I couldn't get through more than an hour of this book, and that took 4 tries. The narrator's voice grated on my nerves, and, as other reviews mentioned, he changed the way he pronounced names each time he said them, making the characters extra confusing. His cadence was also very annoying - not sure if it was due to the production splicing together takes or how he read them, but it was as if there was no punctuation at all - sentences were run together, and then there were slight pauses mid sentence as if there was a comma, but in a place that made no sense. It was like he was reading off a page or telepromper, and had to stop midsentence every time he needed to turn the page or go to the next line. EXTREMELY annoying. And the storyline wasn't enough to make me care to get into it or overlook the narration.
I've never used Audible's return policy before, but I plan to for this book, especially since it was 2 credits. Listen to an excerpt before you buy, make sure you can deal with this narrator.
The narrator ended sentences before they were actually finished, then continued in a "second" sentence. It really breaks up the story and is very annoying to listen to, especially after having read the stories myself. He reads each sentence as if they were two or three sentences. Not only that, each character has the same voice, so you have to pay close attention to know which character is supposed to be speaking.
I'm not a native english speaker / listener and found this book extremely difficult to undestand. I'didnt like the perfomance at all because I couldn't distinguish the caracters voices. They seemed always the same person.
Medieval low fantasy. The kingdom of Westeros is a land of rival houses ruled by a weak king. Murder, intrigue and brute force of arms are all interchangable for the noble who wants to succeed.
The different houses all have good and bad in them. It is not automatically an evil and a good side.
There are more than two sides, and the political intrigue has a very real feel to it. If the future weatlh or even survival of your family depends on who comes out on top, politics become VERY important long before actual battles.
He tries to differentiate the personae by changing accents and voice. It is a noble effort But after a while it gets very tiring. Especially the slobbering lisping voices of e. g. the eunuch Varius, and the female voices which he as a man cannot do and which consequently sounds like a mockery rather than a mimicry.
As a non-native english speaker I would much rather that he did not do this as I find it not only annoying but difficult to understand what he is saying when he does.
When he is reading in a normal voice his pronounciation is wonderful and very pleasing to listen to.
We're talking a very long sitting then.
Compelling story line. Fantasy an integral part of story, not an add on.
Wonderful delivery of a great story.
Couldn't put it down.
Thank you to my son for making me aware.
A wonderful and impressive read. Very high class fantasy and a captivating listen. I felt very strongly about the characters (and their stories) by the end of book. Upon finishing I went directly to audible and bought the second book!
Definetly not. I think this book was enough.
I have never been a fan of fantasy books, but when this book got so good reviews, I decided to give it a go.
Very monotone voice. Hard to follow.
I think the author did the charachter cutting quite well himself.
Biggest issue with this book was that there were so many charachters that it was very difficult to follow. I listened for first 4 hours and just gave up. I have listened long books before ( for example 1Q48), but i just could not focus on the story if there was such thing. When ever i thought that i know who is who, the people changed. Most of the time i noticed that i was thinking something else when i was trying to focus on the book. The book just did not keep my attention no matter how hard i tried.
I don't re-read (listen) to books.
Aria - independent and entertaining
I teared up once or twice and laughed out loud a few times as well - I tend to have more "extreme reactions" when I read a book vs. listening to one.
The book starts out a little slow and can feel a little hard to follow, but it's not important to try and figure everything out right off the bat. The characters and stories become more clear on their own and things really pick up.