it had a very good story
The book does not need to be as long as it is at times I found myself wishing the Arthur would just get on with the story.
I had a hard time getting into Game of Thrones - the reviews were so good, and I have heard good things about the show - but I just couldn't get into the book. Maybe my expectations were too high? I think it's just not my genre - maybe others who like this genre would like the book more. The narrator did a great job, but even so, his performance wasn't enough to keep me going. I didn't finish it.
I wasn't able to listen to the book. I got about 15 minutes in and had to turn it off. The narrators voice didn't grab me at all. Will have to read this one on my nook.
I drive an average of 350 miles a week. Without an audio book playing I would go bonkers.
A terrific story, amazing characters, and such a complex (massive understatement) plot! Being the first book in a long series everything was fresh. The bad guys can't win ALL the time, right? Wrong. Call me 'old fashioned' but I still enjoy rooting for the underdog, and hoping against hope that the adage 'justice will prevail' is still in Mr. Martin's lexicon but as far as I can tell... it ain't.I sat through over 40 hours investing myself in these brilliant characters to watch them get killed off. One by one. By the end of the second book I just wanted to read something a little more light-hearted like.... War and Peace.
This is a great story, but the production of this audiobook was awful. At several points during the book, sentences are repeated. The end of chapter 126 is missing, and chapter 127 is a repeat of the intro.
There's also a lack of consistency in the pronunciation of names of places and characters. Prince Joffrey is often referred to as "Jeffrey", for example.
The narrator uses different voices for some characters, but unfortunately often keeps that voice when he reads the narration around the dialogue. For instance, if the text were to be: "Ned, said Catelyn, wait a moment", he would read the entire thing in Catelyn's voice, including the "said Catelyn" part. That's jarring and takes you out of the story.
It would have been interesting to have a different narrator for each character's point of view. But that's a matter of taste, I suppose. The poor editing, on the other hand, is inexcusable.
The narrator has about 3 voices, which is unfortunate since the book has dozens of important characters. Everyone sounds like an old man. The story didn't live up to my expectations at all. I love medieval stories and historical sagas about kings and political scheming and battles and castles, but this was a disappointment. There were a few people worth rooting for but they never quite managed to do anything heroic and as the story progressed it felt as if only bad things were happening and no one rose above to cheer for. Left me feeling unmoved and absolutely uninterested in reading more of the series.
The narration was horrible. The narrator sounds like he has emphysema. He's frequently wheezy and short of breath. The narration also repeats. Reminded me of listening to an old record that was skipping.
The story might have been interesting if the narration had been better.
Someone with a much stronger voice and healthier set of lungs.
couldn't get that far into it... I think the story could have been good, but I couldn't get past the problems.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Maybe I should watch it on HBO instead.
Loved this story but not too crazy about the narrator. Quite often the beginning of a paragraph got repeated as if he lost his place while reading and started it over again. I will get the 2nd story in the series because I am hooked but I don't think it is worth 2 credits. I will probably just buy it outright. If this was a great performance by the narrator, I would gladly save up 2 credits for it, but it isn't. Audible should put it down to 1 credit like almost everything else is.
You can figure out how it is going to end seven days before it happens. And he takes a week to make it happen.
He could have written it in about one chapter instead of 50.
There is no suspense; you can figure out the plots, all of them, in the first few pages yet you have to wade through hours and hours of listening to get nowhere.
The narration had frequent glitches--repeating sentences--thus the lower score on performance. Excellent story, but you might need a playbook to keep up with the characters (unless you've seen the series). I found it to be a bit long and towards the end, I just wanted it to END! With that said, it was worth the time to listen.