While on the surface, A Game of Thrones may look like a typical fantasy if you haven't bought into the HBO show's hype. As I quickly discovered, AGOT was less goblins/elves/wizards type fantasy and more focused on relationships, politics, families, and betrayals. The setting comes to life in the story. George RR Martin has crafted a detailed world full of rich history and mystery that unfolds as the story progresses. It's hard to keep up with the multitude of characters, but the main ones will stand out and be memorable. Martin doesn't just create one-dimensional stock characters: he inserts real people, with unique ideas, ambitions, and dark sides. In the end, I feel that this first step into the AGOT series will be a worthwhile journey, as I plan to listen to all 5 books this year.
Difficult to pick. Tyrion Lannister always had the best quips, but Jon Snow felt like the most genuinely heroic character.
This was my first time listening to audiobooks, and he set a such a high bar. Mr. Dotrice puts all he has into acting out the story. He definitely helped to elevate the material and bring George RR Matin's writing to life.
I wish I had 33 hours of free time, but yes, I would.
I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't care for series. But this turned out to be an exception. I found this book one to be interesting in and of itself and not just a setup for the books that follow.
Fantasy worlds are also not my first listening choice, but I was enticed by others' positive reviews, and I'm glad I gave it a go. I was drawn in by the interweaving characters and story, and the transitions between them were nicely done. I do want to visit them again!
A fan of fantasies, thrillers, horror, epic-fantasies, darker stories and general literature..
At the top of them, i find it to be better than LoTR since it's darker, more realistic (Character-wise) and it has more character and profoundly witty conversations..
How the story doesn't present to you all of the Fantasy elements right away but rather give you bits and pieces as you go along to make it more mysterious and satisfying!And the fact that you get to be in the characters' heads and see their valid reasoning behind every move they make..
The scene where Syrio Forel, Arya's trainer had this very profound conversation with Arya Stark"Do you pray to the gods? -Syrio"The Old and the New." -Arya"There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'not today'." - Syrio
I wanted to, yes..But it's too long for a one sitting..
Roy Dotrice did an amazing job at narrating the book, but he tried too hard to give every unique character a unique voice.. (Hard enough to make you have to rewind to undestand what he said)I would've enjoyed it much more if he had used his own voice..
Books, Art, Animals, and the void.
Anticipation, blood, and awsome
a more interesting sexyer version of LOTR
I wish he would have more variation and no sound so ridicules with his women's voices.
well yes, but you can not because it is longer then a full day but i did listen
to 5 to 6 hours everyday.
... you'll like this book if you don't need the story to have an ending. The author is terrific and the reader brought the characters to life but I felt a bit let down with the ending (or lack thereof). I would have rated it higher if more elements of the story were resolved.
I would have wrapped up a few things. This book, while well-read and quite entertaining, is more like a very long chapter. Very little gets resolved and for those of us who want stories with endings, this one requires that you buy the next book (and so on).
A wonderful range of accent, and a voice that fits the century
It inspired me to be a bit more choosy when selecting series. A trilogy like 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has an ending but also begs to be continued. This is not the case with Game of Thrones.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
Martin is a genius, weaving an excellent and compelling tale full of twists and turns. Dotrice's narration really brings the characters to life.
I am almost at the end of the third book. The multiple points of view gets me deeper and deeper into the heads as well as the trial and tribulations of several main characters to the point that when i sleep, i dream i am Jamie Lanister, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark or Jon Snow.
No story in my entire life has done this to me.
I recommend this with all my heart.
I have several even some who are not fist person POV characters.
Even if his performance was sub par (which i am not suggesting) the writing would obfiscate that. The characters are brilliant.
I can't do anything for 35 plus hours at a time.
I hope Audible gets book six on tape as soon as it is possible, when it finally comes out.
I would, and have, recommended to my friends.
It is beautifully written, and absolutely unpredictable. You get to know the characters, love them, hate them, and yet are surprised by them.
Absolutely. His intonation, timing, and voices bring the characters to life.
Don't watch the film! Read the book!
No, not at this time.
Move it along faster.
Get your pronunciation correct and then say it the same each time.
No, I did not enjoy it. I will not listen to the next in the series.
I am not a regular of this type of book, but I wanted to explore. It may just be me. Although, I did think the narrator could have been better.
I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!
It's at the top. I will admit I have been watching the series on HBO, and wanted to give the books a try. I seriously love it.
I am not sure if there is a comparison as far as I know. This is out of the realm of books I usually listen to.
I love the ending..... I will just leave it at that :)
Can't do that... since there is already a series on HBO!
Just know that the series is going to be different than the books, it always is. With the books you are going to get more details than in the show, things that were left out, and character descriptions that are different.