Martin writes a compelling story that ranges in both action and drama. I love a story of knights and kings, of princes and princesses, much like they may have existed centuries ago. Add some dragons and the likeness of mythical creatures and I am more intrigued! And if that wasn't enough, you add some story of betrayal, of treason and conflict, of schemes for power and dominion, add a story so compelling yet heart-wrenching that it leaves me breathless, and you have a winning series. I love that in these books there is no beating-around-the-bush about things, there is not painting a pretty picture, there are heroes, but they don't always win, there is justice but it is not always just. There is still honor, but even honor is sometimes sacrificed for the reality that happens within the story. I am easily won over by any good story, but this goes beyond a good story, and I almost becomes a tale or legend that was long forgotten, but finally resurfaced and retold.
I have never read any other story as crude and real yet incredibly imaginative as Game of Thrones, books such as The Inheritance Cycle and The Harry Potter Series, as well as the Hunger Games that I have read and loved, seem like great and wonderful fantasy books, filled with laughs and both happy and sad moments alike. Game of Thrones is a different type of story, and fantasy, so brilliantly arrayed as to make it feel like a real piece of history. The betrayals, the injustice and the heroics are so natural, yet larger than life. Each character is more than just a person, there is depth not only to the story told, but to the characters and personalities in each story. The Realm, feels as real as an Empire of old, and the people, the kings and lords, the peasants and the sons and daughters each play such an incredible part and add so much to the books. It is as if each is a narrative, a biography of events that happened. Each perspective gives a new and different taste to the story and plays at different emotions of the reader, engaging us ever so deeply into the lives of those portrayed.
One of the saddest scenes in the book is the beheading of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell, as seen through the eyes of Arya Stark. I had previously watched the series on HBO before reading/listening to the book and so the initial surprise came through watching that episode. However, listening to the story in more detail gave me an understandably deeper appreciation for each character, and it sparked those same crushing feelings that I felt when I first experienced that moment, watching the show.
I am always moved by the memorable and timeless quotes in this book, that are delivered by the most unlikely characters. The nuggets of wisdom and truth that Martin has given to the readers are not only epic but also inspiring.
Great read, and great narration by Dotrice, I look forward to reading/listening to the rest of the series!
I'm a salesman on the road. I travel 5,000 km a month. The stories keep me going. They pass the time driving from place to place.
From the opening pages, George pulls you in & doesn't let go. With the reading of Roy Dotrice, this is a book the you have to be prepared to continue to the next one. Story lines, settings & characters, it pulls you in & you won't want to stop.
He is a great narrator. Amazing how he has applied a different voice for all the important characters and keeps them consistent. It's always dangerous with audio books because you don't know how good the person reading the book is. Thanks to Roy Dotrice I know that I will listen to all the game of thrones books available on audible. If I would have read the book by myself I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did listening to it :). On to the second book!
George R. R. Martin has crafted an intricate and engaging tale. Once you begin listening, you will want to continue listening. No wonder it became a hit HBO series.
Roy is very engaging as a narriator and developed a series of voices for each of the characters.
This Audible book contains proper chapter stops for each point-of-view character.
I loved the story having seen the first season on TV
I did not much care for the performers voice and character dialects. Rather bland and monotonous but was still a good story.
This book did not add much in the way of additional information from the series on television but it did imprint names and places much better. Also the verse Game of Thrones is said several times and the meaning becomes more focused. Good character development and lots of twists and turns. A definite must read if you haven't seen the series and you will get hooked!
I throughly enjoyed this audio book. As a college student I do not have time to sit and read free reading books which is why audio books are the way to go in a busy life style.
This story was very intriguing and kept me wanting to read more. I found myself making time in my day to just listen to the audio book. Also was great when I was driving in the car.
My favorite scene in this book probably had to be when the Starks found the 5 lone dire wolfs and took them as pets.
I was particularly moved by the entire Stark family. They represent such great honor and have many morals I as a reader identify with as I am sure many other readers identify with to,
Epic book and apparently a epic tv show ( I have not yet watched it) . Worth every cent!
I never watched The Game of Thrones on HBO...and I am glad. It was though this book that I was introduced to this new world. I loved the performance of the Narrator. He allowed me to picture each character as it was written and how I have come to envision it for myself. This is the charm of audiobooks. The storytelling was of immense proportions. I compare it to Lord of the Rings. It has it's own map and kingdoms and kings, and queens. I look forward to the next "chapter" in this epic tale . Listening to this book was difficult at first; getting to know all the characters. But it was well worth the effort. I highly recommend this audiobook!
yes. there are so many plot subtleties that it begs to be listed to again.
It kept moving.
He kept the million characters straightened out in my head by the different voices. don't know if that would have happened if I would have read this instead.
No....the plot twists did make me gasp though.
If you skip this book because "everyone is talking about it" and you don't want to buy into the frenzy..... you're missing out. Read it. Just don't tell anyone you did.
Haven't read the print version
I was very invested in the characters.
His performance was fine until book 4.
There were so many, I cannot think of a single moment,
I can only hope the author lives long enough to bring everything to a conclusion.
The narrator has an amazing ability to switch voices and is very consistent. By the time you are an hour in you realize you know who is speaking every time because he has a special voice for EVERYONE! SO GREAT!
All if them. He gets them each spot on.
No. Too long. I commute but when I get home or to work I for sure don't want to stop! I try to at least get to the end of the
Chapter so I will often be seen in my driveway for ten minutes before I come in (better speakers on my audio system than iPhone)
I was worried since I've seen all seasons this far. But SO curious as to how someone could read this and make it believable since the story has such a wide variety of characters. Roy Dotrice absolutely amazes me. He switches characters flawlessly and his voice is so pleasant. He somehow is even able to catch the voice of children and women in a believable way even tho he has a very masculine voice. Obviously he doesn't sound like a girl. But having seen the shows I can picture easily each character. At first I didn't like Tyrian L and Little Finger voices because they don't remind me of the show. Bit I'm almost through first book of five available of book one, and I'm used to it now. In fact got used to it very fast. He is simply amazing! He's the type I wish had been my uncle because I would have loved growing up listening to him telling stories.