I was immediately dragged into this world and can't believe it has existed for so long without my having known! Thank God for talented authors!!!
Excellent narration... equal to the Harry Potter narration.
I love this series, but the voice acting here is so horrible that I've stopped listening only a few chapters in. I have read the books several times, and recently watched the HBO adaptation. Each of the characters feels alive to me, they have their own quirks and flaws, reasons to love and hate them. Unless you're listening to this performance. The voice acting between characters is so poorly differentiated --and disconnected from the drama of the work-- that it makes this painful to listen to. If you're new to the series READ the books, don't waste your credits.
This series really needs a full cast performance, or at the least an actor who attends to the drama of the story.
The voice acting is entirely disconnected from the drama of the story. Furthermore, the performer feels ill suited to so many of the parts, he sounds like a very old, very proper, British gent. Most of the characters are young, impulsive, and full of life ...none of that comes across.
I would think that the book and audio book are of the same quality as one another.
Anything G.R.R.M. has written is instantly a momentous and memerable piece of art and should be respected.
Yes, but it is 34 hours long.
It is entirely too detailed! Follett is much better at being detailed but not to a point that drives you crazy. Martin is too detailed and it becomes boring and you get lost in reading the details and completely forget what is really going on. The details add nothing to helping the story seem more believeable. It is just like he is getting paid by the word. What should only take 100 words to say he says it in 1,000. He wastes a lot of time.
Daenerys. She is like a princess who has to go through so much and is very smart. I adore her!
No- he was awful! He in no way mad this boring book any better. If anything he made it worse. Whoever read Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett should read these books.
I love the HBO series and wanted to listen to the books to understand more of the background story. However, I gave up listening to the books because they are just unbearable!
If there is one small negative to say it would be the speed of the narrater. I needed some time to adjust to that. But after that it is a s said in the title a delight to hear him read the story. And what a story it is. Without spoiling to much its fair to say that none are beyond faults, doubts and in risk of dying. It is for sure not an all good people are save story
Of the longer audiobooks I've listened to so far, I got through this one fairly fast because there was rarely a time when I stopped listening and didn't want to find some more time.
So far in the story Arya is my favorite. She's resilient and, unlike her sister, has a decent idea of what is going on around her.
I think he does different voices well, which is very important in a book with so many characters. The only voice I did not like was Drogo, but, well, I guess that's no problem anymore.
If you like the show, the books offer more direct symbolism and foreshadowing than you will probably pick up in the episodes.
Winter is coming!
My number one series of all time. The only downside is the time it takes martin to produce these books. Might not be for everyone as it can get pretty graphic.
Everyone knows by now that Game of Thrones is a good series, especially if you like fantasy mixed with political intrigue. It is extremely complex, with many different stories happening simultaneously. Mr. Martin does not pull his punches at all. Game of Thrones is best compared to Lord of the Rings, but to me feels more complex and complicated. Unlike Lord of the Rings, there is no ultimate quest for one hero tying the whole together. Rather, it is more about the struggles of individuals in a time of political turmoil.
Concerning the narration however, I have fewer good things to say. Mr. Dotrice unfortunately reads in a manner that jars the listener from becoming fully immersed in the story. He reads as though the book were a history book, stating action scenes in matter-of-fact tones which detract from the feel of the book itself. In particular, he had a tendency to say "please" in the exact same way regardless of context or who was speaking.
I enjoyed this audiobook in spite of the narration, but certainly not because of it.
I love fantasy, but this is beyond the genre. As the the title suggests this is political intrigue and battle, with a modern mindset. Plumb the depths of the soul in search of power.