I love George Martin's Game of Thrones, and as much as I loved the story line in this audible I found the narrator to mumble a bit more than I am able to listen to. There were times when I had to have the volume up quite high in order to hear what he was saying.
I am a loyal watcher of Game of Thrones and I love that this first book follows the first season. This is a great companion to the show. I love getting the extra details to scenes I have already seen. The narrator does a great job with the reading and very easy to understand.
The show is so true to the book that listening to the book now just gives me more details. I love it all.
I have not; but I enjoy his voice.
As a long time customer I am usually very pleased with the recordings provided by Audible. However I am massively disappointed with the Game of Thrones series. I was first introduced to this series by HBO but wanted to experience the books more thoroughly. The book itself is very well written with three dimensional characters the like of which are not often encountered in contemporary writing, sadly. I am not normally a fan of fantasy fiction but there is something so exceptional about George R. R. Martin's vision that I was sucked in almost immediately. Despite the complexity of the story and the large number of characters it is possible to maintain the thread of the narrative at all times. The immensity of the imagination involved in creating the history and worlds as well as all the characters boggles the mind.
When I started listening to the first book it seemed well narrated. I bought the next two in the series anticipating many hours of listening pleasure. However, about halfway through A Game of Thrones I began to realize that Roy Dotrice only really has two or three voices, consisting of (a) old and creaky, with variants of toothlessness and high pitch, (b) moderately normal but with weird accents and (c) well there isn't really a (c). Some of the youthful characters are voiced with disconcertingly elderly and creaky voices (Theon Greyjoy comes to mind). Also the reading is rife with contradicting pronunciations of names, and even outright errors (such as "Bray" for "Fray"). I realize this is a massive undertaking but it is so far below the standard of some of my favorites like "The Road" that I am hard pressed to understand the rave reviews of other listeners. Yes the book is great, but this audio recording is not up to standard. Given the massive number of characters it would have been a far better choice to assemble an ensemble cast that could have provided, for example, some real female voices. I have decided not to listen to the rest (although I optimistically purchased A Storm of Swords and A Clash of Kings before starting into my listening adventure) and have purchased the hard copy books to read and imagine instead.
Definitely, Huge, Huge fan of this series. The great thing about George R.R. Martin is he sucks you into the story, better than a roller coaster ride. You soar with the heros, you hate the villains, you cheer and you cuss. Martin is not afraid to crash his readers into a wall and leave them bleeding on the battlefield. This series is not for the week minded. For those of you who love thrill rides, hop on and enjoy the ride
I was able to tolerate the narrator because I was so drawn into the story and characters. I would love to recommend this audiobook but I think it's a better read than listen.
Top 5 ever!
Character development is the strong point of the book. Also, every character has a unique flaw that always puts you at odds with them.
Surely I can't spoil the book for people that haven't read or listened to it.
There is, but it would be a spoiler. Let's just say it is a part where a very key individual dies.
Roy Dotrice is the BEST at the craft of book narration! I often listened to this book with studio quality headphones, and it felt very near to watching a movie. His performance coupled with the content is very addictive. The subject matter and plot is strong enough to interest any person, but adding Dotrice just makes this book unstoppable! You need this in your library. Even if you read the book, the narration still adds value to the story.
I enjoyed this first book - the story as well as the voice talent.
Aueria- I love the spunck the writer captures. She comes to life and is very beleivable as a little tom boy
Tyriane- I think Dotrice got his voice perfect
I wish I would have stopped at this first book. The rest are simply drivle.
The story held my interest hour after hour. I listened to this book during my commute and I couldn't wait to get back to my car so I could find out what happened.
Roy Dotrice's portrayal of Tyrrion Lancaster is borderline offensive. He voices the character like a leprechaun, speaking in a high pitched and accented voice. Tyrrion's brother, sister and father do not share this accent. Short stature does not equal leprechaun, this was very poor taste.
Although Dotrice is gifted in the art of creating voices he does a poor job selecting voices for different characters - 12 year old boys sound like 40 year old drunken men, 40 year old women are 80 year old witches. There are also points where the character's voice is so grumbly or spit-filled that you can barely make out what they said. I found it very difficult to tell the difference between one gargled voice and another.
Martin's writing is entertaining but shallow. Characters are one-dimensional with only 1 or 2 distinguishing characteristics. Martin tends to belabour points and prefers to tell you about interpersonal connections rather than show them to you through interactions. He seems to be writing for the simple reader that can't grasp subtly.
Overall, the story is entertaining but no great literary achievement.