I gave this so many stars mostly on the basis of friends who have read it all, however Roy Dotrice does such a lousy job reading this book that I feel compelled to warn others away from the audio version. Dotrice shouts in a monotone without modulating either the volume or the tone to match different characters and circumstances. His voice quickly grew so abrasive that I just bought the kindle version.
He did not even try.
It's hard to do audio books with stories involving a lot of different characters with fantasy style names. That makes this story difficult to follow at first but once things get going and you've learned the names, it's much easier to keep track and an awesome, complex story unfolds.
lived the book, Lauren to it after watching the series on HBO. it's just as intriguing.
I'm not even halfway through.. but I just had to stop and comment. The reading on this book is superb. There are a few spots where the narrator would read thing like "said Bran" in the character voice.. but otherwise he does a MARVELOUS job acting out each character and adding a lot of character to the diaologue. With audible around.. I'm not certain I'll ever READ another book.
This is a tale to be read aloud!
A wonderful spun book of make believe and adventure, intrigue and war!
The reader does it justice!