Loved the book, as well as the HBO series so far. Enjoyed hearing the text version and noting some subtle differences to the video. Narrator does a wonderful job, especially with accent shifts to distinguish between characters. Plan to listen to the whole series.
The reader does the voices very good. Great acting.
When Arya Stark is taking lessons from her dance teacher.
Too long to listen to in 1 sitting.
This is a wonderfully well-written book. Dotrice does an amazing job making the characters come alive and keeping the reader interested. I don't typically do well to just listen (I prefer to read) so I was skeptical of using audio books at first, but I found that I had difficulty stopping the book!
The way the characters lives intertwine yet somehow they each get their own chapters.
Tyrian Lannister. I'm not sure he is my favorite because of Dotrice or because he's one of my favorite characters in the series/show.
No, way too long! But I often listen while running and some runs last as long as 2-3 hours. I listen the entire time and sometimes don't want to stop.
What not to love its amazing.
Spoiler Alert: Ned Starks Death
It's amazing. I love his different voices for ever character he makes the books come alive.
One of the best. I didn't think I was going to like it at first but I like long stories because I listen while doing long distance runs as well as house chores, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. After the first chapter I was pretty well hooked.
Hard to say without spoilers. A non-spoiler, when Jon finds his wolf pup.
Arya and her wolf Nymeria in the woods, because that's where I'd love to be, running thru the woods.
Impossible, it is way too long, but you just want to keep listening.
Once you start these, it's hard to stop, even though you might hate what happens to some of the characters. It's not one of those happy-ever-after stories, but intricate and compelling.
I would listen to this again because the story is classic and the narrator did a great job.
It's hard to pick just one moment because the whole book weaves together to make a seamless narrative. Probably when Viserys finally gets his gold crown.
Again, there are too many to pick from. I loved the scenes with Arya and Syrio. I also love all the scenes when Tyrion is being clever and talks his way out of trouble.
Oh no. This book is definitely not a book I could read in one sitting. I'm a slow reader, so the fact that I got through it in a week is amazing and something I wouldn't have been able to do without the audiobook.
This book is amazing, as is the television show, and is most definitely worth checking out.
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.