The Game of Thrones is a great story and keeps you interested throughout. It kept me on my toes with the twists and turns. I felt the narrator did a good job putting feeling into the story as well.
So far my favorite character is Tryian Lanister. I feel as though his character is wild spirited little man, but carries great honor. He tends to live a wild life, but he has meaning in his words.
I feel as though Roy Dotrice adds a certain feeling to each character, he gives them personality that I can't seem to when I read a book. He places emphasis on the characters words in just the right times so as to not be to overwhelming.
When Ned Stark was executed it took me by surprise. I listened to other main characters get killed off in the story, which is different twist on things, but when Ned was executed it took me back a step.
I have read comments concerning the narrator and was concerned it would be a long boring listen, especially at 35+ hours. I took a chance and I must say i am pleased so far. I recommend that anyone concerned about the Roy Dotrice should take a moment and listen to the preview. I found him entertaining and refreshing listen.
I rather like Tyrion. He was dealt a bad hand but managed to make the most of it. He has flaws and does not hide them. But at his core he is just, courageous and smart.
Outstanding. He captured the book's ethos perfectly.
This book is definitely NOT the Disneyland version of the medieval life -- an all too common occurrence in fantasy books. Instead, it tells a more honest tale, with all the brutality, struggle, and intrigue. Also, magic is not the central point of the book -- there is just enough of it to enable certain plot lines. This is what makes the story so captivating.
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
Intense, imaginative, engrossing.
Although The Pillar's of Earth by Ken Follett is my favorite, the Game of Thrones comes close.
The very last scene.
The only bad thing I have to say is that this book is the best one I've read so far in the series (I've read books 1-4). The books go down little by little from here. Although Book 2, Clash of Kings is a 5-star book as well.
Audible must have sent me the wrong book. What I've been enduring for the past ten hours is unstructured and uninteresting. And BORING. Quite unlike what's been described by its many positive reviewers. In fact, the "Game of Thrones" I received is so bad that I suspect the positive reviewers are shills.
I would recommend this book, with caution that it can be slow going at times. I found during some parts, I was completely mesmerized, and yet bored during others. Overall the story is very interesting and keeps you wanting to know what is happening next. I listened to this book every day while on the treadmill in the gym, and it was over before I knew it. Ready for the next one tomorrow!
I don't really have a point of reference for this. It's not quite as fantastical as Lord of The Rings, but epic none the less.
First time I ever listened to him, but I love him, he has different nuances for each character, and it's amazing.
There isn't much of a plot. It's more like a made for TV drama with lots of sex and violence. Very disappointed, even though this is really popular.
No. His writing style stinks. He doesn't explore the interesting story lines. It just all about sex for him.
Roy did a good job narrating. I haven't listend to his other books.
George R. R. Martin.
I know I'm in the minority on this series, but I actually stopped listening part way through the second book when I went out and foudn the plot and discovered that the characters I actually like are the ones that are cut from the book. This series is boring, crass, and unimaginative.
Love the story and the reader, but the editing is not up to Audible standards - many repeat sections, including almost a whole chapter between the third and fourth parts.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a fantasy reader. I watched the first couple of episodes of the HBO series first. I felt like I was getting the super abridged version of the story, which drove me crazy, and decided to pick up the books.
I was not disappointed. This book was a lot of fun and the narration is great. I picked a copy of the paperback because I found a potion of the way through the book that I needed the appendix and the map.
I finally bought this book after delaying for years because it cost two credits. I can't believe I put it off. This is the best fantasy novel I have ever read. Richer than Tolkien. Characters are deeper, the arc is cleaner, and the themes are more satisfyingly complex than LOTR.
More than a reference to speakers, Dotrice's narration puts you into the action. He demonstrates the same mastery and comfort with the material as the late Patrick Tull did with the Patrick O'brien novels.
Don't make the same mistake I did. You must buy this book NOW.
Love the book! Love the series! Even if you're watching the series on HBO, you must read or listen to the books to gain important information missing in the series.