People interested in a long drawn out story with very little action.
Not necessarily. I'm not interested in this particular author or his other works.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
Slow start....the book got a little confusing at the beginning. There were many characters to know and I just couldn't keep up with all the names. Especially one person has their name, nickname and their sire name. UGH!!! I almost gave up listening, but being a person who can "NOT" finish a book once I started, kept on listening.
I am soooo glad I did! Once you get to know the characters, you get hooked. If you love this book, you should listen to it. Roy Dotrice is an awesome narrator. He really brings each character to life (and there are a lot of characters).
**I recommend watching the series first to get to know the people.
If you have seen the TV show, it covers almost every scene in the book. Still, the book is a different experience and VERY enjoyable. I would recommend getting the Audiobook because I find this series hard to read in print.
LOVE this book!
He sounds just like the grand maester on the show! lol.
One thing that annoyed me was the repeated sentences due to bad editing. Come on folks, if you're going to charge us $$$ for these books, at least do a proper editing job!
The book: Surprisingly well-written. I was expecting a typical fantasy novel--imaginative but struggling to be real literature--however, Game of Thrones is complex and intelligent.
The performance: On the whole he does a decent job and seems to stick to the spirit of the words. But he sounds like an old man, and most of the characters, even the young ones, also sound like old men. One or two of his accents are a little bizarre. One woman from the southern tribes sounds Irish. And the Imp's accent is way overacted--it sounds like a really bad and fake Welsh(?) accent, and is so annoying I cringe every time he speaks. That was a big disappointment, because he's probably my favorite character.
I think these performers need to do a little less "performing" and more good reading.
Book 1 is incredible epic fantasy at its best - I doubt i can give it any more praise then most of the other reviewers - I can however say that not having HBO and keeping myself away from the show until i read the books has been a challenge - but as always the book is way more 'inside" the heads of the characters -So i starting watching the shwe show after i finished this book and its a much better watch when you know whats going on behind the eyes of the character being portrayed. Not too mention the importance of the Dyer wolves and other animals only touched upon in the show.
Thickly intreging Interwoven story that moves very fast. Epic tragic and unpredictable.
The ending blew my head off - So visual!
I listen during my commute and several times i found my self sitting in the driveway after making it home to continue to listen.
I get completely within lost in this story - Roy Dotrice and inflections really make for a great experience!
I almost gave up on this book within the first hour but grew to enjoy it. I so looked forward to the end that I kept listening. I was highly disappointed the book just stopped at the end and nothing at all was resolved. I can't see listening for another 40 hrs and still nothing. So I'm stopping here. I purchased this book because of the very high ratings it's getting. That's it for me. I'm on to a different story that has an ending and away from the soap operish style this is written in.
I should have read the reviews first. I bought the book because I had just finished watching season 2 of the HBO series and decided that I wanted to see what I'd missed from the books. The series is pretty true to the books so far from what I've seen/heard.
Mother of dragons.... 'nuff said. I can't wait for her time to come. She is my favorite character in the entire series.
I'm not 100% certain, but this guy sounds like the guy that does all the intros in all of the recordings for the audiobook company "Recorded Books." Well into chapter 4, I was still thinking, "Geez, this is a long prologue! Get on with it!" This narrator, Roy Dotrice, is absolutely horrible. His English accent grates on my nerves. He makes most of the men (Ned Stark aside) sound like teeth-less old men. I keep thinking, "Somebody, give this man some dentures, please!" I'll also say that it irritates me very much (as another listener mentioned in his review) that this narrator can't make up his mind how to enunciate people's names. For the love of all things, just pick one and stick to it, Roy!
Again, the book is wonderful. Otherwise, I wouldn't have given it 5 stars. However, the narrator is so terrible, that I've given this VERSION of the book an overall rating of 2 stars. I'm really disappointed because now I won't be wasting my money on the other books. If some other publisher ever gets the rights to this series and uses a better narrator, I'll be sure to pick it up.
no. I have actually told my friends to not waste their money.
The story is great
He was horrible. If you are going to try to do accents at least keep them consistent. He kept changing tone and accent of character mid sentence.
I was going to buy and listen to the whole series but only made it part way through this one as it is so badly narrated. I'm glad i never purchased the rest
sounds like something I may have seen on TV and knew what came next didn't hold my attention