I can imagine with a tale involving so many characters, it would be difficult for any one person to find a way to distinguish them all. However, the narrator, did just that! He brought knights and teenage girls to life with ease! Well done!
The Narrator does a good job most of the time but women and children's voices are a bit rough. He also changes his pronunciation of characters names though out the book.
Writer, composer, philosophy student at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.
The dialogue wasn't overdone, the accents were consistent and believable, and the Dotrice really brought the story to life with the subtlety that Martin lacks.
This was my first book by Martin.
I loved Tyrion Lannister and Aria Stark. Dotrice has great range.
The plot was exciting and coherent, and I wasn't bored. Martin managed to create a world that resembled reality in its lack of fantastical heroes without going the route of dark fantasy. Far from being depressing or cynical, the frequency with which major characters die or leave the story suggests a kind of nihilism to the pursuit of power. The most powerful device throughout the story is the subtle implication about the game of thrones' futility even as the reader empathises with various characters in pursuit of power. However, the descriptions of food, sex, and armor are so overdone that I was almost insulted. Martin seems to have little faith in the reader's imagination, and wastes many pages on useless description.