There's not much I can add to the accolades of G.R.R Martin's masterpiece. What I will say is Roy Dotrice is awful, just simply awful. He speaks in a near monotone, he makes every character sound eather like a decrepit old man or a crackling toothless old crone. He mispronounces almost every name, for example he'll say Joffrey then say Jeffrey only a minute later. I even heard slurred words, like he was narrating drunk. I have listened to many an audio book and never have I heard such a bad narrator. Roy Dotrice's horrible narration didn't ruin the book, but, it came close many times.
It was a great story. I can't wait to get a chance for the other books. I dare say I enjoyed it far better than Lord of the Rings. Terion (doubt I spelled that correctly) is my favorite character. if I were to say the parts that involved him where of my favourite. I'm sure Jon Snow will play a part of greater importance later in the series.
I decided to get this book 1. Because everyone talks about the tv show and 2. It's a really long book to listen to at work. The first few chapters I didn't care to much for and then it really got going and suddenly I was attached to the characters! I am definitely buying the other books and DYING to watch the show!
Chapter 7th is as far as I got. I just couldn't stand the narrator's voice. It was monotone, raspy ... I tried, I really did. This one is getting returned.
After Watching the show and needing more Game of Thrones during the off season, I came here to listen to the audiobooks while working and fell in love! Roy Dotrice captures the persona of most of the characters and presents them in a way that clears up a considerable amount of confusion.
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I started reading GoT before ever viewing the television series, but it was confusing and dropped it. After watching the series, I tried again via this audio book. This time I was familiar with the characters and the story made more sense, however the POV chapters still made me slightly confused. The narration itself made this easier, however the Narrator himself was not pleasant to listen to in this long format. Some of his voiced characters were much better than his narrative voice. Despite that, getting to the end initiated the need to get the next book, which in my opinion made it a great story.
I started as a fan of the HBO series and decided I should start exploring the books. While I believed the show was incredibly detailed, the books have shown me otherwise. Phenomenal book and amazing lore and back stories you can't get from the show.
I found my way to the books after HBO. The audio book is great, and it leaves me thinking they did a great job with the show. the extra context of the book is wonderful. Roy does a great job with the character voices, and makes the dialog easy to distinguish between characters.
I started listening to this after becoming hooked on the show. The book offers more insight than the show and provide details of things that slipped past me in the show. While it differs in some ways, I found it very interesting.
I suppose my critique of the narrator is primarily because I am familiar with the on-screen characters. I wasn't overly enthusiastic with some of the impressions... and there were a few mis-pronunciations.