If you are a fiction fan you can't go wrong with this series. The series is unpredictable, exciting and graphic. You get an excellent idea of how the world works from king to peasant. The book almost reads like a mystery novel once you get hit with the twists and turns the story takes. Martin is a master of the shocking plot twists in fiction writing, and his descriptions of the action, landscapes, and details make this series a gem to read. The narrator here is THE best I have heard on any audiobook thus far. Each character has their own voice and this caries through the other books in the series. You can't go wrong with this one at all folks.
Just a short review. Some of these reviews say that the reader is difficult to understand. Well, maybe if you are not paying attention, like my dad when he is trying to do something else at the same time. Otherwise, I think he is awesome. I was constantly amazed that all those voices were just one person, and he seemed to hit the mark on everyone (sandor, for instance). Anyway, thats just the reader. I think i had my earphones in for a month, listening to all three of these books. Now I just cant wait for the next one. If you like fantasy i.e. Lord of the rings, wheel of time etc.. you will Love this series. It is for the 18+ crowd, however (R for v,l,n and sc). Happy reading
I'm hooked on this series by George R.R. Martin. This is an unusual fantasy epic, with 6 books planned (3 completed), but worth the time investment. The characters are extremely realistic, well-rounded, and deep. Their relationships are fascinating. Every chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, yet somehow it doesn't get tedious. It's just pure fun.
I very much like this series and recommend it but, with over 100 hours of audio time, don't start with the expectation that it ends with the third book. In a very real sense it seems like it is only getting started. Similar to Robert Jordan's series this may well be a long series.
I am just finishing the second book in this series. It's taken me a while but 2/3 of the way through almost 90 hours and I'm still interested. I love Roy Dotrice telling of the story and his characters help keep the story straight. This is a compelling read.
I read this in book form but the audio makes it come alive. The reader turned me off initially because either the sound quality was off or he was drunk. He sobered up quickly and put on an excellent performance. I really appreciated the emotion he put into his reading. Chapters I blew past as boring when I read it were really brought to life.
The book, of course, is awesome. I think it's even better in audio form.
the only one who was really impressed with the reader. I thought he did an excellent job of fleshing out the story with different accents and such. The story itself was amazing- really a treat. I even read this when i could have been reading a real book, and that to me shows how engrossing this story was. I completely lost myself in it. Wonderful! Thanks to both the author and the reader for an amazing time!!
I was already familiar with the book, and was delighted to find it on Audible complete and unabridged. Whoo Hoo! I think Roy Dotrice does an admirable job with the narration. A formidable task with Martin's complex story and myriad characters. For those of you who are not familiar with the next two volumes in the Song of Ice and Fire series, you are in for a treat, it just gets better and better. Martin keeps you on your toes, if you think you know who you can trust, just wait.
If you imagine a hybrid of Tolkienesque fantasy mixed with the political intrigues of England's War of the Roses then you should have a pretty fair idea of what you are in for with this novel. Martin has taken the historical clash between York and Lancashire as a framework to produce a magnificent fantasy epic. I found the reader to be excellent but this may be because I had already read the book in paperback before and thus knew what names were being said. If you are able to follow readings of other epic sci-fi or fantasy novels with complex structure and unusual names (e.g. Dune, LOTR, etc.) then you should enjoy this novel.
I have been trying to listen to this for about 6 months (at least)... and have yet been able to get mid way through part 1 (broken into 4 parts). Got it because of the reviews. Currently trying again but think I will just give it up. The narator may be great for some other novels but not this one. Very difficult to listen to. If I could get my credit back ... I would. I GIVE UP!