I usually find the audio better than the printed version for most well done audio books.
He put some craft into his reading.
The narrator does a valiant job of "performing" the book, but I would have much preferred he just read the darn thing. His characterizations of the older people work just fine, but every young person also sounds like their pushing 70. The women often sound like old men or drag queens. A couple sound like old pirates.I don't know how or why he gives certain accents to some. There doesn't seem to be any consistency there at all. Sometimes they're low class Brits, sometimes shanty Irish, a few Scots sneak in there now and then. On top of these things, was the overall pace. The actor gets so deep into his performances that the book often slows to a crawl, which would be okay if there weren't 5 of them clocking in at 200 hours total. During book 4 I finally turned the pace up to 1-1/2x.
Dotrice infused his reading with the proper emotional intonation for each character. For example, he read doubtful thoughts with the right level of trepidation in his voice. He might speed up for anxiousness (but never too much), or slow his reading when appropriate.
Can't wait to listen to Book II!
He has so many different voices that it makes it easier to visualize the story in my mind.
Easy one, Ned getting killed. I was upset!!!
Say something about yourself!
I really found this book to be super enjoyable. I was tired of picking books that would not last me a whole month so i thought i would give Game of Thrones a shot since my wife loves the show ( I wont watch now until i finish the book series). I love the story lines and how they all merge in and out of one anothers lives. And GRRM does a great job of throwing in twists to the story so you are always really engaged with whats happening! Roy Dotrice is amazing as everyone said, super glad i gave this one a shot.
Happened across the series on HBO, and after the first couple episodes I was HOOKED. But nothing is as good as the book right? RIGHT! Although the tv series is excellent the book brings in all of the details and more. There are many story plots that combine to make the whole a perfect example of how writing should be done. The book can be brutally raw when it comes to life in the kingdoms, but that all that combines to make the landscape and environment their own characters. I find myself transported into the story and secretly hoping for some outcome that never fails to leave me surprised. I have really enjoyed this tale. So much so that I'm on Book 4 and have Book 5 waiting and still not tired of the tale.
The story, characters, and Roy Doltrice's performance is so good that it is just alive in my head. I can't wait to get back to it! I am on the last book of the series and sad that it will. E over.
I have several that I am always glad to get back to. Treareen, the dwarf and his brother,Jamie, Aria and Bran Stark and their brother, John Snow and finally the Black Brother Sam. I love these characters for their depth and that each of them have an additional burden to bear.
Don't have one.
There is a series on hbo.
Much less fantasy than study of the human condition - good literature with a capital L.
Multiple story lines, each of them a novel in itself, all interwoven with great skill.
The revelation of the relationship between the "heir" to the iron throne and his parents.
The narrator's "natural" voice is too like the older characters in the book, and he does not successfully change between the characters' voices and his own, so that some of the narration lines are spoken as if by the characters which is jarring.
I enjoy fantasy and non-fiction alike. I want adventure outside of real life and I want to know the fantasies of my realities. Life is a story, with both fiction and fact, and you are the protagonist through all of it.
I love this book, I started off by reading the first 2 books and it was taking me too much time to get through them because I have absolutely no time to read except for Sundays (maybe if Im lucky and get a few minutes to myself) or before bed (if i dont pass out). Okay, 3 things 1) I LOVE AUDIBLE!!! so much!!! It is so nice to open a 'book' wherever I am, or whatever I am doing. I can do chores or work and I am able to listen to my stories simultaniously. 2) Roy Dotrice, amazing narration, acting, voices :) couldn't ask for someone to do a better job, and finally 3) Game of Thrones is exhilarating, a story of dozens of people on an epic battle for truth, justice, honor, and a crown. Amazing series and I never want it to end.
I enjoy all the characters I cant say i like one more than the other. There are many of them and the fates are all different and surprising. I do enjoy following Arya and Daenerys, and also John Snow. Don't want to give the book away but you can relate to so many characters and its as if you are reading a book about each one of them.
The uniqueness of the characters. He really does a great job separating the voices, so that they become distinctive to your ears.
Shock. You never know where this book will turn or change. Keeps you wanting more.
I love it.
This is the first audio book i've actually listened to. The readers voice was a little tough at first, but I quickly came to enjoy his cadence and character voices.
It's similar to a Lord of the Rings universe, but way more 'modern' of a fantasy tale (if that's possible.) It's vulgar, people die often... LotR was much more 'vanilla.'
I have not. But like I said, at first it was strange, but I really think he did a great job overall. I'mon the second book now, and I'm not sure I could imagine anyone else doing it at this point.
I had watched the show beforehand so I had an idea of the plot.