The background and depth that was lost in the HBO series. While the series does a great job of being true to the book, it often leaves you wondering why the character is that way or petty or angry, etc. Having watched and now read/heard the story - I suggest reading first. The characters are played very well and true in the series - but knowing the depth makes it more enjoyable.
Most anything with Tyrion Lannister in it. He brings twisted humor and wisdom to those choosing to ignore the reality of their actions:Tyrion:" Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."Jaime:" Well, even if the boy lives, he'll be a cripple, grotesque. Give me a good, clean death any day."Tyrion:" Speaking for the grotesques, I'll have to disagree. Death is so final. Whereas life, ah life is so full of possibilities" However, there are dozens of great quotes from others like:Bran- "Can a man still be brave when he's afraid?"Eddard - "That's the only time a man can be brave.""If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you can not do that, then perhaps the men does not deserve to die. [...] A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.".
Fresh accents. However some are disjointed such as Jamie and Tyrion Lannister have completely different accents.
It is best said I looked forward to the next encounter. 43 hours and a lot of detail would be much in a single sitting.
This series is "R" rated at least in my opinion. Language, sex, incest, brutality are well described. This is not a teen series like the Hunger Games or Ranger's Appentise.
Packed full of action. This story was amazing. Loved every moment of it.
Lady was killed.
I loved all of the characters but I must say Tyrion Lannister is very witty and often made me laugh.
I would have to say in the top 5
I liked the time frame in history.
I have not, but I enjoyed his performance greatly.
It was good enough for that, but the length of the book required many listening sessions, which I looked forward to.
Can wait to start Book II - Clash of Kings!
Audible has given reading back to me.
My first review. So enjoying this book. Love that the story is coming from many different points of view. And there are no preconceived good/bad characters (with the exception of the obviously sociopathic knight), each person is operating with their own set of motivations. Just like life. All other books are on a back shelf until I catch up with this series. About to get spouse addicted, too.
Agree with Time's "American Tolkien" comparison.
He sets the tone. His vocal distinctions create the characters in my mind's eye.
This series is about to blow my Audible budget away.
Near the top of my list, however, performance was boring at times (the narrator's voice, not the story).
not from george R. R. Martin
all of them
I tried over a period of 6 months to listen to this book. I slowly (very slowly) managed to plod about 10 hrs into it. Needless to say, I could not go on. I am a huge fan of fantasy/sci-fi and was extremely disappointed in this book. The narration isn't perfect, but I have heard alot worse, the real killer was the disinterest I continually felt for the characters and the whole story line altogether. The book ploded endlessly like a bad episode of Little House on the Prarie or The Waltons. I tried to give it a chance, but became so disgusted by seemingly endless diarhea of the mouth (without any interest in the dialogue, something atleast Stephen King has mastered with his "endless" writings) that I have forever put down these books, amen.
Absolutely love the characters and storyline of this series.
Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character (although he really comes into his own in Book 3)
Love Daenerys Targaryen! Amazing girl who doesn't know she's amazing yet.
All in all, completely worth every minute spent with this series.
He only has 4 voices: old man dying of emphysema (every male character), old women dying of emphysema (every non-lead female character), the simpleton (simpletons, dothraki, and characters who are "large" - regardless of their intelligence) and the non-voice he uses for women and children. I really love the story, but I don't think I can handle this narrator for another four books. He does do a good job with old, gruff characters, but when every single character sounds old and gruff it's so unbelievable it pulls you out of the story. And how sad that important characters like Arya, Dani and Cat are so lifeless and unbelievable.
Complex & interesting story line. Full of action, with amazing castles and characters.
The story lingers...you will continue thinking about it long after finishing the book. Can't wait to listen to Clash of Kings!
Full disclosure: I am not a fan of the fantasy genre, so I had pretty much ignored this book for ages. But after viewing the first season of "Game of Thrones" in one sitting (there is a silver lining to the stomach flu!), I decided to give the book a try. The fantasy elements are present, but do not take over the story; the author seems to be more interesting in developing the characters than to come up with the wildest, fantastic beasts that other authors tend to abuse.
This is a sweeping saga, with unforgettable characters (hard to keep track of the many names and houses and sigils, but be patient!). But at its core, it is a story of not just good vs. evil, but of honor, family, ambition and yes, human evilness. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
Side note; do not get attached to anyone