I switched to audible after trying to listen to this book using itunes. This is 10x better. The story is great and the performance with the many characters is fantastic.
This is a gripping tale of knights and war and dragons. The characters come alive with the combined talents of author and narrator. I look forward to 5he next book.
This is my first! I quite enjoyed it!
Can't sit for 33 hours... Unfortunately.
I enjoyed the reading by Dotrice, until I got to the post-wedding scene with Dany and Drogo. The way he said "Noooo" just made me want to stop listening. Hahaha. Other than that, I really loved this!
Honestly, the book itself was well written, I just kept losing small details at first, and then gradually realizing I had either dozed off or had started daydreaming about something else. It was so hard to pay attention to what was being said as the narrator literally bored me to tears when he wasn't doing monologue. I have been waiting to give this book a listen for quite some time as it sat in my library, and was put off by other people's reviews. After finally giving it a listen, I wish I would have taken their advice and just stayed clear of the audio version. I wish I could get my money back on this one. I could not get past the 3 hour mark.
While I loved the story, Roy Dotrice's narration is even better. his use of different voices really brought the story to life.
I'm unsure whether or not I want to watch the show now regardless, I'll be finishing the series and hope Roy Dotrice reads them all. His voices are great, he doesn't do the female voices as you would picture them but, they're distinct enough you know who is speaking every time, which is true of all of his voices.
As if you really need convincing, get this book! Even for a person like me that's 5 seasons deep on the television show, this is still worth it!
I've read this book before listening to it, and I'd certainly suggest either or both. What made listening particularly enjoyable is the amount of detail, especially with subtle pacing on Roy Dotrice's part, that lends itself to the immersion of the story.
When Bran and Rickon received the news they knew was coming to them from King's Landing.
Roy Dotrice's reading of the book is fantastic, in all. There are so many characters and so many diverse experiences had by them all that it's a wonder he managed to keep it straight. That said, it can be disconcerting when a character's voice/accent changes or when the voice chosen for them doesn't seem to fit the character's deeper (sometimes implied) meaning in the story. Especially.... HHhhhoooooodOOOOOOOORRRuh.
What a great book! I have waited way to long to read it. can't wait to start the next book. The narrator does a fabulous job!
Update 4/13/16: it is so much easier to follow the second time! I wish the narrator didn't change his voices for the characters on like the 3rd book though, I like the ones in the first two better.