Dotrice is a wonderful, lively narrator. However, having seen the first 5 seasons of the TV show before having listened to this audiobook, it was hard to get used to the voices he used for some of the characters, such as Tyrion and Varys. I've decided to read (rather than listen to) the rest of the books because of this.
Wow, what a performance. Roy Dotrice (the narrator) was just fantastic. Thank you for transporting me into George R.R. Martin's world of Game of Thrones.
The reader CONSTANTLY mispronounces names and words. It's really annoying. But it's a great book, so if you like the series it's a good purchase but you might want to scream every time he pronounces Petyr Baelish's name or Vas Dothrak
I love these books but Roy Dotrice does a terrible job in performance. He mispronounces names, and worse yet he changes pronunciations multiple times in a chapter. Caitlyn name pronounced as Cat-a-lyn, Kate-lyn and Cat-lyn. Bran become Brian and Joeffrey becomes Jeffrey. Lazy performance and not worth a nickel. His voices are stale and too many sound alike.
Excellent story - I've read the books several times. Narration took a little getting used to, but I just came from the exceptional narration of Dunk & Egg audiobook. It took a couple of chapters to get used to this narrator's style. He's an older Englishman and voice is somewhat like talking with a mouthful - that actually suits assume of the character voices (Pycelle), but strains the imagination for the female & youth characters. Overall quality of recording is great - no background and surprisingly lacked that obvious change you often hear when stopping & restarting the recording (I notice a change in volume & slight pitch on other recordings). All in all I enjoyed this telling. I would only recommend not listening to this right after The Knight stories.
I finally got to listen to the first book. LOVE!!! It really makes the HBO series make sense. Take the time to listen to the books if you can.
Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job reading. He has an awesome range of voices!