the performance was the best I've heard of any audible book to date. amazing, truly amazing!
The reader's different voices was weird at first, but in the end I really appreciated the reading of this story. It was done very well, and the story is amazing. I've read, watched, and now listened to this story. Book 1 is an amazing start to an extraordinary story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the dramatic reading. I listened to this as I commuted to and from work and sometimes I would just sit in my car listening long after I pulled into the garage because I wanted to finish a chapter.
I started reading this book the old fashioned way and chose to move to the audiobook because I never make time to sit down and read but I commute over and hour every day. It started out wonderfully, but eventually Roy Dotrice takes a turn and starts using awful voices for some of the most interesting characters, like Varys. I agree with other reviewers here that it would've been better if he read without doing voices for individual characters because he really does have a lovely voice himself. In some cases, his character voices are already so similar that you lose track of who is talking, so I don't see the harm in a straight reading. But his voice for Varys was the last straw and I will be going back to reading. I had planned to get the other audio books but I won't be bothering now, unless they re-record with a better narrator. Maybe I'll finish the series before I'm 80.
What an amazing way to relive the story by listening and allowing your mind to build each scene. The narrative brought life to the words and I found myself eager to go for a long drive to listen to the next chapter.
Good book. I've watched the show and was surprised to find that the show follows the book very closely. He does go into very great detail. Almost too much. IMO.
The narrator isn't very good at doing women's voices, but he makes up for it in expression. For example, he doesn't just read the description of a character's physical pain, he says it as though HE is in that pain at that moment. and not just pain, but any sensation or emotion the characters feel is reflected in his voice, regardless of anyone is speaking or not at the time. it really gave the narration depth.
I'm not but a few chapters in and I'm suddenly compelled to write my first review for an audiobook!
The story so far is better than I thought a book could be, the characters seem so pronounced and alive, I feel as if I am getting to know them personally or impossibly that I had known them once before, a mere few lives before this one! I may be hyperbolic, it's all I can do to better describe my connection to the plot.
In addition, this amazing and particular telling of A Song of Ice and Fire is narrated by a voice so beautiful and English that I swear I heard every word written clear and pronounced as crystal cut glass. And with such complete control of his voice makes the characters and peoples of Westeros and beyond seen real and distinct.