I love ASOIF and have read all the books but I will never understand why they chose this guy to narrate them. When I first started listening it was almost unbearable to deal with e every character sounding like a grandfather or an old hag. Tyrion's parts, which were usually my favorite, were bearable only for the amazing writing by GRRM. Don't get me started on the mispronunciations either. The fact that I have to hear Jeffrey again for another 2 books is irritating. Seriously please redo these with someone who's not in their late 80's.
This was a beautifully crafted book that was engaging from the first chapter and grew moreso throughout. As soon as I finish writing this review I will be purchasing the second book of the series.
I nearly gave this book a 5-star rating, even clicked to 5 stars several times before settling on four. The book was perfectly written for an adult audience, and very well told, both with George R. R. Martin's writing and the gruff, expressive voice of Roy Dotrice narrating. However, there were shortcomings in the audiobook that at times made me want to rush to a store and buy the paper book to re-read passages on my own. In the first few hours of listening there were many times when I became somewhat lost by the introduction of new characters, something which wouldn't have happened if I were reading the book on my own. Having such a large cast of characters makes it difficult to keep track of by ear alone.
However, Dotrice's reading gave the characters enough personality to their voices that after awhile I was able to sort them out easily enough, and over time I came to easily recognize the characters and learn new ones without a problem, even if I went a week or more without listening to any portion of the book.
As other reviews have noted, Dotrice's reading does lack in range, as his range does not cover youth well and characters in their teens and twenties are given voices and pacing that make them sound as if they're middle aged or older. This can make for a bumpy road at times as I found myself struggling to recall at times to recall the rough ages of each character. Dotrice's reading can also lead to inconsequential misunderstandings, such as my initial thought that he was saying "milk of the puppy" in reference to a medicinal painkiller rather than the actual words, "milk of the poppy."
These, combined with a few minor audio and editing issues in the last half of the book were what cost it that fifth star. All are very minor things that taken by themselves wouldn't have been any problem at all, but taken together, added up just enough to make me think that just a little more care should have been put into this production.
Despite the very minor flaws that kept this from being five stars across the board, I highly recommend this book. It has an engaging world that leaves you wanting to learn more, thrilling storlylines that answer enough questions to keep you interested while leaving enough mysteries to make your mind feast on the possibilities of how all the plots and subplots tie together. The characters make you want to smile and laugh along with them in their victories, to put your arm around them and cry with them at their defeats, and to at times you just want to smack them across the back of the head and make them see common sense.
I went into this audiobook figuring that I wanted to listen to a decent portion of it before I started viewing the HBO series. Now that I have finished the first book, I still haven't seen any of the TV series, and find myself just wanting to continue with the story by getting down to the next book, and if I happen to start watching the series as well, so be it. But if the books continue to be as engaging as this one was, I'll be perfectly satisfied to continue my journey in George R. R. Martin's world through the book series.
Not the first time I've "read" it, certainly not the last. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!? READ IT, YOU TURKEYS!!!
Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal voice actor! There are so many characters is this book and he had different voices for each of them! The story keeps you enthralled from start to finish, and the way it is written every little detail immerses you into the world that the author has created! If you are a fan of this genre, you will definitely enjoy this book. For first timers, it will be a hard listen because the book uses a lot of Old English language that may throw you off course.
Sad but beautiful. The TV series has made me love the books, and wonder what's wrong with George Martin. I hate the animal violence and rape. But the dragons being birthed make so much sense of Dany's horrible ending to family life. My favorite TV characters are still the same in the book: Dany, John, and Brendon.