I enjoyed this book, but it took me quite a while to get used to the narrator, although he did a good job. His voice was just hard to listen to. It also took me a while to get into the plot of this book. It has so many different stories going at the same time, and it was hard for me to put it all together at first. Once I got to the second part of the four-part book, I was tracking with the story, and I was drawn into it. However, it took too long to get me hooked. (If I had had another book to listen to, I would have quit this one.) After listening to it all the way through, I went back and listened to the first part again and was able to follow the plots a little better. I would most likely get the second book, but I don't think I want to use 2 credits for it.
The story is outstanding, the narrator is awful. I'm surprised that so many people like him - I guess I'm alone here.
Catelyn's character has the most manly voice in the book. Drogo sounds mentally challenged. Other than that, good luck trying to differentiate one character's voice from another.
I couldn't stand the narrator, and after listening to 1/3 of the audiobook I switched to the original book and only then I could see how amazing the story is, how wonderfully constructed the characters are.
My advice: read the book and save 2 credits...
This book and reading has a richness that surpasses almost any literary experience. I read Tolkien to my boys, from the Hobbit on through the end of the Lord of the Rings, for their bedtime stories for several years. The moral and character lessons were incomparable, as well as the poetry and richly imagined world.
This is better. Where Tolkien was poetic, Martin is gritty. Not what I would read to young kids, but just as richly imagined and detailed, and with characters and events adults can relate to. From characters I love to hate, to those I detest and loath, to those with shining virtues marred by cringe-worthy flaws--all are there.
When trying to follow in Audio, the sheer richness of characters can be daunting. However, the production by HBO has resulted in a wealth of available Internet cribs. I found these invaluable to begin, but now I know them like I know my own neighborhood and family.
Spoiler warning--it is hard to avoid learning some stuff in advance using these sites--but Martin is so artful, and Dotrice so beguiling, that a bit of an inkling of what is coming serves only to spice the listening.
Feast and enjoy!
I'm actually not getting work done because I am so hooked on this book. It does take a while to get all of the names straight. Really worth the effort. I really like the narrator.
i have always had an aversion to this genre but after seeing the hbo series and loving it (gratuitous nudity and violence anyone?), i thought i would give it a shot. george r r martin has put together something really fantastic here. so many brilliant characters, so much politics, so much darkness. ah and roy dotrice the narrator - to you i say BRAVO! how is it that you basically have no other work on audible.com? anyhow - i kinda hate the dothraki storyline and what the hell is going to happen with the AGONDRAYS (pig latin spoiler)? this could get ugly. dont let me down george.
Read the book and then saw the tv series, the book was really great, but when i saw the main personalities from the book in the TV series I for the first time ever felt that a movie/tv-series actually helped to make a book even better.... looking forward to read, see and listen to the rest of the series....
These are very long books and there are a lot of them. This is the first of the series. I suspect it will turn out to be the most interesting of the bunch (I'm currently completing book 2). There are lots of battles, lots of evil doers plotting bad stuff, albeit sometimes for what they believe are good reasons. There is much varied terrain in a well-designed universe where fortunately for us, everyone speaks vernacular English. The narrator is very good, although his repertoire of accents and voices is a bit limited. Sometimes hard to tell the girls from the boys and there are way too many London cockneys in this strange land. And far too much pointless description of food and meals in general. I really don't care. It sure does add a lot of pages to the book, but I don't thing it adds anything else. This is a good series if you like this kind of thing (I do), but don't be expecting J.R.R. Tolkien or even Robert Jordon. Martin isn't that good. He isn't lacking in grammar or basic authoring skills, but it does feel like he is working very hard as the books unfold. I found myself drifting off far too often. Is it worth reading? Yes, probably. If length matters and you like a lotta book for your credits, you'll certainly feel you've gotten your money's worth. I am finishing book 2. I will probably read at least one or two more ... eventually ... but I suspect I won't finish the whole series. I just don't love it enough to spend that much time in this world.
***Spoiler Alert ***I greatly enjoyed listening to the first installment of this epic tale. My only qualm, and it cost Martin a star, was the zombies. The introduction of these undead characters was brief and unresolved. I'll read book two, but if Martin doesn't weave these characters in to my satisfaction, I'll abandon the series.