I've tried to listen over and over but I can't tolerate the narrator, especially when he is doing female voices. I've recommended this series to a lot of people and most have the same opinion. I have 3 of the series but couldn't get past the first instead I'm watching them on HBO. Sorry Roy Dotrice you probably do very well in other series but this one not for me.
I would listen to it, again. I'm currently on the fifth book in the series, so I may wait a bit before going back through; however, it is definitely a captivating story.
I loved his character development.
This was my first Roy Dotrice performance, and it was awesome. Sometimes, he messes up the pronunciation of names, but he sticks with it throughout the book. I will definitely look up other books he has narrated.
Not EVERYONE you care about dies...
Yes -- all of the voices that Roy Dotrice creates makes it even more enjoyable than the show, and with more depth than reading alone would achieve.
Arya Stark -- she has had a rough ride but has developed the most of any character in the story. Tyrion comes a close second.
I hope Roy will continue reading these George R.R. Martin novels.
I was immediately dragged into this world and can't believe it has existed for so long without my having known! Thank God for talented authors!!!
Excellent narration... equal to the Harry Potter narration.
I love this series, but the voice acting here is so horrible that I've stopped listening only a few chapters in. I have read the books several times, and recently watched the HBO adaptation. Each of the characters feels alive to me, they have their own quirks and flaws, reasons to love and hate them. Unless you're listening to this performance. The voice acting between characters is so poorly differentiated --and disconnected from the drama of the work-- that it makes this painful to listen to. If you're new to the series READ the books, don't waste your credits.
This series really needs a full cast performance, or at the least an actor who attends to the drama of the story.
The voice acting is entirely disconnected from the drama of the story. Furthermore, the performer feels ill suited to so many of the parts, he sounds like a very old, very proper, British gent. Most of the characters are young, impulsive, and full of life ...none of that comes across.
I would think that the book and audio book are of the same quality as one another.
Anything G.R.R.M. has written is instantly a momentous and memerable piece of art and should be respected.
Yes, but it is 34 hours long.
It is entirely too detailed! Follett is much better at being detailed but not to a point that drives you crazy. Martin is too detailed and it becomes boring and you get lost in reading the details and completely forget what is really going on. The details add nothing to helping the story seem more believeable. It is just like he is getting paid by the word. What should only take 100 words to say he says it in 1,000. He wastes a lot of time.
Daenerys. She is like a princess who has to go through so much and is very smart. I adore her!
No- he was awful! He in no way mad this boring book any better. If anything he made it worse. Whoever read Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett should read these books.
I love the HBO series and wanted to listen to the books to understand more of the background story. However, I gave up listening to the books because they are just unbearable!
If there is one small negative to say it would be the speed of the narrater. I needed some time to adjust to that. But after that it is a s said in the title a delight to hear him read the story. And what a story it is. Without spoiling to much its fair to say that none are beyond faults, doubts and in risk of dying. It is for sure not an all good people are save story
Of the longer audiobooks I've listened to so far, I got through this one fairly fast because there was rarely a time when I stopped listening and didn't want to find some more time.
So far in the story Arya is my favorite. She's resilient and, unlike her sister, has a decent idea of what is going on around her.
I think he does different voices well, which is very important in a book with so many characters. The only voice I did not like was Drogo, but, well, I guess that's no problem anymore.
If you like the show, the books offer more direct symbolism and foreshadowing than you will probably pick up in the episodes.