I just finished this and won't be listening to any more ... it's painfully slow to start. I feel like I've gotten to the end and the premise for the series is now maybe in sight?! I won't spend any $ finding out if I'm right because the story line isn't that good to start with.
This first installment of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series is one of the best listens I've had the pleasure of enjoying since I started with Audible. The characters are aptly described without going into such minute detail as to become boring. The storyline is completely unpredictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will transpire next! I absolutely love the narrator of the story! His change of accents and tones gives the story an added flair that only enhances the experiance.
Now starting into my 3rd volume, I am saddened and dissappointed to learn Mr. Dotrice will not narrate all of the series but rest assurred the story will be worth the listen even if the narrator changes (no offense to Mr. Dotrice!)
The story could have been interesting, but after only 1 hour, I had to stop! The narrator has such a dreary, slow, and monotone voice that the book was no longer worth listening to.
Loved it, longed for it, was dissapointed at the end. There was no closure!! I don't want to have to wait for the next book to be published. It's just not fair!!!
It is a fast going story, filled with vivid images. I am so glad there is another book to pick up right away to keep the story going. The reader is excellant.
I was amazed when listening to this book that it started off so slow! I listened for hours and NOTHING important had happened. I could not tell you the first thing about the story and what was going on. I guess it gets better, based on the other reviews, but I'll never know.
This book and its two sequels, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords, were simply the best audio books I have heard in three years as an Audible member. The writing is incredible, the characters real and well-realized, the narration brilliant. At over 36 hours a book unabridged, they were a feast for the ears and the imagination. It is not too much to say that George R.R. Martin could teach J.R.R. Tolkein a thing or two about epic fantasy.
The books are so good I went out and bought them in large-format paperback just to own them, because I wanted the author to have more of my money. I will listen to these again.
This is one of the best series of the genre. I have been in this world of kings, knights, treachery, intrigue and suspense for months! The person who said that Roy Dotrice's vocal stylings were hard to get used to must have been listening to something else. The man has to voice dozens of different people, and he does so in a way that makes each character instantly recognizable, and fits the books atmosphere perfectly. I find it difficult now to listen to anything without his reading. I'm not usually a fawner, but these books are what happens when you get an expert writer together with an expert reader. I can't say enough good things about the author, narrator and story. The only thing I'm bummed about is that the next book in the series wont be released until August. If you like the genre, you'll love these books, and the books lengths are well worth the points/money. This is truly what fantasy should be. (Start with A Game of Thrones, then A Clash of Kings, then A Storm of Swords, then eventually, when it comes out.....A Feast for Crows)
I like listing to hours on hours of descriptions of meaningless tabors and battle flags this is your book. Get on with the story already!!!
The book has no flow, it more a less 6 different stories with no coherent connection and split up and placed in random order.
And who ever told the reader that he could sing should be flogged.
If you like long never ending, meaningless soap operas this is your book.
If you want a real book about knights and such try Ken Follett's "Pillers of the Earth".
I really enjoyed this series. I have all three books and I just finished listening to the entire series for a third time as a refresher in anticipation of the fourth books release (November '05). It's mostly swords, with just enough sorcery to plant is squarely in the fantasy realm.
The settings and lives of the common folk are dark and squalid, which gives it a particularly historic and believable feeling, unlike so many fantasy novels that are apparently set in Southern California. Another aspect of uniqueness and believability is in the fact that, without giving too much away, so many of the main characters are killed off over the course of the series. The good guys don't always come out on top - and may not have been all that good to start with - and while some villains are truly evil, others just have motivations that are at odds with the protagonists. All of this lends to rich believable character development (while they live).
The narrator does a tremendous job of giving unique voices to individual characters. Several of the major characters have unique tonal qualities and speech patterns that allow the listener to readily distinguish one character from another just by the sound of their "voice". Most narrators attempt to do this, but this guy is good!.