colorful fantastic dramatic
performance and characters
He is absolutely fantastic.
no much too long
Not the sort of book I normally would enjoy, fantasy adventure. Not interested but despite this I am hooked. Only through first three tapes hours to go. That's my only problem not enough time.
Yes. The narrator was able to bring a great story to life. Very entertaining.
Aria. She is a rockstar. I a m looking foreard to hearing more about her.
John Snow eas the best chatater. He is a dynamic and well thought out chatacter.
Game of Thrones - Winter is coming.
The characters were all so well written that you had an instant reaction to them. Love them or hate them they were so well drawn.
I actually liked this better than Lord of the Rings. The characters were more easily identified for me and I actually was able to keep track of them easier.
I love Roy Dotrice's portrayal. He makes me see the characters and is so easy to listen to,
My reaction was total fascinations and interest. I did laugh and cry at the tragedy of some of the younger characters.
I love this series and might have missed it if not for the audible format!
I have enjoyable part enjoyable part about listening to the book
was Roy Dotrice.He put so much into the voice acting of the characters that it was like he was made to read these books.
When Sersi got smacked by king Robert and she said I will wear it as a badge of honor and he told her to wear it in silence or he will honor her again that was hysterical!
I specially love gets the voice is that he put into the book
Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !
Since I've seen the series I could relate to the book and place faces with the characters.
I love the details of the story and how well it was written.
Less bad stuff happening to the protagist and some comic relief in a since of good things happening
He does a very good job of defining a character and giving them a good vioce.
If you want an action pack book, this is for you. I can't say I like all the pathos and the book is too slow for me because of all the action.
If you like Tolkeins books and hate the Lotr movies don't get this. If you are the oppiste I think you may like this. Too much fighting and raping and not enough resolution.
Has to sit near the very top of my list! Great imagination
Makes you beleive in all the characters.
While this was an excellent read, I am not as enamored as some reviewers on this site. Martin did a scorching job of developing an assortment of unusual and fascinating characters, but the plot (though intricate), was very slow to progress. I felt like I was sitting on a train, waiting a LONG time at the station before being rocketed to the next stop! While the ride was exhilarating, there was a lot of down time and gratuitous filler. I felt the same way about Roy Dotrice. He did an outstanding job differentiating characters through his voice-over talent; however, sometimes his over-all narrative voice was a bit pedantic. Don't get me wrong, the story has all the elements that make great adult fiction: action, intrigue, heroes and villains with a dash of sex and violence thrown in; however, A Game of Thrones is sometimes like watching a great game of chess--you can appreciate the intelligence that goes into it while being a little bored and impatient waiting for each significant move!
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
George Martin has written a "lot" of things including several television shows, shorts, and novels, even about vampires (before that was all the rage), and he is good at all of it. I think it is his varied experience that makes this my favorite book series of all time. The world in this series has all the depth and breadth to create a framework second to none. But, it is the author's skill that brings this world to life through the eyes of his characters with such a balance of story and action that it would be impossible to read it without a huge screen appearing in your mind as you watch the story unfold in effortless detail.
This is one of the few book series that kept me up at night because I couldn't put it down, literally. This is one of the handful of "series" authors that has no problem killing off main and likeable characters. That fact alone will keep you on the edge of your seat because when your favorite character gets into a tough situation, you don't know if they will survive or not!
These books are written from the viewpoints of the characters, not the author. Many times, he will even play out the same scene multiple times from the viewpoint of different characters. You get the know the landscape and the characters very well, but it is not by reading chapters of boring back-story, lineage, or pages of self-absorbed reflection, but simply through the telling of the story.
I think you could teach a George R.R. Martin writing class to simply study his form, his pace, his willingness to throw pieces around the board (and sometimes get them killed), and his nearly perfect mixture of action and drama. This series showcases his talent, but is more clearly a marriage of his experience writing novels, shorts, and scripts across various genres. You don't accidentally write like George Martin. He has worked long and hard to hone his craft, eaten his writing vegetables, traveled widely, watched the world with a critical eye, and done his research. You and I are the richer for it.
You should also listen to these books if for no other reason than they are narrated by Roy Dotrice. Every voice and inflection is perfect, memorable, and never make you cringe or wonder who is speaking. The characters come to life making this series the most perfect blending of author and narration that you will find in an audio book, hands down. I've listened to audio recordings with a full cast that still weren't as good as the performance here by Roy Dotrice.
I started listening to this series seven years ago and I am still the most excited about the next (and last) book that has yet to be released. Games of Thrones is now a cultural phenomenon, and it couldn't have happened to a more worthy series of books. It's ironic since the author left television because he wasn't allowed to create at an epic scale, so he left a successful career to write these novels, but then got the funding from HBO to take it back full circle onto our television screens in epic scale. Just deserts I say!
No. Busy listining to the other books.
Lord of the Rings
Roy Dotrice is a master at character voices.