I am looking forward to next in the series. I hope that having the first book in the series will lead to the other two in the line being made available as well. Great reader!
Unless you are British, Dotrice ruins this book. I could not get more than two hours into the book before I had to turn it off. It's like being lectured at by the most stuffy professor you have ever met. His manner of narating, long pauses followed by rapid fire speak, with deep stuffy accent, is too much to take. Too bad, I really wanted to listen to this series.
For anyone who enjoys authors like Robert Jordan, Tolkien, or L.E. Modesitt Jr., this book is meat and mead. The dark realism of Martin's setting is detailed, but not boring. The characters are very well developed and very unique. A bright point in this story is Martin's ability to make the reader feel for the characters. My only complaint is that Martin seems to rush through the first half of the book naming places and people and gives very little substance regarding where they are or who they are. Also, I too had trouble with Roy Dotrice's narration at first, but once I was used to it it only added to the mood of the story. I give this book five stars, and will be adding a hardcover copy to my ever-growing library of books I love.
This is one of the best stories I have ever had the pleasure to read and now listen to. It's very fun to come back to this book after reading it two years ago and to have a solid narrartor give voice to characters that even years after I love and hate. The thing about Martin that makes him so appealing is that the good guys/gals don't always and early on don't often prevail. I've never hated fictional characters like I have in this series of books, but it doesn't detract from the pure enjoyment of this compelling story. This might be a tough book to come to as an audio listener because there are dozens and dozens of main characters and hundreds of others that have small roles, it can be hard to keep them straight, as it was difficult to when actually reading the book. Still, once you start, you'll have a hard time leaving. I'm glad to see the other two books are now available as well.
I read this book and then went on to read the next two in the series. I thought they were so good that I went back and read them again. This is the best fantasy that I have ever read and I will now be buying the audio versions.
Perhaps it's the reader; perhaps it's the author's pace--either way, I found this book tiresome. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never happened. The many plots were predictable. I wish I could say there was a character within the book that I admired, but I couldn't find one. I can not recommend this book.
I love George RR Martin's books, I've read them all and thought they were amazing. The reader of this book is awful. Most of his characeters sound like deranged pirates. Samwell? Yeah, he sounds like a pirate. Wrong, so wrong! I love these books and could not bring myself to finsh listening to the horrible narrator. Do yourself a favor, and actually read the book, don't listen.
I wouldn't recommend the book because I couldn't listen to the narrator. I suffered through about two hours hoping the story line would distract me from the dreadful reading but it didn't. I will be asking for my credit back.
Couldn't tell you because, for me, it was unlistenable due to the boring drone of the reader.
In every way. For me, he was so bad that I couldn't get past about two hours. I listen while driving 40 miles to and from work but with this book I found I simply stopped listening although it was playing. He bored the pants off me.
This is an epic story. I have read this book and seen the HBO series. The story itself is very emotionally difficult and not for everyone, but very engaging. The character development is exquisite. GRRM does not follow typical conventions, such as keeping main characters safe, etc. Expect to be devastated many times.
This narrator is horrible. Having not only read the books, but also seen the HBO series, I'm very familiar with the tale. I found the same thing many others have complained about with the reader - his accent is difficult sometimes to understand because he runs his words together. Additionally, he pronounces the characters' names differently at different times. He puts the same gravelly voice on a variety of different characters - men, women - when voice acting. I don't find them at all congruent with the characters (and I know the characters). I just wanted to refresh myself of the books since it has been a long while since I read them and the TV series is on, so I thought I would just listen to them since I am in the car a lot. But I doubt I will be able to stand it. Also, it was pretty expensive and I am regretting buying the book now.
Not with this reader.
PLEASE, George R. R. Martin - read these yourself so we can hear it read appropriately!