I am a huge Tolkein fan with high expectations for epic fantasy that are very often unfulfilled - I was not particularly hopeful about this series and resisted listening for quite awhile - boy am I glad I finally gave in! It has its slow moments, but all epic fantasy must in order to lay the groundwork for the many threads that work through each volume. I could not believe over 33 hours ad passed when it came to an end and I can't wait to dive into the next one! Great listen!
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Sky of Swords, The Sword of Truth Series are all similar in genre, pace, and complexity of interwoven story lines.
You can buy martin's books on audible for $22.05. But if you use the two credits to pay, you will have paid $28.90. Save $7.85, and use the credits on something else, like Brandon Sanderson, or Guy Kay, or Butcher, or Lynch, or many others.
Wish there were a 3.5 stars rating. There were places along this journey that I really wasn't enjoying the ride. But the author did eventually make me care about the characters and the story has some nice twists from the typical fantasy genre that I can appreciate. But geesh, can nothing good ever happen in this world? Does no one have any humor other than the dwarf? I'm conflicted whether to keep reading or not as the other reviews make it sound like things get darker and darker. Definitely could have done without the sex too, It didn't add much to the story and seemed kind of tacked in as an afterthought. I did enjoy the narration, for me it added to the story enough that I'll look for this narrator again.
A Game of Thrones tells a rich, sometimes disturbing but always compelling low fantasy tale filled with political intrigue and hazy moral choices. I love the way Martin keeps the supernatural elements of his world on the margins of the story, yet integral to it, and his character (love them or hate them) are deeply flawed, interesting, imperfect human beings. I can't speak for the rest of the series, but A Game of Thrones (especially with Roy Dotrice's pitch-perfect delivery) is well worth your time. Dark? Yes. Uncomfortable at times? Yes. Worth your time? Absolutely.
So, I am only about 1/2 way done with this first book and IT IS AMAZING! The story is very interesting and the characters are very easy to relate to. I like the narrator except for the fact that he doesn't do the female voices very well. It actually takes away from the amazing story when there is a woman, sounding like a man, saying something about a man. I am thinking a gay character came into the story, but it's really just a bad female impersonation. He does bring a lot of drama into his voice, which I like, but a lot of the characters sound similar so it's hard to tell which character is saying what until it is announced. The narrator gets 3 stars from me because the drama is great and sounds authentic; he just needs to work on more of a variety of voices and most definitely female voices.
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Fantastic book. Broad variety of deeply developed characters. The book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Although I enjoyed the story very much I can not imagine who whould think this story is appropriate for children. It has several sexual encounters, abusive situations, extreme violence and references to incest.
A well written story with alot of thought into subplots and details. You have to ask yourself if anyone in this story is a good guy though. If they are someone you count as a good guy, chances are they will end up dead soon. Roy Dotrice's reading is ok for the most part but lacks the full range of some performers to really draw you into the story. Someone with the voice range of Phil Gigante would have been better I think. Roy reminds me of my grandfather reading me bedtime stories rather than a professional performance
I enjoyed this book, but it took me quite a while to get used to the narrator, although he did a good job. His voice was just hard to listen to. It also took me a while to get into the plot of this book. It has so many different stories going at the same time, and it was hard for me to put it all together at first. Once I got to the second part of the four-part book, I was tracking with the story, and I was drawn into it. However, it took too long to get me hooked. (If I had had another book to listen to, I would have quit this one.) After listening to it all the way through, I went back and listened to the first part again and was able to follow the plots a little better. I would most likely get the second book, but I don't think I want to use 2 credits for it.
The story is outstanding, the narrator is awful. I'm surprised that so many people like him - I guess I'm alone here.
Catelyn's character has the most manly voice in the book. Drogo sounds mentally challenged. Other than that, good luck trying to differentiate one character's voice from another.
I couldn't stand the narrator, and after listening to 1/3 of the audiobook I switched to the original book and only then I could see how amazing the story is, how wonderfully constructed the characters are.
My advice: read the book and save 2 credits...