The descriptions, characters, and overall story is truly epic.
I think the narration, however, falls a little flat. Being an elderly gentleman himself, Mr. Dotrice did a great job with the older male characters. I found his portrayal of the women and children lacking and very distracting, though.
The other distraction was the poor editing. At least once an hour, the narrator would say a sentence, pause, then repeat the same sentence. Didn't anyone listen to the final product before releasing it?
The only thing I missed in the audio version was the map, which would help position the characters as they travel through their world. I loved the narrator, who brought life to each character through his use of different voices and the way he introduced mannerisms to speech and speech patterns...
I loved Dani, who was a strong woman in a strange world and who welcomes her role and her fate by the end of the book.
This is my first ofr Roy Dotrice's performances...I look forward to others
Yes...but the length made it impossible
The first 3 books are amazing and it's all due to Roy Dotrice's narration. I would have to say out of all of the audio books I have listened to, the first 3 are the best.
My favorite character, as performed by Roy Dotrice, is without a doubt, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow and Arya Stark are my other two favorites.
Naturally, after listening to the first book, you want to hear more. The second and third books are amazing. However, the narrator changes in book 4. Trying to listen to book is like being read to by a kindergarten teacher. In book 5, they bring back Roy Dotrice as the narrator, however, most of the character voices change.
I will be waiting for HBO to catch up on their take on the series as well as waiting for the publishers to revisit books 4 and 5, and correct the issues in their audio book form....
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I just finished the first book. It doesn't really jive with the summary, but it is a good book. Mostly intrigue around a degrading court, honorable knights, and lots of stories around differnt people in different places all joining the story together. Narration is good, I enjoyed Roy's voices. I will mostl likely get the second book, but not yet, as its a 2 credit buy as well, and I want a bit more fantasy in my story.
Look, the story is really good, the reader is decent. I listen during my commute, and it's entertaining and enjoyable. Some are saying that the reader ruins the story, and maybe to the GRR Martin purist, but I think it's still good. Coming from someone who has not read the books previously, I think it helps that the reader acts the characters, just for the purpose of differentiation. If you have listened to the Harry Potter series with Jim Dale, you will be familiar with this approach. While Dotrice come no where close to the quality of Dale, he is still tolerable and does not ruin it. His few mistakes here and there, and poor interpretations of a few character voices were easy for me to ignore. Good book, give it a shot.
The reader, Roy Dotrice, is excellent. I had no problem understanding him and he conveyed the atmosphere of the book and its many characters in a manner bound to captivate his audience. It can however be difficult to keep up with so many characters. I prefer the pace of the narration used by the reader for a book of this length. Nothing is lost of the detail or the complex nature of the many individuals and their hidden agenda.
I had never heard of these books until people started talking about the t.v. series. I caught the first on sale and thought I'd give it a try.
The story is excellent and reads with an unvarnished, but vibrant, style that pulls you in without anything becoming too 'fantastical' or far fetched. Characters are easy to invest in and enjoy...which as any Martin fan will tell you, sometimes backfires brutally. Or always. I suppose I'll find out!
Dotrice brings it to life in such a compelling way that I will always hear his voice for Tyrion Lannister, Syrio... he brings the characters to life. I have the first 4 books in print now, and am still contemplating buying them in audio. I will never watch the tv show. I do not want to alter the vivid imagery provided by book and voice, with tv pre-made settings and characters.
Well done. I recommend this one!
Despite all the foreshadowing, the story surprised me every turn. The author also has no problem killing off main characters and leave some loose end hanging. It is by far one of the best frictional series of our time with a book 1 ending that is satisfying enough. There are a lot of characters but the reader's difference voices made it easy to follow. I would suggest watching the first two episodes of the HBO series (season 1) before starting the audiobook. From the TV series, you can get a more vivid imagine of the characters and you can make sure you like the story before commiting 30+ hours of listening. But finish the audiobook before finish watching the HBO series. The book is far better with lots of details.
Yes, the way Martin tells the story is from a unique perspective...if you haven't read the books I won't spoil it but it is interesting. The story is deep and interesting, it felt a bit long to me at times but I think mostly it was because I simply wanted to know what was going on!
Roy Dotrice is amazing. You can tell who each character is simply by the tone of his voice. The only person that is as good as him as far as distinguishing the characters is Doug Dale.