I just did not like the narrator for the book at all. Every character started to sound the same.
Nothing at all. In fact it made the book unfollowable.
Only if I wanted to look back at how certain things happened, this first book was very depressing but it did a good job in setting up the series.
Dotrice did an amazing job in finding different voices for each character and giving a personality to each one, so even if the voices are similar in a couple characters you can tell which one it is by there pronunciation. For example Arya and Sansa who are sisters have the same accent and similar voices since Sansa is more reserved and lady like Dotrice reads Arya's voice different since she is more into being with the boys and riding horses and it shows in the way he reads. He definitely added to the experience of this book for me.
Roy Dotrice's rustic voice is perfect for many of the characters. I was disappointed with the voice he did for Tyrion because it sounds almost whiney and small. Overall Dotrice's accent adds truth to the reading.
"Not for the faint of heart." "There are no heroes... In life, the monsters win"
I have fallen in love with Game of Thrones on television. The audiobook is a wonderful companion to the series because i have been able tolerance more about the characters I already know and love.
Let me begin by saying that for anyone who enjoys Game of Thrones on HBO, the series closely follows the text (of course with omissions in consideration of time).
As to the audiobook - excellent story. Writing is very good, fluent - the characters are well developed, and I enjoy the style of devoting a chapter to each throughout the novel. Surprisingly, my favorite thus far is Tyrion Lannister, as (vs. the HBO series) we get a thorough history of "The Imp," and the author is adept at eliciting empathy for this character.
Some reviewers have mentioned that the tale of Game of Thrones is a dark one, which might be true, but - considering the time in which it is set, what would one expect? Martin is skilled at spinning a tale of battles and betrayals along the path to securing a throne during a time when there probably wasn't a lot of light (literally and figuratively). -- I believe that the romance/love story/happy novels button is a few over from Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Now, on to the narrator, whom I believe does an adequate job of telling this tale. Dotrice's voice is well suited to the fantasy realm, however, although he does well at varying the male characters, the females and most of the children sound like - Dotrice. Like many other listeners, I too noticed the mispronunciation of character's names not only one chapter to the next, but frequently within a chapter and sometimes the same sentence! This is distracting, and I wish these instances could be edited.
This is my first audiobook, and since I commute to work and spend a great deal of time on the road between jobs, it has made the travel almost enjoyable. I am sure I will purchase the novels as well, and actually read them. Until then, I am off to volume II, A Clash of Kings.!
YES! If you are even remotely interested in the HBO series, sci-fi/fantasy books or movies, or a fan of the Tolkien genre, you will love this.
The death of Robert, the finding of the wolves... too many to mention here!
Tyrion Lannister ... absolutely amazing!
Both... out loud!
Excellent, excellent, excellent narration! Very much appreciated with the vast number of characters within the story.
I have no time to read, but I can listen while I am moving about from work locations etc., and while working on data entry projects.
This is a thrilling story and keeps the listener well engaged.
The battle the Imp survived with his wild soldiers. In spite of his father.
I almost cried when Drago was dying - I haven't finished yet and don't know if he survived or not.
Many times I laughed and people around me gave me strange looks!
After reading the books available (until now) and seeing some of the GoT adaptation, I wanted to return to the original story, preparing for the Winds of Winter (hopefully in 2014?). I was not disappointed by the story nor performance upon this second 'reading' (aloud).
There are too many 'epic' moments to mention. Tyrion's quips as well as the well-adapted voicing by Roy Dotrice make those standing out, somehow...
His dark, somewhat croaking voice appears very well adapted to GRRM's medievalistic universe. He usually captures the essence of a scene or character very well - even if his voice is slightly unnatural on (esp. younger) female characters. It's a very good 'second best' to actual role play, which could easily becoming very confusing with the range of character GRRM has created...
However compelling the story and the reading, the book is far too long for a single listening session! Wtih the well-divided chapters, this book easily lends itself for listening over quite a number of different sessions.
With all the effort that has gone into the production, it is a shame that the picture of the ebook (the Iron Throne book cover) is of such appalingly low quality that it hurts my eyes every time I start the audiobook on my ipod. While this is a feast for the ears, also the eye could be spoilt a little...! This is my reason for 'only' 4 stars overall.
It's an amazing series and I love that now I can "read" it and crochet at the same time!
His inconsistency with saying the names correctly is killing me. He may say Joffrey and then Jeffrey within the same 20 seconds, I docked it a star for that because it's really that annoying and it gets worse as you progress through the series. Other than that he does a pretty good job, I can't say I agree 100% on his characterization choices but you can easily discern the change in speakers during the dialogue.
None. What could compare to this?
Color, vibrancy, dimension.
If you could only see one movie this decade...
The best thing about GOT is that you never know what will happen next. its not cliche or predictable.
The story is told from different characters point of views, and its incredible to watch these characters that you know so personally interact with each other in this much depth
Tyrion Lannister is my favorite, easy. His cunning and schemes are amazing.
I found myself literally laughing out loud while listening.
GOT is an incredible book to get lost in. there is so much going on, it always keeps you interested.