The narrator of this story really allows you to create amazing mental pictures for the characters! I am also amazed at how the HBO show really follows the book!
A great listen for men and women.
I was concerned about listening to this book as an audiobook as I was warned that there were too many characters and the plot would be confusing unless read in paper-form, but I would disagree. Very compelling.
Like Medieval Sopranos
It's long, complex, has multiple story-lines, convincing characters and plot, excellent environmental descriptions, good backstories, and a plot that hangs together perfectly and believably. It's hard to believe one person wrote this.
I have not. But I enjoyed his performance greatly. He has a great, elderly sounding voice that goes well with the subject, and he doesn't try to do (or overdo) female voices, which to me can be quite creepy.
Well, see the HBO series, it's a scene for scene reproduction of the book, and very good.
More than once I grabbed my ears and suppressed a shout of irritation. The voices he comes up with frequently make no sense when they aren't causing me to set my teeth on edge. Young women frequently end up sounding like old women and everyone else's degree of cockney affect seems dependent on the weather. The "differentiation" might be helpful it were at least consistent. But it's really when he hits that high pitched monotone of his "old crone" voice that I want to scream. I honestly don't know if I want to listen to another book if it means listening to him for another minute. I'd rather find a paperback on Amazon.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed this book, from start to finish. Even went on to buy the rest of the books, and I am currently on the third. I must say that this is not my typical genre, but this story just pulled me in! When I reached the end, I wanted more. I can't wait to listen to the remaining books.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to all but the last few chapters, which I read. I listen to audiobooks while driving and while doing mindless exercises like walking and mowing the lawn and I had no trouble keeping up with the story. It had me looking forward to my commute to work and doing yard work! It seems that a lot of readers complained about difficulty keeping up with all the characters. I thought there were too may characters that didn't add much to the story, but I did not find it difficult to keep up with the main characters. I was disappointed that some of my favorite characters were left hanging at the end of the book. I hope their stories are picked up in the next book in the series.
I drive a truck for a living and listen to a lot of books. This one is just hard to get a handle on as it jumps around. I have to go back and relisten to catch the gist of the story line again and again. Is it the narrator or story I can't say but it is on the side line till I have more time to devote my complete attention, like on vacation
Watched the HBO series and was very impressed, the book is 100 times better! Can't wait to check out number 2 - Winter is Coming!
I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.
I loved this book.
And because I loved the book, I decided to check out the audiobook. But warning to all who get it: Its really long.
So I use this as something to listen to on my way to and from school and on roadtrips. The reader feels like he's reading a bit slow to me, but also helps me pick up on scenes that I'd forgotten about in my first read through. Over all a great fantasy story and a fabulous series. But also, a really. Really. Long one.
This is an excellent book to listen to. Worth every penny. The story and narration are second to none. You won't be disappointed. Don't expect to get by just listening to this one though, you'll be downloading book II almost immediately!