I have been trying to listen to this for about 6 months (at least)... and have yet been able to get mid way through part 1 (broken into 4 parts). Got it because of the reviews. Currently trying again but think I will just give it up. The narator may be great for some other novels but not this one. Very difficult to listen to. If I could get my credit back ... I would. I GIVE UP!
Most disappointing purchase so far (and two credits at that). I just cannot understand anything this reader is saying, I just cannot stand his rendering of "Old English-Style Folks", I had to turn my iPod off after 10 minutes every time I tried to be open-minded about it and pretend to like this guy's reading style! And God I tried many times. I just wish the guy who read the Follet books was the reader, then I might have enjoyed it.
After listening to 2/3 of the book, I realized that I did not want to hear any more of it. I could not remember one positive thing that happened, just death, cruelty, darkness. Though I don't shrink from harsh or negative things in a novel, I need the occasional good or at least mild thing to balance all the doom and gloom. Listening takes longer than reading, and I did not feel like being immersed there any longer. I wasn't overly fond of the narrator, either. I realize I am not running with the herd on this one, and the book has been popular as well as critically acclaimed.
It took me about an hour to get hooked into the story and adjusted to the narrator's style - some bits do come across as a bit monotone, but in retrospect, it really suits the story. Where he shines is in the variety of speaking styles and accents from the UK he uses to distinguish his characters - it adds great depth to the story. It really makes the characters come alive too. If you struggle with Brit accents, just listen a bit and your ears will tune in. The story is really compelling - even though I haven't been into sword and sorcery books for many years. The characters are wildly varied and interesting. If you are looking for something cheery and upbeat, this may not be the book for you, but if you like intrigue, political clashes, high adventure, and conquest, its a real page turner. Am looking forward to the others, even at 2 credits apiece.
I like listing to hours on hours of descriptions of meaningless tabors and battle flags this is your book. Get on with the story already!!!
The book has no flow, it more a less 6 different stories with no coherent connection and split up and placed in random order.
And who ever told the reader that he could sing should be flogged.
If you like long never ending, meaningless soap operas this is your book.
If you want a real book about knights and such try Ken Follett's "Pillers of the Earth".
I have never spent more time listening to a book in parking lots when I couldn't break away. This book combines richly layered characters, engrossing dialogue, and tons of intrigue, all perfectly brought to life by an amazing narrator. For 35 wonderful hours I was in another place that I can't wait to get back to!
Maybe I have missed it but I wish books had ratings on them. I just dont care to listen to books, such as this one, that talk about putting perfume on a character's labia, or a brother giving a sister a titty twister, etc. That is just in the first hour. I didn't get past there, that was enough for me.
This is a GREAT series and Roy Dotrice is so good a narrator that you'll be disappointed in most of the other titles you download. For example, there are two characters who are brothers and they both have an accent. He's able to give them both the same kind of accent with enough of a distinction that you can easily tell them apart.
The story is fantastic, though NOT for anyone under the age of 18 due to its graphic (sexual and violent) descriptions. The best part about these books is that you really don't know what to expect. This is, of course, unlike THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy where there are clear good/evil distinctions and you just KNOW that Frodo will prevail in the end. Having some characters that you love to hate and others that you hate to love makes for an awesome time...
I'm eagerly awaiting A FEAST FOR CROWS which is the fourth book in the series...
Being fairly new to Audible, I trusted the reviews that were out there for this one, and they were spot on. I had not read Game of Thrones before listening to the Audible version, but Roy Dotrice does such an excellent job as narrator, that I had no issues following the story or keeping track of the characters. This book has not only helped me pass 1 and 1/2 hours a day of commute time but has actually made me look forward to the commute. I would highly recommend it to any, especially those with even a slight interest in the genre.
I listened to the prologue 3 times and still didn't really "hear" anything. Not sure if it is the content or the narrator, but after an hours walk I still had no idea what was happening. I have no desire to try again. I am so done with this one.