Of course I was lead here by the HBO series. But the books are even better, if only because they provide some needed backstory and explanation of character motivations and loyalties. Excellently written and well performed, this book is a wonderful (if lengthy) story. A perfect companion to the series, either before or after.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
Review of 1st two books. I have bought the 3rd & 4th but not yet read them. I guess you get your credit's worth with these long books, but for me it's a chore to keep listening. Narration is OK, but a better narrator might make the whole book better. Story is good, but it's long an a lot of characters and things going on to keep track of. I haven't seen the show.
Sweet Ninah D.
The actors voice would have been fine for certain parts but not for hours of listening.
Too raspy for all of the characters.
The story was great. I downloaded the audio book for my children to listen to during a road trip. We couldn't get past the voice actor's voice. I'm sure he's a fine actor, but a story like this needed a variety of voice actors.
I had a hard time getting into it at first because there are so many chsracters, but once I got them all straight I really enjoyed the book and the narrator really brought the story to life. It ended in a cliffhanger, so I am about to check for a volume 2.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series. There is a little bit of everything in this book, romance, intrigue, drama, fantasy...
Very much enjoyed this book as well as the accompanying TV show. The performance was excellent and overall I would recommend this to a friend. My only qualm is that I like to let my imagination run a bit more and Mr. Martin's style of writing does not allow for much of that it would seem.
I got into Game of Thrones through HBO, like so many. But when I got to the end of season 5 I craved more. I don't have the time to read the books, but I do have a lot of windshield time in my car. So I figured I'd put it to use and listen to the books.
I can honestly say that once I started listening to this performance, I rarely stopped unless I was sleeping or with company. I listened while I drove. I listened while I did chores. I listened while I drifted off to sleep, making use of Audible's excellent sleep timer. It's not just Georege RR Martin's excellent writing that made this such a compelling listen. It's also the stellar performance given by Roy Dotrice as he gives life and personality to the characters on the page.
I got my audible account and subscription purely so I could listen to A Song of Ice and Fire. And it's a decision I don't regret in the slightest.