I loved the story and since the book is so long, the only way I could get through it in a timely manner was to listen to the audio while I did other tasks. The story was fascinating, but I hated Roy Dotrice's voice. He sounded like an Irish grandfather, which is not something that kept me interested in such an interesting story!
Walking in the snow while listening to Jon Snow's chapters. I could easily imagine I was walking the wall with him!
Roy Dotrice's range of character voices was very limited. There was the "old man voice" (ie his regular voice), his "close to dying voice" (used for old men and anyone injured), his "gypsy witch voice" (used for just about any female that wasn't high-born. Easily the most annoying voice anyone has ever used in the history of audio books), his "child voice" which always made Bran and Arya sound like dumb babies, and his Kahl Drogo voice which was an entirely separate issue. Kahl Drogo never sounded intimidating or strong or even remotely intelligent. He sounded like Tarzan with severe mental deficiencies.
I DID like his voice for Tyrion. I thought that was very well done.
I really want to listen to the rest of the series but the thought of devoting another 20+ hours to Roy Dortice's voice makes me want to not even bother.
yes the book comes to life with narration
it was an epic. Adventure and very unpredictable
swords Dragons and sex
I am only on Chapter 4 and thinking about returning the book due to being unable to follow Dotrice.
The words seem to jumble together very frequently. Often, I have no idea what he is talking about because I can't understand him. He seems to make a salad of word-like sounds every few sentences.
The story is probably great. I can't be sure because I can't understand the words.
I've tried to listen over and over but I can't tolerate the narrator, especially when he is doing female voices. I've recommended this series to a lot of people and most have the same opinion. I have 3 of the series but couldn't get past the first instead I'm watching them on HBO. Sorry Roy Dotrice you probably do very well in other series but this one not for me.
I would listen to it, again. I'm currently on the fifth book in the series, so I may wait a bit before going back through; however, it is definitely a captivating story.
I loved his character development.
This was my first Roy Dotrice performance, and it was awesome. Sometimes, he messes up the pronunciation of names, but he sticks with it throughout the book. I will definitely look up other books he has narrated.
Not EVERYONE you care about dies...
Yes -- all of the voices that Roy Dotrice creates makes it even more enjoyable than the show, and with more depth than reading alone would achieve.
Arya Stark -- she has had a rough ride but has developed the most of any character in the story. Tyrion comes a close second.
I hope Roy will continue reading these George R.R. Martin novels.
I was immediately dragged into this world and can't believe it has existed for so long without my having known! Thank God for talented authors!!!
Excellent narration... equal to the Harry Potter narration.
I love this series, but the voice acting here is so horrible that I've stopped listening only a few chapters in. I have read the books several times, and recently watched the HBO adaptation. Each of the characters feels alive to me, they have their own quirks and flaws, reasons to love and hate them. Unless you're listening to this performance. The voice acting between characters is so poorly differentiated --and disconnected from the drama of the work-- that it makes this painful to listen to. If you're new to the series READ the books, don't waste your credits.
This series really needs a full cast performance, or at the least an actor who attends to the drama of the story.
The voice acting is entirely disconnected from the drama of the story. Furthermore, the performer feels ill suited to so many of the parts, he sounds like a very old, very proper, British gent. Most of the characters are young, impulsive, and full of life ...none of that comes across.