The narrator's ability to portray the many characters' voices so that the listener may distinguish one from others.
Steven King's The Stand, because of the character diversity and how all they become inter-related.
Name pronunciation, and a voice to the characters.
NO! too long for one sitting. Good for a long drive, while you are cleaning the house or gardening, or other activity where your hands are free but when your mind may wander.
I would recommend this audiobook because Roy Dotrice does an excellant job with the voices and bringing life to the characters.
I had watched several episodes of the HBO show prior to listening to this and I think that might be what confused me ... wish I had listened first then watched ... oh well lesson learned.
Having a narrator that could actually READ
I haven't found one
ANYBODY that could read...THIS story doesn't necessarily need someone with a British accent Particularly one with an overexaggerated one of a snobby butler AND has emphysema or sounds like it and can't read more than 4 syllables to a breath.
DISAPPOINTMENT-I won't waste another credit to continue the series. I feel robbed having used 2...TWO!!! of my credits to purchase this overindulged word stuffer read by an overstuffed boor with no personality ability....
It really saddens me that such a good story PLOT should be wasted due to lack of EDITING in the first place and inept narrator for reading....MAYBE I could wade thru the overdescribed background and enjoy the story if I read it from written word-but NOT audible
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This is a very, very, very long story but it is full of adventure and intrique.
Although the beginning is tedious due to the large number of characters, it is well worth the investment of time to let the story develop.
Chivalry and Honor are exhibited alongside Treachery and Deceit. This is a great example of a "page turner".
I don't have cable so I have never seen the popular TV series. Roy Dotrice is more than a narrator he is a gifted storyteller. The narrator brings the story alive including appropriate sound effects and voices.
Warning: A few of the more "adult" sequences are described in detail; although very tasteful they are a bit explicit.
It's one of my favorites due to the incredible writing and the enthusiasm of the narrator. His voice meshed perfectly with the book.
When Bram gets pushed out of the tower window by Jamie Lannister.
I can't say, he does a different voice for each one of the characters which distinguishes them. This book can be difficult to follow, but it helps to have the consistency of the narrator's voices for each character. His voice reminds me of a salty sea captain. Love it! Gotta have it!
I've already seen the HBO series so I knew what was coming as far as major plot points. There were several points where I flt connected to the characters and then the were killed off. All I know is I am not waiting until my next credit comes in, I just bought Clash of Kings.
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The narrator, The Narrator, THE NARRATOR! Mr. Roy Dotrice is so talented and he does a fabulous job with the many complicated characters in this book and series. This story is 'many stories' and it quickly becomes important to keep each character straight, especially because there are so many...each important in his/her own right. I can not say it enough, Mr. Dotrice is BRILLIANT!
SPOILER: Eddard Stark is dead...why oh why???
At first, if you think this story is a bit complicated...well it is, but don't stop listening. I admit that at times I had to go back and re-listen, but once I really got into the story I could not stop listening. George R. R. Martin is a master story-teller and The Game of Thrones (book 1) is a deliciousy descriptive introduction to his 'A Song of Ice and Fire series'. The author has paid a genius amount of attention to detail and it is nothing less than genius how he develops the different storylines/characters and the way in which he intertwines them.
We are also introduced to the idea of the 'Others' who are part of the supernatural realm and who are feared, especially now that 'Winter is Coming'. There is A LOT of blood, bloody scenes and ruthless maneuvering. There is innocence, love, lust and taboo with plotting and deception above all else. It has been a long time since I have been so completely delighted and absorbed into a story. The Game of Thrones!
The storyline and character transformations
Any chapter with Tyrion
Tyrion and Mord in the sky cells
I'd have to break it up just for the fact that its 33 hours of story
Roy Dotrice does an amazing job narrating the story. Each character voice is well done and fits the personalities well. Overall a great listen.
I just don't get it. The story is not really that interesting, the characters are only slightly developed, and the narrator, although he has lots of terrific voices, has a halt after every several words that never stopped annoying me. Just my 2¢.
Absolutely. It is well written, perfect length, well read, and very interesting. An excellent story is found in this book and I can't wait to read the series!
"The Imp"~ what's not to love about this funny and well spoken little man?
I could not pick just one!
There is already a TV series and a movie of this book alone would half to be AT LEAST as long as Lord of the Rings. I don't know if I could come up with a tag line that would do it justice!
Read it, it's the best book I have "read" in a long time and I spent many nights too engulfed to put it down before dawn! Afterwards, watch the first season of the TV series, which is surprisingly good!
The audio vision illuminated some details that in my case were missed while reading the print however I prefer the print version for myself.
Too many to select one- Arya Stark, Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister.
I did not like the voice given to many of the characters by the narrator. I thought it made the characters often seem at odds with the description given by the author. Overall however the experience was quite good.