My daughter has been after me to read (Listen to) this series for quite a while and I am glad she was persistent. Great story, good narration. Well developed characters, easy to follow even with so much going on. Only disappointment was it seemed to just stop. Whereas most series books come to a "pause point" that leads you to the next book, this one seems to abruptly end. So, of course I'll have to read the next one.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
I cannot say enough great things about these books. I was hooked immediately and I rarely want to turn this off. This book is filled with so many twists and turns that I often found myself gaping in astonishment! The character development is also fantastic. Roy Dotrice does an amazing job of slipping in and out of different voices.
Yes, I would say the same for all the books in the series that I have listened to. I can't believe how talented the author is. He has been able to tie so many aspects of the characters together and leave you guessing at the same time. Strong imagination and writing skills that I wish I had.
For this book I would say Aria. Smart- alleck take no guff and laughs at the way her sister tries to maintain her courtesies.
I am not sure that even Robin Williams could have done so many believable voices as Mr. Dotrice did with this book. It really made for an enjoyable listen.
Left me in awe, all the twists and turns that leave you guessing.
Have listened to 3 out of 5 in the series so far, great work and I never used to like the old mid-evil stories. I love this though.
I would listen to parts, especially those of my favorite characters, because it would be a simple recall, since each chapter is titled. After finishing all four books, I think it would be interesting to go back to the first awhile.
My favorite character is Tirian, in the first book, because he is highly intelligent, practical, but is an underdog who recognizes injustice and deals with it creatively. He seems to be the one who will be a hero later on.
When Bran scales the towers and accidentally witnesses something he shouldn't, I was riveted, and actually had to rewind and listen again.
Actually, yes, I listened to most of it on a long trip, and was anxious to get back to it.
I would recommend this book for a long trip when you are able to continue listening. I love the way Roy Dotrice interprets the characters with his voice, and his smooth delivery of the terminology of a medieval period. I especially enjoyed the format of weaving the various characters together in time so effectively by developing each character throughout an entire chapter.
Hmm, that's a good one. I really REALLY wanted to like this book, but it just didn't click for me. I don't think I wasted my time reading it, but after awile, I wasn't really interested anymore. There were too many characters to follow and I'm not big on violence, so I didn't really want to hear about it.
Nothing was really disappointing. I still think the book was really well written and that the narrator did a good job reading it, it just wasn't for me.
I haven't but I did like his narration. He gave it the medieval feel it deserves.
It was worth checking out, but I don't think I'll read any of the other ones.
I scoured through all the reviews before using a credit on this. 33 hours is a long commitment! Again, I have nothing poor to say about the way the book was written or how it was performed, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I like and have read/enjoyed other works like this, but I just couldn't get into this one.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
The action was always moving forward. The vignette style of the book made the extremely long novel easier to pause in spots. It had a little bit of everything: Byzantine political drama, war, fighting, zombies. What's not to like?
I don't have a comparison.
Tyrion is definitely my favorite character, a heroic anti-hero. I least liked Danaris in this novel. She becomes much more likable in subsequent novels though.
Yes, I would have liked to listen to this book in one sitting; however, that's darn near impossible.
I would definitely listen to this book again. It is such an amazing story, and so much more detailed than the HBO version of the story. Each character is so well fleshed out, and it feels like you are inside of their heads. I listened to this audiobook while pressure washing for work, and it made such tedious work so enjoyable. I actually started calling the book "A Song of Ice and Fire, and Pressurized Water" (which made me laugh anyway). I highly recommend listening to this book if you like books about strategy and war, and especially if you enjoy a good fantasy novel. Just remember, when you play the Game of Thrones, you either win, or you die!
Tyrion Lannister was definitely my favorite character. Tyrion is a character that doesn't run from who he is, and he accepts the hard truths of his reality. He is a very intelligent character, and it is very hard for other characters to outsmart him. I especially love the way that he always seems able to turn bad situations into good situations for himself. He is also just an extremely funny character. Long Live the Imp!
Roy Dotrice's performance was just masterful. His pacing was excellent, and I never once felt like he had sped through a section too quickly. His voices for every character were very detailed, and he is really great at putting emotion into his voices. It would be a travesty to listen to this book being read by anyone other than Roy Dotrice, and I personally plan to find his other performances.
There are many scenes that are incredibly beautiful or sad, but I would say that the most moving part of the story for me was when Tyrion tells Braun about his first wife. Basically, when Tyrion was young, he and his brother Jamie encountered a young girl who was being chased by some men. Jamie chased after the men, and Tyrion stayed with the girl. That night was the first night he had ever been with a woman, and he fell in love with her. He ended up marrying her in secret, and for two weeks he was extremely happy with her. Then, he found out that she was a prostitute who his brother had hired to have sex with him. Tyrion's father, a cruel man, made Tyrion watch as many Lannister guards had sex with her, and then he made Tyrion have sex with her last. Then, Tyrion's father paid her, and Tyrion never saw her again.
Tyrion tells this story to Braun while they are waiting to possibly be killed by some mountain men. Roy Dotrice does such a good job of telling the story as Tyrion would, and it is just a very powerful scene in the book. The scene ends with Braun saying something like "If someone did that to me, I would kill them, whether they were my father or not", and Tyrion replies by saying the Lannister motto, "A Lannister always pays his debts". The way Roy Dotrice says that final line stuck out to me, and I think the scene has a heavy sense of foreshadowing that in one of the later books Tyrion will get his revenge on his father.
Just an excellent story, read by an excellent storyteller. Definitely worth your time and money in my humble opinion!
Yes. One of the best series I have read. I just can't get over how you think someone is a main character and bam! Dead. I love the action and suspense. It's crazy.
Are you kidding me? It's a big book. But I did listen to it daily. I could not stop myself.
I like the way fantasy elements like dragons and magic are not the focus of the story. It's a "real" world that happens to contain dragons and magic. I also like how "big" the story is ... three story lines woven together and artfully done.
Dotrice is so overrated! All the characters sound like old men whether they are young women, young men, or children ... I can never forget the narrator and just listen. There are lots of narrators who make me forget who they are but he is not able to do that. Also, he has a way of spitting and slurping that I found disgusting to listen to. If the story were not as good as it is I would have stopped listening.
I feel like the book could be edited way down. 90% of the character physical description could be cut and left to the imagination of the reader. If it is not necessary to the story or unusual in some way (such as blood of the dragon having silver hair and lavender eyes or King Robert's bastards being dark while his "legitimate" children are blonde/blue) leave it out. Martin also has a tendency to repeat lines over and over again ... "he/she/we/they were not wrong" must be repeated 50 times. It's irritating especially since there are 6 of these books to slog through. Same goes for food/meal and clothing descriptions. It's cool the first few time to read about the unusual food and elaborate feasts but it becomes tedious later on. Who cares if they ate Swan or Duck or if the meal began with Beef Barley soup and ended with Lemon Cakes. A little would suffice.
This is certainly an interesting book, and not necessarily because of the storyline. After finishing up some great writing in books like The Thirteenth Tale and The Art of Fielding, the writing in this one was extremely simple and straightforward. No clever turns of phrase or eloquently woven sentences. However, the story was interesting enough that it didn’t really matter.
But, it’s an incomplete book. I knew that going in, of course, because it’s only part one of the series, but it was still a very unsatisfying experience. I can understand leaving the reader wanting more in the rest of the series, but it didn’t tie up any major storylines, and opened way too many doors and plotlines. After listening for 34 hours, there is no way I’m going any deeper into this interesting world.
Some other problems: While I liked switching between characters for the narration, a few major moments (such as the death of a major character) happened at a distance…told by different character. Or (as in the results of a battle) as a recounting at the dinner table. This was very odd to me, and seemed to minimize what were major episodes in the book.
I’d give it two stars, but the great world created by Martin and interesting storytelling pulls it up to three. Good narration by Roy Dotrice.