A wonderful and impressive read. Very high class fantasy and a captivating listen. I felt very strongly about the characters (and their stories) by the end of book. Upon finishing I went directly to audible and bought the second book!
Definetly not. I think this book was enough.
I have never been a fan of fantasy books, but when this book got so good reviews, I decided to give it a go.
Very monotone voice. Hard to follow.
I think the author did the charachter cutting quite well himself.
Biggest issue with this book was that there were so many charachters that it was very difficult to follow. I listened for first 4 hours and just gave up. I have listened long books before ( for example 1Q48), but i just could not focus on the story if there was such thing. When ever i thought that i know who is who, the people changed. Most of the time i noticed that i was thinking something else when i was trying to focus on the book. The book just did not keep my attention no matter how hard i tried.
I don't re-read (listen) to books.
Aria - independent and entertaining
I teared up once or twice and laughed out loud a few times as well - I tend to have more "extreme reactions" when I read a book vs. listening to one.
The book starts out a little slow and can feel a little hard to follow, but it's not important to try and figure everything out right off the bat. The characters and stories become more clear on their own and things really pick up.
I would recommend this audiobook to EVERYONE I know! This was the best book that I have listened to in a long time. At first a little worried because so many characters, but you soon learn them all.
Near the end when Robert is killed.
Roy Dotrice's performance is the best I have ever listened to. I am not good with words and could never describe how wonderful he does with all the characters. I don't think many people could pull off what he does with this book. AWSOME!! FANTASTIC!! WONDERFUL!! I AM IN AWE!!!
When Eddard had to kill Lady. I cried my eyes out.
I don't know how anyone could be dissapointed with this audiobook. I finished it and immeaditly purchased and started the 2nd one. It is just as good so far.
The narrator's ability to portray the many characters' voices so that the listener may distinguish one from others.
Steven King's The Stand, because of the character diversity and how all they become inter-related.
Name pronunciation, and a voice to the characters.
NO! too long for one sitting. Good for a long drive, while you are cleaning the house or gardening, or other activity where your hands are free but when your mind may wander.
I would recommend this audiobook because Roy Dotrice does an excellant job with the voices and bringing life to the characters.
I had watched several episodes of the HBO show prior to listening to this and I think that might be what confused me ... wish I had listened first then watched ... oh well lesson learned.
Having a narrator that could actually READ
I haven't found one
ANYBODY that could read...THIS story doesn't necessarily need someone with a British accent Particularly one with an overexaggerated one of a snobby butler AND has emphysema or sounds like it and can't read more than 4 syllables to a breath.
DISAPPOINTMENT-I won't waste another credit to continue the series. I feel robbed having used 2...TWO!!! of my credits to purchase this overindulged word stuffer read by an overstuffed boor with no personality ability....
It really saddens me that such a good story PLOT should be wasted due to lack of EDITING in the first place and inept narrator for reading....MAYBE I could wade thru the overdescribed background and enjoy the story if I read it from written word-but NOT audible
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This is a very, very, very long story but it is full of adventure and intrique.
Although the beginning is tedious due to the large number of characters, it is well worth the investment of time to let the story develop.
Chivalry and Honor are exhibited alongside Treachery and Deceit. This is a great example of a "page turner".
I don't have cable so I have never seen the popular TV series. Roy Dotrice is more than a narrator he is a gifted storyteller. The narrator brings the story alive including appropriate sound effects and voices.
Warning: A few of the more "adult" sequences are described in detail; although very tasteful they are a bit explicit.
It's one of my favorites due to the incredible writing and the enthusiasm of the narrator. His voice meshed perfectly with the book.
When Bram gets pushed out of the tower window by Jamie Lannister.
I can't say, he does a different voice for each one of the characters which distinguishes them. This book can be difficult to follow, but it helps to have the consistency of the narrator's voices for each character. His voice reminds me of a salty sea captain. Love it! Gotta have it!
I've already seen the HBO series so I knew what was coming as far as major plot points. There were several points where I flt connected to the characters and then the were killed off. All I know is I am not waiting until my next credit comes in, I just bought Clash of Kings.