Probably not, The HBO Series covers it quite well. I didn't feel much of importance was lost.
The narrator made all the non nobles sound like stupid old men and all the nobles sound like pompous old men.
Two things, I'm not the best to review this book. I don't like extended stories. Epic is fine but there were so many view points I stopped being interested in most of them. John Snow and Danny were the stories I wanted to follow and had to put up with the rest. I'm not a fan of having to muck through stories I don't care about even if they do advance the over all story.
The narrator is talented but he didn't fit the book. His voice wasn't vast enough for the gobs of characters in the book. Jim Dale, Simon Vance, Nigel Planer, would have, in my opinion been a better choice (and not because they are all English). James Marsters perhaps (though he became famous sounding like a Britt.)
Love the story. The narrator is okay, he does a couple of the voices... differently from how I personally would imagine the characters speaking, but over all it's very well done.
How I wish I had returned this instead of waiting to give it another try on the recommendation of persons I usually respect. I'm not part of the occult culture obsessed with death. I found myself cringing, preparing for the next atrocity. Two tries are enough. Thumbs WAY down.
Student who doesn't listen to audiobooks often, but I'm giving it a shot now!
Narrator Roy Dotrice uses perhaps 10 voices for the large cast of characters in "A Game of Thrones," but he makes every word count. From the streets of King's Landing to the inner monologue of Eddard Stark, every sentence comes alive under his brilliant storytelling. I looked at a copy of the book at Barnes and Noble the other day just to see how everything was spelled; when I read the first chapter of "A Clash of Kings" that the book provided, the visualization was still great, but somehow, without Dotrice's calm tones, the book seemed to lack part of its magic.
Aside from that, the story is well-crafted; I had to pause at the end of every chapter just to recover from the emotion the action left behind. George R.R. Martin's universe of knights, monsters, and political intrigue is vivid and shocking at once. The characters and scenarios are at once fantastic and familiar--a combination that is hard to pull off. The story does get hokey at times, and it could do with some editing, but no book is absolutely perfect.
Spectacular narration and a wonderful book overall. I can't wait to hear the rest of the series.
This is my first time hearing, narrator Roy Dotrice. He is phenomenal. If you have listened to the Harry Potter books and are familiar with narrator Jim Dale, then you can appreciate the significance of the comparison. It is like watching a movie. And the book gets off to a great start, not having to wait for action.My friend who is not on audible, has been trying to read the books. She is having a harder time getting it through them. I am so glad that I chose to listen to the books. I can't get enough. I have just finished the 2nd book and going onto the third to catch up with the series on HBO.This is my first time reading a fantasy novel, and I only did so because the HBO show was so good. So many twists and turns, you never know what will happen next.
Hair dresser for 25 years. Mother of two boys. Love Stephen King.
Yes, it has everything,Intrigue, family, passion, loyalty, battles, honor, kings, dragons.
Maybe Lord of the Rings.
No but he is great.
There are so many you can't even pick.
His voice captures you in time... it is TOTALLY AWESOME
The second I started to listen... and from there on
Every one. Each character is so well depicted, the whole story is so engrossing.
It almost cost me a Divorce... was so enthralled, my husband got jealous....LOL
I have purchased and listened to, A game of thrones, A clash of kings and I am on A storm of swords and cannot wait to get on to the next one. I purchased A game of thrones to listen to on vacation. I was instantly addicted. I have purchased season one and season two of the DVD's of the HBO series and have pre ordered season three which comes out in February of 2014.... cannot wait
I'm sorry, but a narrator not dropping a characters' voice in between dialog is distracting and not good narration. His repertoire of voices seems to vary between annoying squeaks and rough growling. Not impressed.
Good intrigue and we'll written.
A different narrator, perhaps.
It's already been done.
I hated to have to turn my ipod off. I would listen to it whenever possible. Now that I have finished the first one, I can't wait to download the second one to continue the journey.
Inconsistent - in inflection, in pronunciations.
Martin's stories are lush, evocative, wonderful experiences to let your imagination run free with imagery. Can't say enough good things about the writing. The implementation to audiobook could have been so much better, though.
Typical simple CD rip from Audible... they didn't remove the sentence repeats between disks to make the digital download experience a seamless one. Haven't tried burning this one to disk, but something they do puts the splits in different places than on the original recordings on other books I've tried to burn.
I'm debating whether to read the rest of the series with my eyes rather than my ears because of the performance. That's unfortunate. I love listening to epics on my travels.