I saw a few episodes on HBO of the Game of Thrones TV show. It hooked me & went & bought the book. What a great decision that was. I love this book!
Two things stood out with this book. The author did a marvelous job in developing the story & the depth of the characters. Second, the person who read the book was an outstanding actor. He made the characters come alive.
Everyone knows this is an amazing series; nothing more needs to be said on that. I just have to add my two cents on Roy dotrice. He's a great actor, and I'm positive hrs great on other audiobooks. The only issue is that he makes every character sound like an old man. He does maybe 5 or 6 different voices and there are hundreds of characters in this series so that really doesn't cut it. I personally think they should have cast Jim Dale.
Close your eyes and you could be there...
Tyrion Lannister, such verbal irony.
It a long but good listen
You will not be disappointed.
It would take more time to read it.
Arya, Bran, Jon, and Tyrion.
A voice to read it for me.
Roy Dotrice, the narrator, is spectacular! His performance of all the characters allows the listener to feel all the emotions of the written word. I'm wispersyncing the written and audible version, and watching the HBO show. Actually, sometimes I've already read the kindle version, but I want to listen to Roy's interpretation. By far the audible is the best. I didn't think I would enjoy wispersyncing (definitely a splurge), but it allows me to read while my husband watches his football. I don't think I would wispersync with smaller books since you would finish too quickly.
A definite listen and read for great entertainment. Looking forward to all the books in this series.
I think each edition has his good and bad points. I enjoyed a lot heard this first book.
There is so many... but I think the way the author put together the many facts on the power game is unbeliable. And the book leads you to so differents lands, but the power and the corruption are all the same.
No, this was the first time.
The book is wonderful. The story has plenty of intrigue, corruption and a lot of concepts that leave you shocked at first, such as the murder of babies. But then you begin to understand the world in which these characters are, and begin to see with new eyes the ways in which the characters are involved in intrigues. The concept of women being mere objects, and boys inheriting swords, titles and a war is incredibly engaging. Not to mention that, although the Stark family being in the middle of the whole story, in my view they are not the starting point. Each character has some involvement with everything that happens in the story. There's no way to explain this book. You have to hear it, and live every moment.
I started this series as a colleague of mine is a fan of the HBO miniseries, though I've not seen it myself. I found this book to be quite enjoyable and engaging. The story is fairly simple, but the multiple plot lines, and numerous characters make it a much more complex plot altogether. Although, this series does contain elements in the vein of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, this is not as much a magical and wondrous adventure, coming of age, quest for honor and glory, type of story. This story centers on greed, lust, and general dishonesty.
One of the probable difficulties of listening to this story (and series overall) rather than reading it stems from the abundance of different characters, families (houses), the numerous names of cities, castles, and other locations. It took me about 1/2 way through the first book before I had a grasp on the characters and their various relationships with each other. Fortunately there are some online resources such as maps and family trees which help to sort out some of this confusion. (In this regard, it makes The Lord of The Rings look simple - However, LOTR is a much better story overall.) The entire series of A Song Of Ice And Fire, is filled with course language and sex and is like an afternoon soap opera with swords and some magic.
This is an excellent performance. The narrator Roy Dotrice does an excellent job giving each character their own accent or other nuances which helps the listener discern who is speaking the various dialogue. (It is unfortunate that in some of the later books, he is inconsistent with the accents he'd been using in these earlier audio books.) I find the regular reading speed painfully slow, and ramp up the speed of the reader to 2X normal.
It seems that just when you get to know or sympathize with the characters, Martin kills him/her off.
Although, he sometimes leaves the listener hanging, or even pulls a slight of hand and that character turns up in a later chapter or the next book.
Upon completing this book I was anxious to get to the 2nd book, and have subsequently listened to the entire series as it is available to date (1-5). Overall, the Song of Ice and Fire series does drag on as one gets into the 4th and 5th books. Too many characters introduced, along with their entire childhood history, everyone they ever had sex with, their dogs, their friends dog's, etc. Only to be killed off in the next book, or in the last chapter. Though Martin has though out an extremely dense and complex world, there are times where the entire story looses its focus on these side characters. I'm looking forward to book six (hopefully) completing this saga.
Great story. A LOT of characters. Hardest part is trying to keep track of who is who. I think I'm getting it though.
Excellent blend of fantasy and historical fiction. Story rings true.
Even though there are many characters he is able to change his inflection/tone to represent each one.
yeah but how could I?
I'm looking forward to the rest of them.
An epic and stunning masterpiece.
Daenery's Targaryen is a strong, determined woman who comes to understand her title and power at a very young age.
Tyrion slaps Prince Joffrey after he refuses to call upon Lady Stark when Bran fell from the tower.
I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series!
I'm really close to finishing this book and am so thrilled that Roy Dotrice read it! He's got a different voice for each character and uses inflections to make you feel like you are right there. He's super!!
The book itself is many layered with an entire host of characters that you will come to love (or hate). Can't wait to move on to the next!