A working mom that loves to read but has not time to sit and enjoy a good story...so I listen and LOVE stories of ...
NO...The HBO series follows the story so closely that I feel like I have experienced the story twice already.
Typically, books have more intricate and meaningful story lines than anything written to a screen production...I have to say that this story was very very well done ...if you have seen the HBO series, no need to read or listen.
I don't have time to sit down and read the whole book so I figured that the audiobook would be a better fit.
Having watched the first season of the show, I was already familiar with some of the characters and my favorite POV is Jon. The whole night's watch adds so much perspective and shows the pettiness of the realm.
I think the narration really added to the whole listening experience. I see that some people have taken issue of Dotrice's pronunciation of certain names at certain times, and my reaction to this is that if you can't tell that 'joffrey' and 'jeffrey' are the same character, you have greater issues than the narrator of an audiobook.
I have been interested in reading the Game of Thrones series for several years now but don't really have the time. listening to them seemed like the most viable option. the narrator was wonderful. he did voices very well. I could tell who was speaking before the paragraph revealed it. it was wonderful.
The narrator is excellent, i already buy the reast of the saga, I expecto to deliver the same quality.
all the quotes are very interesting!
Excellent voice, he gave emotional context to each character.
Very long book! but it's worth listening.
Yes, this book is well written and the narrator does an impressive job as well.
Does a great job of switching between many characters so you are always interested.
He is able to capture the voice of characters so well. I would be able to tell who was saying something before the written words advised who was speaking.
The entire book is amazing.
Big Cajun Man
I liked the story line, although it is a bit long and at times a tad predictable, but still very enjoyable.
The Gunslinger series from Stephen King is the same kind of grand and large storytelling exhibition.
I really liked it. His ability to differentiate the myriad of characters with his voice was impressive.
(SPOILER ALERT) The beheading of Ned Stark was very well done
Only a whole bunch more to listen to... yikes...
Booked & Loaded
If you have not heard of A Game of Thrones you must have been living under a rock the last several years and there is truly no hope for you. If you have been watching the HBO series by the same title and are curious about how this book or audiobook look no further!
George R.R. Martin writes a fascinating story and twists you around his finger making you care about each and every character – no matter how good or how bad they truly are. He pulls you into their world and it is to regain your vision on reality.
There is really no way to get through this review without talking about the TV series. And I was seriously impressed with how much the TV series followed the book (or audiobook in this case). So many times the TV writers create their own version of an authors work of art, and many fans just cannot adjust. I think that HBO is doing a brilliant job transferring the authors vision on the screen.
The downside, as always, to watching a book portrayed on TV is simply the constant comparison in your head. This was no exception, but the differences were not tremendous.
I really feel like anything I say here is just going to be lame. I have not looked at the amount of reviews for this book, but I sure it is ridiculous. For a good reason. A Game of Thrones was a truly great book with just a fantasy to keep me sucked in, even after 30+ hours of audio. This really says something!
Audiobook thoughts: Roy Dotrice was as epic as the story. With an amazing range of voices and accents, he made the story come alive and I was wholly empressed. I don’t think a better match could have been made. An artist in his own right, Dotrice takes this amazing story to the next level.
Love to learn, love to be entertained, and with a commute like mine, audio books are a godsend!
I'd put this in my top 20 audio books. It's performed well, although the story alone might not make my top 20 of all time, but it would be close.
The story itself is engaging and structured well. Martin uses the structure of the book itself to help clue the reader into things without directly narrating it, a technique that worked well in a lot of occasions. However, it sometimes lead to dead-end sub-plots (within the first book at least) which I sometimes grew frustrated over, but was mostly ok with.
Roy Dotrice performs the story very well. I have begun listening to the 2nd Game of Thrones book, which is similar in performance.
Not in particular, but the overall craftiness of the story's intricate web being weaved, razed, and unwoven is exciting to experience unfold.
The use of dead-end sub-plots (within the context of this single book) are sometimes annoying because they are interesting or deal with main characters which deserve closure. The main plots which arch over the book series feel acceptable and produce minimal closure. Minor sub-plots, like a promised conversation narrated in the book that doesn't seem to happen by the end, left me wondering if it ever took place. As I have started the second book, some of these sub-plots are revisited or you can glean the closure from the continuation of the story. It should have been called "Game of Thrones: Volume 1" as it feels like it plays out like one giant story, just broken up for commercial breaks. As I plan to read the rest of the series, this isn't an issue, just an observation that's hit me several times.
Yes, amazing series with great story-line, better than the tv series.
When John Snow killed the white walker in the Lord Commanders chamber.
Loved the narration.