I just don't get it. The story is not really that interesting, the characters are only slightly developed, and the narrator, although he has lots of terrific voices, has a halt after every several words that never stopped annoying me. Just my 2¢.
Absolutely. It is well written, perfect length, well read, and very interesting. An excellent story is found in this book and I can't wait to read the series!
"The Imp"~ what's not to love about this funny and well spoken little man?
I could not pick just one!
There is already a TV series and a movie of this book alone would half to be AT LEAST as long as Lord of the Rings. I don't know if I could come up with a tag line that would do it justice!
Read it, it's the best book I have "read" in a long time and I spent many nights too engulfed to put it down before dawn! Afterwards, watch the first season of the TV series, which is surprisingly good!
The audio vision illuminated some details that in my case were missed while reading the print however I prefer the print version for myself.
Too many to select one- Arya Stark, Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister.
I did not like the voice given to many of the characters by the narrator. I thought it made the characters often seem at odds with the description given by the author. Overall however the experience was quite good.
ADDICTED TO THE TELEVISION SERIES I HAD TO LISTEN TO THE FULL STORY ,KEEPS ME WANTING TO HEAR MORE...........GOOD LISTEN
I've watched part of the TV series and I thought I'd give this book a try on a road trip. I wasn't sure I would be able to listen to such a long book and keep everything straight. I was afraid it might be too long-winded to keep my attention. Boy was I surprised how fast my drive went! This is a great audio book, and I can't wait to download the next one.
There are a few recording problems; the first two chapters of part 4 repeat the last chapter of part 3. Probably because of the way it was originally recorded, sentences are often repeated as well. Oh well, doesn't stop me from enjoying the story.
The incredible detail is riveting. Martin must have lived in this book as each character to be able to create such a masterpiece. He takes us on a wonderful journey to a place created by his prolific imagination. Just captivating.
The author introduces us to a host of characters that we love or despise, each playing essential roles in the story. I found it difficult to find a favorite or even distinguish in order of importance as each was equally fascinating.
Roy Dotrice was flawless in the reading of this book, lending to it the feel of his own immersion into the world of the author. His voice, a perfect compliment to the book, in itself is music to the listener. I would be nailed down by Dotrice's reading of the classified ads. He is magic.
I wasn't sure I would like it when I started listening but quickly got involved and enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series because I needed to find out what happens to all these interesting people.
He's able to change his voice so characters are easily identified.
I'm not sure but one thing I wouldn't do is focus on the sexual parts like the TV show does. There is far more more to the story than that.
I'm frequently skeptical of books that are hyped. But a friend recommended GOT to me a few years ago and since I think she has good taste in books, I finally found the time to dig into this series. I'm glad I did.
For me, the best part of GOT is the world building. George R.R. Martin has created a totally engrossing, believable world filled with interesting characters. I found myself thinking about the story between periods of listening, wondering what would happen to the characters.
I'm not an expert on the medieval period, but it feels like Martin got it right. His rich detail helps to get the reader totally engrossed the world of GOT. And I love the intrigue of the royals and nobles.
This book is also full of surprises. I loved that. So often, by the end of the first three chapters, I know exactly what will happen. Not with this book. You never know what's going to happen. I didn't see things coming.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that at times, the descriptions get too long and go on and on. Especially after I was through the first part (of 4), some things seemed repetitive. He could have back off on some of the descriptions of the same things over and over.
But I was so engrossed in the story, it didn't overly bother me.
Now I've got to get to the second one. I want to know what happens!
I was drawn into Ned Starks' story immediately. And his children are all likeable, but I'm most interested in John Snow.
But my favorite character - the dire wolves. The are, I think, collectively an intriguing character.
I planned to read these books, but never had the time to commit. I'm glad I chose the audio book. Roy Dotrice's voice characterizations bring the story to life. And because he created different voices for each of the main characters, it helped to keep them straight (which is helpful for a book with so many points of view and so many characters). Roy Dotrice was a perfect pick for this book.
I did want to, but it's impossible. It's far too long. I listened to it mainly on a long drive in my car.
I love Mr. Martins books, but watch out. Nothing is sacred with him. It takes courage to turn the page! He makes you fall in love with all his characters, even the ones you hate. The narrator is awful, but the book is so good that you can get past it.
I don't this book works very well in audio format. There are so many characters andplotlines to follow that it would be much more enjoyable on paper- where you flip ack and forth and annotate more daily. I listen mostly in the car and found myself losing track of who was who.
The time period and the author's attention to detail
No real negatives
Bought the video of the TV show, wish I had bought the book instead