are really hard to understand. I understand that some people's voices are supposed to be weird, but he gets so spitty sometimes that its hard to know what is being said.
Yes - probably when I'm ready to re-read the entire series, but I probably would not read it as a stand-alone novel.
It picked up well after the events in "A Game of Thrones" and progressed the overall story very well.
Roy was able to make the accents very different from the characters, which made it easy to tell them apart.
Not many extreme reactions, but then again any major character death is pretty impactful.
A more apt title should probably have been "A Conversation of Kings" as there was no real fighting or action until roughly half way through the book.
On a positive note, and similar to how "A Game of Thrones" was written, Martin is able to write in a way that each word, phrase, and scene adds to the greater story. There is not a lot of "fluff" or misdirection (so far) in this series.
Pros: excellent editing with incredible character development.
Cons: a somewhat slow start.
Bottom line: a decent follow-up to GoT that leaves the reader wanting more.
Blood, Sweat, Tears
I don't think anything compares to this series.
Anything with Arya.
Now on HBO...
None- the book stands on its own.
I like a series and I love the genre. The story is great but don't listen if you have any sort of depression issues.
Too many to list - the feeling is pretty much love or hate any specific character.
I always like the emphasis and interpretation of a character's emotions. However, Mr Dotrice could use a better selection of voices for the characters, especially the young men and young women.
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed hearing stories read to me--I haven't revisited that experience since I was a child. The books in this series are PERFECT for the audio format and that truly is because of the narration of Roy Dotrice. There are a billion characters in these books yet he manages to give each a singular voice, and often incredibly realistic and true to the character. I read most of the first book but it was a bit slow going in order to keep track of the characters and story lines; however, in an audio format, because Mr. Dotrice lends different voices and inflections to the characters and their words, it is just simply easier and more enjoyable this way. I still go back and forth between the audio and the book to keep my brain employed, but I am really, really enjoying Mr. Dotrice's storytelling.
Mr. Dotrice lends life, inflection, and variety to every single character who utters a line in the books. For that reason alone, it becomes less confusing to sort out the many, many characters that inhabit these books.
Theon and his plight probably go the most mutters and reactions from me. He is pitiable in his pathetic attempts to force the love and respect out of everyone around. It's annoying, frustrating, and almost comical how these efforts pan out for him--everyone except him seems to see his impending downfall.
I didn't like the narrator who gave everyone the same voice and was constantly mispronouncing names, such as petyr baelish and brienne of tarth. (BRY-EEN AND PA-TIRE, ugh) perhaps it is just me, but i find i cannot stand it.I could not stand the way he voiced my favorite character Tyrion either.
Okay, so yes, the game of thrones series is very good. We know this. My main issue with Martin's writing style is thus... I enjoy when there is a realistic sense of human limitation. What I mean by this is that too often when writing, Martin's characters are unrealistically exaggerated. For example Tyrion in this book was suddenly elevated to near god-like status. He's a good character but for the sake of making it interesting, Martin makes Tyrion untouchable, invincible and just too all knowing. Each character, like someone in real life, should have weaknesses, and should not be so unrealistically clever and always one step ahead of everyone.
I don't like when things happen for the sake of story. Another example of this is the night before battle with King Renly. Renly should have won against Stannis with ease. But he is murdered the night before.
Again this happens during the sea battle. Joffrey's small fleet is able to hold and stave off Theron's entire armada several times vaster than his own. \
And once again, when ser Roderic is about to reclaim Winterfell, suddenly the bad guys get the jump on them, and kill everyone.
Nothing extraordinary, the standard fare. It was good.
Of course, and there is one.
Using this writing style, of having the under dog always somehow manage to outsmart and defeat the protagonists, is tiresome. By the end of the book, I KNEW that winterfell wasn't going to be saved.
There is a HUGE difference in writing an entertaining well planned story, and writing something for shock value. I enjoyed this book, but I can't take it too seriously, because of the way Martin gives such unrealistic odds to one side, just to keep it 'interesting' and to propel the story.
Suspenseful and integrated
Roy made the characters come to life which is hard to do considering how many there are in this book.
It's the next round of power players. If you believe that the fundamental goodness of humanity will win the day then your head will be on a spike. But Martin uses the most likable and despicable characters to show us that. Loved every minute of it.
If you're a GRRM fan, yes I would recommend this book. It's certainly one of the best of the series in terms of characters, pacing and plot.
The narrator, while not bad at all overall, made accent choices that were really off-putting to me. Hearing the intelligent, erudite Tyrion and the huge supposedly raspy voiced Hound with semi-Cockney accents really threw me out of my immersion in the story. It was a little like hearing Hamlet played by the Artful Dodger.
This book is entirely too huge to listen to in one sitting.