Yes, this book is well written and the narrator does an impressive job as well.
Does a great job of switching between many characters so you are always interested.
He is able to capture the voice of characters so well. I would be able to tell who was saying something before the written words advised who was speaking.
The entire book is amazing.
Big Cajun Man
I liked the story line, although it is a bit long and at times a tad predictable, but still very enjoyable.
The Gunslinger series from Stephen King is the same kind of grand and large storytelling exhibition.
I really liked it. His ability to differentiate the myriad of characters with his voice was impressive.
(SPOILER ALERT) The beheading of Ned Stark was very well done
Only a whole bunch more to listen to... yikes...
Booked & Loaded
If you have not heard of A Game of Thrones you must have been living under a rock the last several years and there is truly no hope for you. If you have been watching the HBO series by the same title and are curious about how this book or audiobook look no further!
George R.R. Martin writes a fascinating story and twists you around his finger making you care about each and every character – no matter how good or how bad they truly are. He pulls you into their world and it is to regain your vision on reality.
There is really no way to get through this review without talking about the TV series. And I was seriously impressed with how much the TV series followed the book (or audiobook in this case). So many times the TV writers create their own version of an authors work of art, and many fans just cannot adjust. I think that HBO is doing a brilliant job transferring the authors vision on the screen.
The downside, as always, to watching a book portrayed on TV is simply the constant comparison in your head. This was no exception, but the differences were not tremendous.
I really feel like anything I say here is just going to be lame. I have not looked at the amount of reviews for this book, but I sure it is ridiculous. For a good reason. A Game of Thrones was a truly great book with just a fantasy to keep me sucked in, even after 30+ hours of audio. This really says something!
Audiobook thoughts: Roy Dotrice was as epic as the story. With an amazing range of voices and accents, he made the story come alive and I was wholly empressed. I don’t think a better match could have been made. An artist in his own right, Dotrice takes this amazing story to the next level.
Love to learn, love to be entertained, and with a commute like mine, audio books are a godsend!
I'd put this in my top 20 audio books. It's performed well, although the story alone might not make my top 20 of all time, but it would be close.
The story itself is engaging and structured well. Martin uses the structure of the book itself to help clue the reader into things without directly narrating it, a technique that worked well in a lot of occasions. However, it sometimes lead to dead-end sub-plots (within the first book at least) which I sometimes grew frustrated over, but was mostly ok with.
Roy Dotrice performs the story very well. I have begun listening to the 2nd Game of Thrones book, which is similar in performance.
Not in particular, but the overall craftiness of the story's intricate web being weaved, razed, and unwoven is exciting to experience unfold.
The use of dead-end sub-plots (within the context of this single book) are sometimes annoying because they are interesting or deal with main characters which deserve closure. The main plots which arch over the book series feel acceptable and produce minimal closure. Minor sub-plots, like a promised conversation narrated in the book that doesn't seem to happen by the end, left me wondering if it ever took place. As I have started the second book, some of these sub-plots are revisited or you can glean the closure from the continuation of the story. It should have been called "Game of Thrones: Volume 1" as it feels like it plays out like one giant story, just broken up for commercial breaks. As I plan to read the rest of the series, this isn't an issue, just an observation that's hit me several times.
Yes, amazing series with great story-line, better than the tv series.
When John Snow killed the white walker in the Lord Commanders chamber.
Loved the narration.
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Dotrice, at first I wasn't sure of all the character voice changes but he makes it work. There must be hundreds of characters
The unknown, the mystery of those possible problems coming from beyond the wall
The fantasy that leaves you waiting for it to happen
Haven't done any yet, but....
I can't believe he's the same guy who plays the Russian coach in "the cutting edge" movie
This is really extreme dramatics with surprises and violence
Not for kids
Listening to a part of the story and seeing the same part online is fun, you can do this without spoiling the rest of the book
John Snows struggling between the wall and the family that raised him
His voice of Hodor
Katlyn stark strength in waiting to see is brendon was going to wake after his fall
I had to almost force myself through the first half of this. Not that it wasn't good, it just seemed to drag on forever. After that, though, I couldn't put it away. I love this series.
That is impossible to choose. Martin can make a character mentioned in one sentence interesting.
Everything! He was born to narrate this series.
Yes,although physically impossible.
The only con about this series is, you will compare every other fantasy novel to "songs of ice and fire" and realize you will never find anything close. It really deserves its own category because it is not fair to other authors. I really doubt there will ever be anything written to top this series.
Sin City Heat
I began reading these books midway through the first season of the fantastic HBO series. HBO had done such a spectacular job that I wanted to know more. The books, although entertaining, miss the mark in one major area: the writing has no soul. If not for Roy Dotrice, who set a world record for the number of characters narrated in this series, I doubt I would have continued past book two. His narration is superb!
I say the writing has no soul because it's mainly just a description of events, settings, and personalities. I grew up on classical mythology -- Greek, Roman, Scandinavian -- and I read everything I could find. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories and I truly imagined myself being there. Not so this series. I find the writing to be somewhat flat when compared to the classics. It reads as if the series was intended for a theatrical production. Compare the writing in "A Song of Ice and Fire" to "The Pillars of the Earth", written by Ken Follet, and the difference is crystal clear. Follet takes you on a journey that sucks you in and keeps your attention. George Martin's writing can be tedious and laborious at times. I know that a crow caws, but is it necessary to repeat it a half dozen times in the same sentence? I wanted to yank off the headphones and scream! I have other objections but I don't want to spoil the book.
How closely does the HBO series follow the books? Let's just say that you won't be missing much by not reading this series. Sure, you'll miss a few things but not enough to really get upset about. Of course this is due to GOT being a series instead of a 2-hour movie.
So, if you want the full backstory to the HBO series and want to listen to superb narration, then you've come to the right place. But if your looking for writing that truly captivates, I recommend taking a pass here and reading instead "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" by Ken Follet. They're narrated by the equally excellent John Lee.