I have to say, based on the many rave reviews I read about this series, I was expecting something spectacular. In that respect I was a little disappointed. This story is epic in scope, but it didn't knock my socks off. The most difficult part for me was the feeling that I didn't really like most of the characters I was supposed to, which was a bummer for me; the only person I really enjoyed at all was Tyrion, who frequently made me laugh. Everyone else had so little to redeem their selfishness, stupidity, depravity, or outright dullness. I tried to hold out hope that by the end of the story, I would feel some sense of closure or completeness, but it was not to be. It left everything hanging for the next installment, which I frankly don't even care enough about to spend another credit on. The narrator was very good, and the story was well written, but I just didn't like it.
Once you get a handle on all of the different characters and families, Game of Thrones makes for a gripping story. Unfortunately, the characters as read by Roy Dotrice would be a better fit for a Warner Brothers cartoon. A comical example is over the top pirate accent given to one of the ships captains. Arrrrgggg. Its hard to take the story seriously when half of the characters sound like an elderly Foghorn Leghorn with a bad cockney accent.
I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.
Maybe I'm just not the target audience for this book. I've listened to it and the two subsequent books after learning about the HBO series. I find the narrator really grating, and the length of the books is almost intolerable for the amount of plot movement and character development. There certainly is some, but it is SO slow. The narrator makes almost everyone sound like an old man and his singing is tiresome. Clearly I'm in the minority, but where was the editor of this book? This is one time when the movie will be much better than the book.
It was a little slow to start, but once into it, can't put it down. I have it on three computers and on disc so I can listen where ever I am. Addicting, especially since HBO is doing the series. Very close to the books too I might add. Enjoy both!
If only I could get through the first couple chapters, there are about 30 people introduced in the brginning with a narrator you cant understand, good luck keeping track of whats going on, I havent got the patience to go on.
When you are done with the book you will feel a part of the seven kingdoms. The characters come to life in your mind. The HBO series follows the book 90%. Cannot wait to start book 2!!
Great story, especially for one that is this long. I was always entertained. I can't wait to hear the next book in this series.
A wonderful, winding fantasy of political intrigue in a world like but unlike our own. The textual detail allows ones mind to create the images of the landscape, characters, and animals. I can't wait to read the sequel.
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I am writing this review based on the first four books of this series overall.
There is a LOT going for these books, good character development of many strong, interesting characters (every one with their own fortes and flaws), a superior writing style with interesting vocabulary and a lack of clich??s and many of the other faults found in most fantasy novels. The majority of the chapters are good, a few chapters (at least one per book, excepting book four) are among the best to be found in the genre. Yet I did not come away pleased. The story moves from one complication to another, one interesting character to another (some of the characters have a half-dozen or more names/personae), but there is little resolution. Some sub-plots come to an end, but there is not a resolving. The story seems to have become more a fantasy soap opera than a novel; a well written and compelling soap opera, but a soap opera never the less. The only technical flaws that annoyed me were a few minor anachronisms and some grating crows and half-wits. The narrator for the first three books had VERY strong character voices (which might be too much for many). The narrator of the forth book erred in the other direction (in a book with so many characters character vocal differences can be a good thing). Somewhere in between would be nicer. This was much more of a saga than an epic, more good writing than literature, more a series then a story. I will not be listening to any more unless I hear that they finally and successfully resolve. The first book was the best of the four, with the next two being nearly as good, the fourth was much weaker.