Another book about kings, court and battle? Not this one! Yes, of course, but woven well and voiced perfectly. Many times I was completely taken in by the narration, as if I had been whisked off to Winterfell. It takes a while for the characters to develop, but it is worth the wait. This book seems to serve as an introduction to the families, conflicts and trials faced. I feel the best has yet to come. Can't wait!
Daenerys Targaryen for being a strong female character wise, compassionate, and loyal.
The narrator sounds as if he were Eddard Stark. Love the accent and the effort put into each character.
Several, hard to name one.
Adventure, romance intrigue
This is the first type of book I've read.
I find the lisp disconcerting. Ther are better narrators. When he's doing Varys I shudder.
So many god parts hard to pick one!
This is one of the best books and series I have ever read. Enthralling and delightful.
Tirian was evil and delightful... you never knew what to expect from him next.
I listened to Roy Dotrice's excellent performance (except for women characters) throughout 95% of the entire series with great delight, though having to put up with an increasingly needless and disgusting array of Martin's salacious murders and mutilations which go far, far beyond anything required by the narrative, and which are only exceeded by the prurient crypto-pornography that disfigures his pages. One can put up with these blemishes because the brilliant and endless sequence of rich incidents and marvelous character drawing pull one along with the force of gravity. The reader becomes very attached to any number of characters and approaches the end of the series eager to see how the dozens of inhabitants of Martin's world and their concerns will finally be integrated in a crashingly successful ending, appropriate for the issues, concerns and grand designs involved. Unfortunately, the author's skill (or perhaps interest) did not go this far. After a last couple of pointless murders, one of which destroyed perhaps the most sympathetic character of the whole story and for no apparent purpose, Martin simply stops. Nothing is resolved. All the great characters and their actions throughout the known world of the series are merely abandoned. We never know what happens to them. All the machinations, all the plot twists and turns, the agonies suffered, the losses endured, the struggles fought out are in the end denied any resolution except for useless and disheartening death. Martin obviously has a fecund imagination for character and incident, but fails miserably in narrative structure. This series is the most disappointing story I have ever encountered because of the high narrative hopes it raises and then ultimately dashes. The best and worst I can say of the series is that it results in nothing more than one more fruitless exercise in nihilism. I will never go through it again.
Fantastic realm painted with broad strokes that, as the writer continue, layers into a masterfully imagined world. Some resemblance with Earth history makes it even more realistic.
Realistic characters with real human emotions and nuances. No black an white. When a character that is supposed to be "a bundle of evil" suddenly allowed to speak for himself and you are allowed to his inner world, you start feeling compassion to that "villain".
This is the book that has to be listened to several times to get the whole beauty and details. I am sure I have missed a few details while navigating through traffic...
The bestest best part was to get comfortable in a chair with a glass of wine and trully immerse in this parrallel universe.
The narrator really lives the story.
Probably the first betrayal to Daenerys and falling of the khalasar
I wish there was a map of the realm to track the characters travels. The narrator uses a nice variety of voices, however, those sometimes mismatch the character descriptions: what sounds like an "old man" is in reality a 16 year old watchman. Although the author purposefully shifts the acceptable age to early teens and "a man of five and twenty" is an old warrier.
I've already recommended this book to several friends. It is well written and the performance of the reading and production is first rate!
The most memorial moment came when I released that the cable series did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. The two enhance each other.
This is my first experience with Rob Dotrice. He is an excellent performer. He compares favorably with the best of them.
I would do exactly as HBO has done and order a multi-year series.
Listening to the GOT is a great gift to oneself!
Roy Dotrice brings this wonderful book to life with delightful character voices and feeling. George R. R. Martin hit a home run out of the park with this book, I truly believe that his Song Of Ice And Fire trilogy will be known as the greatest fantasy series of all time (Yes, it is even better than The Lord of the Rings). This book will have you hanging on every word and the characters are sure to win your heart. This book has it all.... adventure, love, betrayal, mystery, lust, war, deception, brotherhood, the innocence of youth...and so much more. If you are a reader/listener of fantasy and have become accustomed to a trilogy running dry before the end as so many do, then you are in for a treat because each book in this series is better then the last (as hard as that may be to believe after experiencing the splendor that is The Game Of Thrones). Hang on tight, you are in for a wild and spectacular ride.
When Tyrian Lanister expresses his fondness for weak and broken things...
Roy Dotrice is always a delight. His smooth reading style and diverse character vocalizations are delightful and you may find yourself listening into the wee hours of morning.
Thre were to many moving moments to choose one.
A literary masterpiece that is well read.
Yes. It's a great book and well read by Dotrice. However, the producers need to go back through the track and fix some parts where lines or partial lines are repeated in the track.
The description of Bran's fall from the tower and his fight to come out of his coma were captivating.
This is a book with a huge cast. Keeping them all straight is made easier with Dotrice's wonderful voice characterizations.
This is a HUGE book to read in one sitting. However, I loved turning it on while I was doing my Christmas baking this year.
If you like the cable series you will love this book. Best story I've read in a long time. The narrator does a great job. Only compliant is that there is an extra hour of repeated sentences that is a technical problem.
It is pretty close to the top. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. And while the story itself is not the most original (what is?), Martin adds enough twists and turns to the Sword & Sorcery genre to make it a standout.
Yes. This is a long book and the narration was neither too ponderous nor too quick.
Indeed. I have a 1.5-2 hour commute and I had to tear myself away every time I got out of the car.
Roy Dotrice's narration deserves five stars, but I have a hard time giving the overall recording more than three. About once an hour a sentence or two would be repeated; a sign of poor quality control or lackluster production values. Normally this doesn't bother me, especially in a 35+ hour book, but it was so frequent that it couldn't escape notice.
Also, at one point an entire 10 minute or so passage is repeated, yet not immediately. I apologize for not offering specifics: I was driving and could not jot down the location. It was very confusing, because in the middle of a chapter the begging of said chapter just repeated itself. I thought I had accidentally hit the "back" button on my iPhone.
Note: this refers to the recording only, not the story or narration.