I never would have finished the book. The reading is very well done, easy to identify the various characters, great speaking voice, very clear, great inflections.
Norwegian and audible-addict :)
The narrator is fairly good with his "story"-voice, except for all the misreadings Winterfall- Winterfell, Bren- Bran, etc.
But his 'voices' all sound sligthly retarded, and that ruins the experience for me.
Programmer, Reader, Gamer
Overall I loved the story of "A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire". Very engaging. And the complaints I have about the HBO series are not nearly as prevalent in the book. (Constant, long, in your face sex scenes in the series are very abbreviated and not nearly as graphic in the book). The narration, however, almost caused me to put the audiobook away.
Roy Dotrice's voice fits the book well, and most of the voices he choses for the characters are quite acceptable. What killed it for me was his timing, and his inability to switch voices mid-stride. So a quote (that I'm totally making up so as not to introduce any spoilers) that is supposed to read:
"Winter is coming." She said, "Let's go pick some turnips".
Is instead read as:
"Winter is coming she said let's go pick some turnips."
Leaving me wondering if the "she" in question was saying this, or quoting someone else. Missing the flow from quote to quote, and the punctuation, making me think about what I just heard and working to follow the flow of the story rather than just riding it along.
The fact that the narrator made Tyrion Lannister sound very much like a leprechaun was distracting and verging on offensive as well.
If the same narrator is reading the other books, I'm afraid I'll forgo the audiobook and just read them myself.
written with such clarity. there is so much going on, and the author keeps in step, way ahead of the reader. you'll have to listen or read multiple times to pick up all the clues and references, although the first listen is exciting enough. The reading performer did amazing. Can't imagine a better reading.
I fell in love with the TV series; and now I've fallen in love with books!
I work in a clinics laboratory and Audible is a great way to get reading done while working. Loved every minute of listening.
I enjoy fantasy, scifi, and some romance books. I'm a total nerd. I love gaming and Anime.
I love the narrator and hope he does all the books! Such a great book to listen to.