The story is great and well written, but the narrator is hard to listen to at times. He pronounces the names of the same characters in several different ways, sometimes in the same sentence. Most of the character's voices, when he bothers to give them voices, sound like irritating old women. Still, he reads well otherwise, emphasizing in the correct places and bringing the words to life in a way that few narrators can.
I am a huge fan of both the books and the show, but the reader of this wonderful book leaves much to be desired. it leaves the characters seeming flat and non-interesting. would have ruined the books if I had not already read them. amazing books though.
Roy Dotrice was a great actor in his day.
By the time this audiobook was recorded, his day was long past.
The oldest characters in GoT (with VERY few exceptions) are in their 40s. Most are teens or early twenties. Everybody in this sounds like an old man.
The writing is impeccable, it is fantasy which reads more like political intrigue. It is a war story dressed up as a fantasy. At the time it was written, almost nothing like it existed.
Frequently changing pronunciations of names and places, or adding or subtracting characters entirely. "Winterfell" is often "Winterfall." But not always. Alliser Thorne is occasionally Alistair. And don't even get me started Petyr Baelish, who is Peter, Pitar, Piteer, and more throughout. A more competent director and editor could have fixed this. Apparently, they chose not to.
I of course have been watching the TV show, but was afraid to read the books because I didn't want to accidentally spoil anything. A friend who has read all the books available told me that it is pretty safe to read them now, though, so I went ahead and got this one and have had a great time listening to it. Lots of interesting details, the writing is pretty good, and the performance was done well. My only complaint is that the reader started out a little rough (a couple awkward pauses, accidentally called "Bran" "Brian" once, yelled something that was supposed to be spoken softly, etc.), but he shaped up by the end and overall he did a really good job, didn't do weird lady voices, and kept it engaging. I look forward to the next book!