WARNING! This is not a plot summary review. This is a book v. show review/ discussion ONLY. If you want a plot summary, Google should have plenty! ;-)
I've heard far too much about the awesomeness of GoT the series (both book series and TV show), so have finally decided to bear down and do this thing before I hear any more spoilers about the show!
Thing is, I watched the first season of the show before I started the books. I can now tell you the show appears to be a VERY faithful adaptation of the book. So much so that I actually got bored with the book a few times because I already knew what was going to happen. And Martin is very Tokienesque in that the man likes his details (which can slow it down as well). So, if you are already invested in the show, it may be hard to go back and read the entire series. Especially when you consider each book is a 30+ hour listen. However, having read the first book, I already feel like I understand the characters WAYYYY more than the TV show would give me the chance to, and in some ways, even though there is a lot between now and the latest book to change them, I probably still know the characters better than people only watching the show, because I'm getting so much backstory and personal motivation through the book. So, if you are in the market for going hard on Westeros, for sure read the books!
Now, the rub. I hear the show is caught up with the books, and as of next season, the books and the show will diverge in places (I hear in only minor ways, but given Martin's penchant for leaving nothing sacred, I wouldn't be surprised if they are completely different).
So, it kind of seems that unless you're in a similar situation to myself and haven't really gotten too far into either, you almost have to pick a side for your own sanity. But if you're in the same boat I am, follow me and do both!!! But if you do, I strongly recommend reading a book, then watching its corresponding season. Otherwise the book may be too slow and daunting.
As for whether I liked it, my level of commitment to both forms of the story should be a good clue that I loved it, and I am obsessed. Officially!
I love the HBO Game of Thrones series and the book is of course even better. It shows you how close to the book the series really is. The mind of George R.R. Martin is amazing.
I am about to purchase and download book 2, and I really hope it's the same performer. I know the story will be great, but the speaker truly adds to it's enjoyment. EXCELLENT!!
I feel as far as audiobooks go, this one was done quite well. It was immersive and Mr. Dotrice performed it extremely well.
Lord of the Rings seems the most likely comparison due to the epic nature and "similar" worlds the books inhabit.
Dotrice does his best - and he does it well - to bring about the tone of the characters. Moreover, it seems consistent throughout the book and seems to include character backstory. It's had to describe but Dotrice had command of this book and I hope he returns for Book 2.
No. 34 hours is a bit long for one sitting.
I began reading Game of Thrones after watching Seasons 1-5 of the HBO series. Sadly, Book 1 and Season 1 are nearly identical...and by that I mean I got nothing new from the book and hadn't already received from the show. I had heard they were very similar but usually there are ideas and actions that can't be replicated in a series or a movie. I hope the rest of the series doesn't read like the script.