This section of the audible has duplicate chapters. The conversion from tape/CD to audible caused the duplication of 3 to 4 chapters. Which equates to about 3 hours. I'm glad I caught it, but it let me know that I was closer to the end than I thought.
OVerall story - FANTASTIC! I've moved over to A Clash of Kings.
George R.R. Martin brings it all - political intrigue, family ties, fantasy, deceit, sex, espionage, treachery, loyalty, dragons, wolves, horses, warlocks, barbarians, swords, magic... and Roy Dotrice voices it wonderfully. If you haven't started this series, just what are you waiting for?
Have loved books and reading since I was a wee one and could not live without books. BUT due to a hectic schedule have found I don't have the time I once did for nightly reading so I've grown to love audio books!
Good story but I'm not real impressed with narration.
He does not do voices. After spending the past 9 months listening to another popular books series and the excellent narrator this just fell flat for me.
It's a good story and it goes a little more in depth than the TV show
He is terribly inconsistent.
Joffre - Is pronounced in at least 3 different ways, Catelyn suffers the same fate
His character voices slip from one regional accent to another. Tyrion for example seems to have slipped from Yorkshire through West Country to Welsh. Why do people from the same family have different regional accents? It's incredibly distracting. Maybe it's not so noticeable if you're not from Britain?
This book rates up in my top ten of the audiobooks that I have listened to, and I've listened to a great many to date.
I have to admit that I kind of did an end around on this book in that it first came onto my radar screen in having watched the HBO series on TV. I was sucked in whole heartedly by the series and thought "if the tv series is this good, then the book must be even better". I was not mistaken. This is the first book in a five book series and they are all as good, if not better, than this one, and this one is phenomenal.
I have not listened to any of Roy Dotrice's other performances prior to this one, though I have listened to the other books in this series that are also performed by him. I find that he does an amazing job and has distinct and wonderful voices and portrayals of all of the characters within the book. I would gladly purchase other books narrated by him. There are a handful of narrators of the audiobooks I have listened to that I feel to be masters of their craft. I count Roy Dotrice among their number.
There are actually several but I don't wish to list them for they would be spoilers for those who have yet to read the book!
I usually find the audio better than the printed version for most well done audio books.
He put some craft into his reading.
The narrator does a valiant job of "performing" the book, but I would have much preferred he just read the darn thing. His characterizations of the older people work just fine, but every young person also sounds like their pushing 70. The women often sound like old men or drag queens. A couple sound like old pirates.I don't know how or why he gives certain accents to some. There doesn't seem to be any consistency there at all. Sometimes they're low class Brits, sometimes shanty Irish, a few Scots sneak in there now and then. On top of these things, was the overall pace. The actor gets so deep into his performances that the book often slows to a crawl, which would be okay if there weren't 5 of them clocking in at 200 hours total. During book 4 I finally turned the pace up to 1-1/2x.
Dotrice infused his reading with the proper emotional intonation for each character. For example, he read doubtful thoughts with the right level of trepidation in his voice. He might speed up for anxiousness (but never too much), or slow his reading when appropriate.
Can't wait to listen to Book II!
He has so many different voices that it makes it easier to visualize the story in my mind.
Easy one, Ned getting killed. I was upset!!!
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I really found this book to be super enjoyable. I was tired of picking books that would not last me a whole month so i thought i would give Game of Thrones a shot since my wife loves the show ( I wont watch now until i finish the book series). I love the story lines and how they all merge in and out of one anothers lives. And GRRM does a great job of throwing in twists to the story so you are always really engaged with whats happening! Roy Dotrice is amazing as everyone said, super glad i gave this one a shot.