It starts just a tad slow but is an amazing epic listen. Great story, characters and performance.
I am an Accountant and an MBA Candidate. I like to listen to audio books when I am in traffic, at the gym or doing repetitive work.
I absolutely loved this audio book! From the writing to the narration, this was a book I easily got lost in. I highly recommend it.
Usually books are better than their adaptations to screens, but in this case the book is rather awful and I am told the TV series is a great improvement. I simply had to stop listening to it since it was so hackneyed. I began playing a game of guess the next word and it was always the one I expected. Listening is a great gift but one must be challenged. Bubblegum does not belong in one's ears.
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My favourite kind of fantasy....a world not completely unlike our own, filled with deep character development and a riveting plot. I've said that it is like The Tudors with dragons.
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
I have never read any book in this genre and now I wish I have since I am completely hooked on this series and it is only my first book...
Stark kids finding werewolf pups.
If I could, I would for sure.
Strongly recommend this book: great story, characters seem to be real, superb narration.
Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.
Death, Politics, Dragons
The obvious comparison is to Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
That voice. Those accents.
Bran falling from the roof. It's been 3 years since I listened to this book, and I can still see him in my mind's eye.
Read these books, but don't fall in love with any characters. Just... don't.
The world that George R.R. Martin sucks me into. My friend had been trying to get me to read the books for a while but I put him off, then I watched the first season of the HBO series (I know, I know) and then went through these books sooo fast! The complex characters, their development and the events in this book that set up for the sequence of events in the rest of the series are all hallmarks of great fantasy and great reading.
You could compare the intricate world with Tolkein's middle earth, that I think is the most common comparison.
It feels like I'm sitting by a fire listening to a wizened old man weave a tale of deception, corruption, love, revenge, and lust.
I read along with the audio book for a little bit, while driving I simply listened. the reader was great, and the voices were awesome!
Tyrion Lannister, hes the funniest witty little man you'll ever read about in a fantasy novel. Hes straight forward about his intentions, and flat out quick. Well fleshed out character and amazingly written in the Westeros world.
The Game of Thrones is a great story and keeps you interested throughout. It kept me on my toes with the twists and turns. I felt the narrator did a good job putting feeling into the story as well.
So far my favorite character is Tryian Lanister. I feel as though his character is wild spirited little man, but carries great honor. He tends to live a wild life, but he has meaning in his words.
I feel as though Roy Dotrice adds a certain feeling to each character, he gives them personality that I can't seem to when I read a book. He places emphasis on the characters words in just the right times so as to not be to overwhelming.
When Ned Stark was executed it took me by surprise. I listened to other main characters get killed off in the story, which is different twist on things, but when Ned was executed it took me back a step.
I have read comments concerning the narrator and was concerned it would be a long boring listen, especially at 35+ hours. I took a chance and I must say i am pleased so far. I recommend that anyone concerned about the Roy Dotrice should take a moment and listen to the preview. I found him entertaining and refreshing listen.
I rather like Tyrion. He was dealt a bad hand but managed to make the most of it. He has flaws and does not hide them. But at his core he is just, courageous and smart.
Outstanding. He captured the book's ethos perfectly.
This book is definitely NOT the Disneyland version of the medieval life -- an all too common occurrence in fantasy books. Instead, it tells a more honest tale, with all the brutality, struggle, and intrigue. Also, magic is not the central point of the book -- there is just enough of it to enable certain plot lines. This is what makes the story so captivating.