thank god for audible! i travel for work and this is the best way to read books! i am up to date on the hbo series now going back to read the books. excellent and well written its cool to have a "face" with the characters!
The story is that of a great time. It keeps you stuck. You must know what is to happen next. I have been reading for 2days straight..
I'm so sorry to be the asshole, but I really didn't enjoy the reader.
He mispronounces people's names constantly (eg, "Pee-tire Baelish", instead of "Peter" Baelish—and yes I know it's Petyr but come on, we know how it's supposed to be pronounced).
He doesn't give proper inflection in his voice. For instance, if the book says "Catlyn said "dammit Robb" angrily", Roy reads Caitlyn's voice as totally normal and not mad.
He says things in one person's voice when it's another person talking. For instance, I heard him continue to use a man's voice when, after that man finished talking, a woman replied (i.e. He reads the woman's part in a man's voice).
And perhaps less objectively unacceptable and more subjectively less acceptable, he uses weird voices for people. He made Tyrion sound like a child. I get that he's a dwarf, so maybe his voice would be higher, but it made Tyron's chapters practically unbearable.
It just distracted SO much from my enjoyment. I won't ever be buying another audiobook read by Dotrice because of it.
Side note: the reader, Doteice, is like infamously bad. I was talking about how frustrating it was listening to this book on tape, and my friend's girlfriend was like, "oh was it Roy Dotrice?" When I said yeah, she was like, "oh yeah it's pretty bad".
Story in essence was good but way too much time wasted on characters that die. Also considering all the possibilities for a world with magic and dragons it is too mundane and predictable. Why create a whole new world and apply our own human treachery and politics to it? This is not a story, it is more like a history book about our own world with a few tweaks adding new names, magic and dangerous creatures. May have liked it better if the narrator's voice wasn't so off putting and boring.
I didn't like this very much. I thought the book was long and boring and I really had trouble getting engaged with the characters of the book.