I have read very little fantasy outside of Lord of the Rings (40 years ago) and some Harry Potter. Enough people raved about Game of Thrones that I decided to give it a shot. The reader of great. The story grabbed me from the start. The novel follows a number of characters and plots, some which were more engaging than others. While this story did drag a bit at times, each slow section was more than offset by great sections. The writing is excellent, most characters fascinating, and the world is a very cool place. There is just a bit of supernatural to liven this story of knights, war and medieval political intrigue. The author expertly introduces a complex plot through characters we come to care about quickly. I expected to be a lot more confused with names and places than I was. After 32 hours of listening, I enjoyed it enough to order the next book in the series. For a non-fantasy guy, that is pretty good praise.
...even with a different narrator. GRR Martin has a whole world and a ton of characters to introduce the reader to in this first book. For those who occasionally have difficulties taking in more complex audio books, or audio books with narrators that read too fast, or have accents this book may be a better visual read. my aural/listening comprehension is quite good, likely because I've been addicted to audio books (or as we used to call them, "books on tape") since I was about four and hid a tape player under my pillow so I could covertly "read" with the lights out. A Game Of Thrones was difficult for me to follow at first, as there is so much to keep track of. My fiance' is new to audiobooks, and while quite an avid reader, he finds some audio books hard to follow, and this series would be impossible for him.
The narrator is actually a talented reader but he has a very limited range of voices, so he is the least fitted to read a series with a huge amount of important characters. Thus, it is even more difficult to keep track of who is who. However, I think most good narrators would have difficulty with the sheer numbers of characters Martin presents. If I were the audio publisher I would have looked high and low for a narrator renowned for his range of voices.
All that said, I managed to make it through the series (to date) after a work with about the first fourth of this book.
Has anyone else noticed that there is missing story from the end of Part 2 to the beginning of Part 3? I've confirmed with the written text, there's about a chapter and a half missing from the beginning of Part 3.
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