I love the books, and the story, but the narrator spoils it a lot for me.
i dont like the way he use accents, and i especially hate the way he does old ppls voices.. when he was talking abt old nan's tales, my ears got full of his spit.. disgusting honestly..
i also hate to hear the way he gets arroused by the sex parts in the book :/
i wish they would record this book with someone else narrating, but i guess they don't do that
I have read Game of Thrones in print before. This is fantasy at its best. I am 3 hrs. in and I can say, unless something goes horribly wrong with the recording, this will be in my list of favorite audiobooks along side Time Traveler's Wife and The Help. Roy Dotrice's performance is amazing! It is worth the extra credit. If you like long fantasy novels, unforgettable characters, imaginative world building, and are not put off by graphic violence and sex, you will not be disappointed.
Way to many edits where the script is repeated. The narrative is well done. The story compelling if a bit predictable.
I was discouraged from selecting this book based on the high volume of negative reviews blasting the narration. The synopsis of the book sounded so good that elected to give it a try anyways. I'm sorry I did. I've listened to a ton of audio books and I definitely consider this one impossible to follow. It's not that Dotrice's voices or pronunciations are tough to understand... He fires sentences in 4 or 5 word "matter of fact" bursts. His reading does not follow what I would consider a natural flow of thought. It's like being a passenger in a car with a driver that rides the brakes and jerks the wheel when changing lanes. 2 credits... Ouch. The publisher is doing this author a great disservice. Guess I'll have to find out what happens the old fasion way.
Another man with a word processor who just can't stop typing. Someone once said that if you make a movie over three hours long you'd better be David Lean. In the same vein, if you write a book of this kind that's this long, you'd better be J.R.R. Tolkien, or at least Martha Mitchell. Unfortunately, Martin is neither, despite the cutesy "R.R." in his moniker. if you can't tell the difference between World of Warcraft and Tolkien you might actually enjoy this book. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
By my nature, I am not big on fantasy. Yet, having devoured the original Pern series in my youth, I admit to a certain tolerance for things to do with dragons. That's why I picked up this tome.
Indeed, "tome" seems an apt description of this book. The audio version weighs in at a hefty 39 hours, enough to cause me to wonder if Mr. Martin's publisher evaluated his work by its weight! To be sure, Mr. Martin has no shortage of depth to his work. Other reviewers have noted the abundance of story threads that intertwine like wisps of smoke from a growing fire. In fact, a "growing fire" is a fair description of this first book of the series, because it is really set up for subsequent books. But, the set-up stories are as meaty and compelling as the roasted haunches served at the feasts. You end up caring about even the most annoying of the protagonists.
This book must be called an "adult fantasy" in that it makes no effort to sugar-coat how life would be on such a world. One of the story threads deals with how one of the young female protagonists must face the destruction of her fantasies. This unnamed world is not gentle, and I think that's why I finished the book. It's fantasy, but not a child's fantasy.
Long live the dire wolves!
Let me preface this by saying I really enjoyed most of this book and am reading the next volume in the series
Not for the first time, Audible has helped me finish a book that I had previously tried to read. Mr Dotrice's fine narration definatley helped, although his slow pace benefited from the "faster" setting on my I-Pod. But the primary reason I was able get through the book was that the narration contined on even as my mind wandered during the ocassional less than engaging bits, something that proved fatal when trying to read the print edition.
Mr. Martin is an accomplished, inventive story teller, with an excellent ear for dialog, the abilty to deftly handle a complex plot and to draw memorable characters. The down side is that like many talented writers, when given his head by his editor, he doesn't always know when "enough is enough." (Not every knight has to speachify at a counsel.) A scene should be no longer than it needs to be. The fact that you can make it longer or embroider it does not necessarily make it better -- sometimes just the opposite. This needless expansion may be the result that old saw that "there is no such thing as a fanasty novel that is to long," -- more pages equal more sales.
Whatever the reason, IMO this book is not really a challenge to get through because of shear length nor the Old Testament like number of characters. More importantly, it could easily lose 100-200 pages through careful editing that would neither diminish the plot nor character development and would certainly enhance readability. If Mr Martin wanted to add back another 200 pages, I would have prefered that he developed some of the tantalizing subplots that he introduces but barely develops in this volume. He has created a huge landscape. I'd rather he explored more of it in this book, rather than lingering longer than needed.
First let me say that this book is not for kids, it can be very vulgar at times, a damsel in distress is more like to be defiled by a knight than rescued by one. There is no "great quest", actually it seems like there's no real plot to this book at all. With this said, it just happens to be the best book that I have ever read. I've never read a book where the author spends more time on character development than on the storyline. This may sound bad to you, but trust me, read it, you will be hooked! Also, a note for those of you with ADD (like me), it starts out kind of slow and it's a little hard to get into at first, give it a few chapters, you will be hooked I tell you!
I gave this book high scores because it has been one of those that hooks you good. Every chapter leaves you hanging as the next introduces you to new characters or takes you to place and happenings of characters you've already met. There are far reaching threads that begin to unravel, people do surprising things; braves crumble and cravens find courage; powers fail, while new darker ones come to life. A kingdom united becomes a kingdom in tumoil and men rise to triumph while a darker force has its will too. I do caution however that the writing is definitely for mature persons or persons not easily offended by violence, rape or even incest. These are offensive things and some persons may not be able to appreciate the development of characters if bothered to much by bloody battles, the raping of the conquered, whoreing, or incestual relations between brother/sister. The narrator is exceptional and does all three books available here. There is another book coming: A Feast of Crows and I heard Roy Dotrice will be narrating that one as well.