Yes, but get ready to loose yourself for a very long time.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator who gives good voice to all the male characters however, I wish there were a cast of voice talent especially for the women who all sound like toothless, ignorant old women in Dotrices' voice. Some of Dotrices characters sound a little too slobbery at times which for me was a bit off putting. That said, with the sheer number of characters in this book, he is amazing. But there really should have been a narrator cast like you will find in Neil Gaimans "American Gods".
Yes, but there is no way that could happen!
Of course! This has become my default book series to fall back on if no other books spark my interest. If I'm waiting for credits and I have finished my other books, I have fell back to this series.
Tyrion is my number one on a long list of characters I have enjoyed through out this series. He is solidifies the saying "Big things come in small packages".
Any characters that didn't stray too far from his reading voice. Though I appreciate his diversity in voice selection for characters, some of them did not fit the characters well. Also, when depicting sexual content he goes a little over the top. As far as an overall reading voice, I enjoyed it and he does a very good job of establishing the proper pace to establish the mood of the moment.
Near the end, that's all I will say.
Martin is fantastic in his ability to give every character, big and small, there own personality and develop such an engrossing series. With the large volume of content in the books, it can take a little to develop, but it is well worth the story. Martin creates a world filled with rich histories and culture that really brings the GOT universe alive. The series as a whole becomes more compelling as it goes along. The character complexity leaves you second guessing who is bad and who is good. What really impresses me with the series is that it is not a cookie cutter fantasy novel where main characters go through there struggles, but ultimately come out unscathed. Martin takes chances at the expense of your fandom, and it pays off in dividends. No wonder the TV series is doing so well. I recommend this book to anyone, though I caution that there is adult content that you may believe is inappropriate for young readers. Though Martin is being labeled as an American Tolkien, this is no "The Hobbit" if you get my meaning.
Best audio book I've ever heard. Roy does a great job with the characters voice.
No. Roy Dotrice's narration is sometimes brilliant, but often phlegmy and annoying. Is it really necessary to audibly suck your teeth repeatedly just because a character is described as doing that? Or to narrate lines of dialogue attribution in the voice of the character speaking? And please decide whether you're going to pronounce it "Joffrey" or "Jeffrey" and then BE CONSISTENT.
All that said, the story does take over. I've just heard so many excellent readers that it's disappointing to have one who's not.
Hmm - The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Epic, cast of hundreds fantasy novels.
Could be better.
Arya at (spoiler alert!)
her father's execution.
Give this a try, even with the imperfect narration. You only notice the annoying parts because in general the reader is pretty good. And the story is great.
The depth of the point of view from each of the characters is amazing and rich in content and emotion. As you listen (or read), it is easy to become immersed with the characters, as if you're walking with them in sync.
Jon and Ned are my favorite characters in this book.
All of them were delivered well. I would love to see G.R.R.M. revisit the audible books and have the actors/actresses voice their spoken parts after the series is over. I would definitely buy this set again if he does.
Having watch the series on HBO first, certain parts in the books deliver a much more rich experience and connection to the characters as they face their perils and defeats, wins and successes.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
This book was proof that all the buzz surrounding the Game of Thrones is well worth it. I couldn't stop listening to this book with it's great narration and compelling story. the various twists and turns within the characters' lives are artfully woven together and crafted into a great introduction. The echos of European and global history add a dimension of realism to this fantasy tale that make it work as both a fantasy book and a political thriller. I was concerned that i would struggle keeping track of the various characters given the scope of the story but Roy Dotrice's depiction of each is such that this concern was quickly forgotten as i became immersed in the seven kingdoms and the realms beyond.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The narrator was not the best but he wasnt the worst either. I could tolerate him. The story is what was so great. I loved all the different people and their lives. Cant wait to listen to the next book in the series.
The narrator for sure!
When Bran got thrown off of the tower.
When that jerk got the hot gold poured on his head
It was all brilliant!
I really recommend this book if you love fantasy! What a way to introduce and make someone a fan for life.
Everything about this book was an awesome experience for me - the story, the characters, and the narration. The narration is so strong that I feel as if I am transported to another world as I am listening to his words. I absolutely recommend this book; it's fantastic.
Having never watch the television show, I thought I could listen to this book and learn what everyone is talking about. I guess you have to be familiar with the show to understand the book.
It seems to me that the charactors in the book are not explained enough to those of us who haven't watched the show.