My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
What an amazing listen. I highly suggest watching the show while reading the book. The book had everything you could want. Murder, mystery, deception, love, heartache...the list goes on. The first book is a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy.
There are no conventional "chapters" in the book. The story jumps from person to person which is very unique. You get acquainted with a few members of the Stark family and a Lannister. Each chapter continuing their journey. For an amazing beginning to an amazing series pick this up TODAY!
Probably my favorite so far!
Probably Tyrian, as he has a great sense of humor and irony and has amazing wit about him.
First time with Roy. He does an awesome job of differentiating the characters' voices.
The book made me laugh in places and made me very angry in others. I don't think I cried, only because I knew some of what was coming, as I had seen the HBO series, A Game of Thrones.
I've been addicted to these books as soon as I started them. I'm on the third one now and still listen to them in every spare moment. I almost can't wait to finish them, so I can have a life again! ;) I'm totally addicted!
I am really into story A Game of Thrones! I watched the HBO series and after listening to the first book using Audible on my iPhone I went back and watched all three seasons again using HBO Go. I am continuing to listen to the remaining books.
Teh details in the book
Far too expensive!!
The reader has a great way of keeping the voices consistent for each character. I enjoy listening to his voice while the story unfolded.
It's unlike any book I have read in the past.
His voice inflection per character is charming.
I cried when Aria was helpless after running to her room to find Needle. Was a dinner scene when she was so angry after Nimeria bit Jeffrey.
Absolutely, but only to certain friends, I think you understand.
I think a similar author would of course be Tolkien. And although I might get flagged or something for writing it, I think this author is better than Tolkien. I actually cared and really disliked certain characters. It is difficult for an author to rise those types of feelings for me.
He is an amazing performer, every character has a voice and you know who it is and believe it is that person. There are very few performers who can do that. He does it masterfully in this book.
Not sure, movies that attempt his don't typically do it justice. TLOTR's of course is an exception. Although I would go see it...
Buy it, it is a bit slow in places but certainly makes up for it in others.
I am a avid reader and writer. I have written two books and hope to make a career involving one of my greatest passions. Aside from running my other passion is running marathons and there's nothing better than going out on a long run listening to a good audio book.
I woud definetly listen to this book again. So much happens and there are so many characters to keep track of that I feel like I would pick out things I never notices before.
I love the different view points and how each character is connected without having to interact once in the story.
I enjoyed the scene when Tyrion was fighting with the Queen when he was held captive. I enjoyed reading how he stepped up and defended his capture and the whole time you couldn't decide if he was just looking out for himself or trying to save others.
There are no rules in this game.
I was very surprised to see how similar the book was with the HBO series.
avid reader, computer geek, musician, voice-over artist and Audio-Book Narrator
Maybe - it is long, but the story is worth it
Plot Twists, Scandals, Sex, Intrigue - it has it all!
Only the Game of Thrones books - he is fantastic as a narrator. Does a great job with the varying voices keeping them unique and straight throughout the series
Great Story with a top notch narrator makes this a must for any Fantasy fan - even better if you get BEFORE you get involved in the HBO series
Absolutely would listen again. I am sure I would catch things I didn't the first time
Like the voice a few times he repeated a line which I found a little annoying
Entropy: it's all downhill from here
…apparently Mr. Dotrice has quite the following. Not having heard him read other works, I am not prepared to blame the narrator for what could have been a better treatment.
I believe this excellent series of books would have benefited from a cast of top-notch narrators (perhaps a younger man and woman, Mr. Dotrice and a mature woman could be enough) simply because ANY one narrator, IMHO, would be overtaxed by the vast number of characters to be able to portray them all discernibly and richly enough.
I am enjoying the books because of the deeply imaginative and coherently interwoven stories themselves; in addition the depth of so many characters and their styles of language is quite rewarding. In hindsight I think I would have enjoyed reading instead of listening to this series because the mind's eye and ear can create innumerable visual and audial cues that listening to pre-visualized and directed books overrides completely.
That said, I am a long time fan of narrated books, first out of dire need during lengthy daily driving commutes, then later when I was just simply hooked on this medium.
I will say that Roy Dotrice does middle aged and older men's voices very well, but I feel he can't handle the entire range, and frequently I catch myself in an unusual struggle to understand which character is speaking; I also believe there may be some deficiency in the quality of the recording since I don't normally struggle to understand any narrator's pronunciation. I don't blame Roy for this, but feel the directorial choice was an pretty big mistake. I don't normally wish that a book had more than one narrator; it can be distracting if not handled very carefully. Only a handful of cast-based audiobooks comes to mind that worked for me.
Most will likely disagree with me, but if ever this series were to be re-narrated, as sometimes happens when the recording companies feel there is a compelling and profitable reason for it, a group of very talented narrators…probably from Great Britain where superlative acting/reading talent appears to have recreated the British Empire (peaceably this time)…would lift this entire series to a much richer and more accessible life for many more listeners.
I still would recommend this audiobook and the remainder of the series to other listeners despite my own disappointment. There is a wealth of stunning imagination and excellent character-based storytelling to enjoy, and perhaps by the time I have finished the last book I may well have changed my reservations about the directorial choice.
There is no doubt in my mind that these books deserve to be read, listened to and, yes, also watched, given HBO's careful adherence this time to the author's words. The work deserves as much exposure as is available. George R.R. Martin is one very gifted author!
The narration is great and Mr Roy Dotrice manage to perform every character in the book with a different voice but sometimes his breading is too loud and unconfortable to listen. What i found unbelivable its that 3 1/2 chapters are missing at the end of part 2 and the beggining of part 3. Come on guys! I expect more from you!
Everything! Great story!