I may be simple minded here, but, the audible of this was too much for me. I can tell the story would probably rock with detail and twists/turns if I hung in there. But, too many characters with little happening, I lost interest. I know others liked it, maybe my listening needs are different, my listening time is limited. I need a story to pick up and GO. This doesn't GO for a long time, and if you wait too long between listens, you forget and it doesn't make much sense. And it was easy to wait between listens since it never captivated me. Honest moment: I didn't complete the listen, I did get a few hours in, I believe. To me though, if it doesn't hold my interest, its not a good listen.
For someone who can concentrate fully and can dedicate long swaths of time, I think it would be very good.
I would recommend this book. The book has a good story line wasa well narrated and takes you to another time and place. I am also watching the same Game of Thrones on HBO and found the book to fill in many parts the series was not able to elaborate on
The caracter developemnet and the story line.
no I listen to the story while I am driving or late in the evening
It's hard to pick just one favorite, but Arya, Nedd Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion and the direwolves are my favorite
No, but he is GREAT!
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
Could not say because I have not read this book in print.
Love the ending...or is it the beginning.
With almost a Clancy-like loquasciousness Martin takes us on an enthralling and immersive journey through his world. For both old a new fans alike there will be hours of devoted listening that will await you with delight.
My personal first exposure of this series was thanks to HBO's stunning adaptation of the works currently airing, and as such I was kind of taken aback by Ray Dotrice's performance initially. However, as soon as I detatched my perception from the HBO ideal, I truly began a wonderous experiance. The narration is akin to a maedter's teachings in the world of Martin and as such I found the story-telling even more compelling with this backdrop.
The characters are flushed out exceptionally well and the political machinations are cunning. Martin is crass where he needs to be and pious and sensible all where appropriate. Nothing is done without purpose. A brilliant piece of craft.
In the beginning it was a little hard to follow because it sounded like it jumped around alot. In most books the narrater says Chapter 2 or 3 and you know there is a change. In this book all he says is the name of a character and if you miss it, sometimes it difficult to figure out why he is talking about someone else. So you have to pay attention.
Tried to watch this on TV when the series came out and never did get hooked, probably because I didn't see the beginning. Listening to this now and I just love it. Fast paced, enough detail but not too much, action, adventure, passions.
Maybe, in a while. There are other books in the series to listen to first.
The background and depth that was lost in the HBO series. While the series does a great job of being true to the book, it often leaves you wondering why the character is that way or petty or angry, etc. Having watched and now read/heard the story - I suggest reading first. The characters are played very well and true in the series - but knowing the depth makes it more enjoyable.
Most anything with Tyrion Lannister in it. He brings twisted humor and wisdom to those choosing to ignore the reality of their actions:Tyrion:" Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."Jaime:" Well, even if the boy lives, he'll be a cripple, grotesque. Give me a good, clean death any day."Tyrion:" Speaking for the grotesques, I'll have to disagree. Death is so final. Whereas life, ah life is so full of possibilities" However, there are dozens of great quotes from others like:Bran- "Can a man still be brave when he's afraid?"Eddard - "That's the only time a man can be brave.""If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you can not do that, then perhaps the men does not deserve to die. [...] A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.".
Fresh accents. However some are disjointed such as Jamie and Tyrion Lannister have completely different accents.
It is best said I looked forward to the next encounter. 43 hours and a lot of detail would be much in a single sitting.
This series is "R" rated at least in my opinion. Language, sex, incest, brutality are well described. This is not a teen series like the Hunger Games or Ranger's Appentise.
Packed full of action. This story was amazing. Loved every moment of it.
Lady was killed.
I loved all of the characters but I must say Tyrion Lannister is very witty and often made me laugh.