Bunch of families squabling over land and rights and ... yawn. I thought it was fantasy instead its a soap opera in paperback.
I wanted fantasy which why I read the genre. This is just a soap opera in a fantasy setting. Nothing fantasy about a bunch of back stabbing and in fighting between political factions. Heck if I want this I'll go back and watch the news broadcasts from the last election. I got half way through the book kept expecting it to turn into fantasy at some point and finally just deleted it when I couldn't take any more.
All of them
I had a hard time getting into the story at the beginning, but now I am hooked and want to pick up with the next book.
Storm of fellings
Tyrion Lannister: Even after living as if life was just a game he can make an oportunity out of any trouble
Aria and the hound meeting Fray's tugs after the red wedding
John Snow saying bye to Bran Stark in front of Catherine Stark
The story is captivating. Had watched the HBO series first and wanted to read the books. No time to read alas so I grabbed the audible version. Roy Dotrice is an suburb narrator for all the men's voices but one has to forgive him on the Women's parts as well as the young girls. A variation of a Scottish accent seems to be favoured for a great deal any of the characters which works in most places. You can tell when he had been reading for a long time and needed a break when it cuts back to him obviously afresh. All in all a really great experience. Looking forward to starting the next book in the series.
Tyrian Lannister, everyone loves the Imp!
Really hard to say, so many that stick out.
No extreme reaction, if I had not seen the HBO version I probably would have been upset when Joffrey had Eddard Stark beheaded.
Wished I had been listening to this in the dead of winter in front of a roaring fireplace.
Better story. It was not well developed and boring. Very sexist. Rape - 14 year old brides.
Was very much interested in listening to the entire series, so I was very disappointed in this first book. Will not listen to anymore.
George R. R. Martin takes you plaes you don't expect to go. I have read Tolkien, Eddings, Salvatore, Jordan, and many, many others. Martin has the best of each, and is still original. His world is developed and has history like Tolkien and Eddings, action similar to Salvatore, an an awesome story that keeps you interested in the next page. Most stories lead you down the path of predictability, the best have a few wrinkles but Martin is completely unpreditable. My wife doesn't read this genre but even she loves this series.
Unique, unpredictable, and riveting.
Never listened to Roy Dotrice before but he manages to give most of the characters their own voice.
Yes, but get ready to loose yourself for a very long time.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator who gives good voice to all the male characters however, I wish there were a cast of voice talent especially for the women who all sound like toothless, ignorant old women in Dotrices' voice. Some of Dotrices characters sound a little too slobbery at times which for me was a bit off putting. That said, with the sheer number of characters in this book, he is amazing. But there really should have been a narrator cast like you will find in Neil Gaimans "American Gods".
Yes, but there is no way that could happen!
Of course! This has become my default book series to fall back on if no other books spark my interest. If I'm waiting for credits and I have finished my other books, I have fell back to this series.
Tyrion is my number one on a long list of characters I have enjoyed through out this series. He is solidifies the saying "Big things come in small packages".
Any characters that didn't stray too far from his reading voice. Though I appreciate his diversity in voice selection for characters, some of them did not fit the characters well. Also, when depicting sexual content he goes a little over the top. As far as an overall reading voice, I enjoyed it and he does a very good job of establishing the proper pace to establish the mood of the moment.
Near the end, that's all I will say.
Martin is fantastic in his ability to give every character, big and small, there own personality and develop such an engrossing series. With the large volume of content in the books, it can take a little to develop, but it is well worth the story. Martin creates a world filled with rich histories and culture that really brings the GOT universe alive. The series as a whole becomes more compelling as it goes along. The character complexity leaves you second guessing who is bad and who is good. What really impresses me with the series is that it is not a cookie cutter fantasy novel where main characters go through there struggles, but ultimately come out unscathed. Martin takes chances at the expense of your fandom, and it pays off in dividends. No wonder the TV series is doing so well. I recommend this book to anyone, though I caution that there is adult content that you may believe is inappropriate for young readers. Though Martin is being labeled as an American Tolkien, this is no "The Hobbit" if you get my meaning.
Best audio book I've ever heard. Roy does a great job with the characters voice.
No. Roy Dotrice's narration is sometimes brilliant, but often phlegmy and annoying. Is it really necessary to audibly suck your teeth repeatedly just because a character is described as doing that? Or to narrate lines of dialogue attribution in the voice of the character speaking? And please decide whether you're going to pronounce it "Joffrey" or "Jeffrey" and then BE CONSISTENT.
All that said, the story does take over. I've just heard so many excellent readers that it's disappointing to have one who's not.
Hmm - The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Epic, cast of hundreds fantasy novels.
Could be better.
Arya at (spoiler alert!)
her father's execution.
Give this a try, even with the imperfect narration. You only notice the annoying parts because in general the reader is pretty good. And the story is great.