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.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
Dotrice, at first I wasn't sure of all the character voice changes but he makes it work. There must be hundreds of characters
The unknown, the mystery of those possible problems coming from beyond the wall
The fantasy that leaves you waiting for it to happen
Haven't done any yet, but....
I can't believe he's the same guy who plays the Russian coach in "the cutting edge" movie
This is really extreme dramatics with surprises and violence
Not for kids
Listening to a part of the story and seeing the same part online is fun, you can do this without spoiling the rest of the book
John Snows struggling between the wall and the family that raised him
His voice of Hodor
Katlyn stark strength in waiting to see is brendon was going to wake after his fall
I had to almost force myself through the first half of this. Not that it wasn't good, it just seemed to drag on forever. After that, though, I couldn't put it away. I love this series.
That is impossible to choose. Martin can make a character mentioned in one sentence interesting.
Everything! He was born to narrate this series.
Yes,although physically impossible.
The only con about this series is, you will compare every other fantasy novel to "songs of ice and fire" and realize you will never find anything close. It really deserves its own category because it is not fair to other authors. I really doubt there will ever be anything written to top this series.
Sin City Heat
I began reading these books midway through the first season of the fantastic HBO series. HBO had done such a spectacular job that I wanted to know more. The books, although entertaining, miss the mark in one major area: the writing has no soul. If not for Roy Dotrice, who set a world record for the number of characters narrated in this series, I doubt I would have continued past book two. His narration is superb!
I say the writing has no soul because it's mainly just a description of events, settings, and personalities. I grew up on classical mythology -- Greek, Roman, Scandinavian -- and I read everything I could find. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories and I truly imagined myself being there. Not so this series. I find the writing to be somewhat flat when compared to the classics. It reads as if the series was intended for a theatrical production. Compare the writing in "A Song of Ice and Fire" to "The Pillars of the Earth", written by Ken Follet, and the difference is crystal clear. Follet takes you on a journey that sucks you in and keeps your attention. George Martin's writing can be tedious and laborious at times. I know that a crow caws, but is it necessary to repeat it a half dozen times in the same sentence? I wanted to yank off the headphones and scream! I have other objections but I don't want to spoil the book.
How closely does the HBO series follow the books? Let's just say that you won't be missing much by not reading this series. Sure, you'll miss a few things but not enough to really get upset about. Of course this is due to GOT being a series instead of a 2-hour movie.
So, if you want the full backstory to the HBO series and want to listen to superb narration, then you've come to the right place. But if your looking for writing that truly captivates, I recommend taking a pass here and reading instead "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" by Ken Follet. They're narrated by the equally excellent John Lee.
No. Roy Dotrice has a unique voice and while I appreciate the effort to make each character have his or her own voice, many of those voices I just cannot stand. Khal Drogo for example sounds like a terribly old man when Dotrice narrates his parts. I was getting by with the other voices but I drew the line there. I just couldn't continue after that.
The most memorable part of A Game of Thrones for me was Arya sending off her direwolf Nymeria and Sansa's loss of Lady. Losing Lady must have been absolutely heartbreaking but forcibly making your companion leave for their own saftey is somewhat harder. I was shocked that Lord Eddard Stark accepted the terms that King Robert put forth. I know he's all about duty but I was still shocked when he did the deed.
I think the most moving part of this book is between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. They're both the odd ones out in the family; Jon because he is a bastard and Arya because she refuses the confinments of her gender and station in society. Their bond goes even further because they are the only "son" and daughter of Eddard Stark that look like him rather than their mothers. (No I do not buy that Jon is Ned's son. I do not believe it.) Anyway, their scene of saying good-bye always makes me so very sad.
Read the book, ditch the audio. I think you get so much more by reading it anyways.
I loved the story and since the book is so long, the only way I could get through it in a timely manner was to listen to the audio while I did other tasks. The story was fascinating, but I hated Roy Dotrice's voice. He sounded like an Irish grandfather, which is not something that kept me interested in such an interesting story!
Walking in the snow while listening to Jon Snow's chapters. I could easily imagine I was walking the wall with him!
Roy Dotrice's range of character voices was very limited. There was the "old man voice" (ie his regular voice), his "close to dying voice" (used for old men and anyone injured), his "gypsy witch voice" (used for just about any female that wasn't high-born. Easily the most annoying voice anyone has ever used in the history of audio books), his "child voice" which always made Bran and Arya sound like dumb babies, and his Kahl Drogo voice which was an entirely separate issue. Kahl Drogo never sounded intimidating or strong or even remotely intelligent. He sounded like Tarzan with severe mental deficiencies.
I DID like his voice for Tyrion. I thought that was very well done.
I really want to listen to the rest of the series but the thought of devoting another 20+ hours to Roy Dortice's voice makes me want to not even bother.