Having completed the entire audio series of A Song of Ice and Fire, I have edited all my ratings of the narrator's performance. Roy Dotrice ruined my perceptions of the characters with inconsistent character tones.
I would rather have had the books read in a monotone voice free of all inflections than listen to him make manly men sound like some whimpy teenage boy and Danny like some old crone (referencing ADWD narration).
With that being said, the series is still so damn good that I'm listening again for a second go around. I just work harder at dreaming of a world where the actors of the HBO series are providing the voices for the audio series and Dotrice only supplies the narration!
I was a little leery at first about a single narrator doing this book justice after just finishing the dune audiobook, but Roy Dotrice does an unbelievable job with the voices and the reading.
I had started and stopped the book three times. I loved the story but just couldn't find the time to finish it. Enter the Audible version, which allowed me to transport it wherever I want. I've just finished it and loved every bit of it! The story was written in such great detail j could add to what the TV show provided. I highly recommend it.
perfect narration! the narrator nailed it!! couldn't be better! i saw the tv show before reading it and they also did an amazing job of making it for tv. even though its a pretty accurate telling of the whole book, i still enjoyed reading it
I'm not sure why I finally decided to buy this one, but I'm glad I did.
The storyline feels as intricate as a Dune novel. The light touches of magic feel like what ancient miracles were described as.
There are many characters followed closely in the book. At times I lost my patience with characters I felt less of a connection with, but all in all this is one of the greatest books I've experienced in years.
A couple of things helps this story stand tall in its genre. First, and most important I think, is that it is less whimsical than the typical science fiction-fantasy novel. Martin doesn't discriminate when it comes to living and dying. In other words, he isn't afraid to kill off whom your typical fantasy story would hold up as a central character...able to seek their just revenge and live happily ever.... His world contains the highest of noble thoughts and acts, and the lowest of dastardly deeds, and that stands as a stark (pun not intended) allegory to our own lives when we pull back from the pages and take stock of the the real world we live in. Second, his characters are complex and plentiful. This sets the stage for unlikely heroes to rise in the place of the characters we silently cheer for, and send our senses reeling when they are either killed off, or, for lack of a better metaphor, join the dark side. These developments in the plot allow us to revel as the newest antagonist/protagonist duos evolve, while keeping us on our toes as the story becomes less and less predictable.