I greatly appreciate Roy Dotrice's regular reading voice, but in this book, I find his vocal acting to be incredibly annoying; there are a couple of places where I've skipped sections of the book just so I don't have to listen to the huffing and puffing and wet-mouthed saliva sucking.
To add to the frustration, whoever cut the audio together for this book together wasn't paying much attention; nearly every chapter, there are one or two places where two sections overlap; a sentence will be read, then there'll be a long pause, then that same sentence will be repeated, and the book will continue.
The book itself is fine, but I won't spend two credits to listen to the narrator groan and moan his way through another chapter. I'll wait for the miniseries, or get the actual books from the library.
Like many, I decided to finally read George R.R. Martin's epic novels after being drawn in by the HBO TV series based on the books. But perhaps the awesome visuals and great cast of actors spoiled me, because I couldn't get in to the audiobooks. I found the narrator's pace plodding and his accents irritating...again, this could just be because I already had voices for the characters in mind. In any case, I finally just bought the series for my Kindle and am reading them the old-fashioned way.
I have seen the HBO series on game of thrones so I can keep up with the story but i got through 2 chapters and couldn't stand to listen to this terrible narration any longer. I thought I had it set at X1.5 for a minute but it was just the narration. His voices were terrible and the wens voice sounded like big burly men. Please get someone else to read these as I really do like the series and want to hear the books as well, since HBO has rushed things IMO.
Love, love, looooooove this series but good lord-this guy's terrible. I don't understand all the people that like his performance?! His range is horrible. He uses ever so slight variations on the same 2 voices over and over, sometimes inconsistently changing his voice for various parts. His only saving grace, for me, is I recognize he has a nice voice but he would have been better off not trying to change his voice at all and just doing straight reading. Michael Kramer would have been brilliant narrating this series.
Dotrice makes a slew of mistakes and errors that should have been caught with editing and multiple takes. Not only does he occasionally trip over lines, but he doesn't seem to know how to pronounce a single name in this entire book. It's incredibly jarring to listen to Brian and P-tire and Sancha. Not only that, but his voices are frequently distracting. Aftere being spoilt for talent in the show, the caricature voices are either too difficult to understand, like Varys slurring his words disgustingly, or downright insulting, as with the strange Warwick Davis impression he seems to be doing for Tyrion.
I sincerely hope to find other narrators for the subsequent books, because I have no intention of continuing this series with Dotrice narrating.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I am way late in reading this this novel. I have had numerous people tell me how much I would love it. They raved and raved. I thought it was better than average. I will read book two, but not right away. I found it tiring to listen and although I usually listen about 2-3 hours per day, I found myself only getting in about half of it.
There are so many characters, a multitude of locations and hints of story lines and histories. I think Dotrice is a good voice -- but he nearly put me to sleep several times.
Perhaps book two will help me gain momentum with the series. I recommend listening in small doses. I am one of the minority who only thought it to be so-so.
USED CAUTION when starting this series, if you buy audiobooks you will spend over 230 hours listening to the five books. I love audiobooks and own over 200 titles. When I find a character that I like I buy all of the books even if it's only two books or 20 books. I believe that the character belongs to the author but the story belongs to the listeners. I don't mind waiting a year or even two for the next installment of a good book. I also don't mind spending $40 or $50 for a good book and have done so in the past. But I do think it's unfair for the author to make us wait four or five years in between installments. George R R Martin is very lazy, it's been three years since his last book " A Song of Ice and Fire" and there is no new book on the horizon. Use caution if you are starting this series George may never finish it !!!!
I am easily amused!
I Loved everything about this book. I swapped back and forth between reading and listening. Great fun just don't get too attached to anyone character. Delving into the next one now!
It's a shame that the rather negative review of Roy Dotrice's is still at the top. I don't think the reading could have been done any better! English is not my mother tongue and A Game Of Thrones is certainly not the easiest book to read out loud, yet Roy Dotrice manages to make it come to life without effort. He never slurs, his voice never becomes annoying even after hours of listening.
Considering the book at hand and the wealth of minor characters it introduces, it's not suprising that an inattentative listener would have a hard time following some of the more obscure plot twists of George R. R. Martin's wonderful epic. If you have not read the book before listening to this, you will have to concentrate on listening to be able to understand the many lines of plot without becoming confused. If you are looking for an easy listening (or even reading) experience, this may not be the story for you. If, on the other hand, you like complex plots and well thought out worlds, this is one of the best around.
Five stars for a superb reading of a superb book.
I didn't read the book and found the perfomance difficult to comprehend ( slurred accents and irritating voices ) - too much repetition of the same lines ( as if the book had been laid down and same lines repeated when picked up again )
I think the narrator did his best but his style is not suitable to the tale. He would probably do much better reading Dickens
I will buy the book and read it