I have yet to listen to it because it's unbearable to listen to.
I probably would recommend the book but not the audible version. I know I'll read the book eventually.
Probably anyone with a little more enthusiasm.
I have no idea if Roy is better in other books but it's very hard to get into a book if the reader isn't in to it himself.
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A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished a listening marathon of the 5 volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire (volumes 1-5). Trust me, it was a long marathon! If the story of the 7 kingdoms was not good, I would not have finished it...or have I. I normally do not like a series where you have to follow each book or clarity is lost or the story confusing. This is a must for this series in order to understand who's who and why things are happening as they are or why someone who appears dead lives. From this final volume, it would appear that there are more volumes to follow. This makes me sad. I wish this had been the last and things were more or less wrapped up as opposed to so many story lines dangling. There is much repetition. There are lots of twist and turns as you follow political and plots and schemes as well as character evolvement.
While I would like to know how it ends (if ever), I don't know that I will invest the time and Audible credits to continue. Do I regret my investment? No.
I must address the narrator, Roy Dotrice. He has a good voice and reads well. Listening to the five volumes in tandem, I found myself hearing different people with similar voices. This did not really bother me much, it's really just a nit. What was not a nit were the voices of women. They are just not right. Oh, the accents are good but they don't sound really feminine. The voice of the girl queen is especially off. She sounds old and scratchy. With so many characters to voice, the narration might be better served with at least one other person (a woman) added.
With roughly 201 listening hours, each book must be quite hefty. I mention this as a warning to those who do not like really long books.
the narration by Mr. Dotrice, I could harely understand him, I understand the need for various voice changes but at least be understandable,I am sure I've missed parts as I could not get what he was saying.. it is very hard to listen to..
yes, I bought the series, but after the first part of this book I was already regreating it..
talks like a bad drunk
I heard such great things about this series, but had I just bought book 1 I would never have felt the need to listen to the others, but since I bought them all I am slowly, very slowly muddleing through them.
there are so many people in this book, that I felt the need to go buy the paper book (second hand) just to go back to see whos whos, its a very confusing story, jumping from one persons story to another and it seems to have 15-20 different peoples storyline and it always left you at a point of" OH NO, WHAT HAPPEN" then jumps to another storyline....
I just finished book 2, I feel a little more in the known now, but not by much...
this series may take me much much longer..... not a good thing, I have jump to new audiobook I have purchased, only coming back to this when there is nothing new on my itunes to listen too...
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.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
It is true the first few chapters seem confusing, but I simply did not try to understand who was who, trusting the author to work his magic. It is an epic adventure, well told, with unique and remarkable characters. I loved it!
I don't agree with the previous reviews that Roy Dotrice's narration almost ruins the book. He may not be my all time favorite reader but I enjoy listening to books when different accents and inflections are used to differentiate between characters in the story. This does make you have to listen closer sometimes but I like having the story performed. I did have trouble with some names but many are very unusual but similar like, Mallister, Lanister, Waymar, Raydar, Viserys, Daenerys, Illyrio, or Eddard instead of Edward. I did download the book in the 3 format a larger file but there is less distortion in the sound.
The story was interesting with several plot lines. The characters were entertaining. It was on the brutal side. The author kills and mutilates characters without any thought. I did not like the end...because there is no end. It feels like the book ends in mid sentence only to continue to the next book. There is not one of the seven different plot that comes to any conclusion at all. I wanted to figuratively chuck the book through the window. It was beyond infuriating. In discussing the book with others I discovered all the books end that way. Then the author takes 5 years to write the next book. I am still angy about the ending and I dont know if I will read the next one. The reader is average at best.
The depth of the characters and reality of Westeros was first rate. The interweaving of three main stories—the noble Stark family and court politics, the exiled Princess Daenerys and the tale of Jon Stark in the north—is fascinating.
I enjoyed how well the author developed the myriad characters and the intricacies of court politics and the fighting among and within the seven kingdoms. The whole subculture of the Rangers of the Night's Watch at North Wall was also fascinating.
Anyone but him. I hated his gravelly voice and even more when he changed his voice to be different characters. His voice almost ruined the whole thing for me. One should enjoy the read not be offended by it.
Seven kingdoms, one steel throne, who will reign?
The reader made listening very difficult.
Although I understand that there are many characters, and the timeperiod lends itself to "gruff" characters, I didn't like listening to the gruff and harsh voice of some of the characters. It was a difficult listen for me personally.
There are over TEN THOUSAND reviews of this fine work, so why another one? Who needs another recommendation? Well, the very question raises a point. I consider every listener here at Audible to be a friend, of sorts. I actually read this book years ago, when it first appeared. And here's why I'd recommend it to all my Audible friends: This is an author's engaging love affair with his readers/listeners. Martin has sculpted each and every word in this first novel to be precise, important and expressive, and by the way, CAPTIVATING. As a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, I've often felt that Tolkien could have said more with less, if you know my meaning. Not so here. Not only would I recommend it to a friend, I'd recommend that they listen to it again, to catch every great moment.
Tyrian Lanister. What a roller coaster ride of a character! Martin has often said that we shouldn't invest too much into a particular character in his work, because their shelf life could expire at any moment. Well, this one character is WELL worth such an investment, and pays dividends in good listening all along the way. Once again, I will NOT express plot specifics or moments in the audiobook. Buy it. Enjoy it.
So many to choose from. By my favorite is the very first encounter with the white walkers. Anyone who has the audiobook knows the scene, so no spoilers here!
Well there IS an HBO series of this book. My caption would be "Winter is Coming..."
Okay, so this was one more review of a stellar book. By now, everyone with a beating heart has seen "Game of Thrones" or heard about it. Trust me on this - The book is MUCH better than the HBO series, and the series is fantastic. So, go ahead. Buy the audiobook. You definitely deserve the experience. And don't forget. Listen to it AGAIN.