This book likely is a great story. As a book to listen to - it's tough. There are a lot of characters and a lot of voices. I needed a cheat sheet of characters to keep the story straight. While it's 33 hours of narration, if you want to follow the story and all the characters you'll be repeating sections of the book. It takes a lot longer to fully ingest this story.
I eventually gave up on the listen and read the paperbook. I'll go back and listen again though.
Eddard "Ned" Stark has been made Hand of the King. A job that he really doesn't want but he cannot refuse the King Robert Baratheon anything. Ned doesn't know what the future holds for House Stark but one thing is sure~he will do his best for King and land. Ned Stark's children find young Direwolf pups and they are shared among the children. Ned Stark is trying to keep peace among the houses yet there is so much in fighting amongst them. Robert Baratheon, King of the seven kingdoms, knows that war is loaming over his kingdom yet doesn't see how to avert it. Ceresi Lannister, wife and queen to Robert Baratheon, wants to see House Stark in ruin and doesn't care how it happens just that it does. Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister befriends Jon Snow, Ned Stark's bastard son, on the road to King's Landing. Jon Snow is going for training to be a Knight in the Night's Watch. Daenerys Targaryen also known as Stormborn is living in exile along with her brother Viserys. Viserys marries Daenerys to Khal Drogo of the Dothraki in the hopes of an alliance. Daenerys is frightened of her brother and does as he commands. She love Khal Drogo and understands the Dothraki people better than her brother does thanks to Ser Jorah Mormont. What will Ned Stark do? Is Robert Baratheon a fit king? Will Ceresi get her way? How does Jon Snow fair in training? Will the Targaryen reclaim their home? What part does the Dothraki play? Can they all play the game of thrones? Your answers await you in A Game of Thrones.
We spent 2 weeks and many many hours on a big road trip, and after finishing all 3 books of the Hunger Games series we launched into A Song of Ice and Fire. The miles rolled away underfoot and not once did anyone complain about the long hours of driving - in fact we returned with hours yet before finishing the book, and my teens (16 and 19 year old sons) are wondering when we will make the time to finish the book while at home.
Roy Dotrice is a splendid reader, and while the story is complex and character names take a while to grasp purely through the hearing of them, it soon settles into the rhythm of character-based chapters and plenty of suspense to keep us moving.
The only complaint I have is in the editing. There are far too many places where a sentence is repeated in my iPhone-download version, and that breaks the spell of the listening.
Highly recommended for older teens only (fairly graphic violence and enough sexual content that it was a good thing Mom was in the front seat and the boys in the back so no uncomfortable eye contact could be made). I will be keen to continue the series - as long as Mr Dotrice is the reader throughout.
This is a great story. A lot better than the HBO series. Beware you won't be able to stop after the first book.
I like middle ages stories.
I would highly recommend this book in audio format. So much of the story is descriptive in nature and if you are at all a fast reader, you will skip sections. Driving in the car or sitting around, you won't hit the fast forward, where your eyes would definitely skim ahead to the the action bits!! I tried the books three times, then settled on listening to the series. Epic improvement!!! :)
When someone I expected to be around to the end was dispatched with extreme prejudice...
Pretty much any scene with John Snow...
The book is epic in scope... it hits all the emotions at one time or another!!!
This book/series has already become part of our culture... If you read/listen - and if a bit of rough language or action do not offend you - you should definitely have this in your collection. After all... Winter is coming!!!
All the best,
The story is exciting, suspenseful, gripping and the reader is fantastic.
Too many to count. It is a complex and richly developed book with multiple dense story lines. I could not put it down.
All of them - he is an amazing performer and reader.
The film has been made - my tag line would be "hang on to your seats"
Anyone who likes to listen to books has to listen to one read by Roy Dotrice. It is a great experience and pleasure.
Incredible world and detail. A roller coaster ride that often hits the unexpected.
In this book he has a wide range of voices, and he does a great job bringing the vast amount of characters to life.
Wanted to, but couldn't with how long the book is. My daily commute flew by listening to this book.
Prepare to be hooked and want to get the other 4 books. Books 1-3 Roy does a fantastic job reading, the performance takes a hit after the 3rd book as he seems to limit his voice range in characters and changes the voices of some of the characters, but still worth reading.
Once you start reading this prepare yourself to read the other 4 books that are out and be anxiously anticipating George to finish his next book.
If you love to lose yourself in a book – this is a great book to do that. If you love to lose yourself in a book that actually has a resolution, then not so much. I like to experience a book that leaves me with, a good feeling or at least some sort of satisfaction, this series is not it. After reading the reviews from the last book (to date - book 5) there is still no resolution, so prepare yourself. I am giving up on this series. however; I did like the way it was written, and the imagination of the author, but I’m moving on to another series! If you choose to read some of the reviews of the last book – heed the spoiler alert!
Not a big fan of the Narrator - but he will grow on you!
Classic Epic Story
Tyrion Lanister. He is intelligent and sly.
Its not always good to be King!
I really like this book. It is a little slow to get started. I think that is because they are setting the stage for the inclusions of a ton of characters. Probably most like the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series in style.