This is the first time I have read/listened to a book where I had already seen it portrayed on the screen. That being said, I had in mind some of the characters and their "voices". I had the benefit of knowing them beforehand. Mr. Dotrice did not. And I'm not certain how much he had pre-read the book before his performance. The voices in the first several chapters were inconsistent, and many of them took on a caricaturistic quality (Tyrion sounded like a freaking leprechaun!). I struggled listening to the first several hours. However, my husband began listening to the book a good deal sooner than I, and insisted that the performance improved; and it did. While the voices of the lesser characters drew from a shallow well and his noble voice was a bit too severe and gravelly for those of young men and women, the cadence of his voice and the depth of emotion he articulated proved to create an enjoyable and moving performance. I enjoyed this book and look forward to listening th the remainder of the series.
My only qualms are with the pronunciation of several of the names. It wouldn't bother me if they were consistent but sometimes it's Joffrey and sometimes it Jeffrey, sometimes it's maester and sometimes it's master.
What a great book that the reader was able to understand the characters and the different voices each character had. Loved thia book and all the stories. Little longer than the average book read but great non the less.
It took a little while to get used to the narrators voice (He has a British-English accent, I'm from Canada), but it ended up making it better in the end.
The narrator tried really hard, sometimes his voice acting was a little distracting.
Overall it was really well done and a very good story, I can see why it was made into a television show.
I've been reading since I was 3. I've always been a book worm. This series is my favourite so far. The narrator is great too. He occasionally is inconsistent with voices, but the amount of characters in these books is overwhelming and I can't fault him too much for an occasional misstep
The story is very good, though slow at times. Roy Dotrice does little to make it more enjoyable. His voices are not very good and sometimes I found him hard to understand.
the narrator does a great job of "creating"the characters by giving each one their own voices, which I think is just great.
the book itself is also a good read. george rr martin is one for the ages
The voices Roy Dotrice has for each character are incredible. This book definitely made my long commutes bearable.
I've seen the whole tv series before I started listening to the books (I know so shameful), however I did enjoy getting inside the minds of the characters, and hearing what they were thinking in certain moments. The story was just as fun the second time around, and hearing the details Martin include only made the world that much more believable.
I do wish there was more chapters that focused on different POVs, perhaps in the next books. There is definitely a more whimsical aspect of the stories that even the TV show cannot capture. If you love the show I definitely suggest reading the novels. Some people are mentioning that the editing is poor, however I did not notice any issues.