I've never been fond of the fantasy genre, however A Game of Thrones has won me over. It is exhilarating. Such an enjoyable listen, addicting even. I cannot get enough.
Roy Dotrice is brilliant, as he narrates, I live each character. I so look forward to the rest of the series.
I'm particularly pleased that the prices on audible.com are about half of what they are on Itunes.
An excellent story! Engaging. Martin offers a stimulating method of narrative--having us see the events unfold through the eyes of the different characters. The reading is very good; however, it seemed as if the reader, at first, was out of breath often. This got better as the reading progressed.
Great book, but it's really the narration that makes it come alive. The reader is superb - pitch-perfect for the epic scope of this series, giving each of the large cast of characters their own unique voice. Highly recommended.
I loved Game of Thrones, mostly because of it's compelling story line and characters you either love or love to hate (or love to question).
I haven't read many other books that make good comparisons with Game of Thrones. Jordan's Wheel of Time has some very compelling characters, but it is written much differently. I would call Martin's series similar to The Once and Future King in style but with a much more compelling plot, and with more grit and sex.
I didn't like the performance as much as I have other audiobooks. Dotrice reads slowly and sometimes put me to sleep. That said, he has excellent diction and character voicing.
The most moving scene in the book, spoiler free, is from Arya Stark's point of view near the end. It is both heartbreaking and somewhat shocking, while still being inevitable.
Excellent for long trips and in general. Definitely give the book a chance, even though the first few chapters are a bit dull. :)
This book is awesome! I just finished and have never gone through a 33+ hour book in such a short period of time.
The narration is great too. Other reviewers note that some characters sound similar. I also found this; however, you have to consider two things: 1) there are a boat load of characters in this book and 2) within a particular scene, characters are quite distinguishable from each other. So, as long as you are listening the book one chapter after another, and not jumping randomly around, there should be little risk of similar sounding characters causing a problem :)
Book can be a little slow at some points but honestly an amazing book! Roy Dotrice is awesome and so glad they did not switch up the narrator in the second book.
I have read very little fantasy outside of Lord of the Rings (40 years ago) and some Harry Potter. Enough people raved about Game of Thrones that I decided to give it a shot. The reader of great. The story grabbed me from the start. The novel follows a number of characters and plots, some which were more engaging than others. While this story did drag a bit at times, each slow section was more than offset by great sections. The writing is excellent, most characters fascinating, and the world is a very cool place. There is just a bit of supernatural to liven this story of knights, war and medieval political intrigue. The author expertly introduces a complex plot through characters we come to care about quickly. I expected to be a lot more confused with names and places than I was. After 32 hours of listening, I enjoyed it enough to order the next book in the series. For a non-fantasy guy, that is pretty good praise.
...even with a different narrator. GRR Martin has a whole world and a ton of characters to introduce the reader to in this first book. For those who occasionally have difficulties taking in more complex audio books, or audio books with narrators that read too fast, or have accents this book may be a better visual read. my aural/listening comprehension is quite good, likely because I've been addicted to audio books (or as we used to call them, "books on tape") since I was about four and hid a tape player under my pillow so I could covertly "read" with the lights out. A Game Of Thrones was difficult for me to follow at first, as there is so much to keep track of. My fiance' is new to audiobooks, and while quite an avid reader, he finds some audio books hard to follow, and this series would be impossible for him.
The narrator is actually a talented reader but he has a very limited range of voices, so he is the least fitted to read a series with a huge amount of important characters. Thus, it is even more difficult to keep track of who is who. However, I think most good narrators would have difficulty with the sheer numbers of characters Martin presents. If I were the audio publisher I would have looked high and low for a narrator renowned for his range of voices.
All that said, I managed to make it through the series (to date) after a work with about the first fourth of this book.
Has anyone else noticed that there is missing story from the end of Part 2 to the beginning of Part 3? I've confirmed with the written text, there's about a chapter and a half missing from the beginning of Part 3.