Entropy: it's all downhill from here
…apparently Mr. Dotrice has quite the following. Not having heard him read other works, I am not prepared to blame the narrator for what could have been a better treatment.
I believe this excellent series of books would have benefited from a cast of top-notch narrators (perhaps a younger man and woman, Mr. Dotrice and a mature woman could be enough) simply because ANY one narrator, IMHO, would be overtaxed by the vast number of characters to be able to portray them all discernibly and richly enough.
I am enjoying the books because of the deeply imaginative and coherently interwoven stories themselves; in addition the depth of so many characters and their styles of language is quite rewarding. In hindsight I think I would have enjoyed reading instead of listening to this series because the mind's eye and ear can create innumerable visual and audial cues that listening to pre-visualized and directed books overrides completely.
That said, I am a long time fan of narrated books, first out of dire need during lengthy daily driving commutes, then later when I was just simply hooked on this medium.
I will say that Roy Dotrice does middle aged and older men's voices very well, but I feel he can't handle the entire range, and frequently I catch myself in an unusual struggle to understand which character is speaking; I also believe there may be some deficiency in the quality of the recording since I don't normally struggle to understand any narrator's pronunciation. I don't blame Roy for this, but feel the directorial choice was an pretty big mistake. I don't normally wish that a book had more than one narrator; it can be distracting if not handled very carefully. Only a handful of cast-based audiobooks comes to mind that worked for me.
Most will likely disagree with me, but if ever this series were to be re-narrated, as sometimes happens when the recording companies feel there is a compelling and profitable reason for it, a group of very talented narrators…probably from Great Britain where superlative acting/reading talent appears to have recreated the British Empire (peaceably this time)…would lift this entire series to a much richer and more accessible life for many more listeners.
I still would recommend this audiobook and the remainder of the series to other listeners despite my own disappointment. There is a wealth of stunning imagination and excellent character-based storytelling to enjoy, and perhaps by the time I have finished the last book I may well have changed my reservations about the directorial choice.
There is no doubt in my mind that these books deserve to be read, listened to and, yes, also watched, given HBO's careful adherence this time to the author's words. The work deserves as much exposure as is available. George R.R. Martin is one very gifted author!
The narration is great and Mr Roy Dotrice manage to perform every character in the book with a different voice but sometimes his breading is too loud and unconfortable to listen. What i found unbelivable its that 3 1/2 chapters are missing at the end of part 2 and the beggining of part 3. Come on guys! I expect more from you!
Everything! Great story!
I kept hoping to get to the good part, after reading all the positive reviews, but finally gave up halfway through part 3. This book is terrible: gory, violent, histrionic, boring.
The other book we are listening to now is by Trollope, and we love it. I suspect other fans of Trollope will also not like this book by Martin, and vice versa.
The first 10 minutes had me doubting my choice. So many characters had me confused. Then it started to come together and became easier to follow. After 10 minutes I was hooked and dug in to enjoy the 33 hour monster. I looked forward to my long drives.
More a work of Historical Fiction than Fantasy.The linquistic nuances are fanscinating. The many humourous parts are very natural, honest and especialy funny considering from "whenst it cometh" (inside joke).
Katelyns many observations of her son Rob.
This book was not what I expected. The genre is something I would never consider. Considering all the hype I took a chance and gave it a listen. I'm glad I did. I feel like the book nerd I was over 20 years ago when I would go to bed early just so I could read.
The book is filled with truths and observations on humanity. The way the dwarf deals with his lot in life. The way a young prince or bastard has to deal with the cards they are given. The ups and downs, the dirt and glory. It's all there if you want it.
The book is substantial not because of the length, but it's depth.
Worth the wait
It feels realistic
The ending when the dragons were born and the baby was sacrifised.
I've watched the TV series and became totally confused. Now I know the characters and the background.
Dotrice does a great job give so many characters distinct voices. Good job!
Yes, the narrator does a wonderful job offering voice to the characters, far better than my own imagination can come up with. I also enjoy the opportunity to hear Game of Thrones while performing other tasks, or going on walks.
The characters! All of them are not flat stale stereotypes. Each character, from the noblest knight to lowest peasant is only acting out of their own ethical code. There is no "good or evil", but simply real characters trying to survive in these dramatic world events that gets stirred up by medieval politics (with slight bit of fantasy in the background).
I have not, but I find him a very fitting narrator for the medieval tone of this series.
There's no way I could state that without spoilers. In fact, every spoiler in this book moved me. There are a lot of them!
HBO has made it easier for audiences to dive into George R. R. Martin's Westeros universe, but for any true fan - it's a must to review these books and see the "real" story (as the TV show has changed some things), as well as in depth background knowledge of the characters motivations. Certain scenes just simply wouldn't play out well on screen, but are fantastically written (and subsequently narrated) in the book. If you don't have the time (or don't want to strain your eyes) to read the books, having this excellently narrated UNABRIDGED version of Game of Thrones is a fantastic purchase. I have read all the books, watched every HBO episode, and was still surprised by how many events I'd forgotten until I listed to this audiobook. I can't wait to get my next credit and get book 2! This is fantastic!
I wanted a book that would last the entire month, because I have a long commute for work. This unabridged version took more than a month to finish. I really like the way the author weaves several storylines together. Its a great fiction book.
The narrator is great. I love the different accents and tones he puts into each character and how they stay the same throughout!! It makes the book even more enjoyable to listen to.
Danny is my fave!! Love dragons and strong women!!
Not sure yet which is my favorite. They are all good
It's an interesting flow of different story lines with completely different characters.
Some of the characters are quite evil and easy to dislike. Others are warm and you just want the best for them...but that usually doesn't happen.
He's excellent at giving different vocal inflections for the different characters which makes it easier to know who's talking. There are so many characters in this book that giving them a different sound had to be difficult.
The death of an innocent direwolf and the heartbreak of the children involved.