Yes. good story line and character development. Lots of twists, turns and surprises.
Hard to pick a favorite cause they are all so good. Most hateful character--Joffrey.
The 'dance' instructors sessions with Arya.
The dragons' 'birth'.
Planning on listening to the next books.
It's bad for everyone because it's unavailable for both download and autoplay.
that it isn't, or wasn't available when I wanted to listen to it.
It could have been available, or free since it didn't work and cost me a credit.
disappointment, in Amazon.
wish I could just get the credit back.
I got really sick of all the sexual stuff in the book. If I wanted that nonsense, I would have picked a romance novel! It makes me mad when authors add that crap especially when its not at all important to the story!
I haven't listened to many audio books before, but this is by far the best of them.
It's difficult to pin down one favorite character in the first part of A Song of Ice and Fire. Each one gets an appropriate chunk of the story, with less eventful stories getting less pages, less chapters. However, each one feels appropriately developed and likable in their own way, even the antagonists making their endings that much more heartbreaking or believable.
Robert Baratheon was probably my favorite performance by Dotrice. His accent and billowing voice and hearty laugh were spot-on for the character, and almost as real as Mark Addy's spectacular performance.
Most of Tyrion's chapters and conversations have a humerous, but ultimately heartwarming point to them, especially his conversation with Jon Snow about 200 pages into the book. It shows an uncharacteristic love for the Starks that Tyrion would rather hide, and his genuine care for their plights.
Roy Dotrice's performance has a few inconsistencies and annoyances that are rather minor in the whole scope of his read-through. For instance, at some points, he seemed to misread Joffery's name as Jefferey, but would jump from one pronunciation to the next at times. And his pronunciation of other names and words seemed a bit forced, and some accents didn't quite fit for their characters. However, for the most part, especially with Robert Baratheon or Syrio Forel, he does a fine, wonderful job.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
This is quite simply the best fantasy series out there. This simple statement will probably get me yelled at or downvoted if anyone ever reads this review, but it is true. Some people would say that nothing is better than Tolkien's work, but I would tell them that they are wrong. Tolkien was the first, but he just Didn't create the masterpiece that Martin did. Lets start with Martin's language skills. his prose is absolutely perfect, it is complex enough to keep the story flowing, but not dry enough to make the book long winded. His words just seem to flow from his pen to create a beautiful work of modern literature. However, his language isn't what makes the story, those are his characters. Martin creates one of the biggest sprawl of Characters i have ever read about. Each character has a well developed personality and is very complex. The best part about his characters is their ambiguity. It is hard to tell whitch characters are good and whitch are bad for most of the stories. Sure there are characters that we all love and ones that we all hate, but for many of the characters we can't decide how we feel about them until very late in the book. Also, many of Martin's characters seem to evolve during the story and change feelings or outlooks on life. Even though Martin's cast of characters is absolutely enormous, it seems to dwindle very fast during the story. If there is one thing he loves to do , its kill off characters. Whether they be good or bad they may die, nobody is safe. Therefore, I give this warning, if you like to get attached to characters this book is probably not for you. Martin has an excellent skill at killing are hopes and dreams for the characters we love. Next on the agenda is Martin's plot development skills. he does a terrific job in creating several different plot lines and weaving them separately to start the story and slowly bringing them together as the series goes on. Also, you would think that the first book would be lacking in plot development because Martin is trying to construct his world for future novels, but this is not so. He does a fantastic job in both world building and plot development at the same time during the first book. Finally, i must talk about the narration. The narrator Roy Dotrice does a fairly good job of narrating the story. He is very good at keeping his characters separate with different voices that are easily recognizable, at least for the first book. This is no mean feat because he has several hundred characters to deal with. i also think he has a very good voice for telling this kind of story, rich and deep. However, it seems to me that he makes some word mistakes during the story, he mispronounces some words and seems to miss certain words altogether. This may be more of an editing issue than an issue coming from mr. Dotrice. I will give one other warning about this book, there is a fair amount of bad language, a good deal of explicit sex, and a lot of gory violence. Overall, this is probably my favorite book of all time. it has everything one would want in a good fantasy tale. One final reason why i love this book is its realisticity. I know the idea of realistic fantasy may seem like a bit of a paradox, but I think it is the most important part of a good fantasy novel. I have read too many books where the hero goes in and kills hundreds of men all by himself with no apparent special abilities at all, just threw his own pure will power. it simply isn't logical and it makes for an unintelligent, unrealistic story. The fact is that people die and in real life they are not capable of the insane things some authors make them do. martin makes his characters and their accomplishments relatable and understandable. Sometimes his characters fail at tasks or deeds and die because they simply aren't possible. I believe this is what sets Martin's books apart from others.
A lot of fantasy books are usually quite hard to read in the beginning. The authors feel like they need to explain every single detail in the beginning before the real story get startet. But here you dig right into the action and get intrigued at once.
That its not just one main character, that often gets boring. And you get told which persons view you are observing from. A lot of books jump back and forward until you loose track and have to start all over again.
The way he change his voice after character and remember the distinguished sound of each one.
his performance was excellent , his voice went with all the emotions of the characters of the story and a different voice for each one .... EXCELLENT !
The story about the family of the north. The rest felt overused in literature.
Utilize a unique viewpoint or story.
Not original at all, not worth it.
Father of three
I initially purchased this book three years ago when I first plunged into the the worlds of Ice and Fire. I loved the story, but had a hard time listening to it. There are so many different characters that it was hard to keep them straight. I would miss the name of the narrator at the start of the chapter and be lost as to what was happening. After book one, I gave up on listening to the story and switched to the print version.
After watching several seasons of the HBO series, I was intrigued to go back to it again. I suspected that there was much more to the story than what HBO showed. So I reloaded the book and began listening.
Wow. what a story. There is so much that I missed the first time around. Knowing the story from having read it once and then watching the series, it is easy to follow the plot and therefore to focus on the details. It is fun to see the connection between the different characters and to know how their different decisions will play out. I love the book much more the second time around. I am now in Book 2 and resigned to spending my summer working my way forward through the rest.
The one area where I struggle now is where the book characters (and the accents that the narrator give them) differs from the HBO series. Arya is not a cute little girl, but a 'horse-face girl." Daenerys is only 14. Rob is 15. Joeffry is 13. Ser Jorah Mormont should be a muscular man. I have to force myself to picture the characters as the author described them rather than as HBO portrays them.
If you've read the books once, I would encourage you to come back and listen to them again.
I was recommended Game of thrones by a friend I wasn't sure if I wanted to get in to such a series of books just because of the length of time I would have to put in to listening to the books so I started watching the game of thrones on HBO I was sucked in to the story almost immediately the story with all the charactors was very interesting the series twist and turns seem to be a little bit more creative then some of the books plot twists but those plot twists are what make this book most enjoyable
When John Snow the bastard finds Ghost and what a asshole Veserious is to Dani and of course what happens to Ned Stark
all the unique voices songs and sounds he is able to do I couldn't imagine a better narrator for this book the must be able to do over 100 different voices he is great so far I am on about 3/4's finished with A Clash of Kings Book 2 but I hope he narrates the whole series
I cant figure Tyrian Lanister out his whole family is evil but is he like them or is he different?
if you watch the show on television like I do its still a interesting book but I like to know whats coming up next so I want to finish the books before they show the episodes