The story is amazing. I've read all of these books and they are some of my favorites, but the reader is horrible.
This man sounds like he is reading this story with a mouth full of spit. His character voices are laughable at best and completely distracting at worst. He has single handedly made me dislike some of my favorite characters. Never listening to him again! I'll stick to the books.
I read these books up until the 4th in the series when I decided that it wasn't worth my time to read. Since audio versions offer a totally different experience I was ready to try again. And I have decided I just can't or don't care. The production of this audio version is superb. Those who become attached to the characters will find it delightful high fantasy. I just think I asking not invested enough to continue on.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
Well I finally read or rather listened to this book. I must say the writing is quite good, but it's more of a political intrigue book set in a fantasy setting than a real fantasy book, and there was not quite enough happening per page for my liking, yet I didn't want to stop reading it either. If you are looking for larger than life heroes, this is not the book for you, if you are looking for a happy ending, well this book really just seemed like a really long beginning of a story, it seemed more like a chronicle of life than a story with a beginning and an ending.
"To have fallen so far and learned nothing - that is your failing" -Darth Traya
Roy Dotrice is absolutely one of my favorite voice actors of all time and it is a treat to hear him narrate one of my favorite series of novels. It gets a little awkward hearing him read the naughty scenes, but it's completely overshadowed by the rest of his performance. For the most part he is consistent in his voices for the main characters, although he can stray sometimes. I can appreciate this though since the ASOIF series has many many many countless characters. Overall I gave this series a 5/5 on every front. The editing could be a little better, but this is neither the author's or narrator's fault.
Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.
I read these books years ago when they first came out and only recently came back to the world of Westeros when I binge watched the HBO series. Since it had been several years since I read the books, I thought I would start listening to fill in the gaps that I had forgotten about.
They are still as good as I remember them being.
The prose is fantastic, and the narration is first rate. This was my first exposure to Roy Dotrice as a narrator and I was exceptionally impressed. His character voices fit quite well and are distinct enough to be able to differentiate the characters with ease. Most impressively, he manages to do female and child voices without the annoying falsetto that many male narrators resort to.
It's definitely a very long book and the audio recording is likewise long (over 30 hours). About half way through, I upped the speed to 1.5x because I didn't want to get tired of it like I have some other very long books. I think it helped greatly.
All in all, I would highly recommend this audiobook.
A thrilling tale and yet only the beginning of what I surmise will be an amazing saga!
Roy Dotrice's narration is both stimulating & inspiring! His voice gives life to the story & paints colorful imagery in the mind.