I am just finishing the second book in this series. It's taken me a while but 2/3 of the way through almost 90 hours and I'm still interested. I love Roy Dotrice telling of the story and his characters help keep the story straight. This is a compelling read.
I have to say, that audible has allowed me to experience amazing stories that I would have never thought of reading. This is another exciting find. This is true storytelling...the stuff of adult fairytales. It is true, that the beginning is a tad confusing, and if i had been reading it, i probably would have deemed it just too entangled to go on, and would have tossed it aside. But this is what is so great about listening...you can just sit back and allow the narrator to do all the work. And he is TERRIFIC!!! I did go back and re-listen to the first CD, but only after I finished the book and It did make so much more sense. What's so great about this series is , you don't have to wait for the next part. It's right there and as soon as I finish this , I am going to jump right in.
I read this in book form but the audio makes it come alive. The reader turned me off initially because either the sound quality was off or he was drunk. He sobered up quickly and put on an excellent performance. I really appreciated the emotion he put into his reading. Chapters I blew past as boring when I read it were really brought to life.
The book, of course, is awesome. I think it's even better in audio form.
the only one who was really impressed with the reader. I thought he did an excellent job of fleshing out the story with different accents and such. The story itself was amazing- really a treat. I even read this when i could have been reading a real book, and that to me shows how engrossing this story was. I completely lost myself in it. Wonderful! Thanks to both the author and the reader for an amazing time!!
I was already familiar with the book, and was delighted to find it on Audible complete and unabridged. Whoo Hoo! I think Roy Dotrice does an admirable job with the narration. A formidable task with Martin's complex story and myriad characters. For those of you who are not familiar with the next two volumes in the Song of Ice and Fire series, you are in for a treat, it just gets better and better. Martin keeps you on your toes, if you think you know who you can trust, just wait.
If you imagine a hybrid of Tolkienesque fantasy mixed with the political intrigues of England's War of the Roses then you should have a pretty fair idea of what you are in for with this novel. Martin has taken the historical clash between York and Lancashire as a framework to produce a magnificent fantasy epic. I found the reader to be excellent but this may be because I had already read the book in paperback before and thus knew what names were being said. If you are able to follow readings of other epic sci-fi or fantasy novels with complex structure and unusual names (e.g. Dune, LOTR, etc.) then you should enjoy this novel.
After listening to 2/3 of the book, I realized that I did not want to hear any more of it. I could not remember one positive thing that happened, just death, cruelty, darkness. Though I don't shrink from harsh or negative things in a novel, I need the occasional good or at least mild thing to balance all the doom and gloom. Listening takes longer than reading, and I did not feel like being immersed there any longer. I wasn't overly fond of the narrator, either. I realize I am not running with the herd on this one, and the book has been popular as well as critically acclaimed.
I have been trying to listen to this for about 6 months (at least)... and have yet been able to get mid way through part 1 (broken into 4 parts). Got it because of the reviews. Currently trying again but think I will just give it up. The narator may be great for some other novels but not this one. Very difficult to listen to. If I could get my credit back ... I would. I GIVE UP!
Most disappointing purchase so far (and two credits at that). I just cannot understand anything this reader is saying, I just cannot stand his rendering of "Old English-Style Folks", I had to turn my iPod off after 10 minutes every time I tried to be open-minded about it and pretend to like this guy's reading style! And God I tried many times. I just wish the guy who read the Follet books was the reader, then I might have enjoyed it.
It took me about an hour to get hooked into the story and adjusted to the narrator's style - some bits do come across as a bit monotone, but in retrospect, it really suits the story. Where he shines is in the variety of speaking styles and accents from the UK he uses to distinguish his characters - it adds great depth to the story. It really makes the characters come alive too. If you struggle with Brit accents, just listen a bit and your ears will tune in. The story is really compelling - even though I haven't been into sword and sorcery books for many years. The characters are wildly varied and interesting. If you are looking for something cheery and upbeat, this may not be the book for you, but if you like intrigue, political clashes, high adventure, and conquest, its a real page turner. Am looking forward to the others, even at 2 credits apiece.