Yes, I would recommend this but only to certain people. This is a good story and richly detailed and descriptive. It is difficult to stay with for nearly the first half. Until you become familiar with and love the characters, one may find it long and tedious. Once invested in them, you will care very deeply for them, even some of the villians and you cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Edard Stark. He was honorable, valiant, fair and courageous. And imperfect. He reminded me of my own father.I must also choose another: Dani, Mother of Dragons. We watched as she went from slave to her brother, to Calisi, to Queen and mother.
Hard choice.... It's between Ned Stark, the Karl (Dani's husband) and Tirrian Lannester (the Imp). I apologize for my spellings...it was an audio book!
The Seven Kingdoms
Let me start by saying that Roy Dotrice was excellent, may he rest in peace. He helped you to visualize the characters with the enormity of voices and accents he produced. There are few that are better than he was. Frank Muller, being the only one that comes to mind.
As a criticism, the editing process was poorly done, in my humble opinion. There were a great deal of repeated sentences throughout the entire audio. There may have been a reason that I am unaware of but I can not think of any possibilities. I found it minorly annoying but it did not take away from the grandeur of the story.
I took about 4-6 hours of listening to really get into the book. At first you really need to pay attention to the character names....so many characters and the British accent is hard to follow sometimes. But by the time I started the 2nd quarter of the book, I was hooked. I love the characters. I can't wait to hear what is going to happen to them next. I think it would have been even better if they would have left out some of the very graphic descriptions of sex and sexuality. This book should probably be rated R. I don't think my teenage son should listen to this yet. Great story, great narration, but they should have just cut out the penthouse forum talk.
The story of A Song of Ice and Fire is a wonderful wandering through the medieval machinations of world we'd like to know. I love the reader and plot. what I found very distractive is the low production value of the actual recording. During the playback there are numerous instances where the reader completes a passage and the editor picks up the next section with a repeat of last phrase. the beauty and song of the narration is disrupted jarring the listener out of the story
I am telling everyone about this great book.It has given me many driveway moments.
Heads up series producers... I am not even through half the audio book and already I have counted 11 double sentences. As a radio network producer, I find this amaturish and disappointing. Please pay attention to your audio productions and clean up your audio.
We pay good money for these productions.
all of them
Please send my coments to the producers of this series.
I have just finished listening to "A game of thrones".. enjoyed it so much that I have started a 2nd listen of it. I rarely read or listen to a book twice but this is one that has completely captivated my interest. The story is simply spectacular and the narration superb. Mr. Detrice brings the book to life with the distinct variety of voices he gives each of the charcters. I highly recommend the audio book and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
George R.R. Martin's story is unfortunately shadowed by mediocre story telling by slurred speech and lack luster epic story telling.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Great storyline that is VERY well narrated. It's very hard to capture 34 hours of listening in a couple sentence review. All I can say is by the end you'll be jonesing for the second book.
Plot: This book is the first of a seven (planned) book series. Mr. Martin published the first three books over a four year period. Books four and five have each taken five years to write. This book is essentially the catalyst (from what I can tell as I have only finished one book) for the rest of the series.
The books is set in an "old england" time but in a somewhat "magical" realm. The characters do not posses superhuman abilities by any means but they believe their gods do which adds an interesting twist as you try to decipher what is "real" and what is just a tall tale, within this make believe realm. The story is centered around the Starke family who rule the most northern region of the 7 kingdoms. The King of the 7 kings comes to ask Lord Starke to be his right hand man which ends up geographically separating the family all over the realm. As the story progress the plot is presented through the eyes of each individual family member. There are sub plots that are running simultaneously which at first contact seem to only make the storyline more confusing but as he moves along you can see how they may be ultimately tied in.
Narrator: Amazing!!! At first it was very difficult for me to understand what he was saying and I almost stopped listening because I really had to pay close attention. The list of characters is LONG and everyone has a name that sounds similar to the last and is completely different than most anything you've ever heard. Since I am usually doing something while listening it took me about 10 hours before I really got all of the characters down. Either way Mr. Dotrice does an amazing job with his voice inflections and the production of the book was first class. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and Mr. Dotrice is as good if not better.
This is not my best review because the plot has soo many sub plots that still are not even remotely tied together that it's hard to point to exactly what is important. All I can say is this is not (IMHO) a science fiction book in the sense that there are unicorns and magicians running around, but it has enough undertones to keep the hardcore sci-fi fans entertained while still appealing to a large crowd. Give this book a try it's definitely worth it!!!
The reader was wonderful but the production was poor. Often a sentence or three was read again. This was particularly bad in the second download. I found it annoying and distracting. It had a negative effect on my enjoyment of the book.
I generally do not read fantasy but I was drawn to the HBO series and watched it from start to finish. As Season 2 of the series approaches, I have a strong desire to read the second book prior to watching the season. I debated whether to read the first book, A Game of Thrones, before venturing into the second book. Being a purist at heart, I had to and I'm happy I did. My mind's eye, however, was forever set by the characters cast for the series and there was nothing I could do about it. The Cersei, Joffrey, Catelyn, Daenerys, Sansa, and Arya I imagined as I read the book where inexplicably linked to the series. I was also amazed at how well the series captured the entire story laid out in A Game of Thrones. If this is the Grey's Anatomy of fantasy series, as one other reviewer has referred to it, then please give me more McDreamy!
Another long time favourite of mine. The story takes you to another world and another time and the audible format makes long work trips more bearable. There are many interesting characters to love and hate. The scenes are described with care and attention to detail. The narrator does a good job of bringing the written words to life without interfering with the flow of the story.