Audible must have sent me the wrong book. What I've been enduring for the past ten hours is unstructured and uninteresting. And BORING. Quite unlike what's been described by its many positive reviewers. In fact, the "Game of Thrones" I received is so bad that I suspect the positive reviewers are shills.
I would recommend this book, with caution that it can be slow going at times. I found during some parts, I was completely mesmerized, and yet bored during others. Overall the story is very interesting and keeps you wanting to know what is happening next. I listened to this book every day while on the treadmill in the gym, and it was over before I knew it. Ready for the next one tomorrow!
I don't really have a point of reference for this. It's not quite as fantastical as Lord of The Rings, but epic none the less.
First time I ever listened to him, but I love him, he has different nuances for each character, and it's amazing.
There isn't much of a plot. It's more like a made for TV drama with lots of sex and violence. Very disappointed, even though this is really popular.
No. His writing style stinks. He doesn't explore the interesting story lines. It just all about sex for him.
Roy did a good job narrating. I haven't listend to his other books.
George R. R. Martin.
I know I'm in the minority on this series, but I actually stopped listening part way through the second book when I went out and foudn the plot and discovered that the characters I actually like are the ones that are cut from the book. This series is boring, crass, and unimaginative.
Love the story and the reader, but the editing is not up to Audible standards - many repeat sections, including almost a whole chapter between the third and fourth parts.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a fantasy reader. I watched the first couple of episodes of the HBO series first. I felt like I was getting the super abridged version of the story, which drove me crazy, and decided to pick up the books.
I was not disappointed. This book was a lot of fun and the narration is great. I picked a copy of the paperback because I found a potion of the way through the book that I needed the appendix and the map.
I finally bought this book after delaying for years because it cost two credits. I can't believe I put it off. This is the best fantasy novel I have ever read. Richer than Tolkien. Characters are deeper, the arc is cleaner, and the themes are more satisfyingly complex than LOTR.
More than a reference to speakers, Dotrice's narration puts you into the action. He demonstrates the same mastery and comfort with the material as the late Patrick Tull did with the Patrick O'brien novels.
Don't make the same mistake I did. You must buy this book NOW.
Love the book! Love the series! Even if you're watching the series on HBO, you must read or listen to the books to gain important information missing in the series.
I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
The cliff hangers, the back stabbings, and the STARKS
Eddard !!!! His honor is what men should be made of!!!
Cant pick one!!!!
Yes, Eddard should have ruled!!! Not died way to early to kill your mane guy!! But that is why this series is great!!!
I have read all five books! And went back just finished the first book again on audible!!!! Can't wait for the next two!!!!
First of all LOVED the series, second Roy Dotrice (the reader) portrays the characters wonderfully and moves you through this intriguing, complex labyrinth like a movie. I was late to work several times sitting in the parking lot waiting for a scene to finish. Love books like that.
Very complex and well defined. Most books are like american movies where the good guys always win at the end. This story is more real than that. Treachery, sex and honor.
Hard to say there are so many wonderful characters. Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen are my favorites.
Winter is coming
The HBO Series based on these books follows the story line very, very close and is a must watch. Of course after you listen to the books.
I will probably purchase the rest of the series, but I wish I could get them with a different narrator, and more important: a different style of narration. I use audiobooks rather than traditional reading because I'm physically too busy to read. Audiobooks let me do exercise, housework, crafts and even some of the more braindead tasks at work while reading. But it's the story I want, the words, the text. I don't need or like all the acting from the narrator, all the different voices assigned to the different characters. A man in his fifties will never sound like a ten year old girl, so why pretend to? Better a blank canvas that I can fill with my own imagination - as similar to traditional reading as possible.
Also, Dotrice's voice is to raspy for my liking, plus he has a tendency to make really annoying, sputtering, gargly voices for particularly the elderly characters. I don't care if an ageing Black Knight in real life probably would sound really unpleasant - I still don't like having my ears tortured unnecessarily.